Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Sherrilyn Kenyon. Handout

Best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon wanted to visit Salem for years. She said it seemed like the perfect trip for a writer of paranormal, fantasy, and horror books.

But up until last week, Kenyon wasn’t able to get to Witch City.

“I was cursed,” she explained with a smile during a recent lunch in Boston.

The Nashville-based Kenyon said that every time she tried to get to Salem, something bad would happen.

“I broke a tooth,” Kenyon remembered. “Twice we had a car break down.”

The list goes on.

But last week, she was able to reach her destination — and she credits her son. Kenyon was in Cambridge for the week with her 18-year-old, Ian Kenyon, who enrolled in Harvard University’s Summer Politics Academy for high school students. He assured his mom that he could get her to Salem, and he was right. No greater force stopped them.


“Apparently, he was the magic charm,” Kenyon said.

The duo stopped by the Witch Museum and the memorials to the Witch Trials. Kenyon said she’s traced her own ancestors to the events in Salem.

“We had family who accused family,” she said, “and that was tragic.”

Kenyon, who has 70 million books in print, is known for her “Dark-Hunter” novels. Her latest release is “Death Doesn’t Bargain,” the second installment in her historical “Deadman’s Cross” series.

Before heading home to Nashville, Kenyon and her son planned to go on a Boston ghost tour. It would be their second of the week.