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Wordsmith:  A fluent and prolific writer, especially one who writes professionally. 2. An expert on words. (www.thefreedictionary.com)

I’ve been invited to participate in a Blog Hop!   I was tagged for it by Bookseedstudio, aka author Jan G. Annino, who posted her own Q&A answers on Dec. 5 at Bookseedstudio.  Join me today as I answer questions about my work-in-progress, THE WEREWOLF’S DAUGHTER.


What is the working title of your book?

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I have always had a fascination for werewolves. One day, the thought popped into my head, Why are there no old werewolves? I decided it was because werewolves age like dogs.

What genre does your book fall under?
Young adult urban fantasy. It could almost be middle grade, but there are a few cuss words and kisses, and werewolf violence. So maybe soft young adult.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Chloe Moretz as Lani Morgan
Colin Ford as Ben Stoat
Devon Bostick as Jace Lovari

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Lani Morgan has less than a month to track down and kill her werewolf mother, or she herself will inherit the family curse.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m an independent book publisher. This will be the first title under my company, Turtle Cove Press.  Launch is set for April 25, 2013, at the Bookshelf-Midtown in Tallahassee, FL, from 6-8PM (Full Moon).

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Hmmm, maybe a year? I go through a lot of partial drafts before I ever get to the final chapter — and then the story still has to go through more re-writes.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That’s a toughie. NOT the Twilight novels, although I count myself as a member of Team Jacob. Maybe Never Cry Werewolf, by Heather Davis; or Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
When my twin sister and I were teenagers, we shared a recurring werewolf dream. (Both of us had the same dream multiple times on the same nights.) I guess I’ve always wanted to write a werewolf story based on those dreams. The other thing was a stray thought that wandered through the door and circled the kitchen table one evening: Why don’t you ever see old werwolves? The answer barked at me: Because they age like dogs, seven years to each human year.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
One of the lesser-known ways a person can become a werewolf is to have a gypsy curse put on them. This is what happened to Lani’s mother. The gypsies, or Roma, are often scorned and considered exotic at the same time. Lani finds them exciting, brave, loving, and compassionate. I hope my story paints the Roma in a positive light.

Thanks for stopping by! Looking for other author blogs to hop to?  Start with Florida Book Award winner Jan Annino at http://www.bookseedstudio.wordpress.com. Would you like to be added to the blog hop? Leave a comment on this post with your blog address.

Check here soon for interviews with other children’s authors you should get to know.


2 responses

3 01 2013
jan godown annino

The whiskers will tingle when we mingle in April for the debut M.R!
Thanks for sharing these tantalizing details.

4 01 2013

Love your concise, one-sentence synopsis, the story of the werewolf dream you shared with your twin sister and your desire to show the Roma in a positive light. Great Q & A! Looking forward to the April launch!

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