I grew up in the middle grade/YA section of the library. I
was am kind of a hermit, and to top it all off, I was homeschooled. What else was there to do but read?
But back when I was 12-15 years old, the books that I wanted to read? Fantasy, and not the sword-and-sorcery stuff, wasn’t popular. Or if it was, our library didn’t get it in. Harry Potter was the first big contemporary fantasy our small-town library got in, and with HP came the trends of ‘good’ fantasy. I was like, yes, finally! I got hooked on stuff like Artemis Fowl (still a huge fan of Eoin Colfer’s writing style as an adult!). But what got me truly loving fantasy enough to write it?
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Our library had one of her books, Hawksong. I found it while browsing the shelves and liked the title. I devoured it in a sitting, and then passed it off to my mom. We became fans; Mom ended up eBaying her previous book, and we waited with bated breath for the rest of her Kiesha’ra series to come out. We bought them hardcover, which we never do 😛 But that’s beside the point.
Her novel inspired me: shape-shifters. I’d never heard of such a thing before Hawksong. What if I could do my own version of shifters…with my lifelong love of wolves? (Werewolves weren’t hot yet; that love came from Blood & Chocolate, as well as one of my CP’s original novels :P)
Thus, the idea for Wolfsong spawned. I wrote it in three months in 2005, in a mess of disarray and chunks of novel here and there. I skipped the middle to write the end. It’s come a long way from the original draft and I can’t wait to share my love of Wolfsong with the world 🙂