My guest today is debut paranormal romance author Amanda E. Alvarez. Hunting Human was released on March 28, 2011. Please join me in welcoming Amanda here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read the first chapter of the book here.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a $20 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift certificate. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
About the Author:
Amanda was born and raised in Texas – and due to an unfortunate three year stint in Michigan – doesn’t plan to ever live anywhere where flip-flops and sweatshirts don’t constitute winter attire. Often audacious and adventurous, she tends to find herself in a slew of dangerous (and hilarious!) predicaments (law school and fighting raccoons in dumpsters) and thankfully has many friends ready to lend aid (while they laugh.)
When not lawyering, writing, or thinking about going to the gym Amanda is often caught sampling local cupcake offerings and planning to someday co-open an evil bakery and sell dastardly desserts. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas with one regular-sized cat and one jumbo-sized cat, and can be seen writing in public places frequented by hot guys (strictly for research purposes, of course!) with her friends and fellow writers Killer-Cupcake and Pantherista (names omitted to protect the not-so-innocent).
Pssst. I have a confession to make. While writing my recent release, Hunting Human, I was absolutely terrified when it came to getting the mythology just right. Not the general werewolf mythology per se… I’ve blogged previously about how it was both fun and vaguely terrifying to dig through werewolf mythology and toss or keep bits and pieces to create the werewolves in the world of Hunting Human. What I’m talking about today is the specific mythology that I created that dictated the relationship between the Edwards and Bolveks.
I think a big part of the problem was that for me, Hunting Human was first and foremost Beth’s story, and as a result, when I initially plotted the book it largely revolved on how Beth assimilated the human part of her life with the werewolf part of her life. That story was the one that I wanted to explore and ultimately, the one that dominates the majority of the pages of the book. But that wasn’t everything, I couldn’t tell Beth’s story without exploring the story of where werewolves originated, how they evolved and how the interacted with the world around them. So I created the mythologies for the Edwards and Bolveks.
As I created the mythologies for the two families, I found myself traveling down a familiar road. I was far more interested in how these families, as people, would react to being werewolves. Much as I had with Beth, I found myself fascinated with the human elements in the Edwards and Bolveks mythologies. What would someone do with an ability so rare? How would a family value, assimilate and pass on that legacy?
For the Edwards family the werewolf legacy is passed on with respect and a sense of responsibility. They live ordinary lives, have ordinary jobs, and function in every day society. For a member of the Edwards family, being a werewolf is sort of like having a special talent or skill. It influences their life, they even find ways to enjoy it, but it doesn’t define them. The Edwards consider themselves people, people who can shift into wolves, but still people.
For the Bolveks things are quite different. There is a sense of entitlement that colors every aspect of their lives. For them, being werewolves elevates them in power and authority over all those around them. They feel entitled to act as they please because their abilities give them the edge to do so. They adhere to a more basic, animalistic way of living. At the top of the food chain, so to speak, the Bolveks feel entitled to disregard everything from local law to basic human values.
So I guess I was never really able to move fully away from the human side of the story I was trying to tell. I found that it colored every part of the mythology I tried to build. And as I move forward into subsequent books, I find that theme is moving forward with me.
I’ll be guest blogging several times through the Month of May. Anytime a reader stops by, leaves a comment with their e-mail, I’ll enter them to win a $20 Amazon (or Barnes and Noble) gift card. I’ll also enter everyone who has liked my facebook page. Readers can also find a list of blogs I’ll be visiting/have visited on my Facebook fanpage. I will also post where I’m guest blogging to Twitter and Facebook. The contest closes May 31st at midnight CST. The winner will be announced June 3rd via Facebook, Twitter and direct e-mail to the winner.
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