#NewRelease • The Werewolf and His Boy 𝒷𝓎 Warren Rochelle ft. an author Interview
MM Book Escape welcomes Warren Rochelle today and his newly released The Werewolf and His Boy to answer a few questions about writing. Please help me make him feel welcome by checking out the post and checking out his book. Links are included below for easy one clicking. Enjoy and thank you Mr. Rochelle for joining us today.
What books have influenced your life most?
*Some of the books that influenced my life (in no particular order) include: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dune, A Canticle for Leibowitz, One Hundred Years of Solitude, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness, A Death in the Family (Agee), the fiction of Mary Renault, Fahrenheit 451, I Am One of You Forever (Fred Chappell), A Wrinkle in Time, Have Space Suit—Will Travel (Heinlein), and The Promise, The Chosen, and My Name is Asher Lev (Chaim Potok), the fiction of Julian May, Melissa Scott, Doris Betts…
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
*I have to know the beginning and the ending before I can start. The beginning needs to be somewhat specific, an actual scene, but the ending doesn’t. For example, the book ends with the heroes on the beach. Which beach and how they got there and why they are there is something I will need to figure out. I usually make a working outline, knowing that it is subject to change as the story progresses.
When and why did you begin writing? When did you first consider yourself a writer?
*I decided I wanted to be a writer in the third grade after reading The Chronicles of Narnia. I want to say I considered myself a writer when I was in high school, but it might be more accurate to say I considered myself a writer when I was in English 29W, an honors freshman class in writing at UNC-Chapel Hill. My professor, the late Doris Betts, treated me as a writer and I believed her.
Why? I found I had stories to tell and I wanted to tell them. It was a question of self: this is who I am.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Werewolf and His Boy by Warren Rochelle
Date of Publication: September 27, 2016
Their leap of faith could unleash magic-or plunge them into darkness.
Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin's since graduating high school. He likes it-especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can't find him. Without that talent, he would never have survived growing up different.
When a new hire enters the store, Henry's other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.
Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different-he senses Henry's attraction the moment they meet. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.
Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing-even extermination-to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand the mysteries of their own hearts.
Warning: Contains a werewolf and a godling, prescient dreams, bloodthirsty monsters, annoying pets, (mostly) friendly witches, dark secrets, sex in hardwares, and meddling gods.
About Warren Rochelle
Warren Rochelle is a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His short fiction and poetry are published in such journals as Aboriginal Science Fiction, Forbidden Lines, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, the Asheville Poetry Review, the North Carolina Literary Review, Romance and Beyond, and Icarus. A critical book, Communities of the Heart: the Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, was published by Liverpool University Press in early 2001.
Golden Gryphon Press published his first novel, The Wild Boy, in the fall of 2001, and his second novel, Harvest of Changelings, in 2007. His third novel, The Called, also published by Golden Gryphon, was published in July 2010.
The Werewolf and His Boy, his fourth novel, releases on September 27, 2016 from Samhain Publishing.