Although I write genre-bending stories from novellas to epic fantasy, I tend to choose the werewolf as my super hero. Not that I don’t write non-wolfish books. My steampunk novel has a golem hero and my other pending novels have ‘normal human’ heroes, however I will always return to a good werewolf romance. In my novella series, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, I created a slight twist in the werewolf genre in that my ‘weres’ are born wolves, until bitten. In my Wolf Maiden Chronicles (Lycan Gladiator, published by Corvallis Press), I write historical paranormal novels where werewolves play a clandestine role in our history. Finally, In my After the Bane series (Published by Wild Rose Press), Apocalyptic Moon and Raven Moon, my werewolves and shifters help surviving humans by battling zombies. My steampunk may not center on werewolves, but there are supernatural creatures including werewolves and vampires. Finally, my April re-release of my epic fantasy, The Stone of the Tenth Realm, has a Scottish werewolf as the hero.
So why werewolves/wolves? My totem guide is the raven but my heart guide is the wolf. I also do presentations on wolf and werewolf lore. I’m not alone in my love of the wolf. Numerous authors have followed the call of the wild. My passion all started when I volunteered at a wolf sanctuary in Southern Oregon.
Nothing sends a chill down your spine more that hearing a wolf’s howl in the night. A few years ago, I volunteered at a wolf sanctuary. I spent the night in a trailer on the grounds and was privileged to hear night after night of thirty wolves in their nightly serenade. No sound is more awesome.
Wolves display common social and intelligent behavior similar to our own. They both play and have a strict social status, just as some of our cultures have. They communicate with their kind, much the same way we do, both vocally and in non-verbal ways. We have kings and presidents, they have the alpha pair. Humans low in status such as slaves and peasants certainly were low on the pecking order or in a wolf pack the omega. Wolves often mate for life, which endears them to people who long to have a long and loving relationship with a mate. How romantic!
What impressed me the most about the wolf sanctuary was the relationship between two wolves, Beasly and Barksalot. Beasly a white wolf had been rescued from a cruel man who gouged his eyes out, leaving the wolf blind and helpless. He was brought to the sanctuary and became friends with another rescued wolf, Barksalot, who literally became his “guide dog”. Beasly grabbed on to Barksalot’s tail and would be lead around. Barksalot would also bark to communicate with Beasly. Barking is unusual for wolves. Beasly was unusual in that he was the only blind alpha known. He passed away a few years ago and soon after his two other companions joined him. These similarities to human behaviors let us see the good and bad in us in them.
We long to emulate their hunting prowess. Wolves use team strategy and their powerful carnassials to bring down a much larger prey. Imagine a hero that can do damage without a weapon. An alpha male or alpha female who you can count on for protection and love.
The werewolf/wolf/shifter will always be a popular hero or dangerous foe/monster in the heart of readers. Werewolves are here to stay as a popular archetype and a favorite amongst readers in genres from romance to horror.
Eva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production.
Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. When not in her den writing, she can be found teaching animal lore at writing conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway on some global eco adventure.
Q. Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing? I’ve lived all my life in the San Francisco Bay Area, but do to my hubby’s job, I now live in Dallas Texas. The area I live in does influence my writing because I often use my current location in my books. I’m a world traveler so I’ve used places I have visited such as Scotland or Rome, Italy in my novels.
Q. Tell us your latest news?? I just released (March 6, 2015) book 3, Hunted in my Alpha Wolf’s Pet, series and I’m now working on a spinoff series, Team Greywolf. Book 1, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hidden is now on audible and by next summer I will have all three available on audible. My epic fantasy novel, The Stone of the Tenth Realm will be released mid-April 2015, exact date pending. Yes, I have quite a bit on my plate, including doing animal lore presentations at local libraries.
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book? I was a high school biology when I caught the bug. I think meeting interesting real life characters while teaching and telling my students ‘tall tales’ helped. I was inspired to write my first book because of my love of mythology and the fantasy genre.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing? So many, so little time. I love Jacqueline Cary, Diane Gabaldon, and Michael Creighton to name a few.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time? My heroines are always intelligent women with a feisty personality, no doubt because of my former training and grad school as a biologist, my female characters tend to be brainy. My leading men tend to be gorgeous looking tormented alpha males. They all have different backgrounds and needs so they are not the same person.
Yes, my characters are always in my head. Until I finish their story.
Q. What motivates you to write? I wish I knew. I just love creating stories. Maybe it’s a way to escape the real world, because when I’m writing I really do enter a different zone.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing? Hmm. I love the first draft and the countless hours editing so hard to say. I think it’s the time away from writing I need to do in order to do promo and marketing that bugs me the most.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learn something from each book I write so it depends on the book. I learn so much by doing research for each title.
Q. Where do you get your ideas? They just pop in my head. I could be at a museum looking at a painting or noticing the mall looks futuristic and then my mind begins world building.
Q. What does your family think of your writing? They are all supportive and have always known I’m a bit quirky.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors? Write, write, write until you get it right. Find a good critique partner, who will provide constructive criticism and support your voice.
Q. What book are you reading now? At the moment my reading is on hold until I finish writing my draft, editing another and prepping for a release. I do quite a bit of flying so that’s the best time for me to do pleasure reading. I also plan to listen to more audible books, since my eyes are currently weary after writing and editing all day.
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