Sunday, January 8, 2012

Why Wolves? Comment to Win

Whenever I discuss my latest book, Sloane Wolf, people often ask me, Why Wolves? And I have to say, why not? Wolves are fantastic creatures that mate for life and are truly faithful to their mates (from what I've read), and we humans could learn a lot from them.

As it pertains to my book, however, it was rather serendipitous that I ended up writing about wolves. I didn't intentionally set out to do so, but a series of events conspired to make it happen. The first event came in the form of a book that was ultimately made into a movie that got me to thinking - and anybody who knows me can tell you that when I get to thinking, things begin to happen...in a writing sense that is! I can turn the smallest nugget of an idea into a story, if motivated enough to do so, and that is how this story started out, as just a nugget. So there I was, inspired by this other book/movie enough that certain scenes kept kicking up in my head (ahem, fight scene), but content just to imagine it in my head.

Until event number two happened. That would be a contest that an electronic publishing company was running with the theme of - you guessed it - wolves. And so I thought, why not? I had some interesting scenes kicking around in my head, the contest was for a novella length story, so I had enough to accomplish that. And with the help of event number three - discovering an article about gray wolves returning to Massachusetts after a100-plus year absence - a true story began to formulate with legends of wolves and why they "reappeared" in the state after such a long absence. Wow, I thought, this was really going to be something, if I could get it all together in time.

Trouble was, once I started writing, I just kept on writing and I over-shot the word count. One thing I forgot when I set out to enter this contest: I have never been able to write short. I keep trying, but I usually have so much to say, it doesn't conform well to short stories or novellas. Not wanting to cut anything to fit the guidelines, I simply finished the book for me. And by the time I was finished with it, I knew that I had to try to get it published anyway, I felt that strong about it. And after several fits and starts, I finally found the right publisher for it in Muse it Up Publishing.

So there you have it. The serendipitous events that led to the birth of Sloane Wolf.

Now for the Giveaway:

Comment on this post with an email (so I can contact you) and you will be entered to win an electronic copy of Sloane Wolf. You can also comment on either one of my previous posts here on Goddess Fish Pavilion, come back here and tell me you did, and get an extra entry.

15 comments:

Debby said...

Wolves are wild and free. How sexy
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Unknown said...

Hi Margay!
I have to say that I am so glad that you continued to write the story to please yourself, and that you kept working to find a publisher because I am just nuts about wolf stories!

You are a new to me author, and this book sounds like one that I just have to read, so it is on the top of my wishlist! The cover is gorgeous too!

Thank you so much for the giveaway chance!

I hope 2012 brings you every happiness and golden opportunity - and many more books for you AND for me ;-)

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Nikki said...

I absolutely agree!! I love wolves!! Thanks for the giveaway!! viajeradelmar@aol.com

Linda said...

Have to agree that wolf shifter books always fascinate. They're so gorgeous and full of pure animal magnetism (pun intended!)

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mcv said...

Sounds like a fun read. Love wolf ahifter stories.
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Catherine Lee said...

Who doesn't love a good wolf tale?

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wanda f said...

Im glad you write wht you love cause I love wolves too.olf shifters are my favorite to read and I love your books .Have a great week

flanagan@mebtel.net

Margay said...

Debby, I totally agree!

Margay said...

Gena, I'm totally awed by your kind comments. Thank you.

Margay said...

You're welcome, Nikki, good luck!

Margay said...

Linda, I think that's what makes them such fascinating characters for authors to explore. In total agreement with you on that one!

Margay said...

Thank you, mcv!

Margay said...

Who doesn't indeed, Catherine?

Margay said...

Wanda, thank you so much! I am humbled.

Margay said...

Well, random.org has spoken and the winner of the ecopy of Sloane Wolf is...

Gena!

Congrats, Gena, I will be shooting you an email soon.