When we heard there would be a spin off story of the Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong, we jumped in excitement. We are huge fans of the series! Getting to go back to the Otherworld and revisit with some of our fave characters is always a treat. And in this case, we are getting to know more about Elena and Clay’s twins! *cue fangirl screaming!* We got a chance to chat with Ms. Armstrong about this release and here’s what she had to say.
Welcome to Under the Covers, Kelley! We are so excited to chat with you today about WOLF’S BANE. Honestly, we were beyond excited to hear you were writing about Clay and Elena’s kids because the whole Otherworld set of characters became like family to us and we are always wanting more even though the series came to an end. So this feels like a treat.
The twins seemed like the logical option for writing again in a world you had walked away from. But what was it about them that made you want to come back and what are some things about their characters that you may have discovered in the process of writing this book?
I’ve been asked for years whether I’d ever write a story with the twins, maybe when they became teens. After the Otherworld ended, it was the one subject I admitted that I could be lured back for 🙂 One problem with a long-running series is continuity. This world is just massive—13 books and 5 short-fiction collections. The advantage to writing about the twins is that it’s as close to a reboot as I can get. They were nine the last time we saw them. They’ve grown up, and their world is a new one, filled with kids their own age. The adult characters are there, but quickly moved to the background.
Like any kids who reach adolescence, the twins are an evolving version of their childhood selves. Logan is still quiet and thoughtful, but that part of him is struggling with a newly powerful body and testosterone and werewolf instincts. Kate is still boisterous and outspoken, but she’s had some recent blows to her self-esteem, bringing out her vulnerable side.
You’ve been writing a lot of non-paranormal recently. Was there anything you missed about being in this world?
I love what I’m doing now, so I need to approach this story with caution, in case anyone misinterprets it as proof that I’m returning to full-time paranormal. This is a side-project for me. I got ahead of schedule and could look over my list of “fun stuff I want to do someday” and picked this. I had a lot more fun going back to paranormal than I had in my last couple years of writing it. I needed a break, so I could dive back in and enjoy it again, which I did. I’m looking forward to writing more with these characters.
How would you describe WOLF’S BANE in 3 words?
Worst camp ever.
What is your favorite type of paranormal creature or story to write about? And if you could be one, which would you be?
Werewolves were my first choice, and they remain my favorite to write. That would also be my choice, if I had to be something supernatural. It would be amazing to experience life in a different form. The secondary characteristics would be cool, too, but those “extras” also make it hard for werewolves to blend, so if I was being very practical, I’d go with spell-casters. Their powers take work to learn, but overall they have fewer drawbacks.
WOLF’S BANE isn’t a standalone story. Do you know how many books you plan to release?
At least two. I’m waiting to see how it goes.
Now lets get to know you a little better! What distracts you the most when you’re trying to write?
I think it’s hard to get past the outside influences, particularly the news these days. There are days when it’s tough to push that aside and write something that’s purely entertaining. It’s also a break, though, from the news, and when it’s done, hopefully it’ll provide that mental vacation for readers.
Do you write by the seat of your pants or do you carefully plot your stories?
My process is constantly evolving. Being published means having a schedule, so it’s become very important to learn what methods work best for me. I’ve discovered I work best from an outline. My finished novel never completely follows the outline though. Better ideas arise during the first draft and I follow them wherever they lead.
If you could be best friends with any character in any of your books, who would it be?
None! I get asked this a lot, and I actually use it when I teach writing. I say that I wouldn’t want to be best friends with any of my characters, but I’d like to have coffee with all of them. That’s my goal in writing—a character doesn’t need to be someone I’d want to be BFFs with, but they need to be interesting enough to spend time with.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today!
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When 16 year-old twin werewolves Logan and Kate Danvers get shipped off to a supernatural leadership program for the summer, they’re told it’s for their own safety. They’ll stay out of trouble while their parents, Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers, ward off a vicious Australian wolf pack.
Level-headed Logan is disappointed at the lost adventure but looks forward to making new contacts in the supernatural world. Hot-tempered Kate is furious at being kept out of battle and anticipates a torturous week of team-building exercises. They’re both wrong. Instead, the twins find themselves thrust into a situation that’s quickly devolving into anarchy. What seems like teen hormones in overdrive becomes something much more dangerous, even deadly. Add in a strange magic-warded cabin in the woods and a local history rife with curses and macabre legends, and it becomes clear this was a really, really bad place to build a camp for teenage supernaturals.
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