I would like to thank Theo Fenraven for taking the time to talk to us about his latest release Wolf Bound and what he has in the works. Check out Beverley’s and my review of Wolf Bound. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Wolf Bound, which I greatly enjoyed, was recently released. What can you tell us about it?
It was a book I never thought I’d write. I’m no fan of shifter stories—most of them are too unbelievable to enjoy, or they are one sexcapade after another—but after finishing Transgression, I was in the mood for something different, something light.
In Wolf Bound, you made a conscience effort to “pull the curtain” so to speak. As you know, I am in agreement with you on that decision, but I know it is not the popular one in our genre. Could you talk about that decision?
Sex is great, and authors are lucky to live in a time when we can describe it graphically and realistically, but if it doesn’t advance the story or reveal something about the characters, it doesn’t belong there. Our genre is riddled with books stuffed with superfluous sex scenes. I’ve discussed this with other authors and many readers, and a lot of them admit they skim those scenes to get back to the story. If they’re not being read anyway, why put them there?
Good sex scenes are hard to write, so why torture yourself if they don’t serve the story? Skip ‘em and get on with it! We taught readers to expect them to be in the books, and we can unteach them, too. I’ll say it again: add that sex scene only if it advances the story or reveals something about the characters.
If I want to read erotica, I’ll buy books labeled “erotica.” I do not want to keep stumbling over boring and repetitive Tab A, Slot B sex scenes just because it’s m/m and “expected.” Isn’t it time our genre grew up a little and took itself more seriously? Concentrate on character development and solid storytelling. Include the sex only when it’s necessary.
You recently moved cross country, how do you think that move will affect your future storytelling?
I’ve set two books in Florida (The Blue Paradise and a YA novel I’ve half finished writing). I love the state despite its disturbing politics and all-too-prevalent weirdness. The weather can’t be beat; seeing the sun every day energizes me, makes me want to get up and do things. I’m hoping to shorten the time between releases once I’m fully settled in.
If I grabbed your kindle, what book would I find?
I just started Murderous Requiem by Jamie Fessenden. It revolves around music, which I love. I often have headphones on while I write, though at that time, I generally choose soundtracks or instrumentals; lyrics are too distracting.
If you could be one of your characters who would you be and why?
Talis Kehk from Phoenix Rising. Who wouldn’t want to be immortal? And sexy and talented and charismatic?
If it were your last night on earth, how would you spend it and why?
Hopefully, I’d be with someone I love who loves me. I’d like to be somewhere in nature, away from city lights and noise, enjoying the beauty around me. I’d reflect on my life so far, focusing on the good things that have happened to me, the wonderful people I’ve met. I’m always ready to go. I just hope it doesn’t happen any time soon.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?
I’m lucky. I’ve had several people tell me how much they’ve enjoyed my writing, and there is no higher praise for a writer.
Rapid Fire time:
- Beach or Mountains? Mountains.
- Coke or Pepsi? Neither. I don’t drink pop/soda.
- Red or White? Red.
- Yurt in Mongolia or apartment in MN? LOL! If I had to make a choice, MN.
- Electronica or Jazz? Depends on my mood.
- Fire or Ice? Fire.
- Country or City? Country.
- Alone or At a Party? Different things on different nights.
- Love Story or Thriller? Thriller.
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Tossed.
- Porsche or Prius? Porsche. ☺
- Music or TV/Movies? Tough one! It would never be TV. I love movies and I love music. Can’t I have both??
What is next? What are you working on?
I’m going back and forth between two stories, both well started. Each one intrigues me in different ways.
Where can readers find you on the web?
I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and G+. Search on ‘fenraven.’
From the Publisher:
A year after suffering a disastrous end to his relationship with his partner, teacher Jon Anderson trades his apartment in the city for a lake house in the country. Told there is an author living nearby, Jon, who dreams of being a writer, goes in search of him and finds the attractive older man in a small, rustic cabin on a tiny island on a neighboring lake. Harrison Kalmes shows Jon around, but makes it clear he’d rather be left alone. Jon respects that wish until the night he and his friend, Suzie, drink a little too much scotch and impulsively decide to visit the island.
What happens then is the start of an incredible journey that will eventually take Jon all the way to mysterious and seductive Transylvania in Romania, where he searches for the answers that will save someone’s life while setting him on the road to rediscovering his own.
Beware the woods. Transylvania isn’t only about vampires.
About the Author
Theo Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter, Google +, and Facebook by searching on ‘fenraven’.
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