Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blog Tour ~ The Werewolf and His Boy by Warren Rochelle ~ (Author Interview)

Blog Tour ~ The Werewolf and His Boy by Warren Rochelle ~ (Author Interview)

Warren Rochelle
The Werewolf and His Boy
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.

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Today I’m very happy to welcome Warren Rochelle, author of The Werewolf and His Boy, to Bayou Book Junkie.

Hi Warren, thank you for agreeing to be here today.

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

*My partner had a dream about a monster hiding in the rafters at the Lowe’s (aka Larkin’s in the story) near his house in Richmond. The monster was swooping down on the people below. He described it as a werewolf and suggested I write a story about it. I did and the story, “Lowe’s Wolf,” was published in the Spring 2010 issue of Icarus. I found myself wondering about the 2 characters and what happens to them and about the world in which they live. The novel came from this wondering.

Where do you find your inspiration?  

*I am often inspired by the stories found in mythology and in fairy tales and legends. I am also drawn to the folklore of particular places, especially places where I have lived or visited, such as North Carolina where I grew up. North Carolina folklore and tall tales and geography were very important in my first three novels. I now live in Virginia and I am only just learning Virginia folklore but The Werewolf and His Boy is set primarily in Richmond and Fredericksburg, VA, and I used real places as the setting for different scenes. I also set scenes in England in places where I’ve visited, such as the British Museum, and Coverack and Tintagel in Cornwall.

About the Author:
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.
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