The Werewolves of the West Series Book One
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Cambridge Press US under the umbrella of Charles River Press (CRP)
Number of pages: 446
Cover Artist: Ann Falcone
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeuDqevNSXM
Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.
In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he'd roar right back out.
Problem: He's her new coworker and he's saved her life twice - in the past twenty-four hours.
Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do - figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.
With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she's the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence.
Problem: She despises him.
Together, they're forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract.
Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she'll do anything to keep him from Chloe.
1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I love reading paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and I wanted a book that had a solid cast of characters, a great adventure, spicy romance, and lots of action. I hoped to create what I enjoyed reading. The ideas just started flowing. When I write, things happen that I didn’t plan. Characters seem to want to do their own thing. So the “idea” grows and changes during the writing process.
2. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
I came up with the title and never changed it. The publisher stuck with it too. Unfortunately, in the cutting/editing process some of Chloe’s background was eliminated, which I thought better explained the whole “kissed a dog” aversion. The fact she ended up with a werewolf considering her negative “dog feelings” made the title appropriate. Also, we see a ton of werewolf titles, and I thought it would be fun to shake things up a bit.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
Almost at the same time, really.
4. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Being published and having readers like my work. It feels amazing when you receive a positive review and even better when someone personally tells you how much they enjoy your work.
5. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
No … not this question. I read multiple books at once, jumping around sometimes. I just completed Bullet, by Jade C. Jameson, loved it; I’m finishing up the Feyland series by Anthea Sharp, and getting ready to start Blood Shadows, by Tessa Dawn, a dear author friend. There are more, but those are the primary right at the moment.
6. What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
The very first book I wrote did get published by a small indie press that went out of business. It was titled Slaying the Shadows. Since that time, I’ve rewritten the book and published myself as Soul Defenders: The Black Orchids.
7. What is your writing process?
Process? Yikes! I’m a bit too sporadic. I just write. I do create a hand written map out of main plot ideas and characters, and then I take off writing. I always review and pick at what I wrote last before starting my next writing session. This often slows me down, but I keep doing it. I think it has become a bit of a process, actually.
- Who are your favorite authors of all time?
I just can’t answer this. I read too many genres, too many authors, and like most anything. I love to read and am very easy to please. I can find good in most things. I was a big Anne Rice fan back in the day. I have read all of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books, and I love Karen Moning’s Fever Series. I also enjoy Christian author, Frank Peretti, and his spiritual warfare series. I go through so many phases. I love books!
9. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say?
I always jot a little note. If I have time to talk to the person, I try to really personalize it. I’m not sure how exactly I come up with what to say. It seems to flow.
- What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I lived in Mexico as a teen, and slept in a hammock every night I was there (three months). Best sleep I’ve ever had.
11. How do you react to a bad review?
A little sulking, but I get over it. The good far outweigh the bad, though it never feels good to know a reader disliked something you worked so hard on. Imagine someone saying your baby is ugly. The first bad review feels a bit like that. Overtime, it gets easier. You have to take the feedback that fits and is constructive, and ignore the rest. Reviewing is subjective. One person may love what another hates. It’s the nature of the beast.
12. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
It was more of an inner celebration. I didn’t hit the town, or tip the bottle, I just did a major happy dance in my head and basked in the moment.
About the Author:
Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12 (somewhat frightening illustrations included, and lots of bunnies were involved), and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper (about David Bowie's Diamond Dogs LP). Yes, she's an ex-80's chick.
Devouring books from numerous genres, Carol developed a deep thirst/hunger for more reading material, and could almost always be found with her nose in a book.
She has contributed to several popular inspirational anthologies and devotional books, and lives in the rainy wetland of Oregon with a terrifying teen (another in college) and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. (Though you can check out her latest spiritual suspense novel, Soul Defenders). It is rumored that this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered too suspicious red marks on her neck, and experienced an unquenchable urge to howl at the moon.