Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interview and Giveaway - Bonds of Fenris by S.J. Bell

Bonds of FenrisBonds of Fenris
by SJ Bell
ebook, 226 pages
Published May 7th-ish 2012 by SJ Bell

Premise: Ganked from Goodreads:
Talia Thornwood's life ended one year ago, when she became a werewolf. She survived the attack, and the horrifying transformation a month later, but the life she has now is barely worth living. She lurks about in a filthy, run-down house, with too many werewolves crammed into too small a space. Every day is a struggle against the stress of human contact, the romantic prodding of her obnoxious packmate Pierce, and the gnawing hunger for flesh in her soul. 
She's all but resigned herself to a dreary existence on the margins of society when she meets Corwin. Corwin is a werewolf like none other. He walks among humans as if it was nothing, and can keep his wolf under control even when the moon is full. Talia's mind is suddenly opened to the possibilities before her, and the realization of how little she really knows about lycanthropy. 
Corwin claims that he can teach her how to cope as he does, even how to transcend her affliction. But it will not be easy. It is a hard education that requires her to question everything her pack taught her, and confront exactly what she has become. And, more amazingly, what she never stopped being.
Colorimetry welcomes S.J. Bell and his hot-off-the-press new book, Bonds of Fenris. Thanks for coming and answering some fun questions!!

What inspired you to write Bonds of Fenris?

Well, I was working on a completely different story called Howling Moon, which I was having a very difficult time getting to work. The plot, the characters, and so forth all rang completely false. At the same time, I had also been reading Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville books, which I love for being so down-to-earth. One thing that caught my eye early in the series is the way Vaughn portrays werewolves. The affliction comes across on page as something akin to schizophrenia, with two radically different minds inhabiting the same body. That got me thinking about the relationship of werewolves to the shadow archetype and the interplay between id and ego that it represents. Since I was having such trouble with Howling Moon, I decided to write a short exploring these ideas, as a way of clearing my head and re-centering myself. To cut a long story short, the short turned out to have a lot more potential than I expected, so in due course I abandoned Howling Moon and turned the short story into Bonds of Fenris.

What is your favorite scene or who is your favorite character? why?

The most important scene in the book is probably Talia's experience in the cellar. I'm not sure if I can call it my favorite, though. It was difficult to write, and it's kind of difficult for me to read, too. I mean, it's HARD to torture your characters like that. My favorite is probably the scene immediately preceding, where Talia contemplates her life while stargazing. The interesting thing with that bit is that I didn't intend it to be anything but a kind of buffer between one scene and the next. But I just started writing, and before long I had this beautiful monologue, deep yet simple.

Please share something personal about yourself... hobbies? 

My main hobby would probably be board games. As my bio has said, I play a very bad game of Agricola, but I am fairly good at Innovation. You and I should play someday. ^_^

Lol. Sure! Just let me google those names and figure out what you're talking about first so I have a fighting chance!!  Oh, wait.... I had to do that having said it...

Agricola game.jpg       

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About the Author:
My PhotoS.J. Bell has a lifelong love of stories, in all their myriad forms. In junior high, he used to stay up until 10 P.M. reading cheesey science-fiction novels. In high school, he was a Squaresoft fan and Babylon 5junkie. In college, he studied English Literature and argued on the internet about the relative quality of anime dubs. Today, he lives on Long Island, in the state of New York, and writes for a living. He spends his spare time reading and blogging about werewolves, watching movies with his girlfriend, and playing board games. He plays a poor game of Agricola, but a very good game of Innovation.

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  1. I don't really play any board games (besides things like Clue and Monopoly), but ever since Wil Wheaton's youtube show TableTop started, I've wanted to get more into games!

  2. I play board games whenever I babysit. I own at Clue and Monopoly on family game nights, but I tend to dominate at Chutes and Ladders with the little ones, even though I move my pieces practically 4 spaces back whenever they're not looking to help them along.

  3. I love to play board games. Cranium has always been one of my favorites, well since it's debut. We often get a group of friends together just to have a "game night".

  4. I am the worst at board games; being an only child never had any practice and never developed a liking for them :) Thank you for sharing about this fun read and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

  5. I'm pretty kick-ass at backgammon. Also like scrabble, but am pretty useless beyond a 5 letter word.
    Thank for the giveaway :)

  6. oh yes! quite a few! :)) checkers, monopoly, snakes & ladders, even chess.. although i suck big time when i play chess with my dad. HAHA

  7. My fave board game would have to be CandyLand because it's just so fun!!!

  8. I haven't played a board game in a while! But I always liked checkers. I have a chess set I bought from Scotland,but it is too unique for me to play it! I am weird like that!


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