Bonds 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. ^_^
S.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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