“I AM WOLF”
(The Children of Nox series)
by Joann H. Buchanan
Angel, hero, monster, devil--we all become what we really are. I Am Wolf --The journey of a boy about to become a man who inherits his ancestors gift and must learn the right way to use it. He falls in love with Alaynee and begins to feel like he is normal again. When their world is shattered by the kidnapping of Alaynee's little brother, Jonah breaks the cardinal rule of his gift and bites the kidnapper, creating a creature called the unnatural. This sends him and all his friends on an adventure across the states to a place in Tennessee. There they find not only must they stop the unnatural creature, but they must save Cara--the girl the creature is after. Jonah must ask himself the most important question of all, would you sacrifice yourself to save another?
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INTERVIEW with author JOANN BUCHANAN
Q: What inspired you to write “I Am Wolf”?
A: I love Native American folklore and one day I came across one that was about a warrior who was born with a wolf spirit and a human spirit. The story was about choices and not letting the wolf out. That made me think of well what would happen if the wolf did come out and what would happen if the wolf bit a human. It just kind of went from there.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: I wrote this on my FB wall and it became the credo of Tibolt’s clan,
I am a part of Tibolt’s clan, a creature of the night. I wash myself in the shining sun and dance with joy in the glittering moon light. I am loyal to a fault and sing to the midnight hours—I Am Wolf.
The whole thing was such an inspiration for the story that the title just fit.
Q: Who designed the cover and how much input did you have regarding the design?
A: Karen Fuller and she is amazing in working with us for the covers of our books. She does a great job at staying true to the story and asking us what we want.
Q: Which of your characters in “I Am Wolf” are your favourite and why?
A: Jeanne and Cara are my favourite characters because as a mom I related to her the most. I also loved that she was able to get out of a bad situation and make something of herself for her daughter. That message is so important to me. We all have to get up and dust ourselves off from time to time.
Q: Is “I Am Wolf” your first book?
A: No, but it’s my first published novel. I have a little novella called Soulless Light through the same publishing company, World Castle Publishing. I have three other books written that are part of a 9 books series. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet.
Q: What was the hardest part of writing “I Am Wolf”?
A: Letting it go. I love that story and I was so worried about what others would think of it. There is a fine line I walk in it as far as genre is concerned and I didn’t know if people would love it as much as I did. I have been so blown away by my fans and how much they love it too. I can’t thank them enough for that.
Q: Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
A: I learned tons! LOL. The first thing I learned is no matter what happens, your grammar is always going to be wrong. That cutting is a good thing and that everyone gets something different out of what they read. I was so surprised by the last one.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in “I Am Wolf”?
A: Of course as I grow as a writer, I’m going to think it can always be better. There just comes a point when you have to let it go and move on to the next one.
Q: What are your current projects?
A: I’m working on “The Kiss”, book 2 of the series. In this one you will learn about Nox, the goddess of the night and that everything in book 1 is there for a reason.
I’m also working on “Dragon’s Eye” for an anthology called “The Girls Who Cried Wolf” with two other writers, Elizabeth Kolodziej and Mary Bast two writers I love!
The last thing I’m working on is called “Chaos and the Beltane”. It’s a horror/fantasy story that takes place in two different Realms. It has been a lot of fun to write that.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A: Keep writing and keep reading. There are so many that give up, so this is a path that you have to love. If you can’t go to bed without thinking of a story line or the people around you remind you of things you have written, then you are a writer.