What inspired you the most while writing this book?
I’m not that big on reading horror/supernatural, but I enjoy the old horror movies: The original Frankenstein, Wolfman, etc. One day, awhile back, the basic idea just hit me. I’ve written a fair number of Westerns, and I had a flash that perhaps a wolfman in a Western. Not the most startling inspiration, but there it is.
Which character in your book do you relate to the most? Why?
Well, John, of course. 🙂 Who else but the hero would I relate to? 🙂 Seriously, other than the bad guys there are not many other male characters. Of those, I probably identify most with Marshal Clay Bannister. He’s honest (which I think I am), strong (which I’d like to be) and dedicated. A good guy, all in all.
What is the most important thing that you hope readers take away from your book?
A sense of enjoyment at a good, somewhat different story that somehow touches them.
Which other authors have inspired or influenced you the most?
Originally, a woman named Janice Holt Giles had the most influence and inspiration. If I hadn’t read one of her books, I might never have become a writer. Since then, I don’t know. I think I pick up inspiration or influence subconsciously. But hopefully not too much of the latter. I don’t want to emulate others. I have my own voice, I think, though I can certainly be inspired by others. I do read several authors whom I’d like to write as well as.
Can you share a little bit about your writing process?
I’m a seat of the pants writer. I might have a bare-bones synopsis, but that usually changes, and changes a lot. With my Westerns, I’ve been doing them so long and reading related nonfiction so long that I have a good idea of what I’m doing. If I come across something I need but don’t know offhand, I’ll research it. Wolf, on the other hand, took more research. I had the Western part down, of course. It was the wolf part that took a lot of researching.
Tell us about your next book.
Depends on what you mean by next book. If the next one out, that’s one from my backlist, which should be out soon on Kindle. It’s original title was “Medicine Wagon,” but it will be coming out as “Doc McGill.” If you mean what am I working on, I have two in the works. If I get suck on one, I’ll work on the other for a while. One is a sequel to two of my backlist books that came out recently: “Winter Rage” and “Blackfoot Dawn.” The other is a hybrid of mountain man/traditional. I recently had another paranormal come out: “Dead Man’s Gun.” It’s either a longish short story or a very short novella. Other than that, there are no more paranormals on the way.
What is the best piece of writing advice that you have ever received?
Write, write, write. Basically, just do it, to use the cliche. The more you write (hopefully) the better you get.