Today I am so pleased to welcome Warren Rochelle to Joyfully Jay. Warren has come to talk to us about his latest release, The Werewolf and His Boy. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Warren a big welcome!

 

Today Warren has written some questions and answers to share with us! 

Have I ever taken a trip to research a story? Yes, because one essential task of any writer is to tell the truth. The world of the story has to be real even if it is a fantasy. The world has to be coherent and contextualized. By that I mean if my hero or heroine is being chased across campus by our friendly neighborhood monster, then I need to know how long it takes, whether the campus used is real or imagined. The world being built needs to be believable.

The trip that immediately came to mind is one I took for The Called, an earlier novel (Golden Gryphon Press, 2010).  One scene, a confrontation between the good guys and the bad guys, takes place at the Mountain Farm Museum, just outside the Cherokee reservation in the North Carolina mountains. I was sure I remembered the museum exactly as it was. I mean, I have been there many times. Even so, I wanted to check. I am glad I did, as the museum in my memory is facing the wrong direction. One’s memory can become fiction, too. For The Werewolf and His Boy, no trips to North Carolina, but I did go visit the Lowe’s at Short Pump, in Richmond (Larkin’s in the novel), as Chapters 1-4 has several scenes set in this store. I got a map, visited the locations for these scenes, too, notes, and I walked the route one of my heroes takes when being chased by a wolf. I had my husband drive me over an imagined bus route, so I would know what my hero saw out the window. I also borrowed from an earlier trip to the UK, to London and Cornwall.

The weirdest thing I have ever done in the name of research? I’m not sure this is the weirdest, but I still wonder if I wound up on some list somewhere as a result. In The Golden Boy,  a novel not yet published, my hero has to call his mother, not knowing her landline phone was destroyed in a fire (they have been estranged for years). Apparently, during the Blitz in London, if you called a destroyed phone, there would be a screeching noise, or so I read somewhere. That sounded cool, but I thought I should call Verizon to check. Technology has moved on since World War II: call a destroyed phone these days and it just rings and rings. The nice Verizon representative didn’t ask me if I planned on burning up a few phones or houses, but did she keep a record of the call just in case…?

Writer’s block. Hmm, no, I don’t think I have ever had writer’s block (knock on wood, toss salt over my shoulder …) but if I did, I would try one or all of the following, in no particular order:

  • Free-writing, focusing on what seems to be the source of the block, such as a character or setting, whatever has slowed things down. I would try a 500-word sentence, written without taking fingers from the keyboard or pen from paper;
  • Take a break, and come back later when I feel refreshed;
  • Talk over the story with someone close to me, one of my muses.

What tools do I feel are must-haves for writers?  Something to write on and with, of course, and  I would suggest both pen and paper and one’s trusty computer. I have I found I need to have hard copy for revisions. And sometimes, the trusty computer or the phone is not available, and pen and paper is a great fall-back.  A pad by the phone helps, too, for those late-night answers to questions or moments of inspiration, or significant dreams. Be sure to wake up enough to so that whatever you write can be read in the morning. I would suggest keeping a journal, too. Online or on paper is up to you, but I am a firm believer in the physical act of writing. I have found my journal a valuable tool for thinking about a story or a character, and asking myself questions about plot or motivation, and so on.

Where do I like to write? At my desk.

Yes, I have used a pseudonym, for my Amazon reviews. I had the idea at the time that the University of Mary Washington might prefer publications be more formal. I borrowed the name of a character created when I was in college, Wallace Rinkelhaus.

What’s next? Right now, I am working on what feels like two novellas. One is the continuation of “The Boy on McGee Street” (forthcoming in my collection, The Wicked Stepbrother and Other Stories, and first published in Queer Fish 2, Pink Narcissus Press, 2012). I wanted to know what happened to Fletcher and Sam next. The other novella is a sequel to my first novel, The Wild Boy, and takes place one hundred years later, as humanity recovering from the Long Nightmare of the Lindauzi conquest. When can you expect these novellas?  Next year, I hope. I also want to revisit a novel I have rewritten a few times, The Golden Boy, set in alternate history, in the world of the Columbian Empire.

 


Blurb

Their leap of faith could unleash magic—or plunge them into darkness.

Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin’s since graduating high school. He likes it—especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can’t find them. Without that talent, he would never had survived growing up different.

When a hire enters the store, Henry’s other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.

Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different—he senses Henry’s attraction the moment they met. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.

Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing—even extermination—to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a friendly coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand mysteries of their own hearts.

The question is, will this quest cost them their lives?

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Bio

Warren Rochelle lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has just retired from teaching English at the University of Mary Washington.

His short fiction and poetry have been published in such journals and anthologies as Icarus, North Carolina Literary Review, Forbidden Lines, Aboriginal Science Fiction, Collective Fallout, Queer Fish 2, Empty Oaks, Quantum Fairy Tales, Migration, The Silver Gryphon, Jaelle Her Book, Colonnades, and Graffiti, as well as the Asheville Poetry Review, GW Magazine, Crucible, The Charlotte Poetry Review, and Romance and Beyond.

His short story, “The Golden Boy,” was a finalist for the 2004 Spectrum Award for Short Fiction. His short story “Mirrors,” was just published in Under A Green Rose, a queering romance anthology, from Cuil Press. “The Latest Thing,” a flash fiction story, is in the Queer Sci Fi anthology, Innovation.

Rochelle is also the author of four novels: The Wild Boy (2001), Harvest of Changelings (2007), and The Called (2010), all published by Golden Gryphon Press, and The Werewolf and His Boy, published by Samhain Publishing in September 2016. The Werewolf and His Boy was re-released from JMS Books in August 2020. The Wicked Stepbrother and Other Stories is forthcoming from JMS Books in late September 2020.


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