Please welcome Roxanne Smolen, author of The Amazing Wolf Boy Series, to Paranormal Wednesday.
About Roxanne Smolen
Roxanne Smolen is a leading professional in the writing industry. She is a sought-after writing instructor and editor whose tireless efforts help other authors reach their dreams of publication. She co-founded the Coral Springs Writers Workshop and has been a contributor there for over twenty years. She is a prolific writer with twelve published novels. She also writes a line of children’s books under the name R.A.P. Smolen and a series of how-to-write books with the Coral Springs Writers Workshop under C.S. Writers. All of Roxanne’s books can be found at Amazon. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Or you can reach her at her website, www.roxannesmolen.com.
Interview with Roxanne Smolen
What inspired you to write a paranormal story?
I’ve always harbored a love of paranormal. Ghosts, werewolves, vampires—such are the stuff of my dreams. But I didn’t attempt to write in the genre until I read Twilight. Whether you love it or hate it, the book garnered strong emotions.
So I decided to write The Amazing Wolf Boy, a Twilight-like book. Except it’s more about werewolves than vampires, and the main character is a boy instead of a girl, and it came out much more humorous than I expected, and—actually it’s nothing like Twilight, so forget I said that.
Do you consider yourself a writer, a want-a-be writer, or a storyteller? Or do you have a new name altogether?
I’ve read many posts asking when you’re allowed to call yourself a writer or an author as if the art of writing had ranks you needed to achieve. Like levelling up in a video game. I don’t buy it. That said, in public I refer to myself as a novelist. In private, I am the Supreme Ruler, master of all, and I can smite with the swipe of my pen.
Describe your writing. What makes your story and style worth a reader’s time?
I love to read paranormal romance. But often the stories lean so heavily on graphic violence and sex that their plots are lost in the heaving breasts. In that respect, my The Amazing Wolf Boy series stands out. The books are rated PG. Anyone can read them regardless of age. They have no gore, bad language, or heavy petting—but they do have plenty of feel-good moments. Not your average shifter story.
How was your publication experience?
I’ve had four publishers in my career. The first two were small online publishers dealing only in eBooks. But eBooks were still in their infancy, and both publishers went out of business. The third publisher was mid-sized, meaning that although they weren’t based in New York they had a large stable of authors. Sadly, they also closed their doors, this time due to a death in the partnership.
For the past twelve years, I’ve been with another mid-sized publisher. I recently left them because I want more control over my books. I want to be able to change my book covers, the descriptions, or the keywords when it suits me. I want to take advantage of countdown promotions or free days. So I took back my books and plan to self-publish. It’s a steep learning curve, but I’m having fun with it.
Can you give me one of your ‘aha moments’? An Aha moment is when a life lesson becomes clear to you (got it from Oprah).
I think aha moments are essential to life. They keep us moving forward. My biggest aha moment occurred when I lost my eyesight. Oh, I didn’t go blind overnight. I had been struggling with a degenerative disease. I knew there was a possibility of going blind, but I never thought I actually would. But I did, and it dragged me into a deep depression. My long-suffering husband waited a year for me to pull myself together then forced me to take classes at the local Lighthouse for the Blind. I met many blind people who weren’t content to pull the covers over their heads. In fact, my computer instructor had no eyes and never saw a computer—yet he could tell you everything that was on the screen. That was my aha moment. I kicked myself in the patootie and got back on the write track.
James Bond ordered a martini, shaken, not stirred. What’s your poison?
I’m a tea drinker. I love a good cup of hot tea. My current favorite is Twinings Christmas Tea. It brings a quiet sense of snowy mornings and reading a good book before a crackling fire. Of course, where I live there is no snow. Or fireplaces. And I usually listen to books at the pool. So you may want to delete this part.
Describe you favorite place to write when all the stars and the moon are lined up perfectly, and your words flow faster than you can write?
I’m a creature of habit. I guess my muse is, too. There’s a special chair in the corner of my bedroom. I use it only for writing. All I have to do is sit and relax and magic happens. Of course, most of that magic winds up on the cutting room floor. Funny how that happens.
In golf there’s always that one prefect stroke that keeps you coming back to play the game again and again, no matter how many bad shots were taken. Tell me that one compliment that was given or that gut feeling that inspires you to keep writing.
I love getting fan mail through my website. It humbles me. In appreciation, I’ve named several werewolves and witches after readers who have enjoyed my books. When I have a bad day and feel like giving up, I think no, I wouldn’t want to disappoint Laurie, or Tom, or Scott. And so, I carry on.
Who do you have to bribe, borrow, or steal from to find the time to create your works?
Me. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to time management.
The clincher–describe yourself in six words!
Supportive friend on an amazing journey.
About The Amazing Wolf Boy
Beware the Werewolf with Teenage Angst
When a pack of lycanthropes kidnap his girlfriend, a teenage nerd/newbie werewolf must harness his new found superpowers to save her life.
Cody Forester plans to become a doctor. Instead, he becomes a werewolf. The first time Cody shows fang and fur, his parents ship him off to podunkville to live with his black sheep uncle. His revised career choice is social hermit. As the new kid, he makes more enemies than friends. His high school teachers label him a troublemaker. The whole town hates him.
Except Brittany. She’s beautiful, with her eyes painted black and her lips dark purple. When Brittany discovers his secret, she tries to cure him using crystals, candles, and magic potions. Cody falls head-over-tails in love-but he can never tell her. Girls like her aren’t for him. He’s the amazing wolf boy. Astound your family and mystify your friends.
While Cody moons over Brittany, a murderous pack of lycanthropes howl into town. They want Cody to join them. When he refuses, they kidnap Brittany and threaten to kill her at moonrise. Cody must master his untried superpowers or the girl he loves dies. Can he defeat the pack and save both their lives?
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