As part of the Wolf Girls Blog Tour, I am excited to welcome J.K Coi to SWR! She is the author of Run Wolf, one of 17 stories about she-wolves featured in the new anthology Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws, and Lycogyny. J.K is here to discuss werewolves, writing and strong heroines.
SWR: Can you tell us about the Wolf Girls anthology and your story, Run Wolf? What can readers expect from both?
Wolf Girls is so much fun to read. Such a great variety of stories, I’m amazed by the action, imagination and wolf awesomeness packed into those pages. I only hope that readers think the same about my contribution to the anthology.
SWR: How did you get involved with the anthology?
I saw a posting somewhere for submissions. Honestly, I had no intention of sending anything because I already had way too much work on my plate, but the call put a bug in my ear and the idea kept growing until I had to write something. That’s just the way it works sometimes.
SWR: Run Wolf had a “Most Dangerous Game/Running Man” feel to it. Was there something specific that influenced the story’s plot and world-building?
It started with one sentence… Kill or be killed, wolf. What’s it going to be?
The rest just kind of flowed from there.
SWR: Can you tell us a bit about Gwen, the main character in Run Wolf, and what makes her a strong she-wolf heroine?
Gwen is a wolf in a society that knows about wolves, but hates them. Kind of like a True Blood sort of situation. She’s had to work within the rules put on her by humans her whole life, and try to take care of her younger brother too so she’s suppressed her wolf side, until now when she has no choice but to accept her wolf.
But the trick is controlling the wolf once she’s let it out…
SWR: What are some of the werewolf tropes you wanted to avoid or embrace and why do you think werewolves have become so popular recently?
I agree that werewolf stories have become really popular, maybe it’s because werewolves are about men and women with hidden strength. It’s about becoming more than you are … on an epic scale!
SWR: What are some of your favorite werewolf stories?
I love werewolf tales of all kinds, but my favourite is and always has been An American Werewolf in London.
SWR: What is your process for writing a short story as opposed to a full-length novel?
I think it’s really important in a short story to cut to the chase quickly. Immerse the reader in your world and your characters without worrying about too much background. I like to think of a short story as if I’m watching the most important scene of a longer movie. The one where everything is on the line, things are exploding, lives are in danger. It should still have a beginning/middle/end, but those markers are a little more flexible.
SWR: Who are some influential writers that have inspired you and what’s the last book you read that you would recommend?
I think Stephen King writes some of the best short stories ever told. He has a gift for giving the reader everything they need in a short – and yet he can also write truly compelling long fiction too. I guess that’s why he’s a master.
Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of young adult, and I really recommend Anna Dressed in Blood for good young adult horror. I also just finished reading Night Circus and it was fantastic!
SWR: You write under two names. What can readers expect from J.K Coi vs Chloe Jacobs?
JK Coi writes chilling horror and dark, emotional romance for adults, while Chloe Jacobs writes fantasy for young adults. Of course, my writing style is similar for both, but there are distinct differences when focusing on writing for different audiences.
SWR: Tell us about some of your upcoming projects?
I’m excited because in September, the second book of my Seasons of Invention series is being released from Carina Press – this is steampunk with a dark emotional edge.
In book 1 we met Jasper and Callie, a married couple who had suffered a horrible tragedy that left Callie with mechanical limbs, and resulted in the two of them being drafted as spies for the war office. Book 2, Broken Promises, takes Jasper and Callie on a wild adventure as they try to catch a villain who wants to kill the only person who can help Callie fix the dangerous problems she’s having with her new prosthetics.
SWR: Thanks so much for the interview, J.K!
Thank you for letting me visit, I had a fantastic time!
THE WOLF GIRLS ANTHOLOGY
TITLE: Wolf Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogny
EDITOR: Hannah Kate
PUBLISHER: Hic Dragones
PUBLICATION DATE: June 29, 2012
PURCHASE BOOK: Publisher
GOODREADS SUMMARY: Feral, vicious, fierce and lost… the she-wolf is a strange creature of the night. Attractive to some; repulsive to others, she stalks the fringes of our world as though it were her prey. She is the baddest of girls, the fatalest of femmes – but she is also the excluded, the abject, the monster.
The Wolf-Girls within these pages are mad, bad and dangerous to know. But they are also rejected and tortured, loving and loyal, avenging and triumphant. Some of them are even human…
Seventeen new tales of dark, snarling lycogyny by Nu Yang, Mary Borsellino, Lyn Lockwood, Mihaela Nicolescu, L. Lark, Jeanette Greaves, Kim Bannerman, Lynsey May, Hannah Kate, J.K. Coi, Rosie Garland, R.A. Martens, Beth Daley, Marie Cruz, Helen Cross, Andrew Quinton and Sarah Peacock.