shapeshifterromance.wordpress.com has an interview with Maggie Stiefvater who has a new take on werewolves: Maggie Stiefvater has a new release! I discovered Maggie not long after her first book, Lament came out. I loved it, my mom loved it, you would probably love it too. It’s YA, as is her new book, but definitely something adults who like fantasy will enjoy too.
So, when I heard she had a new book, part of a new series that features werewolves, coming out, I definitely wanted to have her stop by the blog to answer a few questions, and she nicely agreed.
Q.) First can you give us an overview of your new release Shiver?
M.S.) Yup. The spiel: It’s a bittersweet love story about Grace, a girl who has always loved the wolves behind her house, and the Sam, a boy who has to become a wolf each winter. Each summer he gets fewer and fewer months as a human, so when they fall in love, the countdown begins.
Q.) Where did you get the idea to have a character whose shifts are tied to the seasons?
M.S.) I was trying to think of something cyclical, like the phases of the moon, but that would give me more time to play with inside the cycle. The seasons worked perfectly, plus it gave me built in, easy to understand tension as the temperature dropped.
Q.) Is Sam part of a group who also shift like this or is he affected by a curse or something similar that only affects him?
M.S.) In my version of werewolf lore, it’s contagious” you’re bitten, you’re screwed. I mean, you become a wolf. So Sam is part of a larger pack, all in varying states of their shifting. He’s one of the few that still becomes human in the summer.
Read the complete interview here. This interview alone has made me want to check out her writing. Have you read any of her books? If not, are you interested enough to check Shiver out?