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Werewolf Parallel

Roy Gill

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Author Interview

Hi Roy, happy book birthday! First of all, can you tell us a bit about Werewolf Parallel?
Roy Gill [RG]: The story takes place a year after the events of Daemon Parallel. It's a sequel, although I've worked hard to make the story accessible for new readers too. Cameron is running his business, trading between the Human and Daemon worlds, with the help of his friends Morgan and Eve. His new life comes under threat from the sinister Dr Black and Mr Grey, just as his own werewolf powers take a surprising and disturbing turn. What lengths will he go to, to stop his world being torn apart?

What was it like, returning to the Parallel and the Daemonic realm? Were there any surprises along the way?
RG: It was great to return to an established world and characters. It felt like a story that needed to be told, actually - I'd been brewing ideas for quite a while! There were plenty surprises in the telling of the story too (see below...)

Werewolf Parallel is stuffed full of magic, monsters and myths. What sort of research did you have to do while you were writing it?
RG: A fair amount - everything from wolf packs and steam engines, to dark matter and the Roman occupation of Edinburgh! I try to treat it lightly, and I'm not above bending the facts to suit the story (although I was grateful to an astronomer friend for checking that Dr Black's theories weren't ridiculously divorced from reality). Most research comes via the library or the web - the best part though is wandering round real-life locations, like Calton Hill or the Museum of Scotland, and planning out chase scenes or discovering unusual things to include...

What was your favourite thing about writing the book?
RG: Anything that turned up unexpectedly! I plan the plot in some detail before starting, but I see that as something to improve on, not stick to doggedly. Sometimes I'm surprised what my subconscious is up to, working away in the background... For example, there's one character's voice told in the second person, directly addressing the reader. I had no idea why I was writing those sections like that until I got to almost the end of the novel, and it suddenly all clicked into place. Nearly all the jokes or funny lines (at least I hope they're funny...) emerge in writing too, and they're probably the most enjoyable part of the process. I've got used to being stared at, laughing to myself in coffeeshops...

What did you find most difficult?
RG: The final chapter was a challenge. It's both sad and hopeful, and feels heavy with the weight of things left unsaid. I got a bit choked-up writing it. I think it's also the part I'm proudest of too.

Do you have any writing rituals/superstitions?
RG: There's a certain time in the morning by which I need to get started, otherwise my brain never gets properly into gear and I might as well resign myself to a day wasted. The trick is to get email, Twitter and Facebook turned OFF before then! I'm still working on getting this right... If I'm up against a deadline, and energy levels are flagging, the Saint Etienne singles compilation 'too young to die' played loud is the ultimate restorative.

And finally... what's next?
RG: I've been asked to submit stories to a couple of interesting anthologies, and I'm currently working on two scripts - one for a project yet to be announced, the other speculative and something entirely new for me. I hope there'll be a third novel too, but I'm swithering as to which idea to go for. Asides from that, I'm open to offers!

We'd like to say a big thank you to Emma Pass and Author Allsorts, who did this month's very special Book of the Month interview with Roy. And make sure to check out our new website, www.kelpiesteen.co.uk, for more exciting Werewolf Parallel gossip!

About Werewolf Parallel

This book costs £6.99.
It is a paperback with 280 pages.
If you're searching for it online, it might be useful to have the book's unique number, which is 9781782500544.

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