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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wolves and Waves: A Guest Post from LE Franks

Okay-- I'm biased.  LE Franks came and knit with me-- in fact, she was the first person to try on Chicken's sweater.

Anyway, she claims I helped inspire some of her madness, and I'm sound with that.  I mean, to be told that you helped someone write a book?  That's sort of amazing.  

So I offered to let L.E. post on my blog to celebrate that tremendous thing she did, cause how could you not?  Anyway, this is LE Franks, my dry-witted, funny, knitting friend who lives in my backyard and came to visit me at my mother ship.  I adore her.  Enjoy her post-- and hopefully her book.  

Wolves and Waves: Prodigal Wolf by LE Franks & Sara York

Wow. Looking at what I just wrote at the top of this page and I’m a little bit sheepish. Not false modesty, but vast humility because if it wasn’t for Amy Lane, Sara York, and Sue Brown, along with the encouragement of the fabulous members of the yahoo M/Marvelous group—if it wasn’t for all of them my faux-name wouldn’t be up there and this book that sprang from a creative synergy with Sara York, wouldn’t exist. I particularly want to thank Amy for welcoming me to post here. She’s been inspiration, technical assistant, and cheerleader. Knit on Amy!

Funnily enough, Wolves & Waves: Prodigal Wolf wasn’t the story Sara and I were going to write. We had (have?) plans for an angsty romance set in San Francisco (my back yard). We spent time outlining the plot--found photos of our locations, created backstories... all the fun work of writing.  But before we started our ‘real work’ we decided to cut our teeth on a 10K word short set in South Carolina (her backyard). It would be a little formula piece in the shifter genre picked out of a hat. I think I told Sara a brief story from high school about when five of us got into trouble for breaking a shower in a motel in Fresno on a school field trip. Unlike real life, we started riffing on five guys in a shower, what they were doing and how they got there. The scene becomes a pivotal moment for our human twinks in the book, and I still have the Peet’s cup that I diagramed the action on.

Suddenly we had five characters to weave into a coherent story – six including our alpha. Our 10K word quickie became 62K, with a planned, three book initial story arc about a wolf shifter destined to lead —one who hasn’t come to terms with his place in the world and the losses he’s suffered in his past. We weren’t in a hurry to push Carlo along too fast. He’s still in pain. He’s angry, and he’s conflicted, and he’s resisting efforts from all sides to reintegrate into the pack.  And that’s so much fun to write.  Hope you like this.  –LE

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saharaoz said...

LOVE LOVE LOVED IT - and the eternal reader question... when can I get more LOL Fabulous and THANKYOU Colette xoxo

saharaoz said...

LOVE LOVE LOVED IT. And the eternal reader question - when can I get more LOL. Thanks so much for a great read Colette xoxo