Feathers unfurl from my skin. My plummet curves into a swoop, and I tuck my talons beneath my body. From girl to great horned owl in about a second. Pretty good, huh?
Gwen Williams is like any other modern teenager with one exception: she's a shapeshifter. Never having known her Pooka-spirit father, Gwen must struggle with the wild, wonderful magic inside of her alone—and in secret. While society may tolerate vampires, centaurs, and "Others" like Gwen, there are plenty of folks in Klikamuks, Washington, who don't care for her kind.
Now there's a new werewolf pack in town, and Others are getting killed, including Gwen's dryad friend. The police are doing zilch. In the midst of terrible loss and danger, Gwen meets a cute Japanese fox spirit who's refreshingly comfortable with his Otherness. Can Gwen find the courage to embrace her true self and find the killer—before she becomes the next victim?
Gorgeous cover, don't you think? And the eyes, always be wary of anyone with glowing green eyes!
Karen's written OTHER and is part of the werewolf pack I now belong to. It's strange how they're all girls apart from me (though I think I now have honourary girl status, but that's another story entirely).
So, without further ado,here's my trio of questions for the glamourous Karen!
1. Most scary book you read with werewolves/shifters?
Probably Peter S. Beagle's Tamsin. Although it isn’t a straight horror novel by any means, it definitely creeped me out when I read it. Besides ghosts and the Wild Hunt, we meet faeries who can shift into different forms. Not to mention become invisible. One of these faeries is, in fact, a pooka—though he’s quite a bit more mysterious and malicious than the half-pooka protagonist of my novel Other.
2. Most scary werewolf movie?
I must admit, I’m one of those people who watches horror movies to laugh at them. The half-naked, half-hairy man-wolves in Hollywood don’t scare me much, since it doesn’t take a lot of fake fur and cheesy special effects to make me snicker. I’d love to see a decent werewolf movie where the wolves actually look somewhat like wolves, and manage to terrify the living daylights out of me.
3. Any dos and don'ts about werewolves you'd like to share? Top tips?
Do: make sure you know what kind of werewolf you’re dealing with. Depending on the story, the werewolf might (a) kill you, (b) fall in love with you, or (c) drool on you. Don’t: underestimate the cuteness of werepuppies. You get to meet some in Other. They like chew toys, and piddling on your shoes.