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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 28, 2010 04:12AM) (new)

How the Wild Series evolved

The Wild series began when I was a patrol deputy in the Colorado Mountains. I worked in a county that was cattle country. As charming as that seems, many of the ranchers killed anything that crossed their property they didn't like.

This did not sit well with me, the great animal lover that I am, I believe all animals have right to live on this planet. As a patrol deputy, I could do nothing about it unless it was an endangered species or poaching involved.

I have always been the storyteller, I imagined a rancher that shared his land with all creatures including the dreaded wolf. This turned into a skin walker or werewolf story. A good story always takes on a life of its own. While I was writing the series, the story developed in ways I had never imagined when I first set out to write the first book.

What would happen if you were attacked by a vicious animal? What if that animal turned out to be human, a changeling? Would you tell the cops about the person you killed in self-defense? Would you hide the body and tell no one? Who would believe your story?

How would this affect the rest of your life? How could you put this behind you and just forget about it? Wouldn't you be on edge? Suspicious of everyone? How could you live a normal life from then on, especially if you became the creature that attacked you?

Wild Evolution is about how Dan chooses to hide the body because he thinks no one would believe his story. He worries that if anyone found out, he would be charged with murder. It is hard to be a mellow when you are obsessed with keeping your secret a secret.

Wild Justice is the continuation, how Dan tries to live a normal life and get married and have family. How he tries to live the American dream of owning his own business, but things don't go according to plan.

Wild Legacy continues with Dan's attempt to raise a family and try to blend in with the rest of the community. Dan's love for all creatures runs through his child's veins, but his curse also runs through his child's veins too. Only he knows why his child is different. Like every other parent, he tries to teach his child how to fit in; but like every other soul on this planet, they have to make their way on their own terms. Wild Legacy (book #3 of the wild series) by C. Fern Cook Wild Justice (Wild, #2) by C. Fern Cook Wild Evolution, book I of the Wild Series by C. Fern Cook

message 2: by Cecilia (new)

Cecilia | 167 comments Fern, I think your books are very readable and you've created a great idea for a series! Your idea of a Native American 'skinwalker' instead of bi-pedal beastly wolf-man that randomly kills really fits in with what you are trying to accomplish with your story.

I'm very impressed by your 'Wild' series and hope others pick up on it. I'll do my best to share.

Hopefully, I'll also be sharing on your blog next week and best of luck with your books!


message 3: by Cecilia (new)

Cecilia | 167 comments By the way, that's not to say I don't enjoy a good scary bi-pedal werewolf story (like King's "Silver Bullet" tale) but it doesn't fit in with your environmentalist-type werewolf...:>

Cheers, Fern!

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