Interview with T c Tombs, author of Run with the Wolves

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ABOUT RUN WITH THE WOLVES

 

Run-wit-the-WolvesIt is the fifteenth century, and three kingdoms are caught up in the dire conflicts of their time. As the possibility of a peaceful resolution provides hope that a decade-long war will finally end, no one realizes that dark forces are waiting to invoke chaos as a full moon rises.

On a farm nestled beneath the Euralene Mountains along the western border of Medinia, young Willie works for the Smythes as a serf. One moonlit evening when the Smythes are gone to a neighbouring village, Willie hears the terrified cries of animals in the pastures. When he goes to investigate, he discovers that this wolf pack attack is like no other. Badly injured during the raid, he survives—but now he is afflicted by the full-moon madness that will soon transform him into one of the wolf creatures he dreads. With his life seemingly warped forever, Willie must face the prospect of a lifelong descent into horror.

In a time of witchcraft, superstitious folk lore, and fearsome creatures roaming the night, Willie struggles with an uncertain destiny and must seek help from the one man he holds most responsible for the dark fate that awaits him during the next full moon cycle.

“Beware of the full moon. This one is for all of the werewolf lovers!”

—Top Book Reviewers

A well-written and addictive first novel.

—Blue Ink Review

A well-developed, tightly plotted fantasy; readers will want installments two and three.

—Kirkus Reviews

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Why was writing your book so important to you?

I had an idea for taking an unique approach to telling a story in a popular genre. I was fairly certain that people would find it entertaining and I thought I had a flair for writing in a way that would keep a reader hooked. As I began writing, however, it became clear that it was going to take considerable time and dedication to see the project through – with no guarantee that anyone would ever get to read it. That was the hardest decision to make. Do I invest the time and effort? I suppose I had to find out if I could pull it off.

What was the writing/creative process like?

I found the writing/creative process to be many things, but mostly it was gratifying to see a germ of an idea expand into a world of its own. At times I wrote with wild abandon and found it hard to keep up with all the ideas that came flowing through to me. At other times, it was work – especially during the editing process. Thankfully, I could see the story was getting tighter and better crafted as that process went along.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think of myself primarily as a storyteller. I guess I first thought of myself as a writer when I let someone outside the family read the first chapter and they said ‘wow – this is good’.

How much influence did you have in the cover of your book? Why did you choose it?

There are three book covers in the ‘Run with the Wolves series’. Before the books were published, I had the opportunity to attend a pitchfest in L.A. In preparation, I sat down with a very talented graphic artist and friend – Robert J Lewis and discussed various scenes from the story and he made some rough sketches. He then went on to draw up some pretty vivid storyboards that I took to L.A. Over a four day period I pitched my project in front of 24 studios and had nine call-backs for extra discussions. You can see those storyboards on my web site www.tctombs.com When it came time to create book covers, I enlisted Robert’s aid again and we hashed out the cover scene for each book. You’ll see a common full moon background theme in the covers of ‘The Pack’, ‘The Oracle’, and ‘The Beast’.

Can you describe a typical day?

Everyday is different. There are common elements, I suppose. I usually get up around 7:30 and go to bed around 11:30.

What do your family and friends think of your writing?

I’ve had a great deal of support from family and friends. Only my wife and daughters got to read the first drafts though. I was a little tentative to put it ‘out there’ for others to read until it was edited and published. When my friends and colleagues began reading volume one, I was blown away and humbled by their reaction and positive feedback. There are a great many characters in the ‘Run with the Wolves’ saga. Early on I decided to name many of them after family and friends. I took their names, put spins on them, flipped coins to decide their fates – and I killed many of them off – hopefully in an entertaining fashion.

I hope you’ll get a copy of Volume one ‘The Pack’ and enjoy the read.

ABOUT T C TOMBS

T c TOMBS earned degrees from Trent University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Like many Canadians, he loves hockey and golf, and he has a passion for medieval history, folk lore, literature, film, and music. Terry and his wife, Sandra, live in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, where they have raised five daughters.

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