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Interview with Beth Lewis, author of The Wolf Road


Please welcome Beth Lewis to The Qwillery as part of the 2016 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Wolf Road was published on July 5th by Crown.



Interview with Beth Lewis, author of The Wolf Road




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. When and why did you start writing?

Beth:  It’s probably a cliché but in truth, I’ve always written. The first story I remember writing was in Class 2, I would have been five or six, and it just went from there. I made up my own narratives and wrote down all the stories my mother told me, stapled the pages into books and asked for a typewriter for my birthday one year. It was an obsession and it still is. I just love making up stories and characters and my mind is always buzzing with ‘what if’ questions that are just begging to be turned into novels.




TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Beth:  I used to think I was a pantser and was proud of the fact, but recently I’ve come to realise I’m more of a hybrid but still very much leaning to the pantser side. I tend to have a basic plot in my mind when I start writing, or at least, an endpoint I want to get to. The characters will come to me shortly after and an opening scene. I usually don’t have any idea how I’ll get to the end from there but that’s the fun part.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Beth:  Finding the time. I have a more-than-full-time job which I love but can be very stressful. It’s hard to find the motivation after a long day to sit down for a few hours in front of a laptop of an evening. I tend to write most on weekends, but that can also be difficult as sometimes I just want to slump down in front of Netflix and binge-watch House of Cards. It’s a balancing act and takes a lot of discipline.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Beth:  TV and movies influence me quite a lot, probably more than books nowadays if I’m honest. I’m quite a visual person so the medium works for me. If I’m writing a book set in the forest, I don’t want to read how another author describes that forest, I want to see it for myself and describe it for myself, TV is invaluable for that. I’ve had a couple of ideas spark from moments in movie or TV scenes, just seconds really. I also love the southern storyteller tradition and going back to my school days, reading the epics, the Iliad, the Odyssey, both originally told orally, were a great influence. All I really want to do is tell stories.



TQDescribe The Wolf Road in 140 characters or less.

Beth:  In a war-torn wilderness, Elka discovers the man who raised her is a killer so flees to find her parents, but he’s not letting her go easily.



TQTell us something about The Wolf Road that is not found in the book description.

Beth:  The book description, both in the UK and US, doesn’t tend to mention Penelope. She’s probably my favourite character, as she’s the total opposite to Elka but no less kick-ass. They form a reluctant partnership which grows into a sister-like bond. Their friendship is key to Elka’s whole story and was my favourite part to write.



TQWhat inspired you to write The Wolf Road? What appealed to you about a post-apocalyptic setting for The Wolf Road?

Beth:  The post-apocalyptic setting came about after I’d conceived the basic story. I considered making the book historical but that can be very restrictive, especially in terms of gender roles. I didn’t want to limit Elka, Penelope or Lyon just because they were female in a certain time. A post-apocalyptic setting gave me quite a lot of freedom, it was a bigger playground for the story and as soon as I realised that it would be a PA story, everything fell into place. The PA element was never about the event that triggered it or the wider societal implications, it became coincidental. It just so happened that Elka’s story took place in that environment.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Wolf Road?

Beth:  I watched a lot of TV, mainly survival shows and anything set in Alaska or the Yukon, lots of nature documentaries as well. I also went on a three-day Wilderness Survival course which involved sleeping under a shelter I built, preparing game (skinning rabbits etc.), learning all different ways to make fire, knife skills, trapping and snares, natural medicine and navigation, all kinds of things Elka uses in her journey. That hands-on experience was fantastic and gave me so much inspiration for the book.



TQIn The Wolf Road who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Beth:  Elka was the easiest. She sprang fully formed from the ground and swore at me. Elka has clear motivations and a kind of code she lives by so her actions and reactions were always framed by that. She was a joy to write. The hardest character was probably Lyon. She gets very little screen time but I still had to make her as scary as possible and also sympathetic. It was quite challenging.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in The Wolf Road?

Beth:  This is a difficult one. I haven’t consciously included or excluded any social issues but all novels seem to contain them. I suppose human’s relationship to nature is something I wanted to explore, how we can destroy it so carelessly thinking it’ll just recover in a generation. We’ve got a finite about of world and land and we’ve got to respect it.



TQWhich question about The Wolf Road do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Beth:  This is the hardest question of them all! I’m thrilled to be asked any questions to be honest so I can’t really think of anything that’s missing. Sorry!



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Wolf Road.

Beth:  My favourite -

     These were trees grown up in sorrow and hard soil, green was dark, trunks was twisted and stunted and I could hear ‘em weeping. Right across the mountains, right across the low plains and torn-up land, them old wailing voices carried strong on the wind. The north was raging, low and slow like only land knows how.



TQWhat's next?

Beth:  A few weeks ago I handed in the first draft of my next book. It’s the story of four kids in a small, farming community in the midwest, set in the early ‘70s. They find a body and set about trying to solve the murder but, of course, they dig too deep, ask too many questions, bad things happen. Now that’s handed in, I plan on doing very little for as long as possible!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery!





The Wolf Road
Crown, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Beth Lewis, author of The Wolf Road
ELKA BARELY REMEMBERS a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.

But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.

Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.

The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.





About Beth

Interview with Beth Lewis, author of The Wolf Road
Photo © Andrew Mason

Beth Lewis is a managing editor at Titan Books in London. She was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has had close encounters with black bears, killer whales, and great white sharks. She has been a bank cashier, a fire performer, and a juggler.









Website  ~  Twitter @bethklewis  ~  Facebook



The View From Monday - July 4, 2016


Happy Monday and Happy Independence Day to the USA!

There are 5 Debuts this week - from Horror to a Psychological Thriller in an postapocalyptic setting. There is Fantasy - Dark and Contemporary - and literary Speculative Fiction. Something for everyone!

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone;

Night of the Animals by Bill Broun;

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis;

The Interminables by Paige Orwin;

and

The Copper Promise (Copper Cat 1) by Jen Williams.


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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



And from previously featured DAC Authors:

Take the Monkey and Run (A Call of the Wilde Mysery 4) by Laura Morrigan;

and

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria 1) by Anthony Ryan.

In new formats:

Unbreakable (Chronicles of Promise Paen 1) by W.C. Bauers is out in Trade Paperback;

The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus 3) by Michael J. Martinez is out in Mass Market Paperback;


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Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to that novel's Amazon page.



The View From Monday - July 4, 2016



July 5, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Flameout Keri Arthur UF - A Souls of Fire Novel 3
Unbreakable (h2tp) W. C. Bauers SF - Chronicles of Promise Paen 1
Killing Titan (h2tp) Greg Bear SF/SO - War Dogs 2
A Toxic Trousseau Juliet Blackwell PM - A Witchcraft Mystery 8
Faces (h2mm) E. C. Blake F/DF - The Masks of Aygrima 3
The Hatching (D) Ezekiel Boone H - The Hatching Series 1
The Best of Bova: Volume 2 Ben Bova SF - Collection
Night of the Animals (D) Bill Broun LF/SpecFic
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass (h2mm) Jim Butcher F/SP - The Cinder Spires 1
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (h2tp) Becky Chambers SF - Wayfarers 1
The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (ri) D. G. Compton SF/GenEng/TechTh/Noir
The Dragon Hammer Tony Daniel F - Wulf's Saga 1
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (Ed) SF - Anthology
Neil Gaiman's How to Talk to Girls at Parties Neil Gaiman GN
Roaring Dawn: Macey Book 3 (e) Colleen Gleason PNR- The Gardella Vampire Hunters 10
The Traveler David Golemon Th/SF - Event Group Thrillers 11
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk (h2tp) David A. Goodman SF
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 Edition Paula Guran (Ed) DF/H - Anthology
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
The Black Fox (e)(ri) H. F. Heard GO/M
The Great Fog: And Other Weird Tales (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/SF - Collection
The Lost Cavern: And Other Stories of the Fantastic (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/SF - Collection
Doppelgangers (e)(ri) H. F. Heard H/M
Murder by Reflection (e)(ri) H. F. Heard PsyTh/H
A Taste for Honey (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 1
Reply Paid (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 2
The Notched Hairpin (e)(ri) H. F. Heard M - Mycroft Holmes Mysteries 3
The Conclave of Shadow Alyc Helms UF - Missy Masters 2
Satan's Lambs (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M/Occ - The Lena Padget Mysteries 1
Fortunes of the Dead (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M - The Lena Padget Mysteries 2
When Secrets Die (e)(ri) Lynn S. Hightower M - The Lena Padget Mysteries 3
In the Shadow of Frankenstein: Tales of the Modern Prometheus Stephen Jone (Ed) H - Anthology
Until Death We Do Part (e) Sherrilyn Kenyon PNR - Dark Hunter Novella
Heroine Complex Sarah Kuhn UF/HU/P - Heroine Complex 1
The Harrows of Spring James Howard Kunstler LF/Dys - A World Made by Hand Novel 4
Lammas Night (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz Sup/Hist/Occ
The Legacy of Lehr (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz SF/M
St. Patrick's Gargoyle (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz F
The Temple and the Crown (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz
Deborah Turner Harris
F - Knights Templar 2
The Temple and the Stone (e)(ri) Katherine Kurtz
Deborah Turner Harris
F - Knights Templar 1
Song Of The Shiver Barrens Glenda Larke F - Mirage Makers 3
Syndicate's Pawns (e) Davila LeBlanc SF/SO- A Tale of the Jinxed Thirteenth 2
Alliance of Equals Sharon Lee
Steve Miller
SF - Liaden Universe 19
The Wolf Road (D) Beth Lewis PsyTh/PA/AP/Sus
After Alice (h2tp) Gregory Maguire LF
The Last Adventure of Constance Verity A. Lee Martinez F - Constance Verity 1
The Venusian Gambit (tp2mm) Michael J. Martinez SF - Daedalus 3
The Dinosaur Knights Victor Milán F - The Dinosaur Lords 2
The Burning City Megan Morgan UF - Siren Song 3
Take the Monkey and Run Laura Morrigan PM - A Call of the Wilde Mystery 4
The Interminables (D) Paige Orwin CF/SH/UF
Threading the Needle Joshua Palmatier F - The Ley 2
The Nethers: Frontiers of Hinterland M.E. Parker SF/AP/PA/Dys - Hinterland 2
Departure (h2tp) A. G. Riddle SF/TT
The Waking Fire Anthony Ryan F - The Draconis Memoria 1
The Transference Engine Julia Verne St. John SP/HistF/F
A Death in the House: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 7
Earth for Inspiration: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 9
Good Night, Mr. James: And Other Stories (e) Clifford D. Simak SF - Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 8
The High Ground Melinda Snodgrass SF - Imperials 1
Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing Terry Spear PNR - Billionaire Wolf 1
Half Wolf Linda Thomas-Sundstrom PNR
Oath of the Vayuputras Amish Tripathi F - Shiva 3
The Devil's Evidence Simon Kurt Unsworth M/Cr/H - Devil 2
Wolf in his Heart N.J. Walters PNR - Salvation Pack 7
Flag in Exile - Signed Leatherbound Limited Edition David Weber SF - Honor Harrington 5
Tempting the Dragon Karen Whiddon PNR
The Copper Promise (D) Jen Williams F/DF - Copper Cat 1
Panacea F. Paul Wilson Th
Underground Airlines Ben Winters Th
The Prisoner of Hell Gate Dana I. Wolff SupTh/H
The Memory Painter (h2tp) Gwendolyn Womack Th
The Cobra War Trilogy Timothy Zahn SF - Cobra Omnibus



July 6, 2016
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sic Semper, Sic Semper, Sic Semper: A Tor.Com Original (e) Douglas F. Warrick SF/TT



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Ke - Kindle eBook only
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint



AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CM - Cozy Mystery
Cr - Crime
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
GB - Genre Bender
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost
GN - Graphic Novel
GO - Gothic
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistTh - Historical Thriller
HU - Humor
LF - Literary Fiction
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Noir - Noir
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RR - Regency Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Superheroes
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Note: Not all of these genres are represented in the book above.

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis


2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis


The Qwillery is pleased to announce the newest featured author for the 2016 Debut Author Challenge.


Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road
Crown, July 5, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 368 pages

2016 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
ELKA BARELY REMEMBERS a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.

But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.

Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on.

The Wolf Road is an intimate cat-and-mouse tale of revenge and redemption, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an indomitable young heroine fighting to escape her past and rejoin humanity.

Interview with Beth Lewis, author of The Wolf RoadThe View From Monday - July 4, 20162016 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

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