Author Interview with Florence Witkop

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I’m interviewing Florence Witkop, author of urban fantasy novel “Wolf Legend”. Questions are bolded, and Florence’s responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Actually writing. It’s easy when I’m home alone and was also easy when the only other people home were the kids. It’s a lot more difficult when other adults are around. It’s harder to push another adult out of my space!
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Wolf Legend? 
   Jane, living at her family farm in northern Minnesota, guides Buck, a wolf researcher, to an island to check out the local legend of huge wolves there. She knows it’s ridiculous but the money entices her. Once there, however, a  monstrous wolf charges through their camp… and Jane’s mind connects with the mind of the wolf. They are both blown away by the mental connection and Jane follows the wolf to find out how such a thing can happen and Buck follows her… straight through a cave and into another universe where the huge dire-wolves of prehistoric times live. Jane’s mental connection with the alpha she-wolf is all that keeps them alive in that dangerous world and the alpha wolf asks Jane to bring an injured pup back home to be healed. She does and then she and Buck must deal with the consequences of having a huge, dangerous but lovable psychic wolf pup in today’s world.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
  Both. This is the second of the Legends trilogy, but each book stands alone. Each is about a legend that turns out to be true, but that’s the only connection. Different characters, different setting, different everything except that they all deal with legends.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
   It varies. When I’m working, I spend at least a half dozen hours a day. But marketing takes a lot of time so when I’m dealing with that, I write less.

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
   
Wolf and Iron, a science fiction novel in which the world falls apart and all that saves a bookish type guy trying to make it across the country to the safety of his uncle’s ranch is a lone wolf that adopts him.

6) What are you working on now?
   The third and last of the Legends trilogy. Earth Legend is about the legend of Ceres, the goddess of the harvest and fertility. One of her descendants stows away on a colonizing space ship because she knows that her ability to keep the plants alive in that alien environment will be essential to keep the colonists alive. She’s caught, of course, and thrown in jail and might be thrown out the airlock unless she can convince those in charge that she’s who and what she says.

Wolf Legend

wolflegendTitle: Wolf Legend

Author: Florence Witkop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Jane, who dislikes wolves because they kill livestock, takes Buck Portman, wolf researcher and wildlife professor at the nearby college to an island for a week to seek out the huge wolves legend says have been seen in the area. She’s skeptical until a huge wolf runs through their camp… and mentally connects with Jane. Both woman and wolf are startled by their mental connection. The wolf invites Jane to follow so they can sort out what’s between them. Jane takes off after the wolf in the dark, followed by the confused professor. She follows the wolf through a cave and into another world, one populated by larger-than-life, dangerous animals, including the wolves of the legend. Her mental connection to the alpha she-wolf is all that saves their lives in that dangerous place. Days later, when they return to their world, at the request of the alpha wolf they take her wolf pup with a broken leg so it can be healed. Problem is that wild wolves are not allowed as pets in our world so the professor must technically care for the wolf with Jane’s help. But he has reservations. The huge dire wolf pup is in the wrong world. As it grows, will it remain a pet or become a dangerous predator? As the attraction between Jane and the professor grows, so do the problems inherent in having a huge prehistoric wolf in today’s world.

Author Bio

authorFlorence’s stories begin as simple tales of contemporary life, often in small towns or the wilderness she knows so well. Where they go from there is what makes them special. There is always a strong sense of place. Sometimes they cross genres and contain paranormal, sci/fi, or fantasy elements. There is usually a romance and there are always characters her readers like and would enjoy having as friends.

Most of all, there is a story because what Florence does best is tell stories. Well plotted stories that carry the characters towards a logical conclusion that always includes a happy ending.  Stories that shine light on the human condition while they celebrate the world we live in.  Stories that her readers relate to and remember long after the reading is over.

She writes about people who are as normal as apple pie (most of them, anyway) who unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of situations ranging from the heartwarming through the difficult and all the way to the horrendous. But Florence’s characters choose to act instead of running away. In the process, they survive, thrive, overcome whatever obstacles large or small are thrown in front of them, and while they are at it, they find time to fall in love.

Florence was born in the city and has lived in the suburbs, small towns, the country and the wilderness area of northern Minnesota, where she still lives with her husband and a cowardly cat named Smoke.

At various times in her writing career she’s been a confession writer, a copywriter, a ghost writer and an editor. She writes short stories, novellas and novels.  Her work has been categorized as romance, science-fiction, fantasy, mainstream and eco-fiction, to name a few genres that it fits so beautifully into.

 

Links

Amazon link:   http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009R6WMT0

Smashwords link:  http://www.smashwords/com/books/view/287109

 

Giveaway

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