Plans often go awry. Most werewolves understand this, as do most authors. Today we’ve got TJ Klune here to discuss the initial direction he plotted for his Green Creek series, and explain how reimagining that story with wolfish creatures helped him connect with its very human characters.
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In 2014, I set out to write a big story, one that would cover many years following the same people, and the angst and drama of growing up in a small mountain town in Oregon. It wasn’t fantasy—no, this was going to be real and hardcore with tears and heartbreak and whatever else I could throw in.
It was…meh. I got maybe a quarter of the way into it, but it wasn’t setting my world on fire.
As sometimes happens, my brain decided I was going about it all wrong. It wasn’t working. It wasn’t going in the direction I wanted it to. I couldn’t figure out why.
Until my weird brain said: Okay, but what if they were werewolves?
I scoffed. Werewolves? I don’t write about werewolves. I am a serious author with serious ideas!
Eventually, I got over myself and decided: What the hell? The worst that could happen would be the story was a mess and wouldn’t go anywhere. It’s happened before. It’ll undoubtedly happen again.
Except the story became something more than I expected. Yes, there are werewolves, but in the pages of Wolfsong, I found a home with a pack of ridiculously wonderful people who make bad decisions for mostly the right reasons. They’re so painfully human, even when they’re not. They make mistakes, they grow, they learn, they win, they lose, they suffer, and they fight for themselves and each other.
Wolfsong is the first book in a four-part series about how far people will go to protect the ones they love. There is love and romance and danger and action and a fandom who loves these characters as if they were real people because they are packpackpack.
Welcome to Green Creek.
This isn’t going to go how you think.
— TJ Klune
TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author ofThe House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.
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