ABOUT RUN WITH THE WOLVES
It 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.
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How has it been trying to balance writing with your day job and/or family life?
It was a 10 year balancing act in writing the 3 books that make up the ‘Run with the Wolves’ series – ‘The Pack’, ‘The Oracle’, and ‘The Beast’. I had a demanding job at the time, a large family, and we have an active social life. As a result, my writing was done in binges and ignored at other periods. It all depended on what was going on at the time.
What types of books do you read? How do you think they have influenced your writing?
There are many authors that I follow. I especially like books that weave a story over a long period of time in a specific setting. Edward Rutherford is a master at this – check out Sarum, Dublin, London, or the Forest. They bring history alive from the beginning of time – to the present day. James J Michener does the same – check out Caribbean or Hawaii or Alaska. Authors like these inspired my writing style. Although my saga only covers a 6 month period in the 15th century, I try to bring the history of the period into the story and the lives that the characters live.
Who is your intended audience? What do you hope they get from the book?
My audience could be anyone 15 to 85. The genre is a popular one – as seen in the number of books, tv and movies on the general subjects. I would hope that my readers are entertained by my unique approach to the genre and by the empathy I create for the characters and the situations they find themselves in.
Do you ever experience self doubts with your work?
There is always self-doubt. You just have to try to ignore it and move on. When you start writing you have no idea if your words will ever see the light of day, whether anyone will ever read it, or if they do, will they like it? It’s not easy to devote the time when you know in the end someone might just say ‘this sucks!’ You just have to have faith and work at your craft – and in the end – let the chips fall where they may.
What kind of research did you have during the writing process?
I did a great deal of research on the 15th century in Europe. It was a time of the renaissance and great advancements. It was also a time of the inquisition and terrible repressions. I now know a great deal about wolves, the cycles of the moon, knights, medieval warfare, and the three pillars of society too.
What’s next for you?
What’s next? It could be a prequel or a sequel. I’m leaning towards bringing the story to North America in around the time of the Salem witch trials. That could be a lot of fun.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of ‘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.