A conversation between Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, the authors of the young-adult paranormal romance, Unleashed.
Debbie: So, Nancy, if Wolf Springs was a real town, do you think you could live there?
Nancy: I could definitely live in Wolf Springs. My mom was from Arkansas and I have family there, and Arkansas is cool. After a hard day of trying to figure out if I were going to turn into a werewolf, I’d sit on my Grammie Smith’s mammy bench, sip sweet tea, and count the fireflies . . . with my rifle across my lap.
Debbie: Would you rather be a werewolf or be in love with a werewolf?
Nancy: I’m taking our relationship into account here, Deb: Would you rather spend endless hours on the phone discussing whether or not I’m enabling my werewolf boyfriend’s antisocial behavior, or assuring me that my pelt does not make my butt look big?
What about you—be one or love one?
Debbie: Nancy, I would definitely rather you were the werewolf because it’s less stressful to make you feel better about yourself than to make you feel better about a guy!
As for me, I’d much rather be in love with a werewolf. Sure, when I was a little girl I liked to play werewolf, but I like my guys to be sexier, more intense, and scarier than me. Plus one monthly cycle is all a girl should have to deal with.
Nancy: What would you do if you found out that your boyfriend had done something very, very bad for a very, very good reason?
Debbie: It would depend on how bad and how good the reason. I would ask myself what I would have done in his shoes, and can I live with what he’s done or not? If not, what are my options and obligations? Life is hard because not all things are as black and white as we’d like.
So, Nancy, the book has some darkness to it and is very scary at times. What draws you to write about dark and scary things?
Nancy: I honestly don’t know. We both get asked this all the time. I read scary books and watch horror movies and come the night, I regret it all, even now, when I’m “grown up.” Maybe I love the dark so much because it loves me back, in a weird way. I’m looking for something in it, and it’s creeping toward me, too.
Did you ever get scared while you were writing our book?
Debbie: I scare myself all the time, but usually not with my stories. Things scare me when I don’t understand them. When writing, though, you have to understand what’s going on even if the reader isn’t supposed to. So I leave very little room to frighten myself in that way.