Book Tour: Broods of Fenrir author Coral Moore on werewolves & primal urges
Please help me welcome Broods of Fenrir author Coral Moore to GT today!
Werewolves have been part of our global storytelling since the beginning. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Germanic tribes all had their own slightly different tales to tell. There have been hundreds of stories of men changing into wolves generated over the centuries, going back to the origins of the written word. What about these strange and often monstrous creatures has fueled so much interest? I’ve contemplated that question off and on for the two years since I started thinking about the werewolf story I wanted to tell.
As our culture has become progressively more advanced, a distance has grown between us and the world around us. Our trend toward urbanization has led to a general nostalgia for things we perceive as natural. Werewolves are almost always depicted as having an affinity with nature that we now lack. Though they are at times frightening, they appeal to something in us that longs for a bond with the earth that we no longer have.
Sometimes we forget that our predecessors were significantly less civilized than we are now. Though our recent advancement is impressive, we still suffer at from savage urges from time to time. This is another aspect of werewolves that speaks to us. Though we’ve evolved past the need for violence in everyday society (thankfully, and I hope we’ll continue to do so!) some still see it as the hallmark of a simpler time. Part of the reason werewolves are so popular is the craving to touch something primeval and as yet untamed.
For me, the most intriguing facet of wolf shifters is their duality. The sense that there are two conflicting personalities at work inside the same body imbues their inner struggles with an increased level of tension you just don’t find with a normal human. The battle with the beast within is always the most poignant and drives much of the action of any werewolf story.
In building the world of Broods of Fenrir, I harnessed all of the characteristics I’ve mentioned. My werewolves are ferocious by nature, descending from a primitive offshoot of Nordic barbarians. The more noble individuals have difficulty reconciling their barbaric tendencies with their conscience. All of this combines to make a werewolf story with a different feeling, and one I hope you’ll enjoy. I invite you to stop by and talk with me about all things werewolf on my Blog, Goodreads, or Twitter.
About the author…
Coral Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives the tales she tells.
Prompted by a general interest in how life works, her undergraduate schooling was in biology. She follows science news and enjoys conversations about genetics and microbiology as much as those about vampires and werewolves. Coral writes speculative fiction and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at Albertus Magnus College.
Currently she lives in Connecticut with the love of her life, who offers both encouragement and kicks in the tail when necessary. Also in residence are two mammals of the families Canidae and Felidae.
She released her first novel, Broods of Fenrir, in November 2011. Her next release, Elements of Rebellion, is due out in spring 2012.