Please join my fellow Evernight author Naomi Clark for a few questions & answers about her recently released novel Blood Hunt!
Hi Naomi, congratulations on your book! What genre is it?
– Very firmly in the urban fantasy camp, with a touch of romance.
Is it part of a series?
– Yes, technically it’s Book Three of the Urban Wolf series. I say “technically” because it’s the second novel, but the third story. The first story is a short piece called WOLF STRAP and the first full novel is SILVER KISS, both available from Evernight Publishing
What led you to the story idea?
– I loved the idea of pitting a werewolf against one of their traditional enemies, but putting a twist on the age-old battle.
Have you written other books, and if so, what genres are they?
– Oh yes, I’ve been writing forever! My published works are all urban fantasy and paranormal romance, but my short stories have run the gamut from horror to thriller to “slice of life” flash fiction.
Would you write other genres?
– I would love to write a romantic suspense. I do have an idea for one based on a short story I wrote, but I just don’t have time for it right now! One for the future.
What makes this new story special compared to the others you’ve written?
– It’s set in Paris, which is where my fiance took me to propose, so it’s got a very special place in my heart.
What was your biggest challenge on writing it?
– Getting the French right! I was lucky enough to find a native speaker to check my French for me, so hopefully the final version is perfect. I haven’t spoken French since school, so I didn’t want to rely on my memory and Google Translate…
Which was your favorite part to write?
– I loved describing Paris and recreating the places I’d visited when we were there, as well as researching the places we hadn’t managed to get to.
What do you hope your readers will love the most about it?
– Hopefully the fact that this is a story about brave, smart, passionate women, working together, supporting each other and facing their fears will appeal strongly to readers. That’s something I love to read so it seems natural to write it too!
Which is your favorite book, the one you’ll always read again?
– I’ve just finished re-reading Tamora Pierce’s Immortals quartet. I generally re-read those books every couple of years and I never get tired of them!
What kind of stories did you read as a child?
– I was a high fantasy junkie. I loved The Hobbit and anything that featured dragons and magic! I also read a lot of horror, but I had to hide that from my parents as they were convinced it would warp me for life.
How much research do you do before beginning to write?
– Well, the trip to Paris was great research! I also did a lot of research on European werewolf lore and legend, which was loads of fun. One of the things I enjoy most about writing this story is putting a new slant on traditional werewolf myths.
Do you prefer to outline a story before you start, or do you write as you go?
– I cannot outline for the life of me. If I do, I get bored of the story. I usually have a few key scenes in my head when I start, but getting from one to the next is a surprise journey for me and that’s how I like it!
What are your plans for the future?
– At the moment I’m working on Urban Wolf 4 and when I’m not writing, I make and sell perfume. My huge ambition for the future is to make writing and handmade perfume my full-time job. I’m a long way off yet, but that’s the goal!
Very cool, it’s so important to have a goal! In the meantime, let’s take a look at Blood Hunt (I LOVE the title, by the way!):
Ayla Hammond is taking on Paris. Hoping for a romantic getaway in the City of Lights with her girlfriend, Shannon, she finds a city under the dark thrall of Le Monstre. Getting caught up in mystery and murder was the last thing Ayla and Shannon wanted or expected, but as the body count grows and tension rises between Parisian werewolves and humans, they find themselves stalked by an unknown terror.
What is Le Monstre and why does it make Ayla’s wolf want to turn tail and run? Can it be stopped before they become its next victims?
Naomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild-mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night. She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka-based cocktails. When she’s not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once.
You can get in touch with her on: