The Compulsive Reader: The Wolf Springs Chronicles & Nancy Hold and Debbie Viguie

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Wolf Springs Chronicles & Nancy Hold and Debbie Viguie

Writers Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie have a brand new paranormal series that just came out last week called the Wolf Springs Chronicles. The first book is called Unleashed! Check it out:
"Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.

Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs."
To celebrate the release, Nancy and Debbie answered a couple of questions about working together on this book!

TCR: What was the easiest and hardest part about writing this book?

Debbie - The easiest part was writing the first draft, which we both took a great deal of joy in. The hardest part came when we realized that the book was about 25,000 words longer than it was supposed to be and we had to start deciding what to cut completely and what to push into a later book. Some of those decisions were heartbreaking and there are some great scenes that we just had to get rid of entirely.

Nancy – Oh, must you bring that up, Deb? LOL. Easiest: I got to write part of it in a beautiful colonial inn in Maine while it was snowing. I had a fireplace in my suite. I wrote large chunks of the second draft on the couch.

Hardest: We know so much about werewolves that we wanted to weave these grand histories into the first book. But we just didn’t have room. So yes, we had to kill our darlings, as Faulkner used to say.

TCR: What was the easiest and hardest part about working on it together?

Debbie - Working with Nancy is always easy and a pleasure! We compliment each other’s skills and talents extremely well. The hardest part was deciding how much of the overall plot to reveal in this book and how much to save for the next one.

Nancy – It’s always easy to work with Debbie. We don’t argue about anything except tipping in restaurants and the occasional disagreement on dog training (Deb’s mom used to raise dogs.) We’ve been writing together for a long time and we know each other very well. So working on Unleashed was really fun as we figured out how to go about revealing the story of Katelyn McBride.

The hardest part came at the end, when we were polishing the last draft, after our cuts. I flew to Florida, where Debbie lives, to work on it with her, and we were tempted to rush it so we could go to Disney World together. We’re both Disney geeks and there it was, so close! But we stuck to our guns and worked, me on my laptop in Deb’s kitchen or the guest room, and Deb either in her alcove workspace or upstairs. We didn’t have a lot of time left after we sent the draft in, but we definitely made the most of it and partied hard at Disney as only ViguiĆ© and Holder can do!

Thank you so much, ladies!

If you need any more convincing, check out the trailer!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like an interesting story, I really liked the trailer!

Deedee said...

I couldn't put this book down so read it all in a day and have been left hanging in mid air with heart pounding!! When do i get to carry on reading. I do hope the next book wont be to long????

Anonymous said...

This book was absolutely amazing!! It didn't let you know things so early in the book so you just HAD to keep reading to find out. And the romance.. Fair enough there wasn't loads (hopefully there will be more in the next book) but what there was was so sweet and lovely. Also rather HOT. An awesome book and I would totally recommend it.