Chooseco Press • 978-1-937133-58-0 • weregirl.com
What is it that makes teenagers and mythological beings such a perfect YA fit?
When you’re a teen, you’re bombarded by questions of identity— who are you becoming? Who are you now? Sometimes you just need to take a break. Yes, we all have to become adults, we all have to survive the day to day of high school. But isn’t it more fun to imagine yourself running in the woods as a wolf?
Where do you find the most common ground with your characters?
Nessa is motivated by concern for the people around her. She loves her mom, her siblings, her friends. As a wolf, being part of a pack means a great deal to her. That’s me too—my pack means the world.
What is next for Nessa?
Look for Nessa to get even stronger as she overcomes loss and hones new powers. Look for more science, more family, and for sure more of the natural world.
What, in your opinion, is special about this series?
I love the idea that Nessa is strong. So often in fiction, girl characters are passive, but Nessa makes things happen—she’s a fighter. She also feels grounded and real. The story resonates for me because the world is not futuristic or strange, and makes it feel like there could be werewolves in your own high school, or maybe even that the next one could be you.
Chimera seems to emphasize connectedness and community more than other genre titles. Is there a lesson there for young readers?
Wolves are pack animals and we love that about them. Humans needs to have a pack as well—research shows that isolation is terrible for our mental health. That said, community on a large scale can be complicated. In Chimera, Nessa has the opportunity to negotiate friendship, pack, family, and town dynamics. We didn’t write it to be a lesson but if it creates a headspace where a reader better understands their own need for connection and some techniques for keeping those connections strong, we would be thrilled.