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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

INTERVIEW/BLOG TOUR: Interview with Marlena Frank Author of The She-Wolf of Kanta (Interview by Cindy Hannikman)

Fantasy Book Critic is excited to welcome Marlena Frank to our blog as she makes her way across the Blog-o-sphere on her blog tour for The She-Wolf of Kanta. We were able to catch up with her and conduct a brief interview about her latest book release.

A huge thank you goes out to Rockstar Book Tours for helping organize and arrange for the interview. And a huge thank you goes out to Marlena Frank for taking the time to stop by and talk to us about her newest release. 

Learn more about The She-Wolf of Kanta:

Author: Marlena Frank
Pub. Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Legion Imprint of Radiant Crown Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 256
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksGoodreads

"A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers."

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

Visit some of the Other Stops on the Blog Tour!

Tour Schedule:
Week One:
4/9/2018- BookHoundsInterview
4/10/2018- Twinning for BooksReview
4/11/2018- What A Nerd Girl SaysGuest Post
4/12/2018- The Life StoriesReview
4/13/2018- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt

Week Two:
4/16/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview
4/17/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt
4/18/2018- Fantasy Book CriticInterview
4/19/2018- Reese's ReviewsReview
4/20/2018- Novel NoviceGuest Post

Interview with Marlena Frank: 

1) The She-Wolf of Kanta is a novella. What was your writing process like working on this novella? Did you do anything to help make sure your story was well rounded yet didn't go to 500 pages.

Going into this piece, I knew what the world was like and I knew who I wanted Mercy to be. The main trouble I had was figuring out the beats of the plot. Unlike some novels I’ve worked on, The She-Wolf of Kanta took years to write. I would work on it for a while, hit a wall in trying to decide how to get from step B to step C, then walk away from it for a while. Each time I returned to it though, I had fresh eyes and I kept streamlining it. I didn’t realize at the beginning that it would be a novella either, I let the story determine how long it needed to be.

2) Do you ever see yourself revisiting this world with more novellas?

One of the most frequent questions I get about this story is will there be a sequel. I do see myself revisiting Kanta in the future and probably picking up where it left off. When I do return to it though I want it to be for a good reason, so it’ll take some time to figure out. I want it to be a proper continuation.

3) What do you think makes your novel stand out from other werewolf novels out there?

I made a conscious effort to make the werewolves of Kanta both fearsome and yet relatable. The fascinating part about werewolves is that they are both humans and monsters at the same time. When you capture a werewolf for money, you are in fact capturing another human being for profit, so using them as metaphors for human trafficking isn’t that far of a leap. Since the city is recovering from a terrible werewolf onslaught, many problems are blamed on werewolves regardless of how true it is. When you have a whole city terrified of a group, it’s easier to blame things on them.

4) Who are some of your horror author idols?

Some of the classic horror authors I love are Stephen King, Anne Rice, Richard Matheson, H.P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, and of course Shirley Jackson. More recent horror authors that I’ve enjoyed are Josh Malerman and Cherie Priest. One author who writes some gruesome dark fantasy that could easily be classified as horror, and who honestly doesn’t seem to get enough attention, is Scott Hawkins. I draw from so many styles and stories when I write, but these are the authors I draw inspiration from again and again.

5) If you novella were made into a movie, who would be your ultimate choice to star in your movie?

I actually thought I would have a tougher time casting someone for this story than I did. I think Idris Elba would pull off an amazing performance for Solomon Pinkerton, Mercy’s father. He’s a rough man, and not very likeable, but a type of character you would find in southern gothic stories. He loves his daughter, but he’s certainly not a kind person. There’s a lot of room for interpretation in him that I think Elba would pull off beautifully.

Learn more about Marlena Frank:

I write about strange creatures. Typically they shouldn’t exist, or they have bled through from a different reality, or they’re pretending to be a crying baby in a crib. Sometimes that lands my stories in horror and other times in fantasy, but there’s always an air of strangeness to my tales. If you want to get a better feel for what I’m talking about, check out a few clips or read a few drabbles.


My work has appeared in a spattering of short story collections, but I do have a few novellas and novels in the pipeline. Other than talking about writing, I also talk about cryptozoologywerewolveswildlife conservation, and of course kitties. I’ve also been known to nerd out about Batman and The Hobbit, and have recently discovered the cracktastic fun of Black Butler cosplay, so there will likely be more of these incidents.

By day I work as a web developer, so I’ll occasionally talk about web issues like finding the right theme.

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Fee Roberts said...

Great interview! The author and I have the same taste in reading. I've read the same authors. I know I will love this book!


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