Naomi Clark is an inspiring lady with a devilish imagination. Her first novel in the Urban Wolf series, SILVER KISS has one of my favorite things in the world within its covers–lesbian werewolves…with heart. Naomi is a dear friend, one I respect highly. She doesn’t write these books to make a quick buck or to be sensational–she cares deeply about the GLBT community, wanted to put out books that everyone could enjoy, with characters and stories that would make your heart ache. She’s done this now, again, with her new release, DARK HUNT, the second novel in the Urban Wolf series.
I am pleased and utterly delighted to be welcoming Naomi Clark to Muse Rising to talk about her latest release, how universal experiences touch us all, and how you can get a FREE copy of her first Urban Wolf novel, SILVER KISS! VENTURE ON, DEAR READER. ❤
Something that’s been very important to me since I wrote the first Urban Wolf story, WOLF STRAP, back in 2008, is keeping the gay characters central and relatable. When I write anything, I want characters that readers can empathise and sympathise with, but it feels especially crucial when you’re stepping outside your comfort zone. I am, after all, neither a werewolf or gay. And I do worry that it’s an issue (not the werewolf part. I’ve made my peace with that). I worry that my GLBT readers won’t feel that my characters have shared their experiences and been through the same challenges some of them have. Do I have the ability to really convey what it’s like to live as a gay person in a straight society? Do my characters speak to the readers who are looking for that?
And then, whilst writing DARK HUNT, I decided I needed to focus on universal experiences. I’ve never had to tell my parents I prefer women to men. I’ve never been denied anything because of who I love. But I have loved and been hurt, I have had crazy nights out and lazy days in. I’ve struggled and laughed with friends and strangers. I’ve fought for causes I’ve believed in. Those are the universal things, the things we’ve all shared and experienced no matter what, and those are the things my characters experience and share.
In DARK HUNT, Ayla and Shannon befriend another lesbian couple, Clémence and Thérèse, who are struggling to start their relationship. They meet Sun, a werewolf on the run from an oppressive Pack, and take her under their wing. They have their own emotional problems to solve, compromises to make and boundaries to test. I think these are situations we can all relate to, regardless of gender, sexuality, age, or race, and I hope the message that my characters bring is that it’s not what’s different that counts, but what’s the same. I’ve created a world where sexuality is an important part of my characters’ lives, but I hope I’ve also created a world where any reader can find something that speaks to them.
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 expected to find in the City of Love, 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 follow Naomi at Twitter; Facebook or on her Blog.
We’re giving away plenty of swag in the DARK HUNT blog tour. There are daily ebook giveaways and hampers of goodies up for grabs at the grand finale of the tour including ebooks, limited DARK HUNT t-shirts, personal horoscopes and tarot readings by Naomi Clark, as well as postcards from Ayla, Shannon, Vince, Joel and Glory (urban wolf series characters). Leave a comment here (ask me a question; trecommend me a book; or just say hello) with your email address to be entered. Enter at each point along the tour for more entries and more chances to win.
We’re also giving away a free copy of SILVER KISS, the first book in the Urban Wolf series, to everyone who comments. Just remember to include your email address to get your Smashwords voucher and find out how Ayla and Shannon ended up in Paris!
Sarah’s final note: Naomi will be here, answering comments and giving away free vouchers for her book SILVER KISS! Comment, get a free copy, introduce yourself–she’d love to hear from you~ ❤