Louise Collins on Writing, Characters and her new release Wanting the Wolfman (guest blog)


Wanting the Wolfman by Louise Collins

Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press eBook and Paperback | Amazon

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to have Louise Collins here today talking about her new release Wanting the Wolfman. Welcome, Louise.


~ Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Louise Collins ~

Hi, I’m Louise, currently promoting my new release Wanting the Wolfman. I get weak in the knees over shifter novels and enjoyed writing one of my own.

I’ve answered a few questions for you to know more about me, followed by the blurb for Wanting the Wolfman.

How much of yourself goes into a character?

Unfortunately, I’m not a wolf-shifter, so not much of myself goes into Guy, the wolfman, but Joel has some of my characteristics. After the ‘attack’ that cost him his leg, he falls into a rut, and feels he is unable to achieve any of his dreams.

I have felt that and gotten in the same mind-set as Joel. It’s a difficult mind-set to escape from. You become your worst enemy and lock yourself away.

In wanting the wolfman, Joel realises he is worth more than the limits he has put around himself. He is capable of achieving his dreams and loving someone who loves him in return.

Has your choice of childhood or teenage reading genres carried into your own choices for writing?

My reading habits hop from one thing to the next. One week its romance, the next its medical journals, then comics, and horror. I have a few favourites which I have re-read, but my reading is quite diverse. That is reflected in my writing. I write one genre, then another, and then change to something different, the one stable is romance. I like to write romance into a variety of settings.

Do you read romances, as a teenager and as an adult?

I read romance as a teenager, and still do as an adult, although I mix in other genres now. I’m currently reading three books, one about a magician, one about gladiators, and another about zombies and consciousness.

What’s next for you as an author?

My brain is filled with ideas. I thought writing some down would free up some space, but all that happens is two more ideas grow back. I need to slow down and take stock of my ideas before I leap back in.

With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain?  To get away?  To move past?  To widen our knowledge?  Why do you write?

I write as a form of escapism, as a form of artistic expression. I guess in a way I find it therapeutic (Not always). There is no greater feeling than the buzz you get when someone says they enjoyed reading your story.

What traits do you find the most interesting in someone? Do you write them into your characters?

I always write insecure characters. I love angst and misunderstandings. I don’t think I could write a super-confident character unless they were over-compensating for their low self-esteem. That insecurity comes directly from me, and my characters learn to over-come it.

Ever drunk written a chapter and then read it the next day and still been happy with it?  Trust me there’s a whole world of us drunk writers dying to know.

I’ve never written a chapter drunk, but I’ve plotted a short erotica, then looked at it in the morning, and wrote it. I enjoyed writing it although it is bizarre. An encounter between a lost explorer, and an alien with tentacles…It might be extremely niche, but I had good fun writing it, and sometimes that’s all that matters.

What’s next for you as a writer?

More writing. 😊 I have an erotica series (Adrenaline Jake) and I need to write the next part, and I also want to write another superhero story (Saving the Superman) but as always, other ideas crop up. 😉


About Wanting the Wolfman

Can love be more than a memory?

Three years ago, an attack cost Joel his leg… and his memories. Though he was told a dog he’d befriended savaged him, he has one hazy recollection: the stunning silver eyes of a wolf… or maybe a man. Desperate for the truth, he struggles back into the woods where his life changed in search of his animal friend.

When he finds the wolf who has stalked his thoughts, he demands it reveal its true form, and he meets Guy, the man within the wolf. Guy is guarded, but the wolf knows Joel belongs with them, and gradually, Guy can only agree. Things fall into place, but then Joel inadvertently exposes the man and the wolf he’s coming to love.

Guy and the wolf are forced to flee, but can Joel follow?

About the Author

Louise lives in not-so-sunny London. When she’s not guzzling cups of sugary tea or braving the dreary weather, she’s usually found daydreaming stories. A lover of romance, she believes it’s better with a little angst and obstacles along the way.

She loves dogs, particularly the wolfy-looking kind, which explains her love of werewolf and shifter novels.

 Author Website: https://www.louisecollinswrites.com/

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