Hello, and thanks for having me here to talk about my new book, Gentleman Wolf. I thought I’d talk a little bit about why I set this book in 18th century Edinburgh and why I called the book “Project Two” before it had a title…
Gentleman Wolf is the first of two historical werewolf romances featuring Lindsay Somerville and Drew Nicol (their story completes in the second book, Master Wolf).
So it’s two books about two men—and what’s more, it’s about werewolves—people who have two forms: wolf and human. It’s written in two points of view (Gentleman Wolf is all in Lindsay’s point of view. Master Wolf will be all in Drew’s). There’s classic dualism themes too: mind and matter; good and evil. All in all, there’s lots of two sidedness and that called for an appropriately two-sided setting. So of course, I thought of my own city of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is full of two-sided things.
Most obviously, Edinburgh has an Old Town and a New Town—in fact, it was around the time that Gentleman Wolf is set that the development of the New Town really began. These two aspects of the city are very different. The Old Town contains the ancient, historical parts of the city and has a distinct aesthetic, all crow-stepped gables and tall tenements. By contrast, the New Town is rational and clean with classical architecture and spacious streets and crescents.
It’s not just the physical features of the city that give Edinburgh its dual nature though. Two-sidedness is a theme that crops up in many other famous Edinburgh stories, both true and fictional. Think of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The rational scientist and the dark monster. Or Deacon Brodie—a real life man who was hanged in the same year Gentleman Wolf is set—Brodie was a respectable cabinetmaker by day and a burglar by night. Or contrast the long tradition of religious faith (John Knox, for example) and the enlightenment thinking of the late 18th century.
See why I called it Project Two?
Cover Design: Felix d’Eon
An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh…
1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can still feel the ghost of his old chains under his fine clothes.
… on a mission…
While he’s in Edinburgh, Lindsay has been tasked with acquiring the “Naismith Papers”, the writings of a long-dead witchfinder. It should be a straightforward mission—all Lindsay has to do is charm an elderly book collector, Hector Cruikshank. But Cruikshank may not be all he seems, and there are others who want the papers.
… meets his match
As if that were not enough, while tracking down the Naismith Papers, Lindsay meets stubborn architect Drew Nicol. Although the attraction between them is intense, Nicol seems frustratingly determined to resist Lindsay’s advances. Somehow though, Lindsay can’t seem to accept Nicol’s rejection. Is he just moonstruck, or is Nicol bonded to him in ways he doesn’t yet understand?
Note: this is the first book of a duology – the story continues and will complete in the second book, Master Wolf.
About The Author
Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.
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