The Lovely and Talented *Heather Wood* invited me to participate in The Next Big Thing, where authors answer ten questions about their up and coming work. It’s kind of like a chain letter. So I’ve asked some of my favourite authors to take up the torch next. Stay tuned as Emily Pohl-Weary, Anne Laurel Carter and Pat Bourke share juicy tidbits about their works in progress!

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What is your working title of your book?
The Wolf That Waits For Me

Where did the idea come from for the book?
First I dreamed her. The vision of this massive, shaggy wolf kept returning to me, most persistently whenever I was between the worlds.

What genre does your book fall under?
Literary Short Fiction Collection – with a touch of magick.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
One story, Fits Ritual, is about 2 con-artist homeless boys who fake public seizures in order to fleece concerned citizens’ wallets. I’d want Rory Culkin to play androgynous Hoofy, who suffers from Hepatitis C, and Max Minghella to play his calculating and charming lover, Roam. Susan Sarandon would play the outreach nurse. I will write a new story just so Noomi Rapace and Crispin Glover can be in it. I would hang out with them on set and nibble their earlobes as much as possible.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Wolf That Waits For Me captures moments of profound transformation in the linked lives of its desperate characters.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I began in January 2012 and am not finished yet.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This collection could be compared to The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell, an author I adore. Both are linked story collections that feature unsavory characters on the brink of violence, despair and – god forbid, hope. Woodrell’s stories are set in the Ozarks, and his characterization and story telling pay profound tribute to the men and women of those hills, and the land itself. I, on the other hand, am writing about urban hustlers, bullied queers, post-suicide teens.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Seven people I love have died in the past few years. Grief and paranormal interactions have forced me to think about life/death cycles in new ways and this book is a direct result of some of those witchy reflections.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There will be sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.

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Kristyn Dunnion is an author, arts mentor and mystic. A self-anointed Can Lit Doula, she births your stuck manuscript to its astounding next draft with skill and compassion.