Any one who knows anything about my blog or me personally will know I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong. Discovering her adult fantasy series Women of the Otherworld really pushed me towards having to share good books, and thus start blogging, and I would not hesitate to recommend her books to anyone!
So you can imagine my excitement after a cheeky email to Kelley Armstrong via her assistant came back with a fantastic little interview. So without further ado, I present to you an interview with THE Kelley Armstrong about the Women of the Otherworld series, its final book ’13’ and what comes next….
It is well known that Bitten was written as a stand alone novel, and then expanded into a series. But I was wondering what was you inspiration for the first book and how did you come to expand it for the rest of the series?
When I wrote Bitten, my goal was to create the kind of werewolves I wanted to read about. The idea was sparked by seeing an X-Files episode on werewolves. As much as I liked the show, I didn’t care for their version of werewolves, which were the typical man-killing monsters. I’d always been fascinated by the idea of combining humans and wolves, and that show gave me an excuse to write a story about that kind of werewolf.
When the question of turning Bitten into a series came up, I gave it a lot of thought. As much as I loved the stories and characters, I couldn’t imagine writing a long series about just werewolves. I decided to instead create a linked series with changing narrators/protagonists. In the second book, Stolen, I introduced other supernatural characters, and spun off to one of them–a witch–for the next novel.
“Anything you thought you knew about our world? Forget it. Someone has tossed out the rulebook. Ghosts can cross the divide. Hell-hounds can manifest. Demi-demons can possess living children. And it’s not going to get any better until it’s over.”