Thanks to the awesomeness that is Twitter I scored a wolf-tacular interview with Allison Moon, author of Lunatic Fringe, a werewolf book like no other. Moon and I chatted about lesbian werewolves, werewolf favorites and more, check it out.
Can you tell us a little about your book Lunatic Fringe?
Lunatic Fringe is about lesbian werewolves. It tells the story of Lexie Clarion, a girl from the sticks who goes off to college and meets a group of radical feminists who call themselves the Pack and fancy themselves as werewolf hunters. While the Pack courts her allegiance, she simultaneously falls in love with a mysterious woman who may be one of the Pack’s targets.
How does Lunatic Fringe differ from other novels about werewolves?
Lunatic Fringe is a decidedly feminist take on the werewolf mythos, recasting the “cursed and brutish” male wolf as some righteous babes who are empowered through their changes. It is a coming of age story that turns a lot of stereotypes on their heads, particularly when speaking to society’s expectations of proper behavior for women.
What inspired you to write about werewolves?
I’ve always seen werewolves as women. I mean, who else changes personality with the moon? The lack of bad-ass female werewolves in literature and film made me want to contribute my own take to the canon.
What is one thing you would like people to take away from their experience of reading Lunatic Fringe?
I’d like people to feel like they read a different kind of werewolf story, one that introduced them to a new way of looking at a classic myth. I know my book is quite unique, particularly for seasoned readers of werewolf fiction, but I hope folks will open their minds to what such a story can be.
Werewolves are found more and more often in romance novels and erotica, why do you think readers find them so sexy?
Werewolves are sexy! Strength and passion are two big reasons why werewolves are so damn hot. Werewolves don’t live by society’s rules, so their sexuality is unrestrained and their bestial side is free to take over. On the softer side, werewolves have the grace and elegance of wolves. They are more in tune with natural rhythms, and this freedom, I believe is very alluring.
Who’s your favorite fictitious werewolf (other than your own)?
I adore Bridgette from Ginger Snaps. She’s the perfect blend of adolescent angst and werewolf badassery.
What is your favorite werewolf book, movie and/or show?
Sharp Teeth is a fantastic and different werewolf story. The Company of Wolves is my favorite werewolf movie, which is based on Angela Carter’s excellent, dark short stories.
Tell our readers why they should check out your book – in 3 words: (bwahaha)
Eat. F*ck. Howl. (There’s even a t-shirt)
And finally, what other projects are you currently working on? Any goodies we should watch out for?
I’m working on the sequel now, titled Hungry Ghost. It’s jam-packed with sex, action, gender politics, and transformations. Readers can follow my progress at my website: TalesofthePack.com
About the Author
Moonlight loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and you may lose a limb. You can stalk her via her Twitter.