Title: Hannah, Not the Wolf
Sub-genre: Not-so-urban fantasy!
All Hannah wants is the truth. Unfortunately, truth is hard to come by when you were unceremoniously bitten by a werewolf at just eight years old.
She would be happy enough to get on with her life – carefully sweeping a certain category of memories to the back of her mind – if everyone else would only let her. But they won't. There's special treatment and nosy questions and a terrible room in a hospital basement, and she is very much finished with all of it.
As Hannah grows older, a tapestry of secrets emerges, from the reason her family moved hundreds of miles away to the mysterious creature that just might be haunting her mother. Alongside her two best friends – Harry, quiet and anxious, and Topher, obsessed with revenge – she uncovers the mysteries that have plagued her life since the day of the bite.
What inspired you to write? I've been writing for a long time, so I'm usually writing something, but this novel forced its way into my head in a way that's never happened before and probably won't again. I was actually writing something else, many years ago, and Hannah was a side character in it. When that first novel didn't end up fitting together the way I'd hoped, Hannah took over and positively insisted that she become the center of attention instead. (She was sure she could do better than my other protagonist). It turns out that she was right. Or at least, I had a ridiculous amount of fun writing this novel, and getting to work with a character as zany and complicated as Hannah was a huge part of that.
Favorite Author? I can never answer this question! I've been enjoying Lois McMaster Bujold a lot lately. And Diana Wynne Jones is always a favorite.