Interview with Kat Kruger, author of The Night Has Teeth

Publisher: Fierce Ink Press

Publish Date: September 23, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: There’s a darkness that lurks in the City of Light

Seventeen-year-old Connor Lewis is chased by a memory. On his first day of kindergarten he bit a boy hard enough to scar the kid for life. Since then he’s been a social outcast at a New York private school.

Through an unexpected turn of good fortune, he lands a scholarship to study in Paris, where everything starts to look up. On the first day he befriends two military brats, and he may finally get a taste of what it’s like to be a normal teenager.

It doesn’t last.

His host family — an alluring young tattoo artist and her moody, handsome boyfriend — inadvertently introduce him to the underworld of werewolves where there are two types: the born and the bitten. Those born to it take the form of elegant wolves, while the latter are cursed to transform into the half-man, half-beast creatures of horror movies. The bitten rarely survive. Unfortunately, Connor is on the wanted list of a four hundred-year-old bitten human who’s searching for both a cure and a means of wiping out werewolves for good.

Connor’s loyalties are tested as he becomes embroiled in a conflict where werewolves, mad science and teen angst collide.

The Magdeburg Trilogy: The Night Has Teeth (1)

Author Bio: Kat Kruger is a freelance writer and social media consultant with a degree in public relations from Mount Saint Vincent University. The Night Has Teeth is her first novel and won the 34th Atlantic Writing Competition. She splits her time between Toronto and Halifax with her husband.

Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

The Night Has Teeth is about a seventeen-year-old geeky gamer named Connor Lewis who gets a scholarship to study in Paris and winds up getting mixed up in a world where werewolves meet mad science.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

It was a combination of things but first and foremost the idea of blending science fiction with werewolf mythology came after my husband submitted his DNA to a genographic project that’s mapping human migration across the world. It got me thinking about genetics and evolution and how these things could apply to “real-life” werewolves.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

My journey was pretty circuitous. The very first scene that I wrote is one that now appears as the second last chapter in the book. I was listening to a song called “To Love Is to Bury” by the Cowboy Junkies when an image of a black wolf standing over a grave came to me. I had no idea who was in the grave at the time but it gave me something to work toward. I don’t outline so everything I write in the first draft kind of happens organically. I leave filling in the gaps for the revision process.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

I’m pretty happy with the way the book turned out so I don’t think I’d change anything. My editor was awesome and so was the cover designer so I really have no complaints.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Probably writing from the perspective of a seventeen-year-old boy, having never been one myself. Although geek and gaming culture is something I’m well-acquainted with it was the little nuances of boy behaviour that really called for a male editor. He would point out issues like Connor knowing the correct term for fabrics like cashmere or tulle.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

I actually can’t function without a playlist. You can find the list for The Night Has Teeth here: It’s basically Connor’s playlist since I also used song titles as chapter titles. The music varies depending on the scene I’m writing. For example, when he meets the Canadian military brats Madison and Josh at school I went with an Arcade Fire song. The scene where they head into an underground party called for Goth Metal so I chose a song from the Norwegian band Tristania.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Not sure if this is overly interesting or not but I write at a standing desk. Other than that, it might be possible that I’m obsessed with playlists. If I have a writing block I’ll spend time researching new music to inspire me. Without fail the songs that I finally settle on help move the scenes along.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes, The Night Has Teeth is the first book in a trilogy. Book Two in the series is with my editor now and soon I’ll be on to Book Three. After that I’m not 100% what direction I’ll take. I have an idea for a graphic novel prequel to the series but I think I’ll likely write a standalone novel next, either steampunk or straight-up contemporary YA.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

German language rights for the series recently sold to Germany.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just want to thank all the readers who have posted reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and who have reached out on social media. It’s really gratifying to know that all the work that went into the book is appreciated so enthusiastically and it really inspires me to work all the more harder on the upcoming books.


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