Interview with John Vamvas and Olga Montes, authors of WHEREWOLVES

Publish Date: February 17, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: Using a fun, explosive style, full of new slang and fresh dialogue, WHEREWOLVES is the story of a group of high school seniors, most “military brats”, who are headed for an army-type survival weekend.

The underdogs, Jeffrey and Doris, do not want to go as they fear for their safety among the disdain and cruelty of the popular students. Sergeant Tim O’Sullivan, their teacher, as well as their dysfunctional parents pressure them into going, but it is an unforgivable act by their peers that propels the pair to go. Likewise, Elie, a student resented because of his Arab roots, is even more determined to prove himself this weekend. In the background, a news report cautions of a wanted couple with alleged super-human strength supposedly brought on by a new drug on the streets.

In the woods, the students hike, hunt, camp, and soon act in unity as the forest brings them closer together. But does it? O’Sullivan leaves them alone for the night. The students bond, chant, tell campfire tales, and quickly lose their fears and inhibitions. HOO-AH! Though sexual tensions are high, it soon turns to violence and everything quickly turns sour.

When the kids start disappearing one after the other, the remaining begin to unwittingly “act like the natives” carving spears, ready to face whatever is out there. What has gotten into them?

Amid the blood-curdling growls and the gruesome deaths, the story’s underlying layers are revealed. We see how misconceptions, prejudice, greed, fear, and hatred bring out the worst and best in us.

What is out there? Can it really be werewolves?

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

WHEREWOLVES (yes, the H is deliberate) is a fresh take on bullying told using a fun, rapid-fire style; with edgy, layered characters and a plot twist with as much depth as impact. It is the story of a group of high school seniors—most of them military brats— and their teacher, The Sarge, who go on a survival training weekend and must face their biggest enemy: themselves.

It's thought provoking, edge-of-your-seat intense, and action packed.

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

Johnny came up with the core idea over ten years ago. If we told you how, it would ruin the plot twist.

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

The story is originally a screenplay we completed in 2010. A few days after it was written, we sent it to a producer and she was blown away. She jumped on board and things were rolling, but then, just over a year later, it all fell apart.

We've been shopping the script around but getting a screenplay off the ground takes a lot of time and money. So in the meantime, we decided to write the novel based on the screenplay.  We really want to get the story out. It's a great story.

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


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

We have written critically acclaimed plays, teleplays, and screenplays. This is our first stab at novel writing. And, boy, has it been an experience unto itself. Screenwriting is all about creating the skeleton that the actors, director, cinematographer, sound, lights, etc. will shape and make unique.  This time, though, we got to be everyone, feel everyone, see and smell everything, be everything. That was amazing. The hardest part, though, was the narration and making sure that the changes in point of view were clear and flowed smoothly. Our editor was relentless (and we love her for it); she kept scribbling "Work harder!" "Remember whose POV you're in!" in the margins. She pushed us well beyond what we thought we were capable of.

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

Music …? Dog barking, our lovebirds screeching, kids screaming, television blaring … that's our music.

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

Olga sometimes looks crazy, hands stiff on the keyboard. Her face acts out the scene so she can find the right word. When she doesn't, she hits every thesaurus site, program, and book possible until she finds it. She won't let go of the keyboard until then.

Also, when we get stuck on a scene, Johnny goes out on to the patio and paces until he suddenly visualizes the characters; he listens to them intently. Then he'll race down to the office and say, "Move over," and begins to type—completely disregarding spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

He’ll also wake me up in the middle of the night after a dream and say, "Let's go write."

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes. WHEREWOLVES stands alone but there could be a prequel or a sequel. Either would stand alone as well. Also, there's also another story Johnny came up with last summer that we've been musing about.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

This is our latest news. This journey is just beginning for us. The novel was published on Amazon kindle February 17, 2013. Now comes the hard part, selling it.

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

If you're a writer: no matter how brilliant you think your writing is, hire an editor. One with experience, or at least a degree, who knows what they're doing. It will make your novel that much more brilliant.

If you're a reader: Read WHEREWOLVES. It's fast, fresh, fun, and riveting. It will get your heart pounding and have you laughing and crying at the same time. For a look at the first two chapters, visit and let us know what you think. We love hearing from our readers.

Thank you very much for your time,
John and Olga

Here's what's been said about WHEREWOLVES the screenplay:

"SPARKLING DIALOGUE... THE WRITING IS SENSATIONAL." Emmy and Peabody Award winning writer, William Mastrosimone

"KEPT ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. GETS YOUR PULSE POUNDING." Award winning investigative journalist, Victor Malarek, CTV, W-5

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