PYN: Tell us about your latest book.
Tania: It is a modern twist on werewolf lore, sprinkled with Romanian forensics, heavy with betrayal, lashings of sacrifice, a kick-ass heroine, and the ultimate fight for love.
What prompted you to write Cloaked in Fur?
Tania: I grew up listening to bedtime Romanian stories that could only be compared to the Brothers Grimm tales, and ever since then folklore and mythology has fascinated me. These influences have trickled into my stories, and in particular Cloaked in Fur, which is based in Transylvania—a place seeped in legends. Now, when it comes to love, I’m a sucker for stories about two people from different worlds falling madly in love and fighting against the odds to stay together. This is the story I wanted to tell in Cloaked in Fur; showing how far someone was willing to go to hold onto true love.
Do you consider your book character-driven or plot-driven?
Tania: Always character driven first. Every decision the characters make are based on their backstory, their family, their experiences in life, so their behaviour reflects their responses and how they act.
What makes your book unique?
Tania: ‘Cloaked in Fur’ is set in Romania, more specifically Braşov. Braşov is located within what is the region traditionally known as Transylvania. I was born in Romania so I have a special place in my heart for stories based there, particularly those stories set in Transylvania. The region is steeped in lore and history and is about 30km from the Bran Castle, one of the historic homes associated with Vlad Tepes. Vlad Tepes is also known as Vlad the Impaler and is often cited as the historical basis for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. [Tweet this!] Whilst many people consider him a villain, the local populace generally consider him a hero. Interesting fact is that is it said Vlad the Impaler never lived in the Bran Castle, despite the Dracula stories. The region of Transylvania also contains stretches of the Carpathian Mountains. The Carpathians spread through a number of European countries. Large tracts of forest, deep gorges, steep cliffs and cave systems make it a dangerous and beautiful area. With a large population of animals including wolves and bears it makes a wonderful setting for any story. And that’s exactly why I set Cloaked in Fur in Braşov.
In addition to the setting, the wolf lore and creatures in Cloaked in Fur are unique and don’t necessarily follow the traditions of the usual werewolf legends.
Tania: Oh, yes. Daciana and Connell are drawn to each other, and despite all the problems and growing tension between them, their sexual hunger for one another never fades.
Can you tell us one fun/interesting paranormal fact you learned in your book research?
Tania: For Cloaked in Fur, I did a lot of research on the location and animals living in the Carpathian Mountains. One of the things I learnt was that it is very common for bears to come into the centre of Braşov from the Carpathian woods, even in the middle of the day to scavenge food from people’s rubbish bins.
As a moonwulf, Daciana never expected to fall in love with a human. [Tweet this!] Hell, she never imagined that she’d abandon her pack, endanger everyone around her, and break the worst rule possible. But she did.
A rogue werewolf is killing Daciana’s friends, and she sets on capturing the creature. She’ll do whatever it takes to stop the beast. The police and her boyfriend, Inspector Connell Lonescu, are starting to question her involvement in the murders, which is endangering the pack’s secret existence. But when the pack alpha kidnaps Connell, revealing the awful truth about the creature and its connection to the pack, Daciana must choose between saving the man she loves and saving her pack family from certain death.
Paranormal Suspense With Strong Romance
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Publisher: Crimson Romance www.crimsonromance.com