Thursday, February 13, 2014

Love Around the World with Jennifer Denys and Susan Laine

Welcome to our Love Around the World with Evernight Authors. A feature inspired by the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Evernight authors live in just about every corner of the world, including writing partners, Jennifer Denys & Susan Laine. Please join them today while we travel from Yorkshire Moors to Hell’s Lake – England to Finland!

When Susan and I decided to co-write a wolf shifter story (The Last Werewolf) we wanted to set it in Europe to draw on our mutual roots (I am English and Susan is Finnish). Consequently the heroine, Summer Harrison, is English and the story starts off in Yorkshire – not because the moors are described as wild and windswept and a suitable setting for a werewolf story, but because I live in the fabulous city of York - in my opinion the best historical city in England! But I am not going to talk about cities but rather the countryside.

Most of that story, however, takes place in Finland where Summer meets up with the heroes, Rik Linna and Leevi Valo. Needing a rural setting Susan settled on the wonderfully named Hell’s Lake Natural Park - Helvetinjรคrvi (although we invented the hill fort therein, which is integral to the story!). Hell’s Lake has deep granite gorges, steeply sided lakes, and remote forests which invokes images of wolves running wild (there are still wolves in Finland, unlike England). This rugged scenery of pine and birch forests with moss, ferns and ligonberries amongst its luxuriant vegetation and abundant lakes nicely befits their wolf heritage.
Photo credit: Wikipedia
I visited Susan in September 2012 and one of my overwhelming impressions was how many lakes there are in Finland. This picture is taken in another of Finland’s national parks (Nuuksio) that we spent the afternoon traipsing around. The symbol for that park is the flying squirrel – I was desperate to see one as we only have ordinary squirrels in England, but sadly they all stayed in their nice warm homes – it was pouring with rain that day! I also got to eat reindeer while I was there (not a common meat back in my country).
Jennifer Denys in Finland

At the moment Susan and I are plotting out the sequel which will bring the main characters back to England to the Yorkshire Moors. This will be a very different setting – the North Yorkshire Moors is one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the country and much, much, much larger (1,436 sq km compared to around 50sq km for Hell’s Lake). Apparently 20% of the moors is covered in bracken, but the scenery does vary from coastal cliffs to lowland hills with lots of moss and peat bogs. The characters will still encounter squirrels and deer, but grey squirrels and roe deer. We are keen to incorporate place names such as Howl Moor and Fangdale Beck into the story, suggesting that these names go back to the times when wolf shifters roamed England along with wolves back in Medieval times before wolves (and werewolves, naturally!) were hunted to extinction here. Wolves have in recent years been reintroduced into Scotland, but the only place you will see wolves in England is in a zoo.

What is also interesting is that there are over 12,000 archaeological sites in the region, of which 700 are scheduled monuments including a ‘standing circle’ on Howl Moor – maybe this will be the meeting place for our wolf shifters at the secret meeting of European shifters…

Watch this space. J

Jen & Susan

Jennifer Denys and Susan Laine co-wrote ARe Bestseller, The Last Werewolf, available for download at Evernight!

The Last Werewolf by Jennnifer Denys and Susan Laine
The Weres of Europe, 1
Summer Harrison has lost her father and believes she is the last werewolf in the world. Going through his papers, however, she discovers an old letter from Finland suggesting there’s more to the story.

Taking the initiative, Summer travels to Finland. She meets Rikhard Linna, and the two are drawn together like magnets. Even though Rik confesses to still having feelings for his ex-boyfriend, Leevi Valo, their passion burns hot. But could one man alone satisfy a ravenous wolf like Summer?

During her journey through rural Finland, Summer discovers that uncovering the truth about her wolf heritage is fraught with peril. Abducted by a group of violent separatists and imprisoned in an old fort in the wilderness, Summer learns that it might have been safer for her to stay in England as the last werewolf.
Be Warned:  menage sex (MMF), anal sex, m/m sex


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed learning about the different areas and I am looking forward to reading more about Summer, Rik and Leevi.

Jennifer Denys said...

Thanks, Angie. :)

tammy ramey said...

love the cover, it's gorgeous. i look forward to reading the book.

tammy ramey

Tess said...

Enjoyed reading your blog, very interesting and informative, will add this book to my list of reading :-)

Jennifer Denys said...

Thank you, Tammy and Tess. :)