5 Questions with Vanessa North

Published October 16, 2012 by LS Murphy

Vanessa North was born in New England but moved to the south as a teenager. She reads voraciously, writes obsessively, and takes thousands of photos of the people she loves.

She lives in Northwest Georgia with her husband, twin boy-children, and a pack of dogs.


Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS

1.What was the spark of inspiration for the Ushers series?

I don’t know if it was a single spark as much as the fact that I adore werewolf stories, love stories of revolution, love feminism, and really wanted to dive in and write about everything I love all at once. So Amazon Pack and its beautiful albino Guardian were born.

2. What is it that attracted you to mix werewolves with goddesses?

The mythology in the Ushers deals with a creator-deity who is trapped in a sort of metaphysical fissure, and while I could have made the deity masculine, I really liked the idea of a mother-figure, a deity that wasn’t just the creator, but a loving maternal force in the lives of the wolves.

3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Write a lot. Read more. Ask for honest critique and accept it with humility. When it comes to writing and publishing, you will never know everything, but don’t let that stop you from trying. Be a sponge, not a stone.

4. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Well, this is sort of a difficult question for me, because throughout human history, women have had a rather ugly lot. I’m pretty much at the best time and place in the world to be a woman. So… I guess I’d head back to August 1969 and catch a music festival in White Lake New York.

5. Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Trek. Moralizing and all.


Born albino, Bianca was spared death in infancy when her mother found safe haven among the ghosts and misfits of Amazon Pack. As Guardian of Amazon, she protects the hidden pack with a ferocity that belies her delicate appearance.
Jack’s routine investigation of rogue wolf sightings in his territory uncovers both Bianca’s secrets and her passionate nature. He finds her alluring and terrifying: he’s convinced she’s his mate, but is she also the Usher–key to their culture’s most sacred prophecies?

The Usher’s destiny requires a sacrifice to repair a rift in wolf culture and set the Goddess free. Can Jack and Bianca trust each other enough to pay that price?


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