Author: Rob Rosen
Release Date: March 25th 2017
Genre: MM Romance, Comedy
Lucas has a typical life — apart from being abandoned as a baby, raised by wolves, and having super powers. Still, inside, he feels like two people, both vying for control of himself. He’s a superhero and a nerdy college freshman. He’s both feral and tame. He wants to do good in the world and, at the same time, he wants to do nothing. And most of all, he wants to find his birth parents.
In this comedic tale of romance, mystery, and adventure, our hero is joined by his hunky boyfriend, his acerbic boss, an uptight college science professor, and his ex-boyfriend/once crime-fighting partner — not to mention a whole pack of wolves — to help foil his nemesis and uncover the secrets of his past to save his future.
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As a baby, I was raised by wolves in the mountainous wilds of Montana.
I have super powers. Like, seriously super.
I catch bad guys for a living. For free! Minus, of course, the well-merited and desperately sought-after publicity.
But, you ask, raised by wolves? Come on now, Fierce, really? Does that actually happen? Wolves eat babies, don’t they? I mean dingoes do— or so I’ve heard, a la one Miss Meryl Streep— so it stands to reason that wolves do, too. Though not these wolves. These were tame wolves. Well, tameish. They were zoo wolves, hand-raised by humans. Except, they escaped during a freak storm, back to the wilds from whence their ancestors came, never to be seen again.
I saw them right off the bat, though. Well, sawish. I mean, I was a baby at the time, my eyesight not what it is today— which is freakishly strong, by the way. And yes, toot, toot, my horn doth bloweth, yet again. Gabriel in the heavens up above turns green with envy at my tooting abilities. Oh, and in case you hadn’t already surmised it, superhero, at least in my case, equates to super ego. Freud missed out big time on the likes of yours truly.
But I digress. Back to the wolves.
Best I could figure it— seeing as, again, I was just a baby at the time— the initial wolf pack consisted of ten wolves that once inhabited a small zoo on the outskirts of Billings, Montana. One fateful day, a tornado hit. A big one. Huge even! Dorothy would’ve shit her panties it was so friggin’ massive. Anyway, from what I’ve read, the storm struck quite suddenly, too suddenly for the folks at the zoo to be able to corral all the animals beforehand, so, when the fencing to the wolves’ enclosure twisted and uprooted, out they sped. The zoo figured they died in the storm, except, well, duh, they didn’t. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be hearing this account right now, right? Then help! would’ve been lost to the cosmos. A truly sad thought, I know.
💎 An Interview with Rob Rosen
Rob Rosen was kind enough to answer a few questions so we could learn a little about him and his methods. Welcome, Rob! 💕
- Tell us a little about yourself and your writing goals.
Howdy. I’m Rob Rosen. I’ve been writing pretty much non-stop for the past 17 years, with 11 novels, 5 anthologies, and more than 300 published short stories to my credit. I love to write. I live to write. So, my goal is to just keep on keeping on.
- Congratulations on your new release. Please tell us a little bit about it.
My latest novel is called Fierce. It’s a superhero story wrapped in a romantic comedy that’s then wrapped in a mystery. Lucas, my novel’s hero, has major super powers, powers that he wants to use to do good in the world. He’s tall and handsome, and has one hell of an awesome crime-fighting costume. On the surface of things, he’s your standard superhero. This book veers into newer territory in that Lucas must face the realities of actual life, that to do good you sometimes have to do bad, that to put the criminal away, you might have to hurt people, even innocent people. Life is not black and white; crime-fighting isn’t either. What if you have to kill the bad guy? What if you have to put someone you know in jail? What if your powers were actually meant do evil things? Tack on trying to protect the world and your family at the same time, all while going to college, leaving home for the first time, trying to find love as you try and find yourself, and Fierce, I hope, really does sail the genre into uncharted superhero waters.
- Are you a planner or a pantser? How much do you know about your story before you start writing? How often does your plan change? Why does this work best for you?
I’m a total pantser! I come up with a general premise in my head and then just take it from there. I always veer off course and then wind up with something almost completely different than what I set out to write. That’s the most fun part of it for me. I love the surprise, love creating something out of nothing, something I didn’t even plan on creating. Fierce is no exception. The mystery evolved organically, completely unplanned.
- Do deadlines motivate you or block you? How do you deal with them?
I never have deadlines. I write. I finish a novel. I submit it to my publisher. I always leave time to edit, to market my work, and to work on other writing projects. I mean, after 17 years, I’m pretty much a pro at time management.
- Do you schedule a certain amount of time for writing each day/week, or do you just work it in when you can? Would you like to change this, or does your current method work well for you?
I write when the mood hits me. If I’m in the middle of a novel, I tend to write a lot more. I pretty much work solidly on a novel for three months, let it sit for a while once it’s done, then edit three times over a few more months. Then I take a brief break and then start on a new novel. Seems to work well for me, considering I’m now writing my 13th novel and still enjoying the process.
- What was the most difficult part of writing this book? Why?
Nope, no difficulties. Writing is like breathing for me. I have to breathe. I have to write. Both are second nature to me. They say that God gives everyone one special gift, one thing to excel at. It’s up to you to discover that gift and act on it. For me, that’s writing.
- How do you develop a story idea? Do you always use the same method? Specifically, which do you develop first in your story building, the characters or the plot?
I always start with the main character. In all my books, the main character is also the narrator. The story is told by him, so that the reader is directly in his head. The plot then advances from there. Writing this way makes it more fun for me because then I get personally attached to the main character and can really have fun with him.
- What are your favorite genres when it comes to your own pleasure reading? Do you prefer to read ebooks or print?
I write romantic comedies and I read romantic comedies. I love a good beach read. As for book preference, I long ago ran out of room for paperbacks, so I now only use my Kindle.
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💎 About the Author
Rob Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Divas Las Vegas, which was the winner of the 2010 TLA Gaybies for Best Gay Fiction, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, the Lambda Literary Award Nominated Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, Fate, which was the winner of the 2016 TRR Readers’ Choice Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy as well as a 2016 Rainbow Awards Finalist for Best Gay Romantic Comedy, Midlife Crisis, and Fierce. His short stories have appeared in more than 200 anthologies. You can find 20 of them in his erotic romance anthology, Good & Hot. He is also the editor of Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015 and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1 and 2 and 3.