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🌟 Please join me in welcoming author Hurri Cosmo to Stories That Make You Smile! Hurri is here today celebrating the recent release of their fantastic paranormal story, Once Upon a Wolf. Hurri has generously agreed to sit down with us to discuss their writing, so pull up a chair and read on! 🌟
Once Upon a Wolf by Hurri Cosmo
Who knew that tasting the human would create such urges and needs within him?
Publisher: Painted Hearts
Cover Artist: Edie Conners
Release Date: April 11, 2019
Length: Novella / 45,000 words / 161 pages
Pairing / Genre(s) / Keyword(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Shifter, 1900s, Hurt/Comfort, Healing Ability, Rescue, Large/Small Characters, Voyeurism, Mate, First Shifter, Parental Abuse, First Time, Dominant/Submissive
Warnings: Remembering parental abuse, a fight with the father that ends in the father dying .
Hawk is alone, hiding from the world, living in a tiny, rickety cabin his grandfather built. He has few supplies and fewer yet of the skills needed to survive on his own, but because of what he did, because of what his father caused him to do… well, there’s just no other choice.
But then one day “Ghost” shows up. A large lone wolf who begins to “take care of” Hawk. He brings him game, he protects him from predators, and he even pulls him from a raging river. He is Hawk’s only friend and Hawk begins to talk to ghost as if he is human and can understand.
Except Ghost isn’t human.
Yes, Ghost has filled a void in Hawk’s life, and he is very grateful, but he is a wolf and Hawk needs the company of a human. In fact, Hawk is desperately lonely, to the point he even tells Ghost he longs for the touch of a man, the first time he has ever said such a wicked thing out loud.
Then one full-moon night a large, beautiful naked man breaks into the cabin and grabs Hawk, looming over him like he wants to eat him alive. At first Hawk is terrified, but then he realizes the stranger has Ghost’s amazing golden eyes…
☆ Author Interview ☆
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Writer’s block really sucks and I honestly don’t deal with it well. I have no tricks that work for me but at least I am beginning to recognize when I am heading toward it. I like to write in the mornings when the house is quiet and I actually have time. I would love to say that I am a full time writer but that’s still a dream. So I need to take advantage of time when I can get it. For me, that is around three-thirty in the morning. By six I need to be dressed and out the door. After work is difficult because there is so much to do and distraction is at its all-time high. If I try to write during that time all I get is frustrated. Not good for me or my family.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
To create. I love it. I love going back over a book I am writing and tweaking it here and there, loving that it is moving along. I do like very much what I write. It makes it all that more difficult when I seek out what people are saying about my books. It is very hard to read reviews that tear my work apart. I honestly try to “learn” from them because that’s what you’re supposed to do. I do love the day of release, too. Not that much happens for me on those days, I just like knowing I have a new book out there and that people might be interested in it enough to buy it and read it. Then, of COURSE, I love it when I hear back from those that loved my work. Other than creating something, that is my ultimate high.
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Like absolutely everyone, do it. Just sit down and start typing. Don’t think about all it takes to get published. Honestly, it’s not that hard these days. Don’t think about promotion or titles or book blurbs. Just write.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I am working on a book tentatively titled “The Ex’s Boyfriend”. It is about a man, Mark, who falls in infatuation with a man, Leon, who tries to change him on every level. Finally understanding Leon doesn’t really want Mark as he is, he breaks it off. Leon “moves on” with a new man named Rogan and proceeds to “show him off”, most specifically to Mark. But things are not always how they seem, and Rogan makes it clear he is not only NOT the new boyfriend but he also has a whole lot of interest in Mark. Of course that makes Leon angry enough for revenge against his ex. Plus I am working on The Superior Jewel, an older title, and giving it new life, basically a number of “what happens next” chapters, before republishing it.
How do you get inspired to write?
All kinds of things inspire me. Reading especially. I don’t watch much TV but a show or a movie can inspire a story line as well. Sometimes real life can. I used a “real life” situation in “A Place to Belong” and I am using a real-life situation in another up and coming book tentatively titled “Come Back”, a story about a young man who has a very handicapped older brother. For various reasons he has to take care of his brother and tries to protect him from being made fun of by cruel people. In reality, it was finding a picture that I may use for the cover that inspired the actual story. But it was because of my very good friend, Terry, since passed away now, who “stars” as the handicapped brother. I regret not being able to get that story done prior to him passing although I did tell him about it. So, the list is vast. As it probably is with all writers.
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Once Upon a Wolf came out of asking the question how Wolf Shifters came to be. I haven’t read any other books that have used this as a premise, although I am sure they exist. I wanted to come up with my own ideas and “voice”. I think I’ve done that with this book.
Meet the Author
I live in Minnesota where I hold tight to the idea that here, where it’s cold a good part of the year, I won’t age as fast. Yep, I avoid the truth as much as I avoid mirrors. But one of the reasons I love writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, I don’t mind “real life” and I do try to at least keep it in mind when I write my stories, but I truly love creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every – single – time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason I love reading this genre, too. Give me a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and my computer, whether I’m reading or writing, and I’ll be entertained for hours. The fact I actually get paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.