A Death on the Wolf, an interview of Author G. M. Frazier
September 7, 2012
Today, we are kicking off a series of reviews and interviews from the Top Five Finalist authors in the Best Indie Books of 2012 Awards. The New Kindle Book Review announced the finalists on September 1, 2012. The winners will be announced October 1, 2012.
Just so you know how these reviews and interviews came about, here’s the back story. When I learned I was a finalist in the thriller genre for my book Last One Chosen, I contacted Jeff Bennington at The New Kindle Book Review and asked him to pass the word on to all the finalists that we would like to do a free promotion of them this month. When the finalists contacted me, I asked them to write two pieces: “The Review I Wish Someone Had Written About My Book” and “The Interview I Wish Someone Had Conducted With Me.”
In other words, I asked them to let their hair down and write something about themselves and their book.
Q. Where did the story come from? How much of it is autobiographical?
A. The setting, both time and place, are autobiographical in that I was a boy living in southern Mississippi during the summer of 1969. I was just ten years old then, quite a bit younger than Nelson, the protagonist in my story, but I have vivid memories of that summer: friends, family, the launch of Apollo 11, the moon landing, and, of course, the devastation of Hurricane Camille. I drew on all that in crafting my story.
Q. The reviews your novel has garnered have been universally positive. A couple of reviewers have, however, stated they found Nelson’s father to be a little “too perfect.” What are your thoughts on that?
A. You have to remember that the story is told by Nelson in a first person narrative, and not always from the standpoint of a grown man reflecting back on a moment in time from his childhood. At the age of fifteen, Nelson idolized his father, and that comes through clearly in the story. How is a fifteen-year-old going to characterize the father he adores? Objectively? Hardly. If the reader gets that, it’s easy to account for why his father may seem too good to be true.
Q. More than a few reviewers have stated that A Death on the Wolf is really young adult fiction. Did you envision the story as such when you wrote it?
A. No, I didn’t. I believe the themes in the story transcend generations and I would hate to see the novel pigeon holed into any one category like “Young Adult.” I do believe A Death on the Wolf is a splendid read for young people.
Q. You posted regular updates on your Facebook author page as you were writing A Death on the Wolf. Did you really write this book in just three months?
A. Three months and a day. I wrote the first sentence on July 21, 2011 at 9:50 P.M. On October 23, 2011 at 2:19 P.M. I wrote the last sentence. I do a lot of rewriting, but I don’t complete the entire manuscript and then start the rewrites. I do it by chapter. Each chapter went through at least three or four extensive revisions, so when I finally got to the end of the epilogue the manuscript was ready for the proofreader.
Q. What about editing?
A. I have worked as an editor for a publishing company and I do freelance editing. I’m fortunate in that I can edit my own work and that takes place when I’m revising and rewriting. This is an aspect of the craft of writing that I share with Anne Rice. What I can’t do, however, is proofread my own work. I have to pay someone to do that.
Our thanks to G. M. Frazier. Click here to purchase A Death on the Wolf.