On Tuesday, February 19th the lastest Supernatual novel from Titan Publishing, "Fresh Meat" by Alice Henderson was released. I was fortunate enough to ask the author a few questions about the novel in joint interview with the Supernatural Legend fan site in Italy
Ms. Henderson has quite a background with science fiction and wildlife, among other things. Below is the biography from her website:
Alice Henderson has long been fascinated with the art of writing fiction. She wrote her first stories when she was only six, tales of horror, science fiction, and hard-boiled private investigators. She wrote her first novel at age eleven. She suspects that novel, tired of lurking in a drawer for so long, will one day make its escape and purchase a small Pacific island where it will build a secret, impenetrable fortress as part of an evil plot to take over east Des Moines.
After earning her B.A. in writing with a minor in earth sciences, she won an award for her short story "The Playmate" from the National Honor Society Literature Competition for Young Writers. She went on to earn her master's degree in mythology and paleoclimatology. She then began her professional writing career when she went to work for LucasArts, Ltd. There she wrote material for a number of video games including Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds and Star Wars: Battle for Naboo.
In 2001, she became a full-time freelance writer and continues to write fiction, video game material, and comics. In 2010, she was one of twelve writers selected to attend Launchpad, a NASA-funded writing workshop aimed at bringing accurate science to fiction.
Trained as a wildlife rehabilitator, Alice also works with bears, coyotes, raptors, songbirds, river otters, and more. She helps orphaned and injured wildlife, which is then re-released when older and healthy.
Alice loves music and plays the piano and composes her own electronic music. She also loves to travel, and has done so extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Her love of wild places inspired her novel Voracious, which takes place in the stunning backcountry of Glacier National Park.
Of all the sci-fi/fantasy in the television landscape, why did you choose to do a Supernatural novel?
AH: I've been watching Supernatural since it first aired, and love the folkloric aspect of the show. I have a master's degree in folklore, and my graduate research focused on mythological creatures. Writing a novel for Supernatural was not only perfect for my background, but I very much enjoy the characters and action of the show.
Why did you choose a story set in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe? Is there any particular inspiration for revisiting the Wendigo legend?
AH: I've spent a lot of time in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and have long thought it would be a dramatic setting for a novel. This is where the Donner Party endured their unfortunate winter and resorted to cannibalism. Much of their party died. It was a rich, historical background in which to place a wendigo. It also can be a very dangerous landscape, especially during a blizzard. And the wendigo isn't the only creature lurking the forest there.
This is a joint interview that The Winchester Family Business did with Supernatural Legend, which is a great "Supernatural" fansite out of Italy. We asked author John Passarella about his latest novel, "Supernatural: Rite of Passage" (coming out August 14) and his prior novels, including the well received "Supernatural: Night Terror."
Editor's Note: On March 29, 2016, the Supernatural fandom got its first look at an exciting, new, tie-in novel, Cold Fire by John Passarella. He graciously granted The WFB an interview in which he explains more about the behind-the-scenes process of creating a novel that complements the prime-time season's plots, choosing his characters and writing for genre series. Since Nate is always the first staff member to finish Supernatural books, he got the honor of interviewing Mr. Passarella!
Carved in Flesh is the twelfth companion book written for the Supernatural TV series. Released in April of 2013, it was written by Tim Waggoner, who also wrote Supernatural, the Television Series: The Roads Not Taken (Oct 2013) and a companion book for another popular science fiction genre show, Stargate SG-1. Mr. Waggoner teaches a college-level creative writing course and is an established author of fantasy and horror stories.
Those of you who follow my writing know that I am a recent convert to the Supernatural fandom, just discovering the show mid-season 7. A great advantage to joining your ranks late is that there is a huge backlog of audio-visual and literary material available to indulge my new passion! My leisure time has been spent scanning all the back copies of companion books (except seasons 2 and 4 – are they serious about that price?!) and devouring the “tie-in” Supernatural novels.
For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading these stories, they are a series of paperback books that deliver “unaired adventures” of the characters in the show. I am not reading the novels in any particular order. Having memorized what happens in each season, i.e. which Sam is in play, what conflict is tearing apart the brothers, what Dean is worried about, etc., I can pretty much pick up any of the books and understand its context. I will admit, though, that I looked up the critics’ and fans’ reviews of the books and have skipped a few of the early books that were very poorly rated (Nevermore, Heart of the Dragon and One Year Gone. Let me know if you think they are worth my time).
So far I have read four books, most recently, Fresh Meatby Alice Henderson. It’s number eleven in the series, released in February of this year (there are currently 12 books available). Having just finished it, I would like to share my reactions while they are still, well, fresh.
As part of my very slow moving project to read all of the Supernatural tie-in novels, I recently completed Witch’s Canyon. This book was released in October, 2007. It was written by Jeff Mariotte, who also wrote tie-in novels for Buffy, Angel, Spiderman, Criminal Minds and Star Trek.
Given the publication date, one can assume the story occurred sometime during season 2 in Supernatural’s time line. There were references to the “special children” and John’s death, and the brothers were still roaming the country together chasing monsters. It was oddly comforting to read a book about season 2 now, after so many seasons of heartache have transpired. There was a nostalgic innocence to spending time with the young Sam and Dean, before they [SPOILER alert for season 3-9] were caught in a fight between warring angels, before they had to avert the apocalypse, before Sam was addicted to demon blood or possessed by Lucifer…before so much happened that jaded the boys’ lives [END Spoiler]. The story took place in the Grand Canyon, which made me snicker given all the controversy about the official canon’s contradictions on the subject. Tie-in novels don’t add to canon, though, so this early in the series the Grand Canyon was as picturesque a place as any for a monster hunt.
Bone Key,written by Keith R.A. DeCandido, was the third novel written as an authorized, tie-in story for Supernatural. The book was published in August, 2008 and takes place mid-season 3, a week after the events of “A Very Supernatural Christmas”. Mr. DeCandido also wrote Nevermore (the first book of the series) and Heart of the Dragon.
“We couldn’t find our fangirl selves in the research. …so we decided to write a book of our own on fans – one that we thought, rather naively, would set the record straight. We would figure out what being a fan was all about and we would get it right!... This is not that book. [This book] is about the excitement of being passionate enough about something to throw caution to the wind and indulge – and about the price we pay when we do.” (Prologue, Page xii)
In October of 2012, I had the honor of meeting Dr. Lynn Zubernis and Dr. Kathy Larsen at the Supernatural convention in Chicago. At the time, I didn’t know they had their doctorate degrees, that they had spent the last seven years researching and writing two books about what it means to be a fan of Supernatural,or that they were on the brink of realizing their dreams. I only knew them as fellow fangirls. Since then, Lynn and I have become close friends, frequently comparing notes on our personal lives, our careers … and the triumphs and tragedies of Supernatural’s heroes, Sam and Dean Winchester.
After reading their latest book Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, I was lucky enough to get a full hour of Lynn’s time (rare indeed!) to ask her questions about what it means to be in the Supernatural Family, about her interactions with the cast and crew of Supernatural and about the personal cost of her success. Her stories were both enlightening and heartwarming. Here is that interview, presented in two parts, because every word evokes understanding of self and fandom.
After reading the book Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls
, I had the great privilege of talking with Dr. Lynn Zubernis, one of its authors and a fangirl herself. In Part 1
of the interview, Lynn explained why people join fandoms, why they are ashamed of their fannish pursuits and the tremendous benefits of being in a fandom. Part 2 of the interview gives us the behind-the-scenes scoop on what the stars of Supernatural
think of the book and their fans. Lynn also shares with us how writing the book affected her personally.