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."