1. How did you come up with the title?
The title Dehumanized actually came from a song. Originally I had actully planned on calling the book, "Werewolf Rehabilitation Camp" but felt that it was too long and too blunt. So I stressed for a while about a better title, and one day I was listening to a song called "Brompton Cocktail" by Avenged Sevenfold (yes, I'm a major rocker) and the singer mentions about feeling "so dehumanized." As soon as I heard the word I just knew it was the perfect title for my book.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message is subtle, but it's there. In the book the main character, Ryan Zachery, deals with what he has become and how he eventually comes to terms with it. The message simply is accept yourself no matter what or who you are, even if no one else accepts you. Just be yourself, and things will turn out alright.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
When I set out to write this book I told myself to make it as realistic as possible. Obviously that was a hard task considering the book is about werewolves, but they are scientifically created werewolves and there is a lot of science behind the whole thing. I wanted to write a werewolf novel that made people go, "Oh man, that actually could happen!" So hopefully I did just that, or at least something close to that.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Not a single thing. I love every second of my book, and am extremely proud of how it came out. I honestly feel that it's perfect in the way it is right now.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The science. Like I said before I wanted to make sure that this book was as realistic as possible, and in order to do that I needed to have a whole lot of science behind everything, and that was difficult. Some things I left up to the science of nature, but there's a lot in the book that's explained through technical terms and laboratory mumbo-jumbo. I may have had a solid B+ in my science class in high school, but I still was never the science-boy. It was difficult to explain everything through science, and it took hours of research about the human anatomy and about the lunar cycles to be able to write a lot of scenes in Dehumanized.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Other than all that science? Haha! I'm not really sure what I learned. I think what I did realize though is that writing an entire book isn't as scary as I used to make it out to be. Dehumanized is the very first novel I have completed, and before that I spent years trying to think of a book idea, but always held back because I was scared it would be really hard and that I didn't have the talent for it. But when I finally sat down to begin Dehumanized, I found it isn't so hard. You just have to let yourself go and flow with the ideas in your mind.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Of course. It was in second grade when I said to myself that this is what I wanted to do with my life. My class had been assigned a short story project where everyone had to write something of their own creation. I wrote a four page story about a boy who was finally allowed to stay home alone, and is terrified of all the little noises the house makes when it's quiet. Everyone knows what that's like, right? Well, my teacher had said it was the best in class and had selected me to read it out loud in front of everyone. Afterwards everyone was impressed and my teacher said to me, "You should seriously think about being an author someday," and I did seriously think about it.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Oh boy...you're making me choose here? Hmm...I'd have to say my favorite author is Jeff Lindsay, writer of the Dexter series. His books are about a serial killer that kills only other serial killers, but the series isn't about gore and bloodlust but rather the dark comedy of it all. His writing just flows so smoothly. The main character has such a funny way at looking at the fact he has this serious need to kill people. If I may, one of my favorite quotes from the series is from Double Dexter, the sixth novel in the series, and goes like this: "There I am; I, Dexter. I raise a hand to touch my face, but it is the hand with the knife and I stop halfway as the wicked blade comes near my dumbly gaping face and I just look at me. Still life with knife and numbskull. The two faces of me, Dexter the Demon and Dexter the Dope."
9. Tell us your latest news.
My latest news is that I'm working on the sequel to Dehumanized, and that is coming along slowly but surely. I am also working on a side project, a new novel that I hope to release sometime soon in the future.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would just like to thank everyone who has shown support for me and my writing. It sincerely means a lot to me since I spent YEARS thinking I'd never really be able to do it and now that I have done it everyone is being so wonderful and it warms my heart. So thank you everyone!
About the Book
A deadly and currently incurable disease has been released as the result of an unknown experiment that went awry. Dubbed 'Lycanthropy' by the media due to its similarity to the horror movie genre depiction about werewolves, anyone infected begins to change, and every night of the full moon the 'beast' within is released. Within one year, lycanthropy spread throughout Europe, Asia and has now infected the USA. In an attempt to control and treat the outbreak, concerned governments have begun creating camps to contain those who are infected and to help find a cure. Despite rumors comparing these camps to the concentration camps of almost 70 years ago, the US government maintains these camps have the best interests of the public and the residents at heart. Expectations for a cure in the next year remain high.
Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should - carefree, and oblivious to anything around him. He had an attractive girlfriend and hope for the future. One night when he was walking home he was attacked by an unknown assailer. He awoke in the hospital to learn he had been infected by lycanthropy, a disease he had heard about but had ignored.
Taken by armed guards and dragged away from his parents who did not understand what was happening, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those 'suffering' from lycanthropy. Treated like prisoners, he and other lycanthropes were abused by the guards and by their own kind. Scientists regularly performed experiments that promised to treat the disease, yet only caused pain. If Ryan or any of the other roommates acted up or demanded answers, they were thrown into solitary, nicknamed the 'dungeon', and ignored until they became docile once more.
But at the night of the full moon, the beast within him is freed. The beast hates the prison and Ryan. When an experimental procedure allows the beast and Ryan to communicate, the two enemies become unlikely allies who will stop at nothing to tear down the walls keeping them prisoner. With the beast's help, Ryan learns how to change at will. When even his own kind begin to fear him, he creates a plan to release all lycanthropes. They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.
Price/Format: $17.99 paperback, $4.99 ebook
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Dystopia
Publisher: Bokheim Publishing
Release Date: July 21, 2012
Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, Smashwords
About the Author
Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing. He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason…
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