December 02, 2012

It began with a nightmare...

Please help me welcome Angela Parson Myers, author of When the Moon is Gibbous and Waxing. Today, she'll be discussing her book and, more specifically, where the idea originated from.Take it away, Angela! 

I mentioned in a recent interview that my novel, “When the Moon Is Gibbous and Waxing,” originated with a nightmare I had one night and that the first scene in the book was that nightmare. I didn’t explain how the rest of the book grew out of that one short scene.

At the time, I was working ten hours a day and finishing my bachelor’s degree, so I didn’t have much time left to write. I did, however have time to think, and I started thinking about a world in which a person could have such a strange ability without knowing it. Obviously she didn’t fit into the standing mythos in which she would have been bitten by a werewolf. I mean, a person would surely remember that, right?

I don’t know how long I mulled that over, but one day Natalie walked into my head and introduced herself. (Yes, she said, “Hi, I’m Natalie. I’m named after a child you briefly met when you were seven or eight years old, and you’re going to tell my story.”) 

I never had been able to make much sense out of the myth that a person can actually become a wolf, and Natalie agreed. That’s too much of a change in mass and shape. But she reminded me that some cultures believe in werebears or Yeti or Sasquatch, which is much more logical. (I know what you’re thinking: “She’s holding a conversation with an imaginary character and she’s worried about being logical?”)  But how would a person get the ability to change into such a creature? 

Natalie told me she had inherited it—that her parents had each unknowingly borne a recessive gene for the werewolf factor. Once she told me that, the concept of the Family with its own culture, coming of age ceremonies and mythology naturally evolved—and continue to evolve. (You can read about how Natalie learned about the Family in my blog at—and in my novel, of course.) 

I’m working on the second book about Natalie now. Hubby and Natalie and I (oddly, he doesn’t seem to realize she’s there) have been having long discussions about the things she’s learning about her own Family and about her realization that werewolves aren’t the only myth that is real. And that while these new nightmare creatures are no threat to her, they could be a deadly threat to the man she loves.

About the Book

Graduate student Natalie Beres can't remember who attacked her that autumn night under the full moon. She can't remember anything between leaving her lab in a secluded building at the south end of campus and arriving at her apartment in the wee hours of the morning. Covered in blood. Not her own. Other than the loss of memory, she's completely unharmed.

She can't say the same for the men who attacked her. The grisly campus murders force Natalie to dig deeper into what happened that night, to force herself to remember. But what she learns about herself is horrifying. When the police officer investigating the murders tries to get close, Natalie is caught between her attraction to him and her fear of discovery. But worse, can she avoid being found by the young man with a similar problem who's on his way from the West coast to find her...leaving a trail of shredded corpses along the way...?

About the Author

Former newspaper staff writer and corporate writer/editor, now writing the kind of fantasy she's loved since she was a child. Angela lives in Central Illinois with her high school sweetheart, where they somewhat successfully masquerade as normal grandparents. Please see her blog here.


  1. I had just opened this book when NaNoWriMo started so I haven't gotten very far into it, but what I have read has been great and I'm looking forward now to digging into it in earnest.

    Thanks much for sharing some insights into its origins, Angela.

    1. Can't wait to hear what you think, John. I always respect your thoughts.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful read and I'm so glad I read about how the authors idea for the book originated. Very intriguing.

  3. I love to know what authors are thinking, where their creation process comes gives you such an insight when you are reading their work. Thanks Angela for opening up to us today!

  4. Sounds great. I'll have to check this out. It amazes me that anyone can write a novel. I don't know how you do it.

  5. I've been fascinated by how the process has worked for me, how the nightmare led to the novel and the novel led to an entire history, and the history led to more book ideas. I wonder how many authors do it this way. Hope you enjoyed Sara's blog. I did. : - )