Aaron Longoria, author of “Burning Bridges”
What sparked your interest in werewolves?
I’ve always had a fascination for the werewolf, (it may be the big, strong, furry creature in me, and that may also explain why most of my stories contain furry-type characters—anthropomorphic lions, tigers, and foxes to name a few.)
What spawned the idea for your story?
The idea for Burning Bridges was an odd mix of Len Kaminski’s work on a DC comic, Scare Tactics; the 1897 storyline from the original Dark Shadows; and current GLBT movements throughout America. I liked how Kaminski broke all stereotypes with his depiction of werewolves, (no needing the full moon to transform and the wolves retaining their intelligence, for example); the 1897 storyline highlighting the origin of Quentin Collins as the first werewolf of Collinwood as well as another character, Laura Collins who in secret was a Phoenix, and this brought about my own workings of the ‘Werewolf/Phoenix’ war which I plan on rewriting into a novel sometime next year; and the idea of gay werewolves and their social plights seemed the right catalyst for the underlying theme.
I’d say I’m more plotter than pantser; when working on the initial stages of any story, I’ll usually power-walk to get all the juices flowing while the thoughts are bubbling somewhere in my mind, then sit down and embellish it all into the story-telling. Like so many of us, there are times when one just writes with the momentum at hand, and somehow it all manages to congeal along with the re-writing and re-editing. My original draft seemed more ‘pantsing’ than ‘plotting’; but the rewrite did involve more plotting—I was quite satisfied with the second draft…and apparently so was Alan Lewis.
Is there a soundtrack to this story?
I usually have soft, incidental music playing in the background while writing, but I would say that there’s an Enya piece somewhat that would fit Burning Bridges, possibly Smaointe from her Shepherd Moons album.
Is this a familiar genre for you… or did you try something new?
This was definitely something new—most of my stories involve dragons as the protagonists, and as such, my stories are based in pre-industrial-type societies. This was my first contemporary story involving ‘human’ characters, per se, in a very long time; since the ’60s and ’70s, if I recall. Yes, I’m that old….
What is your next project?
My next project is to return to two novels I started some years ago, Bargoth TailSwiper, the story of a young, brash dragon who learns that dealing with humans is easier said than donewhen the fate of your world depends on it; and another novel, The Dragon Cafe, the story ofowner Slopwyth Dragon and his restaurant…and the precarious results that ensue from both staff and patrons, human and otherwise.