Interview with D.R. Hedge

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Responsibilities. I wish that I had a more eloquent answer, but responsibilities get me and keep me out of bed.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to gravitate toward memoirs or memoir-style fiction. My preferred method of escapism usually involves reading about lives that are more chaotic than my own.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy Nick Hornby, Chuck Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh, and Leigh Bardugo. Marissa Meyer has recently snuck into my Top Authors list.
Describe your desk
I use the kitchen table and it is an absolute disaster.
What inspired you to write your latest novel?
I was attempting to write a different novel, and failing miserably in every conceivable way. After several attempts, I decided to write something entirely different and moved toward a male protagonist werewolf. Over time, I developed the wolves from a society based on Irish Travelers into an ancient culture rooted in the Viking era, with a healthy dose of aggression issues. Retter's struggle with depression stems from my own personal battle with that specific mental disorder.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Geri Rogue predominantly follows Retter, a cursed wolf who suffers from severe depression and suicidal tendencies. Coming from an ancient and violent culture that doesn't acknowledge mental illnesses, and experiencing a great deal of traumatic and influencing ordeals, he feels consistently alone and aspires to either become full-wolf or to end his life. One night, on an overpass in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Retter meets a blue haired and extensively tattooed woman named Brixton. She becomes his silver lining in Retter's life and he sets out to find a way to remain being a part of hers.
Good situations frequently come to an end, though.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to transform situations I have either personally lived through, or known someone to go through, and putting those experiences towards something possibly good.
Do you write every day?
Though I try to keep the novel I am currently working open on my desktop, I do not. Little deters my ability to procrastinate, unfortunately. I do, often, take notes for either my currently work-in-progress or future novels on a regular basis. I am also working towards keeping track of word counts, as that method seemed to work the best when editing The Geri Rogue.
When did you first start writing?
I first decided to seriously aspire toward becoming an author a year or so after our first child was born, though I didn't crack down on it until a year or two ago.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Procrastinating is sadly a fine art that I have mastered.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I greatly appreciate any amount of support I receive.
What are you working on next?
The prequel for The Geri Rogue.
Published 2016-10-14.
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Books by This Author

The Geri Rogue
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 95,270. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Every full moon, Retter and his kind shift and change back into their natural form. For some time, this was enough for him. Losing faith in what his future may hold, until, one night on the Prest Road overpass, he meets a blue haired woman who becomes his silver lining. Yet, all good things must, eventually, come to an end. Set in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Follow Retter.