Huntsmen, by Michelle Osgood
Series: The Better To Kiss You With, Book 2
Publisher: Interlude Press
Release Date: April 13, 2017
Months after saving Jamie and Deanna from crywolf, Kiara and her brother Cole have moved into the city. While clubbing one night, Kiara is stunned to see her ex, Taryn, on stage. But before she can react, Jamie notices a distinctive tattoo in the crowd: an axe rumored to be the mark of the Huntsmen, a group of werewolf-tracking humans. The girls need to leave immediately—and since Taryn is also a werewolf, they need to take her with them.
The Huntsmen are more than a myth, and they’re scouring the city for lone wolves just like Taryn. Until the General North American Assembly of Werewolves lends a plan of action, Kiara’s small pack is on lockdown in Nathan’s apartment building, where she and Taryn must face the differences that drove them apart. Furthermore, the longer the group waits, the more it seems the Huntsmen haven’t been acting entirely on their own.
Today I’m interviewing Michelle Osgood, author of Huntsmen.
Hi Michelle, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi! Thank you for having me. I’m a queer romance writer from Vancouver, BC. My first novel, The Better to Kiss You With, was a F/F paranormal romance published by Interlude Press in 2016. Huntsmen, the next book in the series, is a F/NB romance with a bit more of an urban fantasy feel, and follows Kiara, the Alpha-designate of her werewolf pack as she’s forced into hiding with her genderqueer ex-lover, Ryn.
How do you feel about e-books vs print books?
I love the feeling of a physical book in my hands, and books are my favourite thing to decorate with. That being said, I absolutely appreciate the immediacy and accessibility of e-books! I think anything that can get books into the hands of more folks is wonderful. E-books also make it easier for authors to self-publish, and for some of us who are more marginalized, and whose stories aren’t being actively sought after by publishers, e-books are a great way to break into the market and to gain an audience.
What process did you go through to get your first book published?
I lurked around Interlude Press’ social media for a year. I had been writing fanfiction for about two years when they went public with their press, and from the beginning I knew that they were people I would love to write for. When they announced that they were accepting submissions for original novels in June of 2015, I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance! I had about four months to pull something together, and from that, The Better to Kiss You With was born.
How do you find or make time to write?
I work full-time, so I do a lot of my writing in my evenings and weekends. It can be tricky to find time in between errands and house stuff and having some sort of social life, but as one of my favourite places to write is a pub, I will often show up early and get some work done before meeting up with friends.
Name one person who you feel supported you outside of your family members?
Huntsmen is dedicated to Leita. We met several years ago in university, in a creative writing class, and have been friends ever since. This was a rough year for me for a number of reasons, and Letia was at my side, or my back, every step of the way. I can’t imagine being the person, or the writer, I am without her.
Tell us about a book you’re reading now.
I just finished reading Vanessa and her Sister by Priya Parmar, and it’s amazing. All about the Bloomsbury Group and Virginia Woolf, told from the perspective of her older sister, Vanessa Bell, who was an artist in her own right. The book gave me so many lady creator feels, and was unexpectedly queer and poly! I loved it, and I’m sending copies to a few friends who I think would enjoy giving it a read.
Kiara spilled out into the night with Ryn’s hand tucked securely in hers. The snow had stopped, finally, but the night had been cold enough to steal Kiara’s breath away. She tugged her coat tighter now that they were outside the smoky, sweaty club and wished she hadn’t worn a skirt.
“We’re never going to get a cab,” Kiara moaned. “And the busses don’t start again for another,” she checked her phone, “Two hours.”
“Aww, poor pack princess,” Ryn teased. “Did it ever occur to you that there’s another solution? One that doesn’t require us to stand in the cold for two more hours.”
Kiara furrowed her brow. “Do you know someone who can come pick us up?”
Ryn laughed delightedly. “Love, we don’t need a ride. The night is ours—we’re made for this.”
“Ryn,” Kiara said reluctantly. “We’re not supposed to shift when someone might see us.”
“Who’s gonna see?” Ryn threw out her arms. “It’s three in the morning, and it’s colder than my Aunt Nari’s side-eye. No one’s gonna see us.”
“We’re in the middle of downtown.”
“Come on,” Ryn gave Kiara a gentle shove. “Live a little. Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like? To run through the city and know you own it? That no one can take that away from you?”
Kiara glanced at the street behind them. Now that they’d moved farther from the club, it was deserted in all directions. She’d lost track of how many shots she and Ryn had done in the club, but it was enough that alcohol buzzed through her system and awoke something wild and reckless.
“I’ve done it before,” Ryn coaxed. “It was fine. No one saw me. And I got home in one piece, well before the sun rose and people started venturing out. It’ll take us like, half an hour, max.”
“Our clothes though, my purse?” Kiara was wavering, and Ryn could tell.
“We’ll stuff them there.” Ryn pointed to a stack of milk cartons at the edge of a nearby alley. “And tomorrow we can come back for them.”
“Well…” Kiara had a midterm tomorrow afternoon and she’d been planning to get up early to study since she’d missed the last few classes. Not too early though, she thought giggling, remembering that it was already tomorrow. “All right. As long as no one sees us.”
Ryn grinned and grabbed Kiara so she could kiss her. Ryn tasted like alcohol, and warmth, and the menthol cigarettes Kiara had been smoking. Kiara’s resolve crumbled, replaced with a mounting excitement. She had wondered what it would be like, but neither she nor her cousins had ever gotten up the nerve to disobey their parents and shift in a city.
Ryn let out an excited, drunken whoop and started to shed her clothing.
Michelle Osgood writes queer, feminist romance from her tiny apartment in Vancouver, BC. She loves stories in all mediums, especially those created by Shonda Rhimes, and dreams of one day owning a wine cellar to rival Olivia Pope’s. She is active in Vancouver’s poly and LGBTQ communities, never turns down a debate about pop culture, and is trying to learn how to cook. Her first novel, The Better to Kiss You With, was published by Interlude Press in 2016.
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