Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Q&A with Michael Loring Today!!

1. This was a very interesting story I'm sure there will be more to come right?
Of course. With a story like this I can't just leave it. I knew from the beginning that these characters would have more to tell in the future once this book was done, and boy do they!

2. Why was Dr. Milkovich allowed to stay free even though he had Lycanthropy also ?
Dr. Milkovich may be an infected, but he was the lead scientist that inadvertently created Lycanthropy. He is free only because the government believes he has the most knowledge and if anyone is going to find a cure, it's him. But, behind the scenes, they keep a close eye on him. It's said in the book how he has to transform in a cage just like the rest of the infected, otherwise he'll be penalized.

3. Who was in charge of the camp Ryan lived in? Was it the government or private funding?
Government. These creatures are too dangerous to let free, so the nation's heads came together and agreed they needed them locked up. So it's all government funded to keep the infected behind bars, as inhumane as it may seem.

4. Once you have Lycanthropy do you lose all your rights?
Basically. They boast saying these people are being treated with the utmost care, but in reality they're brutalized and considered lower-class citizens. They're viewed as nothing more than monsters, so all rights they once had are stripped in the name of "preserving the peace."

5.  What made you such a werewolf fan ? ( besides werewolf in London)
Oh man...so many things. I just love werewolves. After seeing American Werewolf In London I began to study the lore of werewolves; learning about the Beast of Gevaudan and the Navajo Skin-Walkers. I essentially began to absorb werewolf knowledge because I thought the idea of a man turning into a wolf so fascinating. Since then I've seen pretty much all the movies: Underworld, Cursed, The Wolfman (both versions) Teen Wolf, The Howling, etc.

6. Making Lycanthropy a man made experiment instead of supernatural is unlike anything I have read before. What made you go in that direction?
I wanted something original. There are so many paranormal novels out today it's becoming harder and harder to create something original. I knew I wanted to do this idea about werewolves in a prison camp, but was afraid it would be a little cliche. So, wracking my brain for ideas, I got the idea of them being made from science rather than nature. I'm not sure where exactly that idea came from, but once I had it I knew it's what I wanted to do to make my book stand out.

7. Why didn't we hear anything from Ryan's family?
Whilst inside the camp you have no contact from the outside world. You're closed off completely, so Ryan didn't get to communicate with his parents or sisters. But, I can promise you that in book 2 there'll be some family drama... (hint-hint)

8. Tell us 4 things about yourself.
4 things? Hm...let me think...  (LOL ok 3 then) 
  1. I am an avid video gamer. I play Xbox like my life depends on it lol. I love to play games like Gears of War, Devil May Cry, Assassin's Creed, all those kinda games. Outside of writing I'm the typical twenty-year-old male. 
  2. I love to practice boxing. I took classes for four years when I lived in Connecticut, and once I get things in order here in Florida I hope to get back into it. The adrenaline rush is just too addicting!
  3. I am a movie-fanatic! I have a collection of over a hundred movies! Whenever there's a new movie out I stop at nothing to see it! Some of my favorites (not counting werewolf movies lol) are Chronicle, Donnie Darko, V/H/S, and Warm Bodies.
9. What project are you working on now or have planned for the future?
Of course Dehumanized 2 is in the works, but other than that I'm working on a few anthology pieces. I'm currently writing a short story for Cynthia Shepp's STALKERS anthology, which I'm hoping gets accepted lol!

10. How about sharing some links so our followers can find out more about you and your work? 

You can "Like" me on Facebook / Twitter / Website /Check out my Author's Page on: AmazonBlog

Blurb: 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.

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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