Snuggles with Wolves

Where does an idea begin?  I am always telling my drama students nobody waltzes into a studio, says “let’s make a play” then magically creates something entertaining and meaningful.  You have start from somewhere: a photograph, a poem, a memory, a story, a song…anything can be a stimulus for art.  For JK Rowling it was a cross-country train journey.  For JRR Tolkien it began with a sentence.  For me, it began with my daughter.

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This is  Freya.

She is eight-years-old and her favourite colour is purple.

She is also utterly mad about wolves.

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I am not entirely certain where this obsession comes from but it is all-consuming.

She had her “worst day ever” at school yesterday because, during an interesting classroom activity, one of her classmates refused to surrender the “Wolf Card.”  I’m a bit hazy on the details of this traumatic event, but it led to several minutes of sobbing on the sofa which required ice cream medication.

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Freya is Team Jacob all the way.

I will never forget seeing her  blush for the first time when watching New Moon.

Then I realised she wasn’t sighing over Jacob’s abs, she was only interested in his fur.  I still don’t know whether to feel relieved or worried.

So when my husband suggested I quit whinging and write a book and I wailed back: “what would I write about?”, Freya answered.  I could write a book about a girl named Freya who is a werewolf.  From that simple idea, other creative choices followed.  If my lead character is named Freya, I should look to Norse mythology for further story inspiration.  A werewolf named Freya should have a pack and she should be it’s Alpha.

And maybe there could be a boy with abs…and fur.

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