Please give a warm welcome to Beth Lewis, author of THE WOLF ROAD! She’s stopping by A Book and a Latte today for an interview as part of her blog tour. Check out my Q & A with Beth below, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis | bookandlatte.comIn her debut novel THE WOLF ROAD (July 5, 2016; Crown), author and managing editor at London’s Titan Books Beth Lewis introduces us to a world decimated by an unnamed, apocalyptic event and inhabited by desperate people accustomed to hunting, tracking, and killing to survive. Among them is Elka, the young heroine whose unmistakable voice guides us through the untamed landscape of the area formerly known as British Columbia on her journey to escape the horrors of her own past.

Everything Elka knows of the world she learned from the man she calls Trapper, a solitary hunter who took her under his wing when she was just seven years old. He has taught her how to shoot, track, set snares, and start fires—all the skills necessary to survive in a wild, lawless land where men are at the mercy of the elements and one another. But when wanted posters begin appearing in town, Elka realizes that the man she thinks she knows so well is harboring terrible secrets. The more Elka finds out about him, the less sure she becomes about her own identity—especially as she begins to recover some of the painful memories she’s kept at bay throughout her childhood.

As the horrific facts emerge, Elka makes her escape, armed with nothing but her knife and the survival skills he’s taught her. She sets out in the hope of finding her true parents, who traveled to the frozen north years earlier in pursuit of gold, but Elka can tell by the shadows that follow her that Trapper’s on her trail—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. As she encounters physical hardships, violence, and loneliness that at times test her sanity, she also strains to distinguish between fact and fiction in her own recollections. Ultimately, she will have to turn and confront not just Trapper but the dark reality of her past. 

THE WOLF ROAD is a tautly suspenseful cat-and-mouse tale of justice and revenge, played out against a vast, unforgiving landscape—told by an unforgettable, tough-as-nails young heroine fighting desperately to escape the terrors of her childhood and rejoin humanity.

Crown Publishers • July 5, 2016 • Price: $26.00 hardcover • 368 pages 
ISBN: 978-1-101-90612-5 • eBook ISBN: 978-1-101-90613-2

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“An unrelenting psychological thriller of wilderness survival wrapped in a terrifying hide-and-seek game of trying to escape an unspeakable past. … Fans of suspense with a touch of horror will be pulled into Elka’s intense struggle to find peace and redemption as the whole truth is finally revealed.”

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Q & A with Beth Lewis

1THE WOLF ROAD takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting where civilization has essentially collapsed. Modern technology no longer exists, and people have congregated in shanty towns reminiscent of the 1850s American Old West. Do you think this kind of collapse could be a real possibility for us in the future?

I think that kind of threat is always hanging over us. We rely so much on technology that if it ever stopped working, if the electricity was cut off, after a while life would naturally revert to a time before all that existed in the first place, and people born into this new world wouldn’t know any different. We’d need to rebuild and, I hope, would rebuild it better so such a collapse wouldn’t happen again.

Elka describes the blocking of unwanted memories as ‘locked doors’ that begin to open as she makes realizations about her true past. Why did you decide for it to take so long for her to see life with Trapper as it truly was?

I think people have blindspots when it comes to those they love. They stop seeing faults, they ignore those little annoyances, they make excuses. That’s what Elka does. Elka loves Trapper. He’s her only family, the closest she has to a father, so she’ll do anything she can do keep that veneer in tact. It destroys her to discover what he really is. It takes a long time to rebuild herself but she has to face her past, her demons, and him, to do it. That’s Elka’s real journey and it takes time for her realise the truth, not just about Trapper, but about herself.

It obviously took a lot of research to write The Wolf Road, including learning real wilderness survival skills. How did you get yourself into the mindset you needed to have to include all these details in your narrative?

While I was writing The Wolf Road, I felt like I was always in Elka’s mindset. Her voice is so strong that all I had to do was read a sentence or two and I was back in her head. Survival skills are so instinctual to her that they became instinctual to me when I was writing. Elka will start a fire or set a trap without thinking about it. I could have gone into far more detail about these processes than I did but it became clear early on that Elka wouldn’t go into that detail, she wouldn’t describe the minutiae of her actions unless specifically teaching someone, so neither did I.

You’ve said that you wrote around five novels in three years before you wrote The Wolf Road, which you finished very quickly. What was lacking in the stories that you wrote before and how was The Wolf Road different?

I wrote them wrong. I wrote what I thought people would want to read, rather than what I thought was best for the story. I wrote with an eye on the market, with a thought that this might sell because of XYZ. You can guess how well that worked out. In those previous novels I’d tried to follow someone else’s rules and second-guessed my decisions based what someone else may think is best. The Wolf Road was different. It was a story that forced its way into my head and wouldn’t shut up until I wrote it all down. I didn’t even think about the market, I only thought about the story and the characters and that was a revelation.

You’re a self-proclaimed television enthusiast. What movies or television shows do you love watching the most and did you get any ideas for The Wolf Road from watching television?

I actually got the idea for the whole book from a short scene in a TV show, though I’ll leave you to guess which one. I love TV and film and I’d addicted to nature documentaries and Discovery Channel. Any show on Alaska or the Yukon, survival or outdoor pursuits and I’m sold. In terms of movies, Forrest Gump, Fried Green Tomatoes, Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me, Misery, White Fang; all movies I’ll watch time and time again because they are just fantastic and each one makes me feel like I’m being told a story, rather than watching a film. I tried to inject some of that feeling into The Wolf Road. I want the reader to feel like they’re being told a story.


Beth Lewis, author of THE WOLF ROAD | bookandlatte.comAbout Beth Lewis

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Beth Lewis was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has had close encounters with black bears, killer whales, and great white sharks. She has been, at turns, a bank cashier, a fire performer, and a juggler, and she is currently a managing editor at Titan Books in London. The Wolf Road is her first novel.

Many thanks to Beth for stopping by! Readers, follow the tour (schedule below) for more chances to win, and be sure to enter the giveaway!

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