See, I'd just been watching CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, the old Hammer Films classic starring Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain, and right smack in the middle of it the beautiful mute servant girl dies horribly!
I felt devastated. For some reason, that mute, helpless girl, who dies before the real werewolf even comes into the picture, seemed so real to me. More real than the silly looking furry wolf-man, and much more real than the silly chattering villagers.
So I made myself a promise, at ten years old. A promise that someday I would write a werewolf story where the beautiful, strong-willed Spanish servant girl does not die! Instead she stands up to the werewolf, finds her destiny, and ends up married to the most amazing older man, who by the way is fabulously rich, wise and kind. And who totally worships the ground she walks on!
Now I have to be honest with you. This is a short story, not a full length novel. But in these short pages you will see Juliana grow up, from a chubby little baker's daughter to a desperate runaway to a loving and mature woman with amazing courage. Along the way, you'll meet fun-loving army cadets, sneering evil noblemen, sexy French servant girls, a monk with a secret, a beautiful dying boy, and one dirty old man who gets exactly what he deserves. I really tried to bring the whole colorful panorama of Old Spain to life, AND tell a good old-fashioned werewolf story with a beautiful love story tucked inside.
And this time, the servant girl lives happily ever after!