Today we welcome the amazing Kat Kruger, whose final book in the Magdeburg Trilogy is coming out July 22 from Fierce Ink Press.
Super-cool cover, right? Here's the synopsis:
When they tried to kill a prince, they made a king
In the aftermath of his pack leader’s assassination Connor Lewis is ready to take control. Rodolfus de Aquila’s plan before he died was to unite the European werewolf packs against their common enemies: the Hounds of God who make the laws and enforce them ruthlessly and with questionable motives, and the Luparii, an intergovernmental group of werewolf hunters now bent on the extermination of his kind. The uneasy alliance between these two factions has fallen apart, and now a battle wages leaving the pack werewolves scrambling to escape bio-chemical warfare on one side, and total domination on the other.
After hearing rumors of a union between the American packs Connor returns with Amara to his home city of New York to learn how to bring the Old World packs together. Werewolf society in the New World has taken a very different course from that of Europe, but when Connor meets the American leaders he begins to question if their ways are, in fact, the path forward.
A world away from Madison, Arden, and all those that he is trying to protect, Connor must discover the secret to uniting and leading the packs under one final charge, or else risk extinction for their entire species in the epic conclusion to The Magdeburg Trilogy.
You can buy it on Amazon and iTunes, or add to Goodreads. And one lucky reader will win all three books, just enter below.
So I asked Kat how she approached writing a trilogy, and if she's a plotter or pantser. Here's what she said:
Writing a supernatural trilogy is definitely a challenge. The books each need to be self-contained in a way, with their own story arcs and resolutions, but as a whole they also have to work into the bigger story arc and toward the larger resolutions. A trilogy doesn’t exist in a vacuum and each book needs to serve its own purpose. As an avid reader myself, I certainly didn’t want my second book to be just in-between filler the way some trilogies go. So “stuff” always has to happen.
Being a pantser rather than a plotter meant I did had to at least have a loose outline to go by. Also, the world of the Magdeburg werewolves had to be completely built — the rules by which they’re all bound set in place and the science adequately explored.
Although my trilogy takes place in the real world, I wouldn’t call it straight-up urban fantasy. Everything in the world is grounded in science. That said, as much as any writer needs to keep within the confines of a world there were certain liberties I simply couldn’t take because I was bound by science (fiction).
That means sometimes a bullet is just a bullet. A silver one or otherwise will kill a werewolf. The full moon has some sway over them. That’s just science. I mean, it’s the reason why tides work, right? Alright, it’s a leap of science to say that a full moon would have an impact on when some werewolves shift but that’s what sci-fi is. It’s a mashup of reality and reality-based speculation.
What changed over time for me over the years was mostly the characters. It’s what I love about being a pantser. The people who populate my world have grown organically. They lead the story. I could put them in situations but their reactions were always their own. I couldn’t force an outcome. And sometimes, tragically, I couldn’t stop them either. Whenever I cried the most was usually when I knew I’d done the right thing.
Overall I’ve invested years into these characters, seen them evolve, their relationships rise and fall. It’s bittersweet knowing this is the last of the series, but I know they’ll live on in my memory and in the eyes of readers who pick up the books. That makes them immortal, right?
Here are the first two books, highly recommended!
The Night Has Claws (Book Two)
What happens when you’re the thing that goes bump in the night?
Connor Lewis and Arden LaTène are experiencing a reversal of fortunes. Arden, once a prominent werewolf, has been cured against his will. As a result, he’s now considered dead by his former pack and has lost his longtime girlfriend in the mix. Connor, a newly created werewolf whose DNA has inadvertently led to the creation of the cure, now has to make some important decisions about his future and is not sure who to trust. Should he join a pack or try to go it alone?
When Connor is summoned by the Hounds of God to testify against the human scientist who developed the cure, he’s forced to choose sides. Comprised of humans bitten by werewolves, the Hounds have been the lawmakers and enforcers for hundreds of years, ensuring werewolves don’t endanger the lives of humans and exacting justice upon those who do. On the other hand, the pack werewolves have been persecuted for centuries and are seeking to tip the balance of power. Adding to his confusion is Madison Dallaire, the girl Connor has complicated feelings for, who has embarked on a path of corporate espionage.
In the second book of The Magdeburg Trilogy, Connor’s loyalties are pushed to the limits as he faces the challenges of being a modern werewolf caught in the grip of an ancient feud.
The Night Has Teeth (Book One)
Seventeen-year-old Connor Lewis is chased by a memory. On his first day of kindergarten he bit a boy hard enough to scar the kid for life. Since then he’s been a social outcast at a New York private school.
Through an unexpected turn of good fortune, he lands a scholarship to study in Paris, where everything starts to look up. On the first day he befriends two military brats, and he may finally get a taste of what it’s like to be a normal teenager.
It doesn’t last.
His host family — an alluring young tattoo artist and her moody, handsome boyfriend — inadvertently introduce him to the underworld of werewolves where there are two types: the born and the bitten. Those born to it take the form of elegant wolves, while the latter are cursed to transform into the half-man, half-beast creatures of horror movies. The bitten rarely survive. Unfortunately, Connor is on the wanted list of a four hundred-year-old bitten human who’s searching for both a cure and a means of wiping out werewolves for good.
Connor’s loyalties are tested as he becomes embroiled in a conflict where werewolves, mad science and teen angst collide.