The Werewolf on Lowre Few Lane by Bryce Bentley-Tales

In their hometown in Ireland, thirteen-year-old Colton and his best friend Jade spend their free time investigating a local urban legend about an old abandoned house which seems to be genuinely haunted. At the same time, Colton has developed a crush on American foreign exchange student, Dylan, who is visiting his aunt. Turns out, Dylan isn’t your average American kid–he’s a werewolf. When Dylan’s aunt disappears through a portal inside the house Colton and Jade have been investigating, the three of them set out to save her from the magical realm on the other side of the doorway.

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“I have loved haunted houses for as long as I can remember,” recounts Bentley-Tales. “When I was kid I was hooked on the Scooby crew who were always going into haunted castles, houses, amusement parks, museums. Heck, you name it, it was haunted!” These sweet-scary childhood memories fueled Bentley-Tales’ storytelling in this book, his first YA horror story. And certainly, developing the story through the eyes of a young gay boy allowed the author to offer a special, inclusive point of view. And while masterfully creating tension and fear through the dark fantasy conflict, the navigation of young love is another great strength Bentley-Tales displays. “There’s a part in the story where Erin wants to make Colton jealous by telling him how much attention Dylan is giving her. I get a good chuckle when I re-read it, as it’s such a typical young love triangle!”

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Tell us a little bit about your book.

Thirteen-year-old Irish-Asian Colton barely has time to enjoy his new friendship with the American exchange student, Dylan, whom he also has a crush on, before he discovers Dylan is not just a werewolf, but his aunt is a witch and stranded in a dark realm whom they are going to rescue.

Have you published before?

That’s a tricky question. Yes, I’ve published before – and that includes self-publishing and traditional.

I started out self-publishing stories in 2014, but the catch is that since 2017-2018, I’ve been taking those books down. First books, I’ve been told and now I’ve come to see, are not always your best works, and the amount of investment you need for good editing to make a decent story good, can bankrupt you. And I invested a good chunk of funds in those early books which really hurt the bank, but when you’re a brand new writer, that investment needs to be really substantial for it to work out in your favor and clear out all the “new writing bugs”. If you’re on a string budget, then it’s going to be a rough road.

With time though, taking notes from other writers, I’ve started to get the knack of this writing venture and it’s starting to be more fun and smoother. I published an adult gay book with BookStrands in 2016, and then my adult horror book, Wehr Wolff Castle was also published in 2016 by NineStar Press.

Are you currently working on anything else?

I have three upcoming works – one is my nonfiction work Queer Sense, a guidebook to help us understand how we form attitudes towards LGBT people and gives insight into why we identify within the spectrum of sexual orientations and gender, regardless of whether we’re heterosexual or a variant of the rainbow.

The second is an adult story, a LGBT Sci-Fi Thriller titled Perceptesis and completely finished. Well, I say finished as it’s been professionally edited, but still it’s not ready. It needs to tweaked and reworked in a few places – but the book follows Muslim-American Gavin Rashid who is a specialized elite American soldier who soon finds he has a strange new ability, he can bend other people’s perceptions and he must use it to save his country from bio-terrorist group.

The last story is a YA LGBT Sci-Fi book with a working title of Orion: The PreRobo Era Boy.

Orion is from the year 2221. He and his robot, Blake, fly through a portal that propels Orion into the future, to the year 3021 in fact. Earth is governed by a new species of synthetic humanoids called roboman. Cybernetic humans known as humbots are second class citizens, and humans are an endangered species and most of them are feral animals, with no rights. Not surprising, Orion soon find himself at odds in this new society and luckily crosses path with a roboman, named Kylik, whom he forms a friendship with and even forms a crush on. Orion soon discovers though he shares some odd connection to Kylik that is rooted to a dark ancient history of the robomans.

As far as when these all come out, good question. A tight budget has always been my biggest obstacle. I am taking my time with the YA plot and I’m wanting to outline all of the entire series before I edit and rewrite book one. We will see what 2019 brings.

What is your favorite writing snack?

Pretzels! They’re salty and not horrible in terms of being lots of calories. I normally though just have a bottle of water nearby.

What gets you in the mood to write?

Night time is the best time for me to write.  I’m naturally a night owl. Even so, most of my writing has been at day time and whenever I can sneak in typing several paragraphs while I’m at work. I’ve noticed if I have a good exercise regimen and have socialized with several people, then I’m in much better frame of mind.

Writing is an isolating venture and while I was accustomed at being more solo in my younger life, I also discovered that part of that was because I had been gay during my late teens and young adulthood but never told anyone because of fear of rejection, and such things can cause you to feel alienated. So, in my current life, I try to balance socializing with writing, and I won’t lie, it’s tough.

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