The Truth Spell (Werewolf High #1)
by Anita Oh
Release Date: November 2015
As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of Amaris High, I knew I’d made a big mistake. I could never fit in at such a snobbish school – I was more IT girl than “it girl”. But then I saw him.
Sam Spencer. My childhood best friend. But it couldn’t be. Sam Spencer had died three years ago, on the night that changed everything. I need to know what happened, why he’s suddenly not dead and is hanging out with a bunch of rich kids.
When the school is hit by a truth spell, it seems like the perfect chance to find out what Sam and his creepy new friends are hiding, but the weirder things get, the less I’m sure I want to know. Even for Sam, even for the free food, Amaris High might be more trouble than it’s worth.
I really wanted to create a world that I’d enjoy hanging out in. When I think about my favourite stories, they’re mostly based in schools – stuff like Harry Potter and Buffy, as the most obvious examples. I think schools are a great setting because you’re forced into constant contact with all sorts of different people, which mostly sucks in real life but is great for creating dramatic scenarios in a book. Plus, I love werewolves! So it seemed like a good idea to combine the two.
The series is Werewolf High but the first book is called “The Truth Spell” – that sounds more like witches than wolves!
The werewolf pack is at the heart of the series and the main story focuses on the wolves, but when you throw witchcraft into the mix, there’s no end to the fun stuff that can happen. When I was first developing the series, I decided I’d like to play around with a different trope in each book, body swaps and soul bonds and so on, and a truth spell was perfect for the first book, when everyone still has something they want to hide.
Is the main character a werewolf?
Lucy is an ordinary human girl. She comes from a poor family where she’s had to take responsibility for her younger siblings, so she’s had to be a practical, logical sort of person, and she finds it hard to accept magic and werewolves. She also struggles being at such an elite boarding school, where people throw money around. It’s a totally different world for her.
What do you find the hardest part of the writing process?
I have a chronic illness, so everything is hard all the time, but the hardest thing is keeping to a schedule. Just sitting down to do something every day is really difficult, sometimes impossible, but if you do a little bit and then a little bit more, gradually it builds up. I’ve spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself and making excuses but it gets to the point where if you want to do something, you have to do it. My sister’s a writer and she said to me, “quit your dillydallying and write your book already, sheesh!”. Most people I know are like “one day I will do this” or “I’ll do that someday”, but if she wants to do something, she just does it – travel the world or become a writer or whatever. When someone like that is standing in front of you, it’s hard to make excuses for yourself.
What do you do for fun?
Mostly, I chase my dog around the house while pretending to be T-Rex. She’s a beagle, so she doesn’t know that the T-Rex has tiny little arms that can’t possibly catch her, so she’s super fast and good at evasive manoeuvres but I will get her one day!