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A New “Song” by Frank W. Smith

forcontestAuthor Frank W. Smith has come out with a new addition to his Wolf Song trilogy – Night Song.  Fans of the first book, Wolf Song, will be delighted to see their favorite characters return – and to know that Frank has kept to his original treatment of the werewolf treatment.

I’m delighted to announce that Frank will be our guest on JournalJabber tomorrow at 2 p.m. central, and in preparation for the show, he has given us some advance details about his new book.  Click here to listen.

Camera profile BW eyesFrank, for anyone not familiar with your first book, can you give us a summery?

Frank W SmithWell, in the first book ‘Wolf Song’, we find out that vampires and werewolves live  among us. They have had an uneasy truce for years, both living their lives and trying to avoid each other. One day  at a club Jon, one of the main characters, notices a female vampire leading off a young man so she can feed on him. Instantly he has to make a decision, does he allow the boy to be murdered in the werewolf territory or does he step in and do the right thing and save him. 

His actions after making that split second judgment, sets off a chain of events that quickly spiral down into bloodshed and outright war. The book follows one clan of werewolves living in New York City as they are hunted down and exterminated one by one. It also follows their daily lives as they struggle to contain the rage they feel inside of them, the rage that is a gift and a curse to them. Along the way they discover some wonderful allies as well as some awe-inspiring enemies. 

Camera profile BW eyesYour werewolves are different that the stereotypical ones in most literature… what inspiration was behind that?

Frank W SmithI wanted werewolves that were more akin to they way they  were when  I was growing up. Humans made large with animal ferocity, struggling to contain the rage inside of them. Wanting nothing more to be a normal human. However with their internal war of belonging to two very different worlds, you are never quite sure when they will erupt and all that pain and rage will be focused on you. I tried to make them super-natural but human as well. Struggling with the things we struggle with, wishing for all the things we wish for and yet many of them aspire to be something better. They want to work through the darkness they find in themselves and somehow make the world, which has no place for them, a much brighter world in the process. 

The endless parade of half naked alpha wolves and pale misunderstood vampires is not for me. These are creatures from legend given life among us. Beings of pain and rage and hidden nobility as well as every other trait you find in humanity.

Camera profile BW eyesCan you give us your favorite passage from your first book in the trilogy, Wolf Song?

Frank W SmithFrom Wolf Song: Through the red haze of the change, he realized the female vampire was now staring at him. Jon took a step out of the shadows, letting the dim light illuminate him more clearly. Jon’s new form easily topped eight feet tall and weighed well over four hundred pounds. The large muzzle and lupine features turned to regard the pair as the corded muscles of his body screamed for the release of action. His mind, reeling from the pain, tried to focus and not let this get out of hand. He wanted to save the boy and nothing more. The pale young man in her arms was dumbstruck in terror and disbelief. Jon growled around teeth not meant for speech, “Run boy, run home before it’s too late.”

     To his credit, the young man did attempt to run away, grasping and tugging on the woman’s arm as he tried to save her from the danger that had just come stalking out of the shadows. He didn’t even budge her. She turned on him, fangs now bared, the glamour gone and the true face of her evil revealed. A casual backhand sent the boy flying into the wall fifteen feet way as she turned all of her attention back to the werewolf standing in front of her. Jon watched in relief as the boy amazingly stood up and ran off.

     She screeched at Jon in a voice that was the whine of a flat-lined heart-monitor and the rumble of distant thunder combined, “You must have a death wish, dog, to come between one of us and our prey. It is our right to feed on these lesser beings.” Her voice took on an even more menacing tone. “Your interference will not be tolerated.”

     “You will not feed here; this is our territory. You have no rights here. The boy is gone. Leave peacefully before this goes any further.” The pain sang to him, lulled him, begging for a fight he would probably lose. Jon could not let the lycanthropy dictate his actions, so he fought the growing rage.

      “Do you know who I am, little puppy? I don’t cower for dogs like you.”

     Jon stood up to his full height, looking down on the little woman standing in front of him. The next words he spoke were the hardest of his life, “I will tell you again, go. The boy is gone; there is no problem.”

     She smiled a sickly innocent smile at him, “Oh, you have a problem.”

Camera profile BW eyesHow about a taste of your newest, Night Song?

Frank W SmithFrom Night Song: Ishi’s blade ran red. The last few moments were a blur of automatic moves honed from more than a hundred years of training. Each swing of the deadly sharp blade was part of a dance, part of the continuing string of beautiful movements that left his enemies dead. His feet were so sure and his actions so quick it almost seemed he floated between the black clad forms of the vampires. A subconscious smile was on his face as a calmness spread through his mind. He was doing what he was born to do, yes he might die, all men die, but even that held no fear for him. His time should have been long ago and when the silent shadow of death came for him, he would embrace him as an equal, but deep in his heart Ishi knew that time was not this time.

In all his years of living Ishi did not run into many things that took his breath away, he was jaded by simply seeing so much over that time. But as he fought his way to Jon, to be by the side of the man he had sworn to protect, his steps faltered, the tip of his sword dropped just a bit and he stood and watched in awe.

If Ishi was poetry and the refined step of a practiced art, Jon was a volcano erupted, a chaotic form of nature’s fury unleashed on lesser beings. Ishi watched him stride through the battle, head and shoulders above all the others. Snarling, sweeping all his enemies before him like a raging tide, his movements were undeniable and the fury of his blows unstoppable. The Samurai werewolf watched vampire after vampire try to bear his friend down only to be thrown back by the awesome power. Jon reached down and grabbed one vampire by the ankles and swung him like a club, smashing him into a car and shattering the windows, swinging him into the solid wall of a building and cracking it before he used him as a weapon on the other dark servants attacking him. And then the most horrible, awe-inspiring thing happened that Ishihiro had ever seen; Jon began to laugh. As he waded through the pools of blood at his feet, he laughed, a sound that echoed off the rows of teeth lining his jaws on its way out. There was no moral ambiguity here, these were not humans lead astray, for whom there still might be some slim chance at salvation, these were vampires. These were creatures of darkness, born of hate and spite, sent here for the sole purpose of destruction and death and Jon was finally able to unleash the full power held inside of him with the song and the curse. The leader of the werewolves had become divine retribution given a form. Ishi could almost sense the power coming off of his friend, every swing was followed by a death and a laugh and the aura of the song. Ishihiro stood awestruck.

Camera profile BW eyesAbsolutely love it – thank you Frank!  Fans, be sure to come back tomorrow for my interview with Frank on internet radio talk show, JournalJabber (Sunday, 2 p.m. central). In the meantime, check out Frank W. Smith on Facebook and grab Wolf Song and Night Song on Amazon.

Poetry Slam Sunday: Frank W. Smith

118Last week I officially requested poems for a new regular feature here on Dandilyon Fluff – Poetry Slam Sunday.  The meter and verse blew up my inbox!  Who knew I had so many poetically inclined friends?  Slam your own poems down in the comments and share!


Tonight’s poet is Frank W. Smith, author of Wolf Song and the just released Night Song.

From Frank W Smith:

Beneath the white cliffs

I speak the names of the dead.

Amidst the howling wind,

The thundering wind,

I speak your name,

And your shadow falls across

My soul.


Deafened I sit

Where the deep green leaves rustle.

I sit in the cathedral

Of nature undying.

And extract confessions

From the ghost

Of my love.


I stare into the sun then,

Until nothing else is left.

Melting my eyes,

Searing my eyes,

I am blind

As it’s white flame, consumes

Your dark umbra.


Crawling through the desert

Of your soul, leaves me withered.

Empty and burnt out.

A husk now

A hollow shell

That bakes upon

The cracked red clay.

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Tonight I’m sharing the love with…

Facebook LoveFrank W. Smith, author of Wolf Song.

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Spotlight: Wolf Song by Frank W Smith

Frank W Smith is obviously a gentleman of discernment and good taste as evidenced by his excellent last name.

While we aren’t related by blood we share some similar passions… namely a love for words and vampires that don’t act like Justin Bieber.

Today I’m happy to welcome another Mr. Smith and his new book, Wolf Song, to Dandilyon Fluff.

Mr. Smith, thank you so much for joining us today and congratulations on your new book.  Can you please explain a bit of the story for those that haven’t had a chance to read it yet?

Sure I would love to. ‘Wolf Song’ is a story set in modern-day New York City. It’s a story about doing the right thing even when you know it will cost you something. It’s about
life hitting you hard and knocking you down while you fight to find your feet and
a moment to catch your breath. Oh and it just happens to be about Werewolves
and Vampires too.

Jon is a werewolf who is not comfortable around most people. He belongs to a
local clan but never really fit in with the others. One day he is at a nearby club
and finds a vampire about to feed on a young man there. It’s a moment that will
change Jon’s life for ever.

Jon follows his conscience but could not guess at the horrific chain of events
his actions set off. He and his clan are targeted by the immense and evil
All-Father. (The head vampire of that area) As they run and struggle day-to-day
to survive, they have to figure out why the retaliation was so vicious. Along
the way Jon grows closer to his clan’s leader, Aldus a kind and caring old
werewolf who is the only one Jon trusts. They run across an ancient order
hiding right beneath the city’s structures and a doctor working to learn just
what lycanthropy is and how it works, but the real question with him is, why?

In the end it falls to Jon and a surprising set of allies to try to hold back the
raging fury the All-Father has unleashed against them. The End of Days is
approaching, but can a Jon and his small group find it in themselves to summon
their courage and fight to the death to save the earth from the shadows?

Sounds like the perfect plot right now with the Mayan ‘end of days’ approaching in a few months.  Can you tell me what inspired you to set this tale to paper?

You know the main inspiration for me writing was to share. I have always loved writing and really enjoyed listening to critiques and reviews. It is awesome to hear from someone a half a world away who is reading your book.

As for the story itself, I wrote a book, I wanted to read. As a young boy I was always drawn to larger than life characters, like the ones you find in comic books. When I got older I wanted something a bit meatier and stories with more than a two-dimensional character
who is just someone to hinge the action on. So when I wrote ‘Wolf Song’ I had
the perfect opportunity to make a world filled with people who had
incredible powers (werewolves) but were still human. They fight against their
natural tendencies; they have flaws and struggle on a day-to-day basis to make
their lives a little better, just like we do.

Then add into the mix that as incredible and painful as your gifts are, you are
not even close to being the strongest thing around. There are groups (vampires)
who are the opposite of what you are. They relish in their strength, they enjoy
hurting weaker beings. Everything you hate, they stand for and now….. they
are coming for you.

And lastly, an inspiration that I cannot overstate is that I am an exterminator
and I just got tired of looking at bugs around 5am every morning, lol.

As an exterminator I guess you participate in battles of good versus evil everyday, depending on which side you’re on.  Do any of the characters share your personality traits?  Who would you be the most like, or the least like, in Wolf Song?

I would say I am most like Jon, although I wish I was most like Aldus. Jon is constantly second guessing himself; should he have done this, did he do that for the right reasons and it eats him up inside once in a while. Jon is blessed to be surrounded by strong
characters like Aldus and Father McTeague. He sees them as strong and sure of
their beliefs and secretly feels he does not measure up to their example. I do
that a lot myself; too much self-analysis instead of just being me.

As for who I am most unlike that would be Michael Green. I needed a character
for the plot that was so odious so evil, that it actually hurt me to write him.
I was glad when I was done with his part. It comes in closer to the end of the
book but even the few chapters made me hate him. I know that is strange from
the guy who wrote him, but trust me it happens.

I can certainly understand being affected by your characters!  I was so afraid of one of my characters I put him on the shelf and wouldn’t write him anymore for years.  Do you have plans to continue with this story line?

Yes, I plan on continuing this story line. I have it planned as a trilogy. The
second book is called ‘Night Song’ and I have the entire story plotted out and
a few chapters done already. As for other projects, I have a ton of short
stories and there is a humorous one that my editor has been begging me to flesh
out, that is on the burners too.

Of course anyone I interview always gets the M question… what marketing strategies have you used.  Can you share with us your most successful and least succesful campaigns?

Well along with the blog tours, giveaways on Goodreads and Librarything and my author page, I have been visiting local books stores to get my book out. I have been writing to many book reviewers and even have an upcoming interview for my local city magazine.
I live in a city of about 70,000 people so I am looking forward to that.

One of the things I have been blessed with is my day job. As much as it is
gross, each month I visit over 200 businesses, each with multiple employees,
you bet your life that for the last year I have let EVERYONE who would listen
know that I was writing a book and that was a big boost when the book first
came out. Do not ignore people you interact with. I was surprised by the amount
of support and well wishes I received from people at work and in my life.

Wow!  Good luck with the magazine interview!  What advice would you give to new writers just starting out?

Plan! Sad to say I did not and I was overwhelmed by the demands of being an author. Join groups now where you can promote your book when it is done, don’t wait. Develop relationships with bloggers who review books and anyone who might be able to help you get the word about your book out. A little research and time will multiply the ways
that people can discover your book.

As for the writing part, just write. Write almost every day. You can’t be a
writer without writing. There will always be a valid excuse not to write, but
then you will be a thinker and not a writer, lol. That was the hard part for
me, breaking the inertia right in the beginning.

Good advice!  Thank you Mr. Smith for joining me today on Dandilyon Fluff.  Be sure to check out Wolf Song out on Amazon and visit Frank W Smith on Facebook.  Don’t forget to leave him a like!