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  • Recommend a literary agent

    ANTON SCOTT writes…

    Michelle,
    I’ve written a book set 12000 years ago in the area of Galilee and the Jordan Valley:
    First Townsfolk: the Saga of One Family’s Adaptation to Catastrophic Climate Change

    Can you recommend a literary agent to represent me?

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Anton,

    First, congratulations on finishing a full-length book. That shows commitment.  You’re right to want to find an agent.  The best way to do so is to get yourself a copy of either (or both) THE WRITER’S HANDBOOK and/or THE WRITER’S & ARTIST’S YEARBOOK.  These list all the UK-based literary agents, and publishers, and crucially they tell you what kind of books they handle, as well as how you should submit your work.  As I said, this is crucial.  For instance, you don’t want to send your whole book, if they only want a letter plus the first chapter.  There are probably online versions of these available, but when I last looked the print copies were still going strong.  I hope this helps – and good luck with your book.

    Regards, Michelle


  • Modern horror authors that you really like

    Shonna writes…

    Your writing is very spooky, especially in your horror novels, but even in your young adult series as well. I was wondering if you have any modern horror authors that you really like or modern horror books? I have found myself most scared by you and Darcy Coates to name a few. Happy reading and writing! 🙂

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Shonna,

    Hmm, that’s a tricky one, as I don’t read many modern horror or ghost books. That’s not because there aren’t any really good ones, it’s just that I prefer not to be influenced too much, and also I love reading the old Victorian or Edwardian ghost stories.  One modern book I did enjoy, though, was Sarah Moss’s COLD EARTH.  It’s set in Greenland on an archaelogical expedition, and it really does have a terrific atmosphere.  It’s also incredibly compelling: I just sat there and read it all day.  I haven’t caught up with her more recent books, but I’d definitely check her out.  I hope that helps – and happy reading!

    Best wishes, Michelle


  • The best birthday present I ever got

    Ophelia May writes…

    Dear Michelle,

    Hello – my name is Ophelia Gillyon. I actually met you once! My parents got me into a visit at what I think was the Reading Wolf Conservation Trust for my 13th birthday – in 2009! Good grief! – to speak with you and walk with wolves. I’d loved the Chronicles ever since I picked up Wolf Brother in ‘05. I definitely wasn’t the only kid there, so I have no idea if you’ll remember me or not, but I had really, really long hair and, on the day, I went absolutely mental churning out the best wolf-related sample of prose for you that I could muster.

    I’m 26 now, and I still look back on this as the best birthday present I ever got. I went on to do an English degree, and attribute much of my love for the subject to the intense connection I had to your series as a kid. I’m so excited to pick up the most recent instalments!

    I wish I had a picture of me winning my primary school’s World Book Day costume contest, dressed up as a little Torak. I hope this suffices instead.

    Thanks so much again for everything.

    Ophelia

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Ophelia,

    What a long time ago the UKWCT feels like, and I think I can recall a long-haired and very excited little girl, chiefly because of her very wolfy prose.  It’s marvellous to hear that you went on to get an English degree – many congratulations – and I’m chuffed that my stories may have played their part in fostering a love of English.  I really hope you enjoy the last three instalments of the series!

    Thanks again for getting in touch.

    Best wishes, Michelle


  • Such a big fan

    Rezahusein writes…

    hello i am such a big fan i have written 2 times now to call you my hero again

    lots of xoxoxo
    rezahusein karim

    Michelle Replies…

    Thanks, Rezahusein. I’ve just caught up with my emails and answered your earlier questions. Really glad that you like my stories so much, and it’s great that you like reading too!

    Best wishes, Michelle


  • Do Renn and Torak ever have a child?

    Ruby writes…

    Hello my name is Ruby and I am so excited to be contacting you. My question is do Renn and Torak ever have a child? You might not have thought that far but I would just like to know anyway.

    Hello my names Liana and i am in year 6.Over the past year i have been reading your books and always wanted to meet you.I love the wild and in wolfs like wolf dogs. My question is why have you stopped the series it was so good?

    Hello my name is Rezahusein karim i am your biggest fan i really enjoyed wolf brother and wind singer and spirit walker and all the rest. Over the past year i have been reading your books and always wanted to meet you. my queation is will toraks gift be past on to his son (if he has one)

    this is from your biggest fan RezaHusein karim

    Michelle Replies…

    Hello, Ruby and Liana, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the WOLF BROTHER books.  To answer your questions:

    • Will Torak and Renn have  a child?  I’m going to leave that one for readers to answer for themselves, as they wish!
    • Why have I stopped with WOLF BANE, the ninth book?  Because I feel strongly that it’s now up to Torak, Renn and Wolf to get on with their lives, and I wouldn’t want to start repeating myself, and letting the quality of the stories go down.  I think I’ve given them a good send-off, and I hope that readers will have fun imagining what happens next.
    • Will Torak’s gift be passed on to his son if he has one?  Again, I leave that to readers!
    • Hope that answers your questions – at least, to some extent.  And thanks for getting in touch.  Best wishes, Michelle

  • Voracious reader

    Bo writes…

    Hi Michelle,
    I just wanted to thank you for your lovely books in the name of my little daughter Josephine. She is on the picture attached. She’s only 9, but a voracious reader. She just finished reading the the books that she is pictured with (she’s sooo proud) and we just ordered some more for her. We looked up your bio and found out that you used to be local to us. We live in Southfields, Josephine goes to Wimbledon Park Primary School and her big sister Izabella goes to your alma mater Wimbledon High School. We can’t wait to have your new books around. Thank you so much again, Bo

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Bo,

    I’m delighted that Josephine like the books – and how wonderful to hear that she’s a voracious reader.  I really hope she enjoys the rest of the series, all nine books of them!

    With best wishes, Michelle


  • From Darjeeling to Kanchenjunga

    Ed writes…

    Dear Michelle, I greatly enjoyed Thin Air. Indeed, I’d like to follow the protagonists journey from Darjeeling to Kanchenjunga. I believe you took just such a journey. Is there a travel agency or your company you’d recommend? Thank you, Ed

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Ed,

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed THIN AIR.  I did indeed follow part of the protagonists’ journey, but I didn’t trek all the way to Kangchenjunga Base Camp, as that would have taken longer than I had time for (although I believe some companies do do that trek, if you’re up for it).  In 2015 I went with World Expeditions (who were then based in Wimbledon but I think they’ve since moved) and trekked from Yuksam in Sikkim to Dzongri, where we spent a few days exploring, before trekking back to Yuksam. I started off in Darjeeling,  then we drove to Sikkim, and much of the trek was through the foothills, which is much as I describe in the book.  I found World Expeditions very good, with an excellent guide whom I mention in the Author’s Note.  Obviously,  that was a few years ago, though, so I have no idea if things have changed since then.  Again, I’m glad that you liked the book – and the best of luck with your travel planes, it’s a fascinating part of the world!

    Regards,  Michelle


  • Definitely the best book EVER

    Elin writes…

    Hello! Me and my friends all love your incredible books. We read Wolfbane a chapter a day together, and all cried at the end! Wolf Brother is definitely the best book EVER, and it has inspired and moved me so much. I’m really grateful you wrote them! Talking about our Wolfbane theories and favourite charecters has brought all of us so much joy. And also I was wondering, Torak and Renn have a bit of a habit of running away to protect each other, which makes them argue; do you think they’ll stop after the ending of Wolfbane? And also thank you so much for the Dark and Kujai storyline. It has moved me so much. Thank you 🙂

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Elin,
    What a great idea for you and your friends to read a chapter a day – and  I’m really pleased that you liked the Dark/Kujai storyline, as I very much enjoyed writing it!  I’m also particularly delighted that you enjoyed WOLF BANE so much, as I was very keen to keep up the quality of the series right through the ninth and final book.  Judging from your comments, it seems that I’ve succeeded.

    As for Torak and Renn… yes, they’ll probably have a few summers off from rescuing each other, although I doubt that their adventures are over.  It’s just that I won’t be writing them.

    Best wishes, Michelle


  • Dark holds a special place in my heart

    Luca writes…

    First a comment, I just wanted to let you know how much you and your books mean to me- having grown up with them and growing with the characters over time.
    Torak, Wolf and Renn’s journeys were amazing to witness, but Dark holds a special place in my heart, and has ever since Ghost Hunter.
    I have wondered since finishing Wolf Bane, but have you always had ideas about Dark’s character growth and his sexuality (I’m unsure of how spoiler heavy I should be with this, forgive me if its too detailed)
    The books have always been inspired to draw by your books, so I thought I would leave my most recent drawing of Dark.

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Luca, I’m so very glad that these books have meant a lot to you, and thank you for sharing your liking for Dark.  I particularly liked him too, and (without, as you say, including any spoilers here!), I always knew what his true nature was – and where I would like him to end up – but when I was writing GHOST HUNTER I realised that I wouldn’t have room in that story to deal with the rest of his character.  To have tried in that book would have been to trivialise it.  So, with regret, I had to leave it unsaid.  It was therefore one of the great joys of writing the final three books that I have had enough space to do Dark justice – and to find him a really nice partner.

    Many thanks for getting in touch.  Regards,  Michelle


  • Signings in Scotland?

    Zoe writes…

    Hi there
    Just wondering if Michelle will be doing any signings in Scotland at all? Thanks

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Zoe,

    I’m afraid I won’t be doing any signings this year in Scotland, and actually I’ve no plans for more signings this year – apart from the one at Westonbirt Arboretum on 27 August.  Sorry to disappoint you; but you see, I did quite a few signings earlier this year, when WOLF BANE came out – and now I need to get down to some writing!  Just so you know, any future signings will always be posted on my website.   Thanks for getting in touch,

    Regards

    Michelle


  • Wolf brother TV series

    Stella writes…

    Hi there, Michelle Paver.

    I'm from Sweden. When I first read wolf brother, I was twelve. Now I am eighteen and I still get obsessed by these books. However I've got a question: Will there be a TV series? If so, when will it release date?

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Stella,

    I’m delighted that you still enjoy my books even now that you are older.  As regards a tv series, I can tell you that we have done a deal with a wonderful pair of producers, but that’s as far as we’ve got.  This is normal for film or television development: first you do a deal with producers, then they try to raise money to make the film or series, find a screenwriter, get a script written, find a director, and so on.  This can take years – and is actually very difficult.  In fact, most film deals don’t end up going into production – that is, actually getting made.  In the case of the WOLF BROTHER books, I’ve done about four or five separate film deals since I first wrote WOLF BROTHER back in 2004 – and none of them has yet resulted in a film!  This is just the way it goes.

    All this is a long-winded way of saying that although I do currently have a deal for a tv series, we are still a very long way from starting filming, and have no idea whether it will actually come about. So, er, don’t hold your breath!  However if there are any developments, you may be sure that I will announce it on my website.

    I’m sorry I can’t be more definite.

    Best wishes, Michelle


  • Hello again!

    Anne Sofie writes…

    Thank you so much for answering my question on the last stream!
    That particular evening I was feeling ill and quite depressed, and you have no idea how much it cheered me up to see my message pop up on the screen. Thank you 🙂

    Right after the stream I of course had to sit down and sketch and I posted the resulting picture in The Museum.
    Hope you like it, it was fun to work on!

    Hope you and your family have been doing well over the summer, especially with the horrible heatwaves which have plagued Europe this year.

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Anne Sofie,

    Just a quick one to say that I’m very glad my mention of your question on the last live stream cheered you up – and thank you, too, for your gorgeous addition to The Museum!

    I hope you can also stay cool, wherever you are. Here in London we’re just about to undergo another heat wave.  I am looking forward to autumn.

    Best wishes, Michelle


  • Wolf Brother questions: Setting of book and wolf question

    Aiyana writes…

    Dear Michael,
    I am a huge fan of yours and I’ve always wondered is there a specific place you describe when you talk about where Torak grew up in Wolf Brother, if so could you please tell me where because I love wolves and the forest so I really want to visit a place like that, and your books seemed perfect.
    When you talk about wolf what type of wolf are you talking about? And have you ever met a wolf in person? If you have please could you tell me where as it is my dream to see one.
    I have loved reading Wolf Brother and Spirit Walker and I can’t wait to read the others.
    🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Aiyana,

    I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my books.  I set them in northern Scandinavia (that’s northern Norway and Sweden), but I have changed the geography a bit, for instance, the mountains and rivers, so that in real life you won’t find anything that corresponds exactly to the map of the Forest in the books.  (I explain this in more detail in the Author’s Note at the end of each book.)  However if you just want to get the feel of Torak’s Forest, northern Norway, Sweden or Finland would be a good place to go.

    As regards wolves, Wolf is simply Canis lupus, ie a wolf, of the kind indigenous to Scandinavia.  I have indeed met wolves for my research many times over the years.  That was at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading (again, I mention this in the Author’s Note) – but I’m afraid that the Trust is now closed to the public.  I don’t know whether you live in England, but I believe there are a few places where you can see wolves  in England.  Best to Google them.  I don’t know about other countries, but I’m aure there are some.  It would be great if you could get along to see some real wolves at close quarters, as they really are quite unlike dogs.  I certainly found it invaluable to see them close up.  They are incredibly charismatic creatures!

    I hope this helps, and that before too long, you can get to see some wolves!

    Best wishes, Michelle


  • wolf brother

    tuğçe writes…

    Hi. My brother is huge fan of your book Wolf Brother. I want to ask if you can send a signed book of this serial. Thanks and have a nice day.

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Tugce Gulpolat,

    It’s great to know that your brother is such a big fan of Wolf Brother.  I’m afraid I can’t send a signed copy, because if I did it for you, I would have to do it for other readers, all over the world – and that would get so time-consuming that I wouldn’t have time to write!  Sorry about that.  I hope your brother continues to enjoy the adventures of Torak, Renn and Wolf.  And he’s lucky to have such a nice brother in you.  With best wishes, Michelle


  • Comment on Skin Taker and Thank You!

    Elias writes…

    Hello! I’m a little late to reading Skin Taker, mainly because I didn’t want the COAD series to end after I’d finished it and Wolf Bane. This book series means a lot to me, I started reading it after a Swedish book store handed out samples of Chapter 1 of Wolf Brother and I was completely hooked and just had to know how it ended. You may enjoy hearing that if it wasn’t for you, I may never have started writing my own novel (the first draft is finished, still working on polishing it). I’m writing you to tell you that I listened to the audiobook of Skin Taker and in the first chapter, when the falling star is seen, the description is so vivid and strong that I actually got goosebumps! That’s never happened to me before, truly a testament to your writing (and of course Sir Ian McKellan’s excellent narration). Also, I’m the one with the cave painting tattoos, I’ve now got a reindeer, an elk, a bear, a wolf (I like to think it’s Wolf actually), and a lynx running down my arm, all based off of real cave paintings. I had the tattoos done by hand, which felt appropriate given the subject matter. Anyway, your writing is phenomenal and you make it very easy to picture what happens in my mind’s eye as I read (or listen). I hope you have a nice day and that you are well. Thank you for everything!

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Elias,

    It’s great to hear from you again (I remember answering your comments/questions in some of my live streams), and I’m so pleased that you found the beginning of SKIN TAKER vivid.  I usually hate writing Chapter One, as it can be extremely difficult to know how to begin a story; but with SKIN TAKER, I knew how I would write that first chapter right from when I had the idea of the meteorite strike. So it was actually fun.  I’m also delighted that you enjoyed Ian’s recording of the audiobook.  I think in these final books he has outdone himself.  Your cave-painting tattoos sound amazing.  And huge congratulations on finishing the first book of your own novel.  Personally, I loathe first drafts, and I much prefer re-writing.  I hope you enjoy it – and the best of luck with your writing in general!

    Thanks for getting in touch.  Best wishes, Michelle


  • Wolfbane for the US

    Eileen writes…

    Hello Michelle,

    Thanks so much for the gift of Chronicles of Ancient Darkness! I was distressed to learn that my local library cannot order Wolfbane, as it has not been published in the US. Do you have plans to do so?

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Eileen,

    Thanks for getting in touch, and I’m sorry that you haven’t been able to get hold of  WOLF BANE.  Your library is quite right, it hasn’t been published in the US.  Nor has VIPER’S DAUGHTER, or  SKIN TAKER.  I’m afraid this is not under my control.  It’s up to the publishers –  in this case, Harpercollins – to decide what they publish; and they took the decision not to publish the last three books (I don’t know why).  If you and/or any other readers in the US want to, you could always write to them at their New York offices and ask them about this.  Otherwise, I can only suggest trying to get a copy of the UK edition by some online means, such as, perhaps, the book depository (although you may know of others, I am very far from being an expert on things online!).

    Sorry I can’t be more helpful.  Good luck and best wishes, Michelle


  • Kindle

    Cara writes…

    Hi Michelle,
    I've been hearing all kinds of wonderful things about your work, but I have yet to read any of your books myself because they aren't available on Kindle. I'm disabled and cannot hold a physical book open for very long, so I have to do all my reading digitally. Is there any chance that your books will be available on Kindle anytime soon?

    Thanks for your time,
    Cara

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Cara,

    Many thanks for getting in touch.  I’m glad that you’ve heard good things about my books, and I can quite understand that you prefer reading digitally.  But I’m a bit puzzled that you haven’t been able to get hold of them, as they are available on Kindle, and also as audiobooks on Audible (should you feel like listening instead).  I’ve just done a quick check on amazon.co.uk/books to make sure that I’m not misleading you, and the books were all there, present and correct, in Kindle and Audible. (Of course it may be that you’re not in the UK, in which case I’m afraid I can be of less help, and I can only refer you to the list of my oversees publishers on my website; the best thing would be to contact the relevant publisher.)  However I do hope that you are soon able to access whichever of my books you like – and once again, thank you for getting in touch.

    With best wishes, Michelle


  • Book Research

    Katie writes…

    Dear Michelle

    I am writing to say I am doing a report on you and your books for my Nat 4 English and I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about your research for Chronicles of Ancient Darkness and about the different foods you tried when you were travelling? And how much it helped you write the series by having the experiences first hand.

    My mum and I really enjoyed listening to Chronicles of Ancient Darkness in the car and I am currently doing a second listening through.

    Thank you very much for your time

    -Katie

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Katie,

    Thanks for getting in touch, and I’m glad you’ve been enjoying Ian McKellen’s magnificent reading of the books!  While I think it’s enterprising of you to contact me for help with your homework, I have an idea that your teacher would prefer that you look up stuff yourself. You see, learning how to ferret out information is an important skill in itself; and I get the feeling that this may be partly why your teacher has given you this task to do.  (I know this as my sister is an English teacher with 30 years’ experience.)

    Having said that, here are a few pointers for you (and for anyone else doing homework on my books; please don’t all write in!):

    • You’ll find quite a lot about my research in the AUTHOR’S NOTE at the end of each book.
    • You will also find lots more on my websites, particularly wolfbrother.com. I suggest you have a dig around in the Cave, and see what you can find.
    • Also you might want to take a look at my Youtube channel, as I’ve done lots of live streams, and often talked of my research.
    • As far as food goes, I’m pretty sure it’s mentioned in the above; but just so you know, I particularly loved lingonberries, which I scooped up from the forest floor in Finland when I was doing my research for WOLF BROTHER.  This is why they are Wolf’s favourite berries.
    • As regards WHY I do the research, it’s to make the stories real.  It’s as simple as that. I want you to feel that you are living the adventure with Torak, Renn and Wolf – and the best way to do that is to experience what they do.  (Within reason, that is!)
    • I hope that helps you somewhat – and good luck with your homework!  With best wishes, Michelle

  • Books

    Lincoln writes…

    I have to email an author I like for a school project and I decided to choose you! I really liked a few of your books and am still currently reading them. You are very good at explaining what is happening and that is one of my favorite thing in books.

    PS. Also props to your illustrator/illustrators!

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Lincoln,

    I’m delighted that you like my books, and that you find you can understand what is happening in them.  That’s actually quite hard to do when one is writing a book, so I’m glad that I’ve succeeded.

    Best wishes, Michelle Paver


  • Spelling error and misprints.

    D. writes…

    I am a huge fan of your work, and am currently on book four of your Wolf Brother series. I believe I have found an error within 'Outcast', and the book that I have purchased also contains a misprint, although this isn't a fault of yours. It makes my book unique, as is your phenomenal style of writing.

    The error is on page 68, where Torak steals Fin Kedinn's axe; "His grip tightened. To steal a man's axe is one of the worst things you can do. To steal Fin Kedinnn's…"

    In case it matters, here is the ISBN of my book: 978 1 510 10864 6
    and the edition number: 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

    I was also wondering if there was a way
    that I could get the wolf drawing from the cover of Wolf Bane, as I'm interested in getting a tattoo of such. Thank you.

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear D. McCarthy, I’m so glad to hear that you like my books!  I’ve checked the text  in OUTCAST you quoted, and I can confirm that there isn’t a typo, this is what I intended to write.  Perhaps you were disconcerted by the fact that the sentence trails off?  If so, I can assure you that this was intentional.  To explain: we’re in Torak’s mind at this point.  He’s reflecting that stealing an axe is a dreadful thing to do.  But to steal Fin-Kedinn’s… The sentence trailing off like that is intended to imply that stealing from Fin-Kedinn is utterly beyond what one should do!

    Anyway, I’m sorry if you were puzzled, and I hope this clears things up.

    As regards using the gorgeous wolf motif as a tattoo: while I’m not the owner of the copyright and so can’t give  or withhold approval, I can tell you that I’ve met many fans at signings, and they’ve proudly shown me their wolf tattoos; none of them has had a problem or been prosecuted. So you can draw your own conclusions from that!  Thanks for getting in touch, and I hope you continue to enjoy my books.

    Best wishes, Michelle


  • Happy Birthday Michelle! from 3SB and 3ST of All Saints Primary CofE Peterborough

    Miss writes…

    Dear Michelle,

    The children of year three, at All Saints primary school, are reading your amazing book, Wolf Brother this half term. When researching about the book, they were quick to discover your birthday (according to the internet) is the 7th of September! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We are really enjoying Wolf Brother so far, its brilliant. We hope you have a wonderful day.

    From,

    3SB and 3TS at All Saints, Peterborough

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Miss Bentley and everyone in Year Three: you are correct, yesterday was my birthday, and thank you very much for your lovely message!  I do hope that you continue to enjoy WOLF BROTHER – and maybe some of the other books featuring Torak, Renn and Wolf after that.

    With very best wishes, Michelle Paver


  • wolf brother

    Sandra writes…

    I am thinking of using Wolf Brother with my years 5 and 6, all are good readers, as part of out Stone Age, is the activity pack still available ?

    Kind regards

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Sandra, it’s great to hear that you are thinking of using WOLF BROTHER for your class.  When I last looked at my websites (wolfbrother.com and michellepaver.com) the activity packs were still available.  I’m assuming it’s the online ones you mean.  I’m afraid I don’t know more than this, as it was my publishers who organised this, so if you have any difficulties in getting access to the activity pack, your best bet is to contact them.

    I hope this helps – and that you and the children enjoy WOLF BROTHER!

    With best wishes, Michelle


  • Audible

    Melodie writes…

    My dyslexic sons want to know whether (and when!) books 2 and 3 of the Wolf Brother series will come to audible! We don’t have a CD player.
    Thanks!
    Melodie
    Missoula, Montana

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Melodie, it’s great that you and your sons want to listen to Ian McKellen’s fabulous readings of the Wolf Brother books .  I’m afraid I’m not the best person to ask about availability issues, as I have no control over these things.  I know that all the books are available on Audible in the UK, but I’m afraid I can’t speak for the US.  If you are having any difficulty, I can only suggest that you contact Audible itself, and/or the US publishers of the books, HarperCollins Children’s Books.  Wishing you the best of luck!

    Regards,  Michelle


  • Thank you for a beautiful series.

    Ziyaad writes…

    Dear Michelle Paver,

    My name is Ziyaad and I started reading Wolf Brother when I was around 12 years old (incidentally the same age as Torak). I recalled it fondly and always held it in high esteem amongst other childhood stories that I loved.

    Around 2020, the pandemic had begun. It was an incredibly difficult time for everyone. I started my second year of university in September. On account of living close by, I decided to take the train for the few classes that remained in person. And each time I walked past a massive poster of Viper’s daughter. A part of me wondered what had become of my old friends Torak and Renn in the last 8/9 years. However, I put it to the back of my head as we went into December lockdown.

    This year I finished my third year of medicine. I decided to take a year out to pursue global health before continuing with the last two years of my degree. It still leaves me feeling abit lost, thinking there’s a need to start in a new city with new people. Yet, ultimately this decision was for me to have some more time to myself. I started reflecting on how our modern day stories don’t have happy endings and my mind thought back to that poster I walked past on my train journeys. I purchased all 3 books. And wow.

    I slipped back effortlessly into a world my heart had never left. The noise in my mind was softened by the quiet snowfalls. My feeling of being alone was lessened when I saw the fierce bonds of loyalty Torak, Renn and Wolf share. All of these universal themes of loyalty and love were infused in characters that had grown up with me. I felt incredibly emotional to see how events unravelled. For example, the arc of Torak losing then finding himself again. His intention was to protect those he loved but he needed Renn to ground him.

    It’s not often one gets to grow up with a character, but it has been an absolute pleasure. These books returned to me at a difficult time when I needed to be reminded of what was the right way of looking at things.

    So all I can humbly offer is a thank you. Perhaps you will read this and perhaps not. However, my message comes from the heart. These characters never left and returned to guide myself (and many others) through the difficulties of the pandemic and the trials of entering adulthood. If Torak, Renn and Wolf can withstand Naiginn, I can withstand life’s challenges.

    I don’t know if you’ll ever return to these stories. I do hope so (perhaps vainly to see Torak and Renn have a family and grow up more). However, I’m glad you returned when the world was in a dire need of being reminded what good overcoming evil looked like.

    Thank you very much for your writing. I remain a humble fan.

    Yours faithfully,
    Ziyaad Surtee

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Ziyaad,

    What a marvellous, evocative message .  Thank you for taking the trouble  to decribe what you have gone through over the past few years.  I can understand your need to take a year out from medical school before continuing with your degree.  It’s a courageous thing to do; but time to reflect is invaluable, and I don’t think you’ll regret it.

    I can’t tell you how glad I am that my books have helped you at a difficult time in your life.  Someone once said that “We read to feel that we’re not alone”.  I think that’s true for many of us.  I’m delighted that you found it steadying to return to your old friends Torak, Renn and Wolf.  You put it so beautifully, when you said that the noise in your mind was “softened by the quiet snowfalls”.  That will stay with me.  Indeed,  I had to smile when you wrote: “Perhaps you will read this and perhaps not”.  Ziyaad, I’ve read it, printed it, and will keep it.  (We writers also have our dark times, and messages like yours are a great help!)

    Again, thank you so much for getting in touch.  I’d like to wish you all possible good luck with your medical studies – and with whatever else you choose to do with your life.

    Best wishes, Michelle

     

     

     

     

     


  • wolf brother

    Anna writes…

    Hi, I love wolf brother with all my heart and can not stop rereading – wolf brother, spirit walker and outcast! I NEED to know if you are thinking of turning my fav book series into films?

    From anna
    P.S. I love this book series more that my friends

    Michelle Replies…

    Dear Anna,

    I’m so glad that you like the Wolf Brother books – and I’m delighted that you re-read them.  (I’ve always loved re-reading books, as I’m constantly finding new things in them on each re-reading.)

    As to whether they’ll be turned into films, I’m afraid that at the moment, there are no plans for this.   Over the years, I have done several film deals for the books, and most recently, a deal for turning all the books into a tv series.  Each time things have looked promising; and until recently, they looked very promising indeed for the tv series.  But I’m afraid that each time, things have eventually petered out – and I’m sorry to say that it’s the same with the tv series.

    I think this is mainly because the books would be extremely expensive to make, given that Wolf would need to be computer-generated (real wolves do NOT make good actors!), and the whole thing takes place outside, which also makes it very costly.  With the tv series, another reason we were given is that there’s a perception among people who make tv series, that people want stories with adult main characters, rather than children. And of course Torak and Renn are twelve when Wolf Brother starts.  So there we go.  It’s a pity, but it doesn’t mean that they won’t be made at some stage in the future.  Just not for now.

    I hope that hasn’t dashed your hopes too much – and that you continue to enjoy the adventures of Torak, Renn and Wolf!

    Best wishes, Michelle