Werewolves Win Literary Grant!

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Vesna Kurilić, the award-winning author of Izazov krvi, a Croatian YA novel about a female-dominated werewolf pack from Gorski kotar set in the 19th century, has won the city of Rijeka literary grant for the third installment of her werewolf saga. I am ecstatic! For her, and for me: this could not have come at a more opportune time to put some wind into my own pollen-ridden sails, just as I am about to dive in into the edits of the sequel to Izazov krvi, set in the same werewolf world

I have always loved stories about werewolves, even when they were done in such a way to frighten the hell out of me, like Cat People (1982) or The Company of Wolves (1981) did. Yeah, there was no concept of content rating where I lived when I was a kid, and I got to watch everything. Luckily, later on there was 1985, and it brought Teen Wolf and Silver Bullet to make me forget the nightmares.

Some time even later, I watched An American Werewolf in Paris (1981), I think maybe in some sort of a film workshop I might have hated enough to make me block it almost entirely, other than the film itself. I loved it and its moodiness. I was adulting for a while when I fell in love with Teen Wolf, the TV show.

In between films, I spent an inordinate number of hours binge-reading all the werewolf series I could find. Most recently, last month, in fact, a re-read of the excellent Kitty Norville series which has stood the test of time quite well. And now I get to do it as an editor and that totally makes my day. And week. Possibly, year.

And the author gets to have her work supported through a grant. Like Australia, and a lost of mid list authors in the English speaking world, writers in Croatia do not make a living writing fiction. I run a business, many authors freelance as translators and journalists, or have day jobs as teachers, engineers, psychologists, dentists or programmers. Vesna is a librarian. And a cosplayer. And a blogger – check out Skirts β€˜n’ Wolves.

Even in Croatia, for all of its many failings, (and there are many!), there are some things done right and lit grants directly to authors is one of them. I just love that there is public money that can be used to support writing.

I also love that this money can go to feminist, queer writing about werewolves in Croatia. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (Now to see about finding some funds for a translation of Izazov krvi into English).

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