Newsarama interviewed Cynthia Leitich Smith and me about Tantalize: Kieren’s Story, out August 23rd. Cynthia offers this great introduction to the story:
When the beloved chef at a vampire-themed Italian restaurant is murdered, the crime scene suggests that killer was a werewolf. Unfortunately for our hero Kieren Morales—a teenage human-Wolf hybrid, he happens to be the person who discovers the body and calls the police. That makes Kieren a prime suspect.
But in an underworld where vampires can take wolf form and other shifters (the werecat, werebear, werevulture…) stroll Austin’s streets, who’s to say the killer was a Wolf at all? While Kieren tries to solve the murder, his best friend Quincie is courted by a new, too-charming chef who baits the young Wolfman at every turn.
This romantic-suspense horromedy is a graphic-format adaptation of a prose novel called simply Tantalize, which is told from Quincie’s point of view. The biggest influences on the novel were Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula and Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.