Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Katherine Rundell’s Research Secrets

Katherine Rundell’s Research Secrets

In the June issue of Writers Forum, I have interviewed Katherine Rundell about the research for her novel, The Wolf Wilder, published by Bloomsbury.

The Wolf Wilder is about a girl called Feodora who is training to be a wolf wilder. A wolf wilder is someone who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves - to be wary of humans, run and fight. The exact opposite of an animal tamer. Feo lives in the snowbound woods of Russia with her mother. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. 

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her family and the wolves very existence she has no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things she loves and fighting back.

Katherine told me how she went about researching wolves and Russia to write her novel. In the feature, you can find out which books she read, how she accessed childhood memories and why she found the online digital archive JStor invaluable. 

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