Interview with Forest Wells

Updated: Aug 1, 2020

Forest Wells is an author with a deep passion for all things wild canine, as well as pro football, hockey, and e-sports. Forest has authored a short story, as well as several poems, in the 2015-2017 editions of the "Wolf Warriors" anthologies, in addition to another short story in the March/April 2019 issue of Kyanite Publishing's collection of dragon stories. His first novel “Luna, The Lone Wolf” was published in April 2019 Forest continues to work on his future stories, including a military sci-fi and a fantasy. He currently lives in his home town of Thermal, California.

First, let me my readers know where you're from.

I’m born and raised in Thermal, California. Don’t worry. No one had heard of it outside of the valley. It’s 30 miles south of Palm Springs.

Do you have siblings?

I have two older brothers.

You have Dysgraphia which makes your path as a writer all the more challenging. What advice can you give someone with the same challenge?

Many of the advice columns, how to’s, and “you must do X” things, won’t apply to you. Dysgraphia messes with why those tricks work, so you’re gonna need to figure out your own list. Not to say you shouldn’t try them anyway, you actually should, but don’t be surprised if they don’t work.

Also, you’ll need a touch of panster mentality. Now hold on, you can absolutely be a plotter. What I mean is you need the panster element of only working on the part you’re working on. Don’t try to plot the entire novel all at once. Plot each plot point one at a time. It can be by event, or chapters, whatever, the point is to tackle it in bite sized bits rather than feeling like you have to tackle the entire project. That will 100% trigger the overload, and then you won’t do anything.

Do you prefer the fantasy genre or do you have multiple ones you read and write?

As far as reading, what matters most is a good story. I do tend toward sci-fi or fantasy, but those genres interest me in general so it’s no surprise. But I can think of a few that were neither that I still enjoyed.

I tend to write more sci-fi fantasy tales because I get to create more. I don’t have to worry about making sure New York city looks and feels like New York. I can make my own city, continent, planet, and shift it to fit the needs of my story rather than trying to make the story fit the setting. I just find it easier that way.

Wolves seem to be are a major part of your life, when did a love for the creature being?

I’m not sure. The first instance I can recall was when The Power Rangers shifted into their first ninja iteration. I’d always liked Billy’s character the most (erm, not that way, for any who were suddenly curious), so naturally anything attached to him I liked. As I grew older, I don’t know, I was always interested in canines. Dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, I loved seeing them. When I started learning about them, I grew interested in how they lived too.

Let's talk about Luna, the Lone Wolf. How long did it take you to write the manuscript?

18 years. First came up with it not long after 9/11. Published April of 2019.