Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should -
Until he was attacked by an unknown assailer and awoke in the hospital with lycanthropy. Taken by armed guards and dragged away from everything he held dear, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those 'suffering' from lycanthropy.
They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.
I get asked this certain question a lot when it comes to Dehumanized: “What was the hardest part about writing Dehumanized?” and my answer is always the science, hands down. In Dehumanized the werewolves aren’t naturally born creatures, they were created. Lycanthropy was made in a lab, not in nature. It’s a pretty complicated process, explaining everything about the Lycanthrope disease. Some things I left up to the science of nature itself (such as the actions of the werewolves once they were transformed), but there's a lot in the book that's explained through technical terms and charts.
I was never the A+ student when it came to science, though I wasn’t a failure at it. I had to do a lot of research for Dehumanized; such as anatomy, lunar cycles and lunar radiation, normal radiation, and experimental procedures. I also dipped a foot into psychology for this book, which wasn’t too hard since my sister is studying to be a psychologist so I was able to leech some information from her for this book. I learned about MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder), bi-polarism, sociopathic tendencies (which a few characters embody), and other miscellaneous chemical imbalances in the brain. I wanted to make sure my facts were straight, and as realistic as possible despite this being a fiction novel. I could have easily made up my own stuff and it would have been passable, but I didn’t want to do that. I wanted everything to seem like it was in real life, like this could actually happen in our world today.
That’s something that was hard as well. How do you make a werewolf believable? There’s no easy way, and it could easily be mucked up. I tried my best by describing the mutation in detail in the book, giving long explanations as to what causes the Change and why what happens, happens. Science was my strategy throughout the entire novel. I made sure just about everything was answered, and boy was that difficult. Of course I left a few things up in the air, to keep everyone on their toes for the next book. But the majority of questions in Dehumanized I tried my best to answer, and I hope you all can agree!
Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing. He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason...
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