Ginny Vallas || Interview with a werewolf

What got you into werewolves and how old were you when you discovered them?

Hmm I’ve always had a fascination of werewolves, wolves and general fantasy creatures for as long as I can remember, but I guess I really started getting into them around my teenage years after watching being human, I remember being really fascinated with how the characters interacted and dealt with each of their inflictions.

Do you share the same love of other types of shapeshifters?

Yes! I love anything shapeshiftery, the idea that an everyday human can suddenly become something other than their own species interests me a lot.

What do you think it is that attracts you to werewolves?

The fact that they can turn into a huge beast or just a wolf in general, their enhanced senses and their ability to wreck a lot of things in their were form.  I also really like pack dynamics if those are present in certain works.

Do you prefer a gory werewolf tale or a more serene, nature loving version?

I don’t mind gore, it’s part of the whole werewolf package, the more blood the better but at the same time I like reading about the life and struggles of the werewolf outside of its shifted form.

What does the ideal werewolf look like in your opinion?

My ideal werewolf would be one that looks like it’s a true mix of both wolf and man, full body fur with extended limbs with the snarly head of a wolf. The closest examples of these that I can think of would be from Bad moon and the Lycans from underworld. 

What should a werewolf NOT look like in your opinion?

I don’t really like the werewolves that are just human looking with a bit of extra hair on their arms and faces, I like to have a bit more “shifting” in my weres otherwise what’s the point?

Give a cinematic example of a werewolf that didn’t quite meet your expectations.

Teen wolf (the tv show… and maybe the movie) these are prime examples of what I don’t like werewolves looking like, as much as I love the show the fact that there “wolf” form is just a little extra hair and glowing eyes really doesn’t wow me much… maybe I’m just picky.

Stepping away from the cinema side of things, what is your favourite werewolf novel and why?

I haven’t really read a lot of werewolf novels. The one that sticks out for me the most though is Heart of the wolf, I only read the first book however and I wouldn’t pin it as one of my favourites. I am, however, looking forward to actually reading the rest of Torment, so far it’s great!

Back to Cinema, what is your favourite werewolf film?

It’s old and maybe a little mainstream? Idk but I really like An American werewolf in London, it’s a movie that I remember watching for the first time late at night during a movie marathon and I really enjoyed it. I also really liked Blood and chocolate, mainly for the wolf factor. Hemlock grove is also good, though it’s a series… a little weird but entertaining.

Do you have any werewolf related songs to recommend?

Oh uhhhhh songs are not my forte but I guess of wolf and man (metallica) ooor she wolf (Shakira) lol, they’re the only ones I can think off, don’t shoot me.  

Do you have a particular favourite werewolf artist? What is it about their work that you love?

Im gonna say maichomod.deviantart.com, their werewolf art is really inspiring, not to mention their written work (such a beautiful writing style.)

And sticking to the art side of things I admire all the artists that come together to make the werewolf calenders.

What do you think of the way representation of werewolves has changed over the years?

It might just be me but I think the werewolf has changed from a simple destructive beast to more of a pack orientated creature that works in families rather than on its own? In a way I like this change as you get to see them work together and see family dynamics rather than just a rampaging beast.

Tell me something that makes the werewolves in your works unique, what makes them special?

I wouldn’t say they’re really that special. I’ve still got a long ways to go before I can consider it true work.

What are you other passions within the horror genre or out of it?

Vampires and Hunters (things that hunt supernatural creatures) both interest me a lot.

Tell us about your most recent werewolf related work.

My most recent work would be my character Renn in her “wolf” form. I was hoping to try out a new pose and for me I think it turned out pretty well. The things I dislike most about it though are the front legs, which in my opinion seem pretty bulky…
Latest work

Who is your favourite character within your own work and why?

Hands down it has to be Renn, as she’s one of my oldest were characters, I just love her design, back story and just everything about her. She’s one of my favourite were’s to draw but of course, she can always do with a little update and tweak here and there.

Do you have any big upcoming plans relating to werewolves?

I’m hoping to step out of my comfort zone of drawing mainly plain “wolf forms” and going for a more “were” look with the mixture of both human and wolf parts. I’m also hoping to start getting into writing if my muse allows me to. 

Where will you be available to meet other werewolf lovers and fans in the near future, if you are doing any outings or signings?

I don’t really get out much but I do go to the London Excel Comic-con once in a blue moon.

Do you have any online places where other werewolf fans can contact you to discuss your work or anything lycanthropy related?

Mainly on my Deviantart hah though it’s not strictly werewolves (as much as I like drawing them) you can find me at Mauli-Art.deviantart.com

Vampires and zombies have both become seriously popular within the horror genre in movies, do you think that as technology continues to improve werewolves will eventually reach the same kind of status?

I hope so as I really, really hate zombies and there’s no reason that werewolves wouldn’t get the same acknowledgment eventually. I think it’s more to do with budget and needing to do the whole transformation scenes that seems to put film makers off as it takes a lot of time and budget to pull it off well (In my opinion at least)