Pat Flewwelling
That dark fiction author with the funny name
The Story behind Helix
I know what you're thinking, and you're right. There was a series on Bravo called "Helix." It was introduced within a week of the announcement of my own trilogy.

And yes, there are other books and series out there called "Helix." Well...I couldn't think of anything else short and sweet to describe the series. Nowadays, I refer to the book title, not the series name.

Which brings it to my first traditionally published full-length book: ​Blight of Exiles.
It started with me not paying attention in a third year university Psychology course. (I was working full-time 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., I was in the Army Reserves (Infantry) on weekends and some evenings, and he was talking about termites. Of course I wasn't paying attention.)

But then he elaborated on the genetics of some insects. We're all familiar with the double-helix shape of a strand of DNA, but not all creatures have two strands of complementary DNA. Some have only one.

Some have three, or four, more more. And those creatures, like the tardigrade, are hardy.

I got to thinking: what if all the genetic instructions for lycanthropy lived on a third strand of DNA? How could you acquire this third strand? And how could you switch from human DNA to non-human?

Before the end of that lecture, I had 100% of the science I still quote in Helix. Barely passed the psych course, though.
Fast forward ten years. I'm attending my first Muskoka Novel Marathon , wherein 30 writers are crafting novels for 72 hours straight. Believe it or not, I had the first draft of that novel written, from start to finish, with six hours to spare.

After a couple of years editing, I was satisfied enough to send the first five pages to [House That Later Published Something Else of Mine]. They wanted to see more - so I sent them the first fifty pages. They said they still wanted to see more, so I sent the whole manuscript. Despite my best efforts, they still liked it.

A year later, I hadn't heard anything back, so I followed up. Turns out the acquisitions editor had left the company, and no one else was as keen on Helix as she was. Bummer. So I shoved it in a drawer and sent it nowhere else. After one submission, I gave up.

Years later, a publisher cold-called me, asking if I was still doing author interviews for www.ninedaywonder.com . I said I was. So, I set up 3 or 4 interviews with her authors. One day the publisher emailed me back and said, "So what ever happened to Helix?"

The rest is history.
Reviews for Helix
Tobin Elliott:
"I will not ruin it for anyone, so, no spoilers. But all I can say is, 'Holy crap!' Flewwelling opens her bag of tricks and weaves some magic."

Jane Ann McLachlan (Author of  The Occasional Diamond Thief , The Salarian Desert Game ):
"This isn't your usual ho-hum werewolf-romance tale, it's a thoughtful as well as involving story about characters you come to care about, written by a superb storyteller."

Amanda Tompkins :
"Little bits of Ishmael's story, as well as a fantastic mystery, kept me reading when I should have probably gone to bed. Work in the morning is going to be a misery, but it was so worth it."

Nadine:  
"What feels like a slower start to the novel, in comparison to the second half, is the opportunity that Pat Flewwelling takes to set your mind on fire - a brilliant build up to an intense and exciting tale of a strange and fascinating community struggling to cope under nightmarish conditions."


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Blight of Exiles

Plague of Ghouls

Perfected by nature. Twisted by science. A miracle cure gone very, very wrong.

An abandoned forest resort should have been paradise for a creature like Ishmael. Isolated from civilization, so far removed from human eyes, Ishmael could have reveled in his true nature without threat of discovery.

But he had been abducted, drugged and marooned there without a word, sent into exile by the cryptic Wyrd Council. And he’s not alone.

In this unholy quarantine, Ishmael is just another mouth to feed.

And he’s no longer the apex predator.

Ishmael took something more dangerous than refugees out of that quarantine, but it’s nothing compared to what awaits outside.

Because of his crimes, his breech of quarantine, and his new and worrisome symptoms, Ishmael and his rescued Pack are pariahs among werewolves, loathed, and under constant suspicion.

And yet, when bodies turn up in small-town Ontario, the Wyrd Council splits up Ishmael’s Pack and sends him to investigate. He’s hurried away from the safety and isolation of Varco Lake, and thrust into an anxious, tightly-knit community full of surveillance cameras, cell phones, and bad memories.

Just when he grasps the enormity of the disaster waiting for him in Halo County, Ishmael realizes what’s in his blood, and where it really came from.

Published 2015 by Tyche Books
Cover art by Galen Dara
Audio narration by Tony King


Published 2016 by Tyche Books
Cover art by Galen Dara
Editorial by Simon Rose
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