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JUNE 2005
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Author Spends Weekend with Wolves to Research Werewolf Novel

GREENSBORO, N.C.-First-time author Gina Farago has written a riveting and very different horror tale, "Ivy Cole and the Moon," that infuses real wolf behavior into the werewolf myth, resulting in a subtle conservation message on the gray wolf's behalf.

Farago spent two and a half years writing and researching the novel, which included a trip to Wolf Park, an educational facility in Battle Ground, Ind. There the author interacted with a gray wolf pack, observing up close and personal the animals' social interactions, behavior, and even hunting techniques among the bison herd that is also located on the premises.

"I walked away with a feeling I'd encountered something spiritual in my hands-on contact with these remarkable animals," Farago said. "Make no mistake, wolves are not dogs and these certainly were not pets." The author also acquired a new talent over the course of the visit: She can now wolf howl.

In addition to wolf and werewolf research, Farago worked closely with Sheriff B.J. Barnes of the Guilford County, N.C., Sheriff's Office to refine the law enforcement information contained in the novel.

"Ivy Cole and the Moon" features a female shapeshifter as the anti-heroine. Not the stereotypical Hollywood monster, Ivy Cole's werewolf character is one you can't help but love and root for, despite her full-moon murdering ways.

The novel is set in Doe Springs, a fictional community in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Ivy's first order of business upon arriving in town is to eliminate the unsavory folks who reside there. But unbeknownst to Ivy, another werewolf has moved into Doe Springs, and the hunter has become the hunted.

"Ivy Cole and the Moon" will be published in September 2005 byNeDeo Press, located in Greensboro, N.C.

The author, who grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, now resides on a small horse farm in Greensboro, N.C. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. She has written freelance articles for newspapers and magazines, and, after working as a copy editor for eight years, has become a full-time author.

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