The Lake of Shadows by M.E. Yildirim

M.E. Yildirim is a Public Relations specialist from Poland who is confident Satan himself created math and that the world needs more bookworms to balance the evil out. Her mother is the one who had inculcated in her respect and love for written stories and taught her not to judge a book by its cover. She lives with head full of voices which won't be silenced until she lets them out to live and spin their tales on paper. That's right-their tales, since they seem to have a mind and will of their own. Walking through life to the beat of her own drum, she has worked in a PR Agency, small companies, a big consortium and even in the Military. But none of it could ever compare to the adventures of creating and building up her characters and stories. M.E. believes that books are for smoothing out everyone's feathers and reminding people all the things they've already forgotten. She is happily married, oftentimes engaging her husband in her writing, with or without his consent. Tenacious as much as the characters she creates, she loves challenges, letting her own creations to take advantage of that fact.

Keegan Callaghan knows the taste of loss. Fate has severely tried him; first by taking away his parents when he was but a child, then destiny didn't spare him the heartache of losing the woman he loved, when she fell victim to vicious killers who were after him.

He is a man, but not human.

At least that's not all there is to him.

There is a savage side to his nature, a werewolf like creature that most would attribute with folklore or a myth. Troubled by his own animalistic tendencies he has a hard time accepting and haunted by vicious memories, he decides to leave his home in Ireland and move to the US, where his mother was from.

But the quiet town of Chastity Point, Connecticut is not what it seems.

Jade Thorton is trying to lead the life she always dreamed of having. She owns a bakery, has friends, and a loyal dog, which seems to be fully satisfying after the traumatic experience of her childhood that casts a long shadow on her whole life.

The last thing she expects is to find herself thrown back into the past by the events taking part in the small town when blood is being spilled in rural Chastity Point.

The fascination she feels for the mysterious man with eyes full of painful secrets could be her chance for happiness, or her final downfall…

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
It would be hard to pinpoint exactly one thing, or a reason. My love affair with paranormal started with vampires, but so far i haven't given them a single story yet. Werewolves and shapeshifters have always held my fascination for being primal and earthy. They've felt much more real to me than the more sophisticated vampires at the time.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
This one literally poured out of me, it had taken me a little less than two months, give or take.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Creating characters from scratch, clothing them in qualities and personality. It has always felt like magic to me. This power to shape story and lead it as I see fit. I like how everything comes together and heads toward the end. I enjoy disobedience of said characters, their will to do as they please, although it tends to drive me to the brink of insanity more often than not.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The end. Every novel is different, as well as characters. You spent time getting to know them, you love some of them from the get-go, it takes longer to get attached to others, the same rules apply to people in real life. You wish them the best, and I find it hard to let them go and move onto a new project. Writing this trilogy was fun, because I got to spend more time with all the characters, maybe understand some of their choices a little bit better than I did at the time while I was writing their individual stories.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I wouldn't exactly choose one famous person. I would like to be an actor just to see how it feels to be so many people and still manage to be myself at the end of the day when all the lights and make-up is gone. It could be interesting, and definitely not longer than for one day.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
That would be Aloe Vera juice and it's been there at least for 2 years, it's reminiscent of my fascination with what I call my 'Ayurveda period.' The only reason it is still there is because I am a little bit afraid to open it and check contents, and too curious to just throw away without checking first.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I feel special affiliation with Paranormal Romance genre, but it doesn't mean I won't write Contemporary for example. In fact after the 'Chastity Point' trilogy that is my plan exactly. A story I've been carrying within for some time now. Then back to Paranormal, and I will have to heed very insistent voices of twin males trouble-makers, or -solvers, depends on point of view, who are demanding their own stories... Yes, I have plans and ideas. Hopefully time will come for all of them.

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