Back in October 2005, I became vegetarian. I went out to lunch with a friend of mine who was vegan. It was the first time we’d gone t lunch together, even though I’d met him four or five months earlier, and I wasn’t sure if he would be offended by my eating meat in front of him. To be on the safe side, I ordered the same thing he did. I discovered that without eating meat, I felt full but not uncomfortable, so I decided to give up meat for a week. After that, I just kept not eating it. (Until recently. I’ve gone back to eating some meat on my doctor’s advice.)
So when someone on a private Yahoo group I belonged to asked how a werewolf could be vegan, in response to a new romance book that had just come out, I had a few ideas. And since I’m heavily prone to plot bunnies, those ideas grew into a novel. That novel, Salad on the Side, was released by MLR Press in June. Kyle Slidell, vegan and computer geek, hasn’t met many of his neighbors since moving to Boston. But he’s seen enough of his neighbor Tobias Rogan to develop a major crush, and he’s thrilled to learn that Tobias returns his interest.
One night in the garden shared by his and Tobias’s apartment buildings, Kyle is attacked by a wolf, and his world is turned inside out. Not only is he now a werewolf; all of his neighbors are werewolves as well, and Tobias is the pack Alpha.