Skip to main content


A peek at my fantasy office. No, really! There's a delightful misconception in the literary world, a near-legendary tale that authors are fueled purely by coffee—cup after cup of that intoxicating brew, our muse for every page turned and every tale spun. But here's a little secret from my corner of the fantasy realm: while most authors are downing espressos and lattes, I'm sipping on apple cider. Yes, you read that right. Sparkling apple juice is my potion of choice, the golden elixir that fuels my tales of enchanting worlds and passionate shifters.

Character Visuals and Concepts: Skoll Darkstorm

A Dark Past Paved with the Best of Intentions 

Dark Fantasy Romance, Rugged male in a western style garments
Skoll Darkstorm in his younger years

Tall, dark, and ruggedly handsome. Skoll Darkstorm is a varul of mysteries with an unknown past. He first appears in Song of the Wind where he confronts Lucalia in his monstrous wolf form when she arrives on Thunder Mountain to find her granddaughter, Acalia. 

Song of the Wind - Skoll Darkstorm the Dark Beast

While searching You-tube for background music (It helps focus my thoughts while writing) I came across the new Terminator movie. It featured a cover song that absolutely floored me. Simplistic but deep, it made me think: 'Now that's a good theme song for Skoll.' If you'd like to listen to it, click on the You-tube video below:
With a title such as the 'Dark Beast' you'd think I was playing around with certain religious themes. I'll be upfront and state otherwise: No, I didn't create him with that kind of interest in mind. Though I dip into light metaphysical spirituality, that's all there is to it. His title comes from simply being the first of his kind in the realm of Zaloria. I won't go into detailed spoilers but Skoll and Filtiarn are Varul that are feared for rather different reasons as to what I first hinted at in the first novel.
Skoll Darkstorm, now a little older in years

When I first started writing Skoll's character I had a distinct direction in mind for him. He was partially inspired by the mythological siblings, Skoll and Hati. He was supposed to harbor two versions within his spirit. The timid and kind part in contrast to the chaotic and violent part. At one point, he was going to split apart. But then I thought that was all too cliché (Even for me, ha.) and so I let him take me to where he stands now. In my second novel, Fate of the Storm (Debuting in 2023) readers will be able to see a ton more of him. Skoll, alike Fang, has a rather 'vibrant' personality. If I allowed him, he'd take over the entire novel if I didn't bring him to heel.
Happy Reading,
Wendy May