Elina Rouhiainen (b. 1988) is a Helsinki-based author with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. She says she drinks too much coffee, specializes in the wee small hours and one-liners, and loves reading YA novels; and just like her protagonist Raisa, she is very familiar with the streets of Helsinki. Rouhiainen finished the first version of her debut novel Untamed, the first entry in the Wolf Creek series, in just over a month. The story took flight when an image flashed through her mind: a big wolf approaching a girl sitting alone at the edge of the forest. www.elinarouhiainen.com
She is represented worldwide (Finland excluded) by Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
Books in the Wolf Creek Series
Rights sold: China
Set in northern Finland, Untamed is a romance between a girl and a wolf.
Raisa is an ambitious young artist living in downtown Helsinki. When her mother dies in an accident, she has to move to a rural village in the middle of nowhere to live with her uncle. She soon realizes that she is living among werewolves. Gradually, Raisa begins to adjust to life in this strange town, and finds herself drawn to Mikael, the most popular boy in school. He has eyes that change colour; eyes that seem to be following Raisa. But what are Mikael and the other locals hiding? And why was Raisa sent to live here?
Having returned to Helsinki, Raisa is trying her best to let go of what happened to her in Wolf Creek. But her great love, Mikael, is not easy to forget, the wolves are calling her, and Wolf Creek has not yet revealed all of its secrets. If you can’t trust own feelings – whom can you trust?
Mikael, the new leader of the pack at Wolf Creek and the love of Raisa’s life, has left, and Raisa gets off to a disastrous start at the Academy of Fine Arts. But when she has to track down her brother Mitja, she is thrown into an adventure on a mystical Greek island involving Daemons, creatures who have the ability to interact with Plato’s “world of ideas.” When Raisa escapes the island with Mitja, she encounters the wolves, and Mikael, once more.
Raisa and Mikael are spending their first summer together in Helsinki. Everything feels perfect until Raisa begins to realize what everybody means when they talk about a werewolf needing another werewolf as a partner. Determined not to give up, she joins Mikael and her brother on their mission to help the pack in Wolf Creek where people scared of wolves are stirring trouble. Then Mikael is captured, kicking off a series of events that cause Raisa to discover something shocking about her own identity.