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Of course Shape Shifters are real or we wouldn’t write about them, right? But actually, I’m thinking more about how the world that we create sees shape shifters. Do they know they exist? Or are they a secret society?
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In most of my vampire stories, vampires exist. Everyone knows about them. Some are hunters of rogue vampires. And they have their own society within the society. Except for in The Vampire…In My Dreams. In that one, vampires are only myth. Witches are real however.
Likewise in my werewolf shape shifter stories, they don’t exist except for in the creative writings of authors or the mythologies of countries all over the world. In a way, creating a world where the two, shape shifters and humans have to comingle, but the humans don’t know that shape shifters are real, makes it difficult. Keeping the secret is tantamount. Wouldn’t it just be easier if everyone knew about them and got on with life?
But for me, I wanted them to be a secret society, who had to shape shift without humans catching sight of them, who had to live where real wolves exist in case they were spotted in their wolf coats, or keep a really low profile.
When Bella, in Heart of the Wolf, is captured in her wolf form and put in the zoo, zoo man Thompson’s concern was that she’d mate with coyotes in the wild and so he wanted her safe and mated with a nice red male wolf–a real male wolf. Which is fine with the male, but not with Bella–and being the alpha she is–she lets him know in no uncertain terms she’s not going for it. But then she realizes she’s in for worst trouble than being stuck in a zoo with no way out, the phase of the new moon is nearly upon her and when that occurs, she’ll be a human again, naked, in the wolf’s pen. Yep, being a werewolf incognito in a world where they don’t exist can be a real problem sometimes.
And that’s what made the world so much fun to create. Currently, I’m working on the fourth book in the series, Allure of the Wolf, where the hero and heroine have tangled with a werewolf pack, unbeknownst to them, and so this will be the first book where both the hero and heroine are human in the beginning.
In my first two stories, Heart of the Wolf and Don’t Cry Wolf, both the hero and heroines are already werewolves, so they understand all the ramifications of being thus. It’s just dealing with other wolf packs, problems within their own packs, and keeping the secret from humans that cause the problems. In Betrayal of the Wolf, the hero is a gray, and the heroine is human, only with a twist.
Is it any easier for those who are already werewolves to fall in love with their own species than humans with shape shifters? Not really. Sure, they have some different issues, but they all have issues! But for each, I wanted to create really different situations. In Don’t Cry Wolf, we have a town run by the werewolves, which isn’t the case in any of the other stories. And how they keep their shape shifting existence secret, and how they manage a town is totally different from Heart of the Wolf.
So if you were to create or already do create shape shifter stories, what is your favorite scenario? Shape shifters exist? Or only in fictional stories?