Wow. Here I am, for my first day as a member author (not just a guest) here at the Shape Shifter Romance blog. Thanks again, Teresa et al, for having me. This is going to be fun. Here we go!
The other day, we were driving on the highway and I was watching all the cars whizzing by, thinking. (This is why I’m a better passenger than driver. My thoughts wander away from the nitty gritty of staying in the lane etc.) I saw all those people, of so many different ages and varieties and occupations, and wondered – which of you would fall in love with a shape shifter?
I really did. You probably think those sorts of things frequently when you’re on the highway. Right? I mean, doesn’t everybody ponder such mysteries? I do!
What kind of a woman falls in love with a shape shifter hero?
My first thought would be someone who is a bit out of touch with reality, someone a little mystical and a bit flakey but with a big strong heart. But then I looked at all of my heroines who have fallen in love with shape shifter heroes. They’re not whimsical chicks. They have their feet (just two of them) firmly on the ground. While they do have big strong hearts, they’re often guarded. They certainly aren’t flakey. They don’t fit my first expectation at all.
What traits do my smitten heroines have in common?
• they’re practical
My heroines are very pragmatic. They get stuff done. And I guess that trait means that they take the whole shape shifter thing pretty much in stride. Sara, in KISS OF FIRE, is an accountant, who believes in the math. Enough said. Alex, in KISS OF FURY is a scientist, intent on bringing her invention to market to make the world a better place. Anything else – like Donovan becoming a dragon – is a detail. Maybe an inconvenient detail, given that she’s terrified of dragons, but not a detail that will change her plans. Eileen, in KISS OF FATE is a comparative mythologist specializing in urban myths. She says herself that she’s assumed for a long time that there are things going on in the world that we don’t acknowledge. So, her reaction to Erik shape-shifting into a dragon is of this variety: “Yes, well, FINE. You have this dragon thing going on, but how are we going to get away from these bad guys?”
• they’re smart
My chix have brains. That’s a turn-on for dragon shape shifter dudes, didn’t you know?
• they’re analytical
Being smart also makes my heroines excellent problem solvers. Typically, the heroine in each of the Dragonfire books figures out something about the Pyr that the Pyr hero in question hasn’t figured out just yet. Or maybe she figures out what her hero fears, or – even better – what he should do to conquer that fear. They connect the dots. Each heroine calls her Pyr’s chips and I think that’s fun.
• they have a sense of humor
Comes with the territory in my books. People have to know how to laugh – at the world and at themselves. Laughter is sexy.
• they have confidence
Part of the reason these heroines can laugh and take things in stride – sometimes very strange things – is that they have confidence in their own abilities and their own nature. They’re not trying to be somebody else – and if they realize that there’s something they should change, they do it. Sara needs to learn to trust in her own psychic abilities. Alex needs to get over her fear of dragons – by trusting a dragon to protect her. Eileen needs to put her trust in Erik, getting over her distrust of men, even though Erik challenges expectation like nobody’s business. No spoiler alert here – they all do what needs to get done.
• they are optimists
Part of the reason these heroines can take a chance is that they believe that the world is fundamentally a good place and that things – ultimately, if not as quickly as one would always like – will work out for the best.
What other traits do you think heroines share who fall in love with shape shifter heroes? (I’m thinking that we should put together one of those quizzes: Are You A Woman Who Could Love A Shape Shifter? These ten questions will tell you! Maybe they’ll even run it in Cosmo…I can’t be the only person wondering.)
posted by Deborah Cooke