Win an autographed copy of my first werewolf book, KILLING MOON. Tell me why you like shapeshifters. On Monday, I’ll pick a winner from the comments on this post and ask the winner to e-mail me her address.
So why did I fall in love with werewolves? It all goes back to when I discovered science fiction–in fifth grade, the morning the “book basket” from the DC Public Library arrived in my classroom. When the teacher put RED PLANET, by Robert Heinlein, up on the eraser ledge, the cover illustration made me want to read the book. So I fought my way up to the front of the room to get it before anyone else could. From then on, I was hooked.
I absorbed fantasy and science fiction stories as fast as I could find them. And I read my first werewolf book, DARKER THAN YOU THINK, by Jack Williamson, when I was 15. It’s about a man discovering his werewolf powers–and his werewolf mate. Williamson wrote so vividly that he made me want to BE a werewolf. Then in the 90’s, I read Robert McCammon’s THE WOLF’S HOUR and I fell in love all over again. McCammon’s hero, Michael Gallatin, is one sexy guy. And if you haven’t read this book, you should. There’s even a romance in the story, although Michael’s not looking for a wife. One of the big disappointments in my life is that McCammon didn’t write a sequel to this story.
Few people know it, but I dabbled in shapeshifters in my first novel, THE INVASION OF THE BLUE LIGHTS, a kid’s science fiction story. It’s about an evil alien and a good alien who land in the woods across the street from my house. And the good guy can change to any shape he wants.
It took me a long time to write my first adult shapeshifter book. That was back when paranormal was “out,” and I kept thinking, “who would buy a werewolf book from me”? But finally I had to write KILLING MOON. So I carved out time from my “day job,” writing Harlequin Intrigues, and wrote the whole book on speculation, because I was sure I’d never sell it on a proposal. Luckily, I found an agent who loved the book, although he told me it might be a hard sell. Cindy Hwang at Berkley bought it and asked me for more werewolf books, which is how I ended up with a series I didn’t plan.
The latest book is GHOST MOON, and the hero, Caleb Marshall, is a ghost who was killed 75 years ago by his cousin. The heroine of the story comes from a parallel universe, where life is very different from our own. More than a hundred years ago, a “psychic revolution” destroyed civilization. And the city-state became the biggest political unit. Quinn comes here to find a safe haven for her pregnant friend with the Marshall family. With her psychic powers, she’s able to sense Caleb, who forges a very sensual bond with her. Still, she terrified that he’s going to attack her friends to revenge his death.
I’m working on the next book in the series now, ETERNAL MOON, about a woman who’s the reincarnation of a goddess. She meets her one true love over and over through the centuries, and each time a demon destroys their relationship. It’s going to take a very special man–a werewolf–to break the cycle of death and destruction.
What do you like best about shapeshifter books? And where would you like to see shapeshifter stories go?