Most of the books I’ve been reading, the shapeshifter is either a private investigator, special forces, or a detective. I have nothing against that because I have some wonderful authors who are on my auto-buy list and their hero/heroine just happens to be a detective or a secret agent. However, wouldn’t you like to see them doing something else, too?
For me, not every shapeshifter has to come off recking of alpha male or female right out the gate. That can easily become part of their character development. They don’t need to know how to fight or disarm a suspect either. They can have normal jobs, too, and still have a thrilling story.
I wouldn’t mind a werewolf who is a shoe designer, preferrably without the chick-lit undertone. Nothing against them, but for some reason they’re associated with shoes and I don’t get the connection. Why can’t we have a vampire hero/heroine who works at a doughnut shop. No, it’s not a sexy profession, but who cares? I’d be interested enough to wonder why a vampire is working there. Maybe it’s the jelly filling–I don’t know. How about a sewer worker, teacher, or a UPS delivery person?
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, this is how I do my brainstorming for ideas. 😉 None of my characters work in law enforcement or are part of a secret government agency. My latest WIP is the only acception to the rule, although the main character isn’t a detective. Her boyfriend is, which only fuels the conflict.
Anyway, I had read an article a few years ago regarding the top ten jobs that didn’t require a degree and are increasing in salary. Would you believe that “seman washer” was listed as number eight? 😆 That has erotica written all over it. I know I couldn’t write a book like that with a straight face. Reading it, however? Certainly.
So what books (paranormal) have you come across where the hero/heroine isn’t associated with law enforcement or the government? I’ll start the list with Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty and the Midnight Hour and Jeri Smith Ready’s Wicked Game. Yeah, I know. I’ve been on an urban fantasy kick for a while now. 😉