Creating an urban fantasy is fun. You build it from scratch, your world, your way. But what happens when readers are used to the world you’re creating being a different way? What happens when your world doesn’t meet the usual standards of similar fantasy worlds?
Welcome to my world! 🙂 I enjoy reading other authors’ fantasy worlds also. I wouldn’t dream of theirs being just like mine. I wouldn’t dream of making mine just like theirs. In fact, when I wrote my first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, I hadn’t read any werewolf romances, only had seen a few werewolf movies–most of which were horror, or in the one case, a teen comedy, and in another, Jack Nicolson’s story.
And so, my story is mine. As much as the imagination can create one’s own unique story.
Case in point–I had a fan mail asking why my werewolves can shift when the moon isn’t a full moon. In the old werewolf horror tales (which I don’t write), even if a cloud drifted over the full moon, the poor werewolf would automatically shift back from his hideous wolf monster form, to his crazed not-sure-what-happened human form. And then when that darned cloud moved again, there he was shifting back to monster wolfishness.
So nope, I don’t follow that line of reasoning in my stories. Not to say it isn’t perfect for the way the stories are written in these authors’ cases, it’s just not my world.
Why did I choose to have that my wolves can shift at any time during the month except during the new moon when the moon is barely visible? I wanted to have at least one phase of the moon where they couldn’t shapeshift. Why? It allows them respite from having to shift, and it also can cause a heck of a lot more trouble–sometimes. If the reverse were true where they could only shapeshift during the full moon, do you realize how infrequently they could shift?
My editor wouldn’t buy it. Werewolf stories are about werewolves and they have to be a wolf for a good part of the story. That’s what she tells me. 🙂
And no, the moon doesn’t have to be visible either. They can feel the moon’s pull. They know which phases the moon is in. Which means, they can live in Oregon and shapeshift away, still!! For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s cloudy in Oregon a lot! 🙂
I read a werewolf romance recently, that followed a lot of the old horror tale and I was so suprised, not expecting it at all. But it was fun to read! But it was the–man doesn’t know if when he shifts, he’s killing people, wears wolfbane to keep from shifting, etc. And no one believes there are werewolves. The heroine’s human and can’t believe the people popping in and out of her room through her balcony are werewolves. 🙂 Except of course for all the doggy tracks on her balcony. 🙂
Diversity is the spice of life.
Have a super Sunday!
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