Such is the life of this writer! And just after I shut down my computer to call it quits for the night, a little Marie voice whispered to me—“Remember to post your blogs the night before.”
So I crossed the floor in the now dark house, tripped over my black standard poodle, who didn’t stir, and turned on the computer to write—
What? I’m not a night person.
Not only had my computer shut down for the night…!
But I’ll give it a shot—and if this doesn’t make any sense, Marie, it is not my fault!
For me, writing the new werewolf series was based on my love of vampires.
??? I told you I was not a night person!
Because vampires were becoming so rampant, uh, make that vampire stories, I needed to think of something just as sexy and strong, but maybe a little wilder. I love to do research and so I based the first and subsequent stories on werewolves who were much like real wolves in their wolf states and who carried some of these traits over to their human side. But in their wolf states, they still have their human sensibilities. Hmm, to think we could be stronger, have an increased sense of smell, sight, hearing, and the added benefit, could live longer. Greater than all that—that our chosen mate would be ours forever, and with increased longevity, this would be for a very long time indeed.
I’d seen werewolf monster movies and knew how werewolves were supposed to be killed. But while researching information for a young adult novel, I had learned about the mythology concerning werewolves in the Norse legends, and so used this and others to explain why a select group of people are the way they are. I think my fascination with real wolves came from stories I read when I was a teen like White Fang and the Call of the Wild by Jack London, and from stories earlier on like Little Red Riding Hood.
All I needed to do was create sexy, semi-immortal, shapeshifting characters—and Heart of the Wolf was born. Like Linda, I took a chance and tried something new that I had never done before. And now, I’m working on the fourth book in the series.
So if you could toss aside convention and go for the most outrageous story you could come up with, what would it be?
Heart of the Wolf, Don't Cry Wolf