While we were trying to move our library, an older volunteer overheard me talking about book deadlines to one of the librarians during our lunch break, who happened to be one of the ladies who ventured with me to St Francis Wolf Sanctuary. The volunteer asked if I wrote books.
"Yes," I said.
I didn't volunteer anything more, because I figured she wouldn't be impressed with werewolf books. But she persisted. "What do you write?" she asked.
I smiled. Oh, I know. I should be totally serious and just blurt out: Werewolf romances.
But it is the Bible Belt here, so I smile FIRST instead, and then say, "I write werewolf romances."
She hesitated, then, as she'd been shelving our books, asked, "Would it be in fiction?"
Many of the reviews I've received for the werewolf series mention how real the series seems and how I've made them feel wolves/werewolves live among us. :)
Ever since I was a kid, I loved paranormal tales--ghost stories, vampire stories, stuff that would make me sleep in the middle of the bed and awake with a start if I got too close to the edge of the mattress because of watching a horror story where something under the bed grabbed the person sleeping, pulled her under the bed, and she was never seen again.
I love thrillers more than I love horror stories, and I love humorous paranormals too, like Love at First Bite, and I was a Teenage Werewolf, or Hocus Pocus, Stardust, and a number of fun paranormals, along with the scarier ones--as long as they have somewhat of a happily ever after ending.
But for me, the fun is in creating a ParaNormal world where the paranormal element--even as fictional as werewolves are--can be thought of as truly existing. It's that suspension of belief that allows the imagination to take wing and allows us to enjoy worlds beyond our own.
I write everything from true stories to romantic suspense and straight historical romance, but the paranormal stirs my imagination the most.
But to make that world real, I promised some more pictures of St Francis Wolf Sanctuary--which is the Normal in my ParaNormal world--
These are Arctic wolf siblings whose alpha parents were killed in the Arctic, and the hunter brought the pups back to the States to sell to someone who wanted wild wolves. They ended up at the Arctic wolf sanctuary in Oregon, which I've mentioned in a couple of my stories, but the owners, recently due to poor health, had to find other homes for their wolves as they could no longer keep the sanctuary open.
I had always wanted to visit the sanctuary some day, so I was saddened to hear of their closing. Here is a picture of a couple of the Arctic sanctuary's Arctic wolf pups and an alpha male.
Nepenthe and Ventana loving Havoc,
their adopted dad and alpha male.
The wolves all found homes in sanctuaries across the U.S. and the two I have pictured made the trip to Texas and have settled happily in our much hotter climate.
A couple of days after I explained to the volunteer that my werewolf books were fiction, another volunteer working in a different department commented on the wolf shirt I was wearing and how much she loved it. I said I write werewolf romances. There. No smiling, no preamble, I just said it.
She nodded, didn't say anything, and I smiled to myself and went about my business. When I was working on my story during lunch break, she came up to me and asked, "What are werewolves?"
I had to couch a smile.
"Oh," she said, nodding, and left me alone.
I smiled and went back to writing about wolves and werewolves that truly exist in our world.
"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male."