Is everyone having a wonderful Halloween? I certainly hope so as I celebrate this holiday which has grown to mean so much to me. History aside, I have always felt drawn to the supernatural, even as a child. To have a day of costumes, of imagination and of harvest means the world to me. All year around I might have been considered morally suspect for my love of werewolves and gargoyles and vampires, but on the day of Halloween, everyone was like me! So, before I even get started let me thank Iris profusely for hosting me upon this day!
The werewolf had always been my favorite supernatural beastie. I loved the power and the feral qualities that they embodied, and wrote about them frequently. I read all of the lore I could get my hands on and watched every film as well. It wasn’t until I became a cat mom that I actually started to think of cat shifters. Lions, tigers, panthers and yes Sabertooths would be perfect beasts to embody the kind of characters I write.
At the time that I began think of werecats, I will admit that the greatest inspirations I could find were lounging upon my bed. I found very little materials to draw from outside of Egyptian myths so when I sat down to write “Thief of His Heart,” I watched my little ones closely. I put myself in their place, used their mannerisms and took inspiration from their fascinations. I suppose to a certain extent, writers need to understand the creatures that they write about, no matter what kind of animal their characters shift into but I got carried away. I started to imagine what foods they would like, how they would lounge about, and the kind of drinks they would like and even how they would use catnip. I decided that yes, in the case of reincarnation, I would definitely want to return as a cat, not because I don’t like dogs. I do. But I love naps and heights so…
All in all, I love all shifters for the same reason that I love Halloween, in stories of shifters, I find the human in superhuman, the normal in paranormal and myself transformed. In shifter tales, the mystic is so tightly interwoven with the homo sapiens that they can exist as one…even if it’s not a holiday.
Genre: M/M; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
Length: Novel (87,612 words)