As a writer, I enjoy the challenge that wer characters bring. I like to find a balance between the animal side and the human side. That balance makes things interesting. I ask myself questions like where would werewolves living in Dallas, Texas go during the full moon? Why would wereotters live away from the sea? Or when Africa gets too many werelions, where would they all go? Questions like this can help add to the depth of a character and make for some very good stories, or at least subplots.
The other thing that I really like to see and do with wer characters is getting into the natural animal side. I like to dig into the real animals that inhabit our world, and bring some of this into the worlds I write. I have creatures such as werebadgers and wereotters to go along with the standard werewolves and werebears. When I set out to create these characters, I research the animals first. Badgers are grumpy and solitary. They dig holes. They normally have twins. So my werebadgers in the Coyote’s Pack series are twins who know about caving and understand the earth. Otters, live in family groups and appear to play around a lot. So in “Perfect Trouble” we have the Bjorn brothers who are hunky surfers out looking for mates. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments about my use of unusual wers and incorporating natural history into their characters and behaviors. I think, one of the reasons we have so many werewolves out there, beyond the fact that they are the first wers we normally encounter, is that most people at least think they understand wolves and dogs and that makes them easier to writer.
A.M. Burns Bio:
A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks.