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#WereEVENT – Character Interview with Jacks Dowd from Werecat: The Rearing by Andrew J. Peters

Character Profile

Name: Jacks Dowd
Age: 22
Hair: Dirty blond
Eyes: Brown
Height: 6’
Weight: 170
Occupation: College drop-out

 

Paranormal Cravings:
Welcome, Jacks! I’ll start by asking the question I suspect most readers would like to know: how did you become a werecat?

Jacks:
Yeah, I actually get sick of being asked that question. It’s like this: there’s a potential that’s passed down and then there’s shifter magi who perform the rearing ritual. My boyfriend Benoit is a magi and he brought out my feline manifestation.

Paranormal Cravings:
What do you mean by ‘potential?’

Jacks:
Well, shifting has its roots in ancient native traditions. Religions across the world used to worship big cats. They knew about feline souls and how to invoke them and learn from them. That’s part of my ancestry from the Cherokee who called upon the cougar spirit for bravery and protection of their people.

Paranormal Cravings:
When you ‘shift,’ you change completely into a big cat. What do you like better: being a man or a cat?
 

Jacks:
That’s like the second most common question I get asked. People want to know what it feels like being a cat, and that’s pretty much impossible to explain. Try explaining what it feels like being a human. Besides, it’s not a choice of either/or. I’m both man and cat. I like my human and my feline bodies equally.

Paranormal Cravings:
Did you have any idea you were a werecat before you were ‘reared?’

Jacks:
Honestly no. My parents never even told me we had Cherokee blood in our family. I think, like a lot of families, they thought it was something that would make them stand out as less White or less American. They never learned about the Cherokee or kept any of their traditions so of course they didn’t tell me about cougar spirits or anything like that.

Paranormal Cravings:
So what was that discovery like for you?

Jacks:
It was incredibly tough at first. When I came out as gay at fifteen years old, that was tough. But facing the fact I possess two natures was a million times harder. I couldn’t tell my closest friends or my family – I still can’t – because they would think that I’m crazy or a freak. I basically had to drop out of life. I gave up everything.

But personally, it’s something that I’ve learned to be proud of. I mean, how many people can transform into a two-hundred pound mountain lion? It’s cool, and there’s a bond among cats that I never would have experienced before. I know my ancestors would be proud of me.

Paranormal Cravings:
Were you raised in any religion?

Jacks:
My family is Pentecostal, especially my mom, so I was definitely raised to be Pentecostal.  When I came out it was a huge deal. I’m sure my mom still prays for my soul. Those beliefs never resonated for me. I stopped going to her church when I was fifteen.

Paranormal Cravings:
You dropped out of college in your senior year. What did you want to do after you got your degree?

Jacks:
I was a sociology major so I really had no idea. I probably would’ve had to get a graduate degree in something, but I definitely wanted to take some time off. I wasn’t that crazy about school. My best friend Jonathan and I talked about moving to New York City, getting temp jobs or something like that.

Paranormal Cravings:
What is the most important thing for readers to know about you?

Jacks:
Gosh, that’s tough. I guess I hope that people will read my story and not cast judgment. There are things in there that some people will consider irresponsible and naïve. I’ve made some questionable decisions and been dishonest at times. But I hope that people see that I was doing the best that I could in the situation I was given.

Paranormal Cravings:
OK. How about some fun lightning-round questions?

 

Jacks: OK.

 

Paranormal Cravings: Boxers or briefs?

 

Jacks: Um, I actually go commando, for reasons that you can probably figure out.

 

Paranormal Cravings: Dream date: Ryan Gosling or Ryan Seacrest?

 

Jacks: [laughs] Um Ryan Gosling, like a million times over.

 

Paranormal Cravings: What’s your favorite scary movie?

 

Jacks: The Shining.

 

Paranormal Cravings: Really? That came out way before you were born.

 

Jacks: They play it on AMC.

 

Paranormal Cravings: OK. Meow mix or Fancy Feast?

 

Jacks: Fuck off.

 

Paranormal Cravings:  Thanks for stopping by, Jacks!

 

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For Jacks Dowd, a college senior who feels ungrounded from his family  and life in general, an alcohol and sex-infused weekend in Montréal sounds like a pretty good escape. His Spring Break binge takes a  detour when he meets Benoit, an admiring drifter with startling green eyes. A hook-up turns into a day, two days, and then a full week in Benoits hostel, making love and scarfing down take-out food. But at the end of the week, Benoit demands that Jacks make an impossible choice: stay with him forever or never see him again.
The night before Jacks is supposed to return to college, he meets Benoit in Mont Royal Park to try to work things out. Benoit springs on Jacks an unfathomable secret: he’s a werecat. He traps Jacks in an abandoned cabin and performs an occult rite so they will be mated forever.

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GIVEAWAY (ENDED)

Here is your chance to win a copy of Werecat: The Rearing by Andrew J. Peters
“Where do you think a were-cat mating rite would have to take place?” Are you more fan of were cats or wolves?
Comment below
and maybe you will be the lucky winner of  Andrew’s new book: The Rearing!

Winner: Yvonne

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andrewjpeters

Andrew J. Peters likes retold stories with a subversive twist,  particularly when that twist turns heteronormativity on its head. He  is the author of the paranormal series Werecat (Vagabondage Press, May  28, 2013). His début novel The Seventh Pleiade (upcoming from Bold  Strokes Books) is the story of a young gay prince who becomes a hero during the last days of Atlantis.  A 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Andrew has written short fiction for many publications. He  lives in New York City with his partner Genaro and their cat Chloë.

Comments

  1. Yvonne A
    Yvonne A October 25, 10:13
    I´m a fan of all shifters. Cats are full off graze and wolves are strong and part of a pack. The were-cat mating rite have to place in nature on a place the cat love.
  2. bn100
    bn100 October 26, 02:00
    a jungle; like wolves
  3. […] thrilled to participate in the #WeresEvent again this year. Last year, Jacks Dowd from The Rearing stopped by for a character interview. This year’s event coincides pretty perfectly with the release of my Werecat series bound together […]

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