Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why Werewolves?

Why Werewolves?


I'm a 32 year old wife and mother, and yet I write young adult paranormal romance. I'm not shy about it. Everyone who knows me knows that I've written Prince of Wolves, and most of them have gotten it; out of love, sympathy or because they are genuinely interested in the genre'. I do get asked on a regular basis, why werewolves?

My usual response is just- it's what I'm interested in, what I like to read. That of course is a pretty generic answer so here I will try to clarify, add a little color if you will.

Werewolves are the "bad boys" of the paranormal world. Not to say that vampires don't play their wicked part. But werewolves are the muscle, the outsiders with attitude. They never walk away from a fight, they always finish what they start and they have a forever kind of love. They have a presence when they walk into the room that makes people want to step back and take notice. They are aggressive, brave, dominant, protective, faithful and loyal to their family. I'm fascinated with the pack dynamics that can be incorporated into their stories. I think that often their characters are very redeemable because of their animal nature and I love the ability to stretch a character's boundaries with that animal nature.

Another concept that appeals to me and I think others tend to enjoy is the whole "true mate" concept, which in any werewolf book is a huge selling factor. The little girl in all of us wants to meet "the one", wants to fall madly in love and live happily ever after. There is something so romantic and inspiring about the idea of their being a perfect soul mate for you. The great thing about writing about werewolves is I get to shape that love, give life to the partnership and idea of soul mates.

For any of these ideas to work there has to be on simple ingredient...Magic. The reason I think a paranormal love story is picked over the non-paranormal is because of the magic and intrigue that is behind the paranormal world. Consider Disney, would they be near as successful had they not appealed to the imagination and curiosity of their viewers by incorporating magic into their movies? And believe it or not werewolves are the embodiment of magic. How else but through magic could a human's complete DNA change in order to make him also a wolf, a completely different species...magic.

All that said, there is still one more aspect that appeals to me and that's the ladies who love them. I think it takes a special female character to win the role of the mate. She has to be strong but vulnerable, beautiful but flawed. She has to be able to stand on her own two feet as a person, but not be complete without her werewolf mate. She needs to be able to understand his struggles and accept his alpha ways, but not be a door mat. It's a high calling. I think the female lead is one of the hardest to write. Usually she doesn't start out with many of these qualities but grows into them as the story unfolds. If she's too bold readers find her obnoxious if she isn't bold enough she is seen as weak and not worthy of a strong male. She definitely has big shoes to fill, but when you find a book with a female lead with those characteristics it's such a fun and exciting thing to watch.

So that's why werewolves. Maybe to all those who asked me before and received my polite short answer, this gives them a little more insight into me as an author.

9 comments:

  1. Wow, you've convinced me! I find it fascinating that we are so interested in these folklore type creatures. There's been stories about werewolves, vampires and so on since forever, but they are always evolving, changing to suit the society of the time.

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    1. I find that the more I read paranormal books and especially now that I'm writing them it's hard not to be intrigued and taken with them. Even with paranormal books that aren't romance such as Harry Potter, the elements of magic and the paranormal are fascinating. Maybe because it's lets us step out of the hum drum of life, maybe because some of us would love to believe in the possibility of the inconceivable or maybe because the idea of being able to bend the laws of nature excites the creator in us all.But I'm with you that these stories do continue to evolve and grow. I bet when Anne Rice started writing her vampire novels she never thought the paranormal genre' would one day rule the roost. Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Great post! People always ask me why I write paranormal romance too and you're right about the reasons. The magic and intrigue, the beyond normal things that can happen.

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    1. Thank you! Totally agree. I've always loved paranormal stuff even as a kid.

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  3. I love werewolves! Vampires are simply dead to me (ha, pun intended) and I'm not into vamps like I use to be. I must agree, one of the biggest appeals to werewolves is their loyalty and the "forever love" aspect. The one true "mate". :) Thanks for this post! I'm so happy there are others who love werewolves as much as I.

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    1. Thank you Carole! I appreciate your comments. I have to agree that I like the wolves more than the blood suckers. Again it's the pack dynamics and like you said, loyalty to those they love that is such a wonderful thing to read about.

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    1. Sorry, see updated comment below.

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  5. I really loved this article and I really love Quinn Lofti's books. I never really cared much about werewolves until I read her books, and she opened up a whole new world to me, and I absolutely fell in love with her writing. (Quinn's werewolves are really hot to). I strongly encourage everyone to read Quinn's books. You will be pleasantly surprised, and also hooked on the series. She is a very talented writer.

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