Sexy Shapeshifters!

by Guest Blogger on December 22, 2010 · 15 comments

in Guest Blogger, Lycanthrope, S-U, Werewolf

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by Terry Spear, guest blogger

terry-spear-author-photoHave you ever wanted to shapeshift? Maybe not exactly thought of it in those terms, but haven't you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall? To hear and see what was going on at some event that you couldn't/wouldn't dare intrude on otherwise? But were dying to know what went on?

Or have you ever wished you could stretch up and reach something you can't without a stepstool or ladder? Or wished you could run like a gazelle? Or had four hands so you could do whatever job you were doing that needed more than two hands? What about looking out over a mountainous ravine, watching an eagle soaring above the treetops? Ever wish you could fly like that?

Or swim deep into underwater caves or around exquisite corals and through colorful tropical fish, or under icebergs to see what's down there, without the aid of scuba or snorkeling gear or wetsuits?

What if you could show off a pair of wickedly sharp teeth if someone really aggravated you and that would make him or her back off-quickly? :)

So now, have you ever wanted to shapeshift?

Why werewolves? In truth, I started out with vampires, and then somewhere along the line I created a futuristic world-a warrior who is grounded on a planet where the heroine is a panther shapeshifter and her brother, a dragon. But then, I began considering wolves, werewolves and how they got just as bad a rap as vampires in the beginning. Someone needed to love them, as they were. Many stories show werewolves living in our society, some as a fantasy element, some where they are more closely related to the old werewolf tales-man hates his being a werewolf, can't remember what he does in the middle of the night, dead bodies everywhere.

Mine are about a race of humans, unsure how they were turned, though various thoughts persist, from alien forces to a mutated virus from the bite of a wolf early on. I try to keep my stories as true to wolf behavior in the wild as I can-but of course, their actions are moderated by their human halves. And while they're human, they have their enhanced abilities that give them an advantage over regular humans.

In Heart of the Wolf, which was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year, they said this: "The vulpine couple's chemistry crackles off the page, but the real strength of the book lies in Spear's depiction of pack power dynamics, as well as in the details of human-wolf interaction. Her wolf world feels at once palpable and even plausible."

And The Romantic Times had this to say: "A solidly crafted werewolf story, this tale centers on pack problems in a refreshingly straightforward way. The characters are well drawn and believable, which makes the contemporary plotline of this story of love and life among the lupus garou seem, well, realistic."

9781402216688In Destiny of the Wolf, I wanted to show a werewolf pack that actually runs a town, a fictional place called Silver Town, based on several silver towns in Colorado. Lelandi is a red wolf from another part of Colorado, who knows her sister has been murdered, but when she arrives in Silver Town to locate and dispense with the murderer, she finds herself on his new hit list. And Darien, the gray alpha pack leader, soon changes his mind about sending the luring red back to her own pack, and keeping her right where she is-for her protection, of course.

So why wolves? They're fiercely protective of their own, mate for life, and live in family packs, loyal, courageous, cunning, and strong. Just seeing them nuzzling each other, shows their human, I mean, loving side. So why not werewolves? Combined, it makes them a hot new item where the term alpha male takes on a whole new meaning.

If you could, what would you like to shapeshift into?

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1 Terry Spear March 4, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and checking out the interview! :)

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2 Keira March 4, 2009 at 9:27 AM

There are so many possibilities!

I like the idea of wereleopards… but I see myself more of a werepenguin. Cute, fuzzy, and nonviolent, which I suppose takes most of the fun out.

The ability to shift forms would be far more fun as a predator than an animal of prey.

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3 Sephera Giron March 4, 2009 at 9:48 AM

I have a werepig in my book ETERNAL SUNSET.

I myself would enjoy being a strong and virile werewolf.

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4 Zarabeth March 4, 2009 at 10:10 AM

I think the whole idea of bringing these traditionally fantasy characters into contemporary romance is fascinating. But, like you said, “why not?”
I absolutely want to be a fly on the wall and see what I cannot know. Thanks!

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5 Terry Spear March 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Thanks so much for dropping by, Keira! I watched that movie about penguins and thought, ack, sea lion fodder, or frozen eggs, or didn’t get a mate in time. :( And cold, cold, cold. But they are adorable!

Hmm, Sephera, a werepig, now that’s a first! They’re so smart though…but then again, the wolf would be tempted to eat them. Scrumptious bacon, pork loin roast, think it’s time to fix lunch–hot sausage spaghetti, yep. :)

Thanks for commenting, ladies!!

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6 Sharon Lathan March 4, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Never thought of having other were-animals! There’s more fodder for you, Terry! If you ever get bored of your werewolves you can tackle werehamsters! Sounds riveting!!

Still had no time to start “Destiny” – grumble, grumble.

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7 Sasha March 4, 2009 at 1:09 PM

hmmm, it IS an interesting concept if done properly.

For example, I really dislike the way Stephenie Meyer does it. She deglamourizes them in comparision to vampires.

However, you look like a film like “Van Helsing” or perhaps, “Blood and Chocolate,” and you will see that they are more glamourized and gorgeous. I mean c’mon, Oliver Martinez is hotness on a stick.

Though, I even look at other films and interpretations like, “Underworld,” and its 50-50. I think Lucian is the exception to the rule.

I like the idea of being able to shift forms though. It’s a lot more exciting that some painful transformation that creates a lack of memory and unnecessary aggression.

Hell, I’d like to be able to turn into a dragon if I felt like it, and then be able to go back to my human form, as if nothing happened.

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8 Karin March 4, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Sometimes I’d like to be two places at once, especially if I could just THINK and be there. Of course, you’d have to be able to turn it off or you’d be flitting everywhere.

Thanks for the interview!

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9 Keira March 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Sasha – I’ve never seen Blood and Chocolate. What exactly is it about?

I’ve seen some Dragon ppl in novels and they can look human. I think however they’re more likely werehumans than anything else though… which is kind of interesting to think about.

How would an animal feel about being human once a month on the full moon? Can different werehumans breed together in human form if their animal form is different? Inquiring minds want to know!

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10 Keira March 4, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Perhaps this is how Luna Lovegood’s snorkacks came about (the interbreeding of werehumans to make some really bizarre critters)? lol :P

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11 Samanther March 4, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Ah, what a concept. I have a cat with my personality, so I know that would work out…

I’ve always thought it would be neat to fly. So, possibly some vicious bird? Future lawyer and all that necessitating the “vicious.” :) Then again, I love to swim… And penguins have indeed shown us that, uh, it’s pretty much one or the other.

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12 Voronda March 4, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Jaguar, because they are sleek and it would be fun to running real fast

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13 Keira March 4, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Nice! Jaguars are so pretty too. I love the patterns on their coats. My local zoo have a pair of jaguars that actually bonded with each other which is not something jaguars usually do, especially in the wild. They are currently separated because she has babies. :D They are sooo cute!

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14 Jane November 10, 2009 at 4:18 PM

I would probably want to shapeshift into a hawk so that I could fly.

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15 Isabel G. November 12, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Sasha, we have so much in common. LOL Olivier Martinez just oozes sex appeal from every pore!

I understand the idea of a shapeshifter is to look like other creatures, however, I like werewolves to look more powerful and have a scary edge to them when they transform.

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