About today’s guest: Linda O. Johnston
Linda was born a writer. She can’t remember a time she didn’t write, though her earliest scribbles, while in diapers, were not decipherable even by her.
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I love werewolves!
That’s why I write about them, of course. Not to mention other shapeshifters. But werewolves are my favorites.
Here’s why: Canines have always been dear to me. I got my first dog when I was eight years old after studying Dog World Magazine for quite a while, and have had them as pets ever since. I admit that the breed of dogs I’ve had for many years does not resemble my visualization of werewolves. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are sweet, loving, adorable lap dogs. I feature my older one, Lexie, in my Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series.
Werewolves, in their shifted form, look like real wolves to me.
One great thing about being an author is that you can take an existing legend and put your own spin on it. My werewolves are sometimes different from other authors’. For one thing, I write about Alpha Force, which is a covert U. S. military unit comprised of shapeshifters. My shifters must change during a full moon, and they have also developed a special elixir that allows them to change whenever else they choose. It also enhances their humanity while shifted. They use their abilities for national security reasons, and their assignments take them to many unusual locations. They can excel in missions that regular military personnel could never accomplish.
My first Alpha Force book ALPHA WOLF, a Silhouette Nocturne, was published in January and is still available on-line. I’ve also written a shorter Nocturne Bites, CLAWS OF THE LYNX, also about Alpha Force, but the shapeshifter is–you guessed it!–a lynx. She was fun to write about, too, but Alpha Force has more werewolves than other shifters, partly because that’s who I prefer writing about. And, yes, there will be more Alpha Force stories to come.
As I mentioned, other authors’ shapeshifters are often different from mine. For example, some only change during the full moon, and/or they may be able to change simply by deciding to do so. They may have more human traits while shifted and more wolfen traits when not shifted. Their wolf forms may even look somewhat human–traveling on two legs, for example, instead of four.
My werewolves can be dark and deadly, but they maintain enough of their human side to be sympathetic. And that human side is absolutely romantic… and sexy!
I have another theory, by the way, about why I love werewolves. I live in L.A., and once owned a piece of property formerly owned by Lon Chaney Jr., the original Wolf Man of the movies. I now live right down the street from that site. Could be that he somehow spoke to me! In any event, he inspired me to write about werewolves, and the result was Alpha Force.
I’ve had fun reading the other Full Moon of Werewolves posts so far. I’m in great company! One thing I gather is that all of us who write about werewolves do so with love. Love of the paranormal genre, and most particularly love of people who have secret abilities that govern who, and what, they are. Our depiction of our shifters may be different, but we’re all wrapped up in our stories–and our lycanthropes.
Long live werewolves!
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