About today’s guest: Karen Whiddon
Karen Whiddon spun fanciful tales for her younger brothers as early as the age of eleven. Growing up in the Catskill Mountains of New York, then the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she found enough magic in the rugged peaks to keep her imagination fueled for years.
Now making her home in North Texas, she shares her life with her hero-like husband and three doting dogs. She has published five short contemporaries for Kensington Books Precious Gems and five long paranormals for Leisure Lovespell . She also writes paranormal contemporarys for Silhouette Nocturne and romantic suspense for Silhouette Romantic Suspense.
Werewolves? Romantic? Come on, are you kidding me? I’ve heard that a lot – twenty seven times and counting – but you know what? My werewolves are people too. And actually, they prefer the term “shape-shifters”.
My first “Pack” book was written for Silhouette Intimate Moments. The heroine was a shape-shifter. When I wrote that book, I never dreamed I’d write more. I’d just gotten done with a five book series for Dorchester Publishing featuring Faeries. I wanted to do something different. So I wrote One Eye Open. My agent Lucienne Diver sold it to Leslie Wainger, who found the female shape-shifter different and new. My ninth book in the Pack series, Wild Wolf, will be out in July 2009. I have to say, I love these people, er, wolves.
When I was a kid, we went camping a lot. We lived on the east coast and I remember standing in a Pennsylvania field, staring over the rolling hills and trees and wishing I could change into a deer and go bounding across all that nature, free and wild. Of course, these days I can’t help but think of that deer as ‘prey’, but still. There’s something primitive and sensual about being so in touch with nature, isn’t there.
That’s what makes my shape-shifter characters different. They’re us, plus more. The struggle between human and wolf features prominently in each of my books. The love making when a shifter has found his or her mate is… cataclysmic. All in all, the stories are fun, sexy, and touching. I hope you’ll agree.
Right now I have a short “Pack” story in the anthology Midnight Cravings. Mate of the Wolf details what happens when a shifter and a centuries old vampire realize they’re mates. And my next full length “Pack” book Wild Wolf will be out in July. It’s different from all my other “Pack” books in that both the hero and the heroine are shifters. She’s a feral, a shifter who’d rather remain wolf than face all the pain of the human existence. And he’s the Protector sent to determine if she’s able to be rehabilitated or if he will need to exterminate her. I hope you enjoy both stories.
I’m contracted for three more “Pack” books and am finishing one up right now. Hopefully, the series will continue to do well and I can continue to live in that fascinating world for some time to come.
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