Full Moon of Werewolves Schedule
About today’s guest: Amy Wilkins
Amy Wilkins is Digital Production Coordinator at Harlequin. Among other things, she brings you Harlequin’s paranormal scoop on the Harlequin Paranormal Romance blog at www.paranormalromanceblog.com.
Confession: I don’t think I could fall in love with a werewolf. Why? I am, and always have been, afraid of dogs, especially the large, ferocious type. The idea of my man – even a drop-dead sexy one – turning into a big bad wolf… well, let’s just say that would keep me up at night…and not in the good way!
But luckily, even a cynophob like can still enjoy the werewolf genre, especially since books feature a wide variety of “were” creatures. For example, Rachel Vincent as her werecats series “The Shifters” with books Stray , Rogue, Pride , and Prey (coming in July). In the Silhouette Nocturne Bites line, we’ve had stories featuring a lynx shapeshifter in Claws of the Lynx by Linda O. Johnston and in May we’ll have a book about a woman who can change into a cheetah by Doranna Durgin called Wild Thing.
It’s not just cats who are getting the were treatment. It seems like every day I hear about a new species being brought into the shapeshifter genre. One of my favourite fantasy authors Juliet Marillier has two books in which characters transform into birds. I’ve even heard about a were-moose, a were-bear (try saying that three times fast), and a were-beaver! Apparently there must be a lot of shapeshifters in Canada.
All that being said, I DO understand the appeal of the classic werewolf – and appreciate how authors put their own unique stamp on the werewolf myth and bring variety into the genre. For starters, there are endless ways to explain how people become werewolves that go beyond the bite. Viruses, DNA, genetic experimentation are all explanations I’ve come across recently. Then there’s the characters – those amazing alpha heroes in particular. A werewolf can be the ultimate lone-wolf (literally) – tortured about his condition and afraid of hurting others, he retreats from the rest society to hunt and live alone…at least until he finds his mate. Or, he could be the leader of the pack, a natural leader who also takes care of his clan. Or he could be a man leading a double life, the seemingly regular guy who has kept had hidden his shapeshifting abilities until someone discovers his secret. Or…or…or…
Ultimately, the ability to shape and change the werewolf myth and introduce something totally new to the genre is what I think keeps bringing both authors and readers back to werewolf stories. Though werewolf myths have existed for centuries, as long as there are creative writers out there, the hunger for shapeshifters will never fade.
Plus, werewolves aren’t real…right?