What kind of shifter would I write about if I no longer created stories
about wolf or jaguar shapeshifters?
Thatís a hard one to answer because I love creating stories about the wolves and
jaguars. Iím writing about cougars and also have one coming out about a polar
bear because the first shifter book I ever read was about a man cursed to be a
polar bear in EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON, a Norwegian fairy
tale. Reading that book as a child, I had my first real experience about
shifters and loved the romance between the prince and the maid who married him.
The story was a fantasy, a wicked troll queen cursing him to be a polar bear by
day and a man at night. But mine will be perfectly plausible. Looking for a hot
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Cougars are really different from jaguars, so itís fun for me to write about two
unique big cats and how different the shifters are in their human form also.
Jaguars are mysterious, hard to document, protected. Cougars are hunted and have
seasons to thin their numbers. Jaguars are exotic big cats, whereas cougars are
not. Cougars have been known to attack humans; jaguars do not, for the most part.
I would like to write about a black bear/grizzly bear shifter because Iím from
the great bear state of California, and it was a prominent feature when I lived
thereóthe state flag, the state animal. I also create teddy bears, and itís just
something Iíd love to do.
There are certain animals I always have to see when I go to the zooóthe big cats
and the bears. Unfortunately, most zoos donít have wolves, so I have to make a
special trip to a wolf center to see them also.
I also write a fae YA series where my dragon shifters and other fae are
well-loved. I have fun writing about the dragon shifters, though it would be
hard for me to see how they could fit into our contemporary world, like the
wolves and jaguars do, without readers raising both brows. For my fae, itís
easy. They can be themselves in the fae plane of existence, and as the fae are
tricksters, coming to our world and showing off their dragon scales? Just a bit
of fun because everyone knows dragons donít exist.
Iíd love to do a historical wolf shifter story, something I plan to in the
future. I love historical books and since the wolf shifters had to start
somewhere, I think it would be fun.
In some South American legends, they had a dolphin who could shift into a man.
Owls and hawks have been in shifter stories. Snakes and serpents, and even a
ferret as a thief, but itís harder for me to see these as sexy men.
What do you think? What kind of shifter would make you soar to the moon and back?
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2 comments posted.
That's a no brainer. If I want to soar to the moon and back. I'd have to be a Dragon Shifter. But I'd be happy to just be a Yuma Town Cougar or Silver Town Wolf. I love all your shifter stories though. I love the Jaguars, but I don't like the Amazon Jungles to much. To many slithering things. *laughing*
(Donna Fournier 11:38am May 5, 2016)
Personally, I'd like to read more non-warm-blooded shifters. How about a 6-foot dragonfly (larger than those during the Carboniferous and Permian periods)? Non-warm-blooded creatures tend to be viewed as aliens already so a shifter that is an insect or similar would have a different set of experiences.
(S Tieh 12:55pm May 6, 2016)