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There’s something I’ve been pondering lately, since it’s relevant to the story I’m currently writing… how does it affect the story when shifters are known to the humans around them vs. when they have to hide it? I’ve written both kinds of stories. In the Stonewall Pack Alpha series (excerpt from the first book is below!) the humans don’t know about the werewolves and so the werewolves have to keep their otherworldliness hidden. That leads to some issues and also leads some wolves to establish their own all-wolf town, Lunaville.
In another of my series, Colliding Worlds, humans are very aware of the various creatures around them. That has its own problems, such as in Her Forbidden Alpha where a group of human supremacists go after the North American Pack Alpha. (Well…he did just kidnap the daughter of their general, so the attack wasn’t entirely unprovoked.)
Or for instance, to take from popular culture, in Twilight, humans don’t know about the vampires. In True Blood, the vampires have come out. Both situations have consequences.
At the moment, I’m working on a new novel where humans don’t know about shifters and it’s going to end up causing some big problems later in the series. Want to have some fun? Tell me what kinds of problems you think shifters might have if they have to hide their shifter halves from the humans around them. Let me know in the comments–and make sure to check that off in my giveaway (it counts!). 🙂
Excerpt from The Alpha’s Pack
Sam had found his mates. Feelings—joy, love, excitement—threatened to overwhelm him. So he did what he always did when that happened. He thought about details. “What now?” Sam said.
“We find a house in neutral territory and move in together,” Jake said.
Sam sat up. “What about our packs? I’ve got a house already. You two should move in with me.” He had a great house, an awesome pack. He loved his job, which was in Pack territory. If he left the pack he’d lose everything.
“And join your pack?” Jake said. “No, thanks.”
“I’m highly ranked. It would be no problem for you two to join,” Sam said. He was fourth in line, actually. Fourth, and inordinately proud of it. It had taken a hell of a lot of work to get there.
“I said no.” Jake’s voice was sharp.
“What do you have against packs?” Sam said. Maybe he’d had a bad experience. Maybe Sam could show him how good packs could be.
“None of your business,” Jake said.
Deirdre slid her hand up Jake’s back. “It is our business now. If you’re not ready to tell us, that’s okay. But don’t shut us out forever.”
Jake took a deep breath. “What about you?” he said to Deirdre. “I suppose you want to stay with your pack, too.”
She got up and wandered over to the window, pulling aside the curtain. “No. But I can’t leave my sister there.”
“So bring her with you,” Jake said.
“You don’t understand.” She dropped the curtain and turned toward them. “My pack leader is really possessive. I don’t know if he’ll let either of us leave.”
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