by Mina Carter
I may have blogged on this before. The appeal of werewolves in romance, or shifters in general. I write all kinds of shifter, from the werewolves in the Lyric Hounds series right through to werehedgehogs in another (yup, you read that. Were-hedgies. They’re cute ;) and fun).
So back to the popularity. The myth of the werewolf has been part of folklore since right back to ancient times, although back then a werewolf was something to be scared of, rather than a hot guy (or gal). Interestingly, Lycanthropy is a clinical name for someone who is under the delusion that they are a wolf, but since films from the 1940’s our perception of werewolves has been more shaped by popular culture than old tales from folklore or medical science.
Perhaps one reason we find weres so fascinating is the danger / impossible element
the romance. A lot of books deal with a human heroine and a werewolf hero. He’s
bad, he’s dangerous, but so hot. There’s a saying that all
girls want to tame a bad boy but let’s be honest, if a guy pulled half of the
stunts we read about, he’d be out on his ear. No thank you, sunshine. (At least
he would with me! I like my life nice and uncomplicated, thank you very much!)
These romances allow us to live through this sort of bad-boy impossible romance
from the comfort of our arm-chair, a little escapism from reality into a world
where that sort of thing is possible. And can be safely packed away, the book
closed or the eReader shut down when we’re ready J
So, tell me. In the world of impossibly bad-boy romances, what shifters are your favourite? Leave me a comment and I’ll pick a random winner for an eCopy of the first in my Lyric Hounds series, Melody’s Wolf.
Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spend her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.
So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all...
(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)
The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.