Where did my fascination for werewolves come from? Let’s start with my love of dogs. Those eyes that see right into your soul. The faithfulness, the unconditional love. Helpful, but not enough to make me take the leap to writing a hero who is a werewolf, though I did dedicate my upcoming novel BLAME IT ON THE MOON to my dog Ana. She passed away in her sleep just before New Year’s Eve. I’m still grieving, but we have a new puppy to distract me.
(Btw, this post contains a giveaway, so keep on reading…)
As for romantic werewolf heroes, blame Laurell K. Hamilton. Her character Richard is soooo HOT. Then there’s Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Trés cool. I read Tanya Huff’s Blood Trail early on, which is about a clan of were. Years later, I read (along with the rest of the world) the Harry Potter series with Professor Lupin, who I actually always liked more than Sirius. Neither are romantic figures when they change, though, especially in the movies.
But when did werewolves change from monsters into heroes?
Go back a few years more to the massively romantic movie Ladyhawk, with Rutger Hauer, Matthew Broderick, and Michelle Pfeifer. I haven’t seen that movie in several years, but I used to watch it over and over on a worn-out VHS tape. Captain Navarre turned into a wolf at night while Lady Isabeau changed into a hawk during the day, keeping them forever apart except for one brief moment between night and dawn. Sigh. Incredible romance!
I must admit that part of my inspiration for Haden’s character in BLAME IT ON THE MOON is from the 1985 movie Teen Wolf. No, that movie wasn’t high romance and Michael J. Fox is hardly alpha, but I never forgot when he discovered his family secret by witnessing a few changes in the mirror.
Recent reading on the subject has included Derik’s Bane, part of Mary Janice Davidson’s Wyndham werewolves series, Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, and Kiss of the Wolf by Morgan Hawke. The time period and setting of this book intrigue me as much as the shapeshifters and vampires.
Wikepedia has an excellent article on the basics of werewolves: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werewolf.
You may also wish to consult The Werewolf and Shapeshifter Codex: http://www.geocities.com/yaiolani/handbook.htm.
For a list of non-fiction books on the subject, check out lycanthropes.org: http://www.lycanthropes.org/shapeshifter/nonfict.htm.
From that list, I personally enjoyed reading The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould. You can also explore shapeshifting as it relates to shamanism. I loved the novel Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy. Now for some fun, here’s a list of the music I listened to while writing BLAME IT ON THE MOON. Some of the songs have to do with werewolves like Haden, some with serial killers, some with psychics (like Kitty). Enjoy!
American Girl–Tom Petty (because it reminds me of the scene just before the serial killer grabs the girl in Silence of the Lambs)
Werewolf Blues–Walker T Ryan (really good song)
Teenage Werewolf–The Barbarellas
Barrel of a Gun–Guster, because it seems to be about a psycho.
Hungry Like The Wolf–Duran Duran (classic)
Werewolves of London–Warren Zevon (classic)
Rest in Peace–James Marsters (reminds me of that killer sex scene between Buffy & Spike)
I was a Teenage Werewolf–The Cramps
Somebody’s Watching Me–Rockwell (like a psycho serial killer)
“Animal I Have Become” and “Pain”–Three Days Grace (“Pain” is entirely too catchy)
Under a Werewolf Moon–Silicone Soul
I’m a Werewolf Baby–The Tragically Hip
Sister Psychic–Smash Mouth (thinking about Kitty here)
Psychic Chasm–Ozric Tentacles
Now I want to give away a copy of my January 15th release BLAME IT ON THE MOON, so be sure to post a comment and I’ll pick a winner. Then, if your patient, I’ll send you the e-copy on the 15th. If you’d rather have a copy of one of my backlist books, no problemo! As far as what to comment on, anything to do with werewolves/shapeshifters: your fave books, authors, movies, music. I want to hear all of your suggestions.