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HOT TOPICS: Drool at the Moon by Kim Briggs

The werewolf.


These terrifying creatures haunted our dreams every full moon. We locked our doors and slept with silver daggers. And who could blame us. I mean look at J.K. Rowling's version of the werewolf. Professor by day, monster by night.

But Werewolves have evolved into something a hell of a lot more scary, but in all the right ways. Modern victims crash into walls, drown in her own pool of drool, and commit random acts of insanity. 


Instead of hair in disturbing and unusual places,


They're lovable balls of fur with muscles in all the right places.

Werewolves change shape, the ultimate shape-shifter. The process of the change is painful and most often occurs as a result of the full moon, but not always.



In The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater, the main character, Grace, watches a pack of wolves every winter from her bedroom window, but when the snow melts and the flowers bloom, the wolves disappear until the ground freezes all over again. One day, Grace meets Sam and discovers that the wolves outside her house change into humans every summer. That is until the call of the wolf becomes too powerful and he must remain in his wolf form forever. 

Twilight werewolves descend from a long line of shape-shifters developed out of a need to protect their families and oversee their land.
Vampire Diary werewolves are born with the curse, but they don't turn until they kill someone--even if the death is accidental.

In most cases, new werewolves turn as the result of a bite from some evil werewolf prowling the streets, searching for new victims to sire.

Most representations of the werewolf follow a pack mentality. Each pack has an Alpha leader, and there is always another wanna-be young Alpha ready to take over. The rest of the pack serves a very specific role.

Werewolves and vampires fascinate me. I love how authors create new rules for the supernatural beings all the time. I wrote a book that deals heavily with werewolves and witches, but I had too much background information. As I've evolved as a writer, I can't wait to go back to it, because I don't believe our hunger for paranormal romance and our love for supernatural beings will end anytime soon.

What say you?

Write on,

Kim



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