I know, I know.
When most people think shifters, they think wolves. Or Sam Merlotte. Heck, I think of Sam a lot too…that’s neither here nor there.
If you know me at all, you know I have a thing for slightly different shifters. After all, this is coming from the woman who writes about selkies. ‘Nuff said.
However, when I embarked on the Gemini Island Shifters series, I couldn’t help but use bear shifters as my main characters. At first glance, I saw the issues, but realized those issues could become delicious sources of tension and sexy conflict. You just have to look at the actual bear, the real animal, to see what I mean.
Whereas wolves are pack animals, bears are usually solitary. For me, this was plot bunny number 1. This trait is what inspired Ryland in Predator’s Kiss. He is independent and prefers to rely on his own strengths. He doesn’t trust easily…especially when heroine Lia wanders into his part of the woods.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have his rock star brother Soren from Predator’s Serenade. You’d think he’s more sociable, as he’s a womanizer, but Soren has few close attachments. The relationship with his brother is also strained at the best of times. These gruff bears have to learn to be nice to each other. To say nothing about how Soren has to learn to accept Gioia, his heroine. That is a struggle, indeed!
Bears can tend to be ornery as well. You don’t want to poke a bear, right? These creatures may be warm and fuzzy, but they are in no way cuddly. They are enormous predators, and there are few creatures in the wild who would dare take them on. To me, this makes for an appealing shifter as well.
Of course, if you’ve ever gone camping, you’ve been warned about keeping your food away from bears. These animals love their food…big appetites…see where I’m going with this?? This very fun plot bunny inspired me to embark on some interesting food-play scenes.
They are very dominant in the wild as well. Did you know that, during the mating process, a male bear will bite the cheek of a female bear? It’s to express his dominance over her, and if she wants to mate with him, she must submit. Again, intriguing plot bunny.
Traits such as these helped me to have lots of fun in writing my Gemini Island Shifters series, and I hope they’ve made for a fun reading experience as well.
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