Best of Both Worlds: Why I mixed my Vampires and Werewolves By Theresa Meyers
I know that if you’ve read Twilight or watched Underworld or any other number of stories including both Werewolves and Vampires you’ve already got some idea that in story land they just don’t mix. They’re the oil and water of the paranormal realm.
Ah, but you see that’s where there’s an opportunity to make things interesting. Two powerful little words can change the world as we know it: what if. Storytellers the world over know they can do anything, go anywhere if they use what if as a springboard for their imagination.
So, what if, my hero was both vampire and werewolf—and didn’t know it?
I didn’t realize this until long after I’d originally met Slade Donovan as a secondary character in my story The Vampire Who Loved Me. He was just a good-looking member of the Security Team. At that point I knew he was a full-fledged vampire in the Seattle Cascade Clan, but I didn’t know his background, his history or his crippling secret.
While Slade is a demolitions and tracking expert, it’s his own life, his own concept of self, that gets blow apart in The Half-Breed Vampire. I’ll admit in this story I pushed more than a few boundaries, not just in terms of mythos, but also in terms of what constitutes a hero and my own writing skills. I’d never written an amnesiatic character before or one with not just a single but two paranormal sides.
In the Sons of Midnight world, both werewolf and vampires are caused by different viruses. And like in life, it is possible for a single person to catch more than one type of virus and for each virus to take a different toll on the body. Blending the two into one character allowed me to explore the vampire/werewolf conflict on a whole different level. Not only was this intensely personal for the character, but it also brought into play how someone is accepted or outcast by their society not because of who they are, but their heritage.
For Slade Donovan, discovering his past is a slow spiral into the worst place imaginable where he is his own worst enemy. He’s forced into choosing to let go of everything he’s come to rely on as a family, a community for the greater good of preserving both that community and the woman he comes to love.
It’s the transformation of him, both figuratively and literally, getting in touch with that more wild, basic self—his authentic self—that isn’t modified by what society wants or demands, but just is.
So, while I could say I mixed my vampires and werewolves just to satisfy my own curiosity of What If, the truth is it went far deeper than that. It opened up a whole new realm in my fictional world and a new door to lots of new stories to come.
Ignorant of his true heritage, half-breed vampire Slade Donovan is fated to feel like an outsider among his clan. Until a mysterious woman arrives with the ability to unlock his secrets—and make him crave a future he never believed he could have….
As a Game Warden, Raina Ravenwing has only one mission in the Cascade Mountains: to track down a pack of rare wolves that is terrorizing her tribe. Her instant attraction to Slade is a distraction the beautiful wolf whisperer can’t afford, unless she agrees to let him help her. Yet working so closely together only intensifies their passion…even as the unfolding truth of Slade’s identity threatens everything Raina holds sacred and could potentially destroy both their worlds.
About Theresa Meyers:
Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer’s Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993.
In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books. She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car. They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, three cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd puppy, several rabbits, a dozen chickens and an out-of-control herb garden.
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