I'm really love this guest blog thing! Zoe Winters is our guest today, blogging about her new release, KEPT, a novella about a werecat!
Hey Guys! Thanks, first, to Spy for having me. I know probably like five people are reading this cause we're so close to crunch time on the holiday season. I know this because I've been a very bad Zoe and haven't been visiting my blogs like I normally do either. And my posting schedule itself is erratic at best right now.
Spy suggested the topic for the guest blog, because she wanted to know about were-mythology and how I created mine for Kept. Like most writers, if you ask me about my process or where this or that came from, I get a little bit of a giddy glee and proceed to explain it to you.
My first love is vampires. Not sure why, there is something about the blood factor, and the intensity of the potential bond between two people who share something so primal. Most people find people in the vampire subculture who do drink actual human blood to be gross at best and disturbing at worst. While I'm not a part of that culture, I find it more intriguing than gross or disturbing. When Angelina Jolie had a small vile of Billy Bob Thornton's blood around her neck, while the rest of the world thought it was icky, I found it somehow romantic. Because I "got" that. I knew what she was trying to do there, hold onto some magical life-sustaining piece of the man she loved.
My second love is a tie between shapeshifters and demons. Raised really strictly religious, there was a big barrier to get to the paranormal romance style demon. But I got there. What can I say? I like the bad boys.
So shapeshifters. I've always thought that stories about vampires and werewolves are really about us. Our shadow selves. The parts we suppress and repress, and the parts we set free. On a very base level we are animals. We're pack animals to be more specific. Socially we fight for dominance and live in a hierarchy. Some of us are lone wolves from time to time, but in the end, we need the pack. We like to believe we're civilized, but I'm not so sure we are.
For me, a were-mythology has to express these things. It's a place where we do see people's darker sides come out in a very literal way. I've always found werecreatures that turn into a half-beast/half-human to be weird looking at best, and far less credible at worst. So I always go for creatures that shift to the actual animal. I like supernatural stories that skate very close to the edge of reality. Worlds we can almost believe actually exist alongside us without our knowledge.
Kept is about a werecat, named Greta, who finds out her tribe is about to sacrifice her, right about the same time she finds out her mother isn't her biological mother. Her adoptive mother gives the name and address of the only person in the city who can protect her. The trouble is, he's a sorcerer with a bad reputation who once killed over half her tribe. Not exactly the most stellar recommendation.
Probably part of the inspiration for Greta came from my cat, Drusilla. She's just a little too self-aware for my taste. She's highly jealous of me and gets angry any time my husband shows me affection. She doesn't understand that I'm a person and she's a cat and obviously he's going to love me more. It's both funny and sad at the same time. Sometimes I think Dru thinks people thoughts instead of cat thoughts.
And I'm sure in some sense, Greta came out of that. When a shapeshifter turns into the actual animal, it puts a whole new spin on encounters with animals in life, who seem just a little too human sometimes. I could get into more of my mythology, like the fact that nobody in it uses the term "were" for anything, but the werewolves. Everybody else uses the term: therian. "Were" is a derogatory term in my world. But this post has already gone past most people's word count tolerance for blog posts so close to the holidays.
What about you? Anybody here write or read about supernatural creatures? Want to share a piece of your mythology, or what you like in a mythology?