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What drew you to write about shifters?
The lure is the mysterious. Shifters live among but outside normal culture. They have their own rules. They are stronger, faster, and more primal than humans. That leads to their worlds being violent and passionate. As a writer, I can create any lore or backstory for my pack or shifters.
What’s your favorite type of shifter to write about?
That’s tough, but my favorite has to be werewolves. They have tight-knit packs and a social hierarchy. They tend to be protective and possessive lovers. I have two werewolf series—Legacy series and the Salvation Pack.
Currently, I’m writing drakon shifters (a drakon is the son of a pure-blood dragon and a human woman). I’m having a blast with this series.
How about reading? Do you have a favorite type of shifter to read?
I tend not to read too many shifter books, mostly because I write them. I do love bear shifters and, of course, werewolves.
Do you have some favorite authors of shapeshifter books?
As I said, I don’t read a lot of shifters, but I do love Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changling series and anything and everything by Shelly Laurenston.
Tell us a little bit about your shifter “world”.
I’ve created four different shifter worlds in my various series, all with their own rules and mythology: Legacy, Hades’ Carnival, Salvation Pack, and Blood of the Drakon series. (Five if you count my vampires in the Dalakis Passion series)
I’m currently writing my Blood of the Drakon series, so it’s all about dragon shifters. My drakons are the sons of pure-blood dragons who came from another dimension to our world 4000 years ago. They had sons with human women, but when it became apparent their sons were as much human as dragon, they left their sons behind and returned to their world.
Drakons are solitary, mistrustful creatures for the most part. The first four books of the series focus on four brothers—different mothers but same dragon sire. They are hunted by a group of humans—the Knights of the Dragon, who wish to control them and use their blood, which has healing powers, to live forever. If that’s not complicated enough, after all these years alone, the instinct to find a mate has come to the fore. But it’s not easy to find a woman who will accept a drakon, especially not when they don’t trust anyone and are not fond of people.
This series has four books out so far: Drakon’s Promise, Drakon’s Prey, Drakon’s Plunder, and Drakon’s Past. Drakon Unchained is releasing August 27th and Drakon’s Tear will be out in November.
What’s next for you when it comes to writing about shapeshifters?
I’m planning another book for the Blood of the Drakon series. And I’m currently working on yet another shifter series. I can’t seem to help myself. The new series won’t focus on any one shifter group but many. And that’s all I can say about it at this time.
Blood of the Drakon, Book 5
Victoria Marshall is living a lie. She works for a member of the Knights of the Dragon, a secret society that traps and uses dragons for their own gain. As a child, she made an unlikely friend—a drakon. He went missing, and she’s spent the past twenty years searching for him. The only thing distracting her from her mission is Luther Henderson, her boss’s new head of security.
Luther is also living a lie. One, if discovered, could lead to a fate worse than death. He’s attracted to Victoria, but can’t fully trust her, doesn’t know if she’s truly innocent or a true member of the Knights. It’s not only his life at stake, but those of the people he loves.
As they’re thrust deeper into the dangerous dealings of the Knights, they each have to share their secrets in order to survive.