Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Hump Day Hunk

Hooked on Torsos lately. Is that like being hooked on phonics?

This month I'm running a contest to celebrate the November release of my werewolf Nocturne, ENEMY LOVER. Pop on over to Fresh Fiction to enter, and you could win an autographed copy of my first Nocturne, The Empath, which is out of print.

Click here for the Enemy Lover contest.

Happy October!


Lou Gagliardi said...

I'm so glad I got my copy. and an ARC of the next book, now just to get the!!

I'm writing my own werewolf, Bonnie, any advice?

Bonnie Vanak said...

Hey Lou, good for you on writing!

Advice... try to come up with a different angle and spin, which helps. It depends on what you're targeting, either dark or humorous.

When I wrote The Empath, I didn't start out writing about werewolves, but just started writing a story about a woman who wanted to find a cure for her dying dog.

I find it also helps to sprinkle in a little humor even if you are writing dark, just to relieve the angst. It breaks it up as well.

When I wrote Enemy Lover, I had a better idea of what I wanted; a very strong Alpha pack leader hunting down his mate in New Orleans. Characters matter a lot. Damian is very possessive and strong, and he needed an equally strong mate. It's important when you write a strong hero to give him a heroine who balances him out.

This is one reason why Jamie is a loner and Damian is all about pack. Makes for good conflict. I also had Jamie be a geek and familiar with technology and things like text messaging that Damian doesn't "get." I added in a little humor when Jamie tells Damian, "You're such an uber wolf" and he replies,

"An uber wolf?"

And she says, "An antiquated one who doesn't know what uber is."

I also did some reading on wolves in the wild, about their markings, how they work together, and the pack hierarchy.

Good luck with your writing! Keep at it!