15 September 2010
Guestblog: Erin McCarthy "Got Fur" & Giveaway
My novella “The Howling” in the anthology THE BEAST WITHIN is my very first werewolf story. I never mixed werewolves into my vampire books, feeling like the worlds as I created them would be totally separate. Vampires are sleek and cold and cosmopolitan. Werewolves are hot-blooded, primal, living in dense wooded areas. Okay, so Stephenie Meyer did it, as have a lot of fabulous romance authors, but I didn’t want to mix my blood and fur. Since I was writing vamps, I just didn’t explore writing any werewolves myself until I got the opportunity to do this anthology. Then I started thinking about all those classic werewolf tales and the feral passion the males exhibit.
Hey, I’m all for feral passion so I started doing research on werewolves and discovered most of the folklore is European. I’m assuming this is because of the density of wolves in France, Russia, etc. I learned that werewolf literally means wolf man or in Old English, the wearer of wolf skin. Kind of gross if you give too much thought to it. But the most interesting fact (to me anyway) was that in original lore the werewolf didn’t kill his victim with a bite, he used a dagger to finalize the kill. Which to me puts a different spin on it… instead of the animal nature consuming the man, he makes the cold-hearted human choice to kill.
So that made me visualize two brothers, one fighting his lycanthropy, the other embracing it… and a woman caught in the middle of their rivalry. (<-- Doesn't anyone get hot shivers when reading this? I do!!)
So what is your favorite werewolf legend or story? I have to admit, I’m even fascinated by the wolves in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Does Belle get consumed by the wolves in the woods or face the Beast in the dark castle? Classic woman in jeopardy romance…
Thanks for letting me drop by!
[closed] Giveaway open to all: Erin McCarthy is offering up a 1 copy of Hot Finish & The Beast Within! To enter leave a comment answering Erin's question above and a winner will be announced on September 19th 2010.