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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday Spotlight: Lyrical Press
Okay, so how/why did I write Moon Madness? Well, inspiration is an odd thing for a writer. It can be a huge convoluted thing with many layers (I’d say sort of like a onion here but we’re talking romance and onions, whilst dependable ingredients, don’t usually come under the heading ‘sexy’) or it can be as simple as one line, one phrase or one look captured on screen.
For Moon Madness it was a phrase. What happens when the pack goes bad? Penny’s pack went about as bad as they can go, with a sadistic alpha taking over. A sadistic alpha who wanted her mate and wasn’t prepared to take no for an answer.
That was it, that was what I started with. One phrase which turned into a little three line idea. Then it just exploded from there on outwards. Writing for me is kind of a messy business, so there were scraps of paper, odd napkins with notes on which all got taped together into some kind of mad collage as I played the ‘what if’ game to see where the idea would take me.
I don’t do soft or weak heroines so it was pretty obvious early on Penny was going to be on the run. She wasn’t going to take this change, or Jimmy’s demands lying down (or standing up for that matter)-- she was doing something about the situation. So she runs, deciding to avoid wolves altogether. She can live on her own, for sure. Can’t be that hard, right?
Penny forgot one thing. A mad writer with a tendency to throw a spanner in the works. Of course, there’s no way I could allow Penny to go her merry way, where would be the fun in that? We needed a spanner in the works and fast. Something juicy that she a) couldn’t get away from and b) wouldn’t necessarily want to.
A) Was taken care of by the ‘Moon Madness’ which is the heat phase of a female wolf. I tried to think of the worst things that could happen to Penny with her being on the run and trying to avoid other wolves. And it struck me, she needs a wolf! If she has to mate, she has no option but to seek out others of her kind, which creates all sorts of interesting angles. Of course, Penny being Penny decides that she can cope with it still and that chains in the basement are the way to go.
Enter Cade, packless alpha, son of Penny’s former pack alpha and banished from the Roakestown pack years before for something long since forgiven. Handsome as all hell, all the wolf ladies wanted to catch Cade’s eye but he’d never allow himself to be drawn into pack life. You gotta love a handsome loner right? But Cade has a thing about Penny and when he finds out she’s on the run and Jimmy knows where to find her, he has to go help.
Of course, knowing she’s about to go into Moon Madness and needs a dose of wolf lovin’ has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with his decision, no sirree ;)