As you might imagine, dragon shapeshifters tend to be solitary sorts. They prefer to work alone than to work together; some of them are volatile and they are all passionate. They are not immortal but live a long time - they age slowly until they meet their destined human mate, or the woman who can bear their son. This meeting is called a firestorm, and you can't miss it - sparks literally fly between the pair until they conceive that son. The heat of the firestorm can be felt by all of their kind, and attracts those Slayers who would like to get rid of the true Pyr as well as the humans. So, each book in the series features one of the Pyr having his firestorm, having to defend his mate and seduce her at the same time as the whole company faces another challenge in their battle against the Slayers.
I have a lot of fun with these guys!
.DC: This is going to sound weird, but my characters are like real people to me. I have a first impression of their character, much as you would when you meet someone briefly. Writing the book for each hero is a chance to get to know him better and to get to know the heroine too. It's not so much that I invent them as I get to know them. It's a strange process and hard to describe, but it works and that's good enough for me.
I have an analogy that I use when explaining this to people. Imagine that you're a landlady. Maybe you're a nosy landlady. And the apartment you rent out is over top of your own. So, when people move in to the apartment, you can hear them talking, arguing, joking around. You maybe check out their stuff when they're out (because you have a key) and you might have a poke through their mail before they see it. That's what it's like when I start a book. I clean out my imagination, and these people move in. I eavesdrop on them, peek at their stuff, and generally find out what makes them tick. I have an idea what kind of people I want to rent my apartment to, but they usually surprise me a bit. I know the book is working when the characters tell each other something I didn't know, or when they take the plot in a different direction than I expected. In essence, that means they've come to life - and that usually means that they're "real" and they're memorable.
Now you know my secret!
Hmm. Maybe I'd be a sculptor. Or a pastry chef. Something messier than writing books!
Thanks again Deborah! I have a huge thing for Dragons, so these books are right up my alley. I really enjoyed them all. I was also lucky enough to get an ARC of Whisper Kiss too. I'll add a review later as well.
I'm so happy to know there is going to be an Australian Pyr too! Can't wait to meet him!