We are so pleased to welcome Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade to Sinfully as part of their Prickly Business blog tour. They have both popped in to chat about the challenges they faced writing a paranormal shifter MM romance novel for the first time… we think they did a fabulous job, go check out their post and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.
Writing Paranormal for the First Time
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Kenzie: When Piper and I sat down to begin planning a book together, we didn’t have a specific story in mind. And when she threw hedgehog out there I told her we kind of have to do that, right? But here’s the thing. Neither of us had ever written paranormal before, and I’ll be the first to say, I was a bit afraid of it. I love to read it. Shifters are my go to genre. But writing it is a whole different story. Literally.
Piper: Shifters and paranormal books in general are my go-tos when I’m in a certain mood. Sometimes I go on a “shifter-binge” and read nothing but shifters for like a week straight. But reading it and writing it are two different things. Going in, I knew we’d have to world build, we had to decide if we wanted to do the fated mate thing (yep, because we both enjoy it), and what kind of rules would exist in the universe we were creating. I looked at it all and said, “Eh, it can’t be too hard, can it?” The answer is: yes, it can. Heh. Kenzie and I stumbled our way along, but at the end of the day, the lore and the characters became entwined and they both developed along with each other.
Kenzie: That’s the fun in world building--we were in control. What we like to read about and enjoy, we were able to make happen. For example knotting--because knotting. You’ll see. I think the biggest thing for us was continuity and detail. World building is daunting and leaving the slightest detail out can change everything. But including it all in one big information dump is too much. So as Dylan and Avery grew--so did our world. One of my favorite aspects, as Piper mentioned earlier is mating. There are so many different types. We worked hard to make our hedgehog/wolf mating our own and unique and fun. It had to complement their personalities and the way they fought one another. So in the long run it had to be their choice, whether fate liked it or not.
Piper: One thing we had to take into consideration was that one of our characters was going to be in the “unusual shifter” category. A lot of shifter fans love their wolves and the big cats (us included) and we knew some people would see the words “hedgehog shifter” in the blurb and think “what the hell?” It’s a bit of a long story, but my hedgehog obsession and a joke on Rhys Ford’s Facebook wall sort of led to the entire idea of a hedgehog shifter book in the first place. I think a lot of readers will see Avery’s species and think the book won’t be anything more than goofy fun. There are some fun moments and snark, but it ended up being a lot deeper than I think either Kenzie or I expected going into the project. The cool thing about choosing a rare shifter breed was working in characteristics of this animal that a lot of people really don’t know much about. Avery and his inner hedgie make for one complicated individual, and with his personality traits came even more world-building. And I think that some of the stuff involved with hedgehog shifter culture definitely gives our book a unique spin.
Kenzie: As fun (and daunting) as our world was at the beginning it has become more so. A place we can enjoy and hopefully you will too. As this is the beginning of Portland Pack Chronicles our world has the ability to grow and expand from book to book. So now you know there’s more to come.
Thanks for reading! If you read the book, be sure to let us know what you think of our hedgie shifter and his sexy wolf mate. We’re hoping people enjoy our first foray into paranormal. As Kenzie said, there’s plenty more to come. We’re both excited for it, and we hope you all will be too!
~Kenzie & Piper
Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 27th July 2015
Genre ~ Parnanormal M/M Romance
Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.
No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.
Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job.
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Meet Kenzie Cade
Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/Long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes the fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story. Contact Kenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Piper Vaughn
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.
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