My answer to this question is probably different than you’d get out of most writers because I write with a partner—my husband. We approach our stories—and shifters—from two different directions, which mean we each bring something different to the table.
When it comes to our writing team roles, Hubby’s responsible for the action stuff. Think fighting, shooting and blowing things up. Yeah, it’s cliché, but it’s what he does best. And if he has to write action, he’d prefer to involve shifters. According to him, there’s no action sequence that can’t be improved with some claws, fangs, and the general attitude that comes with being a shifter. There’s also the healing factor that comes with involving shifters in action situations. Hubby is happy because he can inflict more damage and mayhem, and it all gets healed up in a few days.
In X-OPS EXPOSED, the hero, Tanner Howland, former Army Ranger and current slightly unstable lion hybrid, gets involved in an underground fighting ring, forced to fight to protect other shifters like himself. You can imagine the fun hubby had with those fight sequences.
I’m responsible for the emotional baggage in the stories, so for me, the shifter angle provides a huge collection of unique conflicts to explore for the hero and heroine. It might be worrying about whether you’ll wake up in the middle of the night with your fangs buried in the neck of the person you love, or living in fear that you might expose your animal nature to the world and be hunted down as a freak.
Then there’s the theme I explore a lot in X-OPS Exposed. The simple fear of the monster inside and what it might do to those you care about if it ever slips out. Tanner was experimented on by some horrible people thinking they could make their own shifters better than nature could. The results are a mess, and he spends a lot of time terrified he’s going to kill the one person who means more to him than anyone else, Zarina Sokolov, the woman who saved him from the facility where he was created.
Between the two of us, Hubby and I love writing about shifters. It gives us so much to work with and helps make our stories completely unique.
HE LEFT TO KEEP HER SAFE
Believing he’s too dangerous to be among people, feline hybrid Tanner Howland retreats deep into the forests of Washington State—with no choice but to leave behind the woman who’s captured his heart. What he doesn’t know is that she followed him…
SHE WOULDN’T STAY BEHIND
Heartbroken and determined, Dr. Zarina Sokolov tracks Tanner into the wild. Her presence unleashes Tanner’s protective instinct—big time. Locals have been disappearing and he is desperate for Zarina to leave. As the kidnappings escalate, Tanner must embrace the dangerous instincts he fears so much. But with Zarina at his side, he’ll have to learn to control his animal impulses, or lose himself—and the woman he loves—to the beast within.
About Paige Tyler
Paige Tyler is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, romantic fiction. She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kickbutt heroines who fall in love with them.