Zane started writing at an early age with short stories, and poetry inspired by her mother, a strong independent woman who loves to help others, and writes as well. In 2009, she became a member of Romance Writer’s of America. She fell in love with the idea of writing a contemporary action/adventure romance while she attended college to study Criminal Justice. After months of working on homework assignments late at night that made her want to turn on every light in the house, she combined both her knowledge of Criminal Justice and her love for all things paranormal.
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Recipe for a Werewolf with Award-winning Author Serena Zane.
One of the many things I ask myself before beginning each book is, “what will make this character great? When I began writing my series Dark Warriors, one of the things I needed to look at was the character of Trevor Gies. Trevor is an Alpha werewolf and runs the pack in Boston, MA where they have been living as humans for decades. Trevor is the sexual rival of Damon Blake, vampire and hero of the series. When looking at integrating the traits I liked from werewolf lore into Trevor, I also needed to look at the flaws - because no one likes a perfect character.
Researching werewolves led into a much deeper study than I originally thought. Sure, they have most of the traits of wolves, living in a pack situation, extreme loyalty, animal magnetism, but what else? Well, much like vampire tales throughout history have changed so has werewolf lore.
Looking at the original tales of the shape-shifter, werewolf or the loup guru; it seems humans began telling stories about them as far back as ancient Greece. At that time, it was mainly men dressing in animal skins that gave them the ability to change. Then if they took off their skin, and someone stole it, the werewolf would not be able to change again and would have to live as a human. Other tales such as Ovid’s stories tell of man drinking from the mouth of the beast to become one. It wasn’t until much later that the tale of changing into a werewolf from their bite came into being.
Personally, I prefer the modern version of the werewolf. I tried to keep the Pack as close to modern legend as possible. They can shift into large wolves, can change others into a Were with their bite, they have an increased sense of smell (in fact all their senses are increased), they have an increased strength, and can run much faster than a human, and (of course), they cannot get sick and they heal rapidly. Their downfalls or vulnerability are caused by Wolfs bane, they can be killed with silver, or beheaded.
The culture of the werewolf pack in Dark Warriors is similar to many; they live within a hierarchy, and are ruled by the Alpha wolf.
However, in Dark Warriors, there are two added elements. One, which I won’t go into too deeply or I will spoil the book, is the war between vampires and werewolves. The cause of the war is because vampires had made blood slaves out of the wolves. They didn’t like this too much as I’m sure you can imagine, and a rebellion erupted. Secondly, there is a prejudice in the pack that will become more and more apparent throughout the series. The purebred or “natural born” wolf does not feel that those that are bitten or half-blood should be allowed to live with the pack because they are not of the Original wolf.
To take us back to Trevor, as Alpha wolf he works hard to deal with all of the above. He is strong, devastatingly handsome, and powerful. But he has an arrogance about him that sometimes gets on your nerves. Check him out in my newest release Bane, third book in the Dark Warrior series.
Bane - A Dark Warrior Series
Strife has found the Pack in Boston. A young woman is murdered in an abandoned warehouse. and three other girls are missing . Detective Nikki Adams gets a whiff of something off about the whole case as she struggles to find the killer before more girls end up dead.
Meanwhile Damon Blake, Nikki’s boyfriend and full-fledged vampire, finds a medallion with the insignia of the Nostre Dames, his own clan, inscribed on the surface at the crime scene. Slipping it into his pocket he stashes the evidence before a war breaks out between the races, again. The tenuous truce he recently forged with the Pack is in danger.
Nikki knows Damon is hiding something from her as the case escalates, but he won’t tell her what it is. She is faced with the fact that he might not trust her after all, even though she has given him her heart.
Nikki stumbled. She braced herself on the edge of the dais. Faint, she gripped the wood and breathed deeply. Black dotted her vision.
“Nik, you need to get out of here!” Dan crossed the room and ushered Nikki out the door.
Outside Nikki leaned up against the building wall. Dan pulled the warehouse door shut as tightly as he could. “You okay?”
“What the hell was that?” Nikki swiped at her nose.
“Wolfsbane. The sage covered the main scent, but your enhanced senses must have picked it up.
Dan looked at her with sympathy in his eyes. “You’re part wolf. The herb is dangerous to those with the lycanthrope gene, like you. You might want to consider bringing in help on this one.”
Nikki gritted her teeth. The fact that she would need to call Damon galled her. She didn’t like having to rely on him, but so many of the cases thrown her way recently involved paranormal elements, and now she had a weakness. Just great. Freakin’ Hell. She couldn’t even change, how fair was that?
You need me? Damon’s deep voice called to her. She couldn’t suppress the shudder of desire passing through her body.
I can’t go in the room. So, yes, I do need you. Nikki let the irritation seep into her tone.
Why can't you enter? Concern laced his voice.
Silence met her answer.
Damon? Where have you gone?
“Here.” Damon materialized right in front of her. His large hands pulled her to his hard body.
She inhaled his rich, musky scent. It was refreshing after the dank smell of death.
“You can’t stay out of trouble can you?”
Nikki shrugged, “Seems so.”
Damon’s heart thudded in his chest. If she had ingested any of the Wolfsbane, she could have died. He lowered his head and kissed her, his lips claiming hers with bruising ferocity.
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