Another shifter, better known but with an awesome popculture history, is the werewolf.
Author D. G. Driver focused on this beast for her horror inspired tale, Mothers' Night Out. Let's find out why ...
Wolves are pack animals. They roam in families of 7 or 8, which usually includes an Alpha male and female, siblings and offspring. The Alpha female often chooses where the den or hunting grounds will be. Pups are mature enough to hunt on their own around 10 months old.
Back in the olden days, werewolf stories were about a person who has been bitten by a werewolf and the frightening metamorphosis he goes through every time the full moon shines. They were usually depicted as solitary creatures. Think of An American Werewolf in Paris. However, more modern spins on werewolves have taken the pack animal aspect of real wolves into account. Twilight, True Blood, and The Originals are all good examples of werewolf packs living and breeding together. However, even in these stories, the wolves tend to separate themselves from regular society by living in the woods where they can change into wolves and live free from harm (or perhaps doing harm to others).
What if the Alpha female werewolf is a modern woman and doesn’t want to hide out in the woods? She knows when her “time of the month” is coming and lives her life accordingly. When she’s not threatened by the changing of the moon, she has a job, perhaps even runs a business. She knows how to plan ahead. What if she has children and they aren’t mature enough to hunt yet, but she still wants her freedom to be out in the night air with her equally independent sisters? Does she hire a babysitter? Does she arrange day care? Just some things I wonder from time to time, you know, if werewolves were real…
Are you excited for this story? You can read it when the Anthology launches 11/17.