Today is day 100 since I started working on my newest novel, True Nature.
Since True Nature is a pretty fast-paced book, I estimated it to end up around 100,000 words (compared to the 140,000 to 180,000 of my other novels), and it seems that estimation was fairly accurate.
My main character is Kelsey Yates, a wolf-shifter, whom you met in Second Nature. Her love interest and main character number two, Rue Harding, is human.
There seems to be a convention (or maybe it’s a cliché) in paranormal romance, that if you have a human/werewolf or human/wolf-shifter pairing, the wolf will be the strong, dominant one, who protects the human. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure those stories can be fun. In fact, Gill McKnight‘s Amber Eye has an alpha who is hilariously possessive (and she shares my office-supplies fetish, but I digress…).
But for me, half the fun is the fact that Kelsey is a submissive wolf, more of an omega, and Rue is a CEO used to giving orders.
Having a submissive main character wasn’t easy at first. By definition, the main character should be active, not passive or reactive. So I’ve kept the first seventeen chapters entirely in Kelsey’s point of view to make sure readers identify and empathize with her. And, of course, she’ll have to play a major role in overcoming the final obstacle in the climactic scene.
I’m hoping to finish this first draft by the end of next week, and then my pack of beta readers, critique partners, and test readers will get the manuscript for a second read-through.