Rebecca Royce looks back at the evolution of her popular paranormal series about shapeshifters The Westervelt Wolves. Learn how inspiration for this furry clan struck the author like a bolt of lightening, and what fans can expect next.
Welcome to Westervelt!
Let me start out by saying that I am so unbelievable excited to be here today blogging about my series: The Westervelt Wolves. Thank you so much for having me!
The Westervelt Wolves started with the book Her Wolf. It is the story of Tristan and Ashlee and how their love story began the struggle of the Westervelt Wolves to reclaim their lives from the horror their father’s evil plots pushed upon them. Her Wolf came to me one day when I was at the zoo with my kids. I looked at the wolf pen and, since I am a fan of all things paranormal romance, I thought: “what if one of these wolves was not a wolf but a wolf-shifter trapped in that cage?”
The whole series—all eight books—came to me in that instant. I saw all the characters, all of the romance, and the entire plot. Immediately, I rushed home and wrote Her Wolf. Since then, Summer’s Wolf, Wolf Reborn, Wolf’s Valentine (a short story), Wolf’s Magic, and Alpha Wolf has been published. Recently, I sold Angel’s Wolf to the publisher and there will be two more books after, which will complete the storyline.
This series has been such a gift to me. I love these characters. From book 1, they have become ‘real’ to me. Tristan and Ashlee were such a romantic couple that were thrown together into horrible circumstances they never could have imagined. Then when I went to write Summer’s Wolf, I was able to look at them from a completely different angle since Summer was Ashlee’s sister. Her feelings about Ashlee would be very different than how Tristan saw her in Her Wolf. Ultimately, that has been, to me, the gift of the series. These characters are family. They are together fighting a war. We get to see them again and again. There has never been a book in the series that hasn’t featured Tristan and at least one other brother. When I’m writing this series, I never really have to say goodbye to them.
Right now, as I am getting ready to write the next Westervelt book, I am acutely aware that after I finish this one there will only be one more to write and I have mixed emotions about it. On one hand, I want to see the story that blinked to life for me outside of a wolf pen come to fruition. I want to see it happen. I look forward to writing the final words that have been in my mind for so long. But, I really don’t want to have to say goodbye.
I love how the readers have embraced this series. It is so touching to me when I hear from readers that they love one brother or another. I love all of them and it has been such a gift to me that I’ve gotten to share these stories with all of you!
Thank you for coming by today!
- Rebecca Royce