The Totem Trilogy-Speculative Fiction Author Christine Rains
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Juneta. And it’s a pleasure to host you on my blog. These guest post swaps are tons of fun!
I always love getting a peek into other writers’ spaces. Not only the worlds inside of their heads, but where they dwell too. Whenever I’m playing around with concepts for stories, I find that little things in my environment influence me and pull me one direction or another. It’s funny how normal these things might be and yet they spark grand tales.
When I played with the idea for a new urban fantasy series, I wanted to step away from what I normally did. The heroes wouldn’t be hunters, demons, or vampires. I chose shifters, but I didn’t want to go in the wolf direction. I also didn’t want to base it on common myths and legends. I wanted to go someplace darker and more terrifying.
Yes, that shaggy polar bear is totally scary! Okay, maybe not. That’s Baby Bear. My son got him on a trip to the Toronto Zoo over five years ago. We saw a baby polar bear there who kept trying to push down the fence. My toddler thought it was hilarious. Baby Bear has guarded his bed at night ever since. I hadn’t remembered seeing any polar bear shifters. Bear shifters, yes, but they were always men. What if my heroine was a bear shifter? That would be a cool story to write.
In the half-bath off our master bedroom, the light switch plate entertains me every time I sit down. Those three little bears had so many adventures. Hey, what if I have three heroines instead of one? Sisters. All so different, but loyal to each other.
Yes, three polar bear sisters. Of course, they couldn’t be anywhere but the north. Siberia? I was tempted, but it should be someplace I have some knowledge about. A destination I’ve always wanted to go.
Every year, we hang an Alaska calendar in our kitchen. Both my husband and I have always wanted to travel there. The mountains, the wilderness, the beauty. I’ve been there so many times in my mind, I would live with my heroines in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
I began to think about these polar bear shifter sisters so much, I started to dream about them. I guess it did help I had polar bear pillowcases!
Finally, a picture of my cat. Just because. Well, he did help to inspire my lynx shifter, Ransom. Young, playful, and thinks he’s all that. He’ll give you that look which says “Yeah, you know I’m beautiful.”
About the Author:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on SyFy Channel. She’s a proud member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. She has one novel and several novellas and short stories published. Totem is her most ambitious project yet consisting of nine books.