Monday, April 26, 2010
Guest Lydia Dare: Werevolves in Regency England
Linda Banche here. All you historical werewolf fans take note! Today I welcome Lydia Dare, whose latest book is the Regency paranormal, A Certain Wolfish Charm.
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Welcome, Lydia. Or should I say, Lydias?
We (yes, there are two of us!) were asked why we chose Regency England as our setting, because by the time of the Regency, all wolves/natural predators had been killed off.
Or had they? It depends on which world you’re speaking about, doesn’t it?
While, historically speaking, wolves and other natural predators were eradicated prior to the Regency period, our werewolves fit so nicely into Regency Society, we couldn’t resist. Historical details are integral to the tone of the novel, but our world is also steeped in the fantastical. Lycan’s weren’t killed off in our world, even if the Canis Lupus were no longer found in the area. Lycans are in existence in the hearts and minds of the readers. In fact, there’s a society dedicated to them. We know there is because we created it. The Westfield Lycans and their friends weren’t in danger of being killed because they were a threat to livestock or humans. Or because they were nuisance creatures. Well, perhaps William Westfield made a bit of a nuisance of himself in A Certain Wolfish Charm and Tall, Dark and Wolfish. But that’s another topic all together.
The Regency period is famous for the very common appearance of the alpha-rake. The dukes, the barons, the viscounts, and other gentlemen are commanding by their general nature. Add wealth, a sense of entitlement and striking good looks and you have the makings of a romantic hero. The men of the time period already have a very wolfish demeanor even without being placed into our fantastical world. But, when you add that world, and put the alpha-rake into a pack of his very own, you allow him to adopt some of the characteristics of fabled Lycans and you can make him multi dimensional.
There are always reasons why the hero and heroine can’t or won’t come together. It’s what romance is all about. All of that tension, heartache and strife makes for a story that can captivate a reader.
In A Certain Wolfish Charm (in stores now!), Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, has convinced himself that he has to avoid women when the moon is full, that he can’t be part of society because of his sheer wolfishness. It’s not until a lovely woman calls to him more loudly than the moon that he is forced to rethink his point of view.
In Tall, Dark and Wolfish (in stores May 2010), Benjamin Westfield, the youngest Westfield brother, wants more than anything to find his Lycan side when it’s suddenly lost to him. He wants to return to his pack so badly that he seeks out a healer to help him get back to his former, wolfish self.
In The Wolf Next Door (in stores June 2010), William Westfield revels in the light of the moon, and has found a woman who loves him, but in his mind, it’s conditional and depends on the time of the month. If only she knew it was him she scratches behind the ears under the light of the full moon, his life would be perfect.
The fact that our characters are Lycans creates one more incredibly obtrusive reason the hero and heroine cannot be together. That’s why we put Lycans in Regency England. That and just because they’re just so darn much fun to write. We can add some animalistic traits to our heroes that make him even more masculine, even more troubled, even more easy to love than the average Regency hero.
There’s some element of doing the impossible when you try to place an animal into society. The time period makes that even more fun, even more engaging and, yes, even more ludicrous in some situations.
Lycans can cause all sorts of mischief just because they are what they are. We hope you enjoy the Westfields as much as we enjoyed creating them and their world.
A CERTAIN WOLFISH CHARM by LYDIA DARE
He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full…
The rules of society can be beastly—especially when you’re a werewolf and it’s that irritating time of the month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn’t help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be as untamable as he is…
A woman whose charm is stronger that the moon…
When Lily’s beloved nephew’s behavior becomes inexplicably wild, she turns to Simon, the boy’s cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon’s idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to the rogue.
They both may have bitten off more than they can chew when each begins to discover the other’s darkest secrets…
About the Author
Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. They are working together on their next paranormal historical trilogy as Lydia Dare, which will be released by Sourcebooks Casablanca in Spring 2010! For more information, please visit http://www.lydiadare.com/.