Choosing a Leopard

I’ve always been interested in big cats. When I started writing I knew I’d write a shapeshifter book at some point, so mixing the two felt natural. While some people have werewolves or dragon shifters, I was intrigued by leopards for several reasons.

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First of all, there are so many species of leopard all over the world, but so many are endangered and near extinction. I wanted to be able to bring people’s attention to that without it sounding preachy or forced.
I’ve used several different types of leopards. I hope to include other varieties of leopard in future books as well. I enjoy research about them, learning the differences between the leopards from all areas of the world.

Leopard's Wrath (Leopard People #11) by Christine Feehan

Mitya, like Timur and Fyodor, is an Amur leopard from Russia. There are less than 100 Amur leopards in the wild. These are very dominant leopards. Most leopards are, and I knew that would make for some passionate romance.

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Sometimes I choose a leopard because of geography. I knew the Russian leopards would be a perfect choice for my guys becoming part of the mob. Of course, they’re really there ensuring nothing too horrible happens with these mobsters they’re in bed with, but they are not choir boys. These are men dangerous and deadly.

But, I’ve written about leopards in the jungle and there are those I’ve been writing about who live in Louisiana. Sometimes the geography matters, sometimes what matters most are the traits of a particular leopard. I do give thought to what kind of leopard best suits the character.

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Matching the right leopard to the right human is important. They need to be able to blend seamlessly. My shapeshifters are all a combination of human and leopard, sharing traits and needs. The world of shape-shifting leopards I’ve built has rules in place that I, as the author, follow. Choosing the right leopard is one of the most important.

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Published on November 19, 2019 10:48 Tags: christine-feehan, leopard-series, leopard-shifter, leopards-wrath
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message 1: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Started Leopard's Wrath yesterday, wish I didn't have to work so I could continue to read.... I have read all these books and love each and everyone of them.
Always excited for the next one.


message 2: by Christine (new)

Christine Sharon wrote: "Started Leopard's Wrath yesterday, wish I didn't have to work so I could continue to read.... I have read all these books and love each and everyone of them.
Always excited for the next one."

I love writing these, so I'm so happy to hear you enjoy the entire series!
Leopard's Rage is next.


message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie Love the Leopard series! I also love that you incorporate different sub-species. I've been wondering the last few books, are we ever going to see a snow leopard? That would be awesome!


message 4: by Christine (new)

Christine Julie wrote: "Love the Leopard series! I also love that you incorporate different sub-species. I've been wondering the last few books, are we ever going to see a snow leopard? That would be awesome!"
I do love snow leopards. I have several I'd like to include. It all has to make sense in the story though.


message 5: by Tina (new)

Tina  Alicea I loved Leopard's Wrath...well all the Leopard series is great. I know there's alot going on in the states right now, but I was wondering if you have any plans to going back to the jungle in the future?


message 6: by Sarah (new)

Sarah You like Leopards, and that's why you're attempting to trademark the word Leopard, intending to make sure that no other romance author can write about leopards. Other authors can write about dragons and bears, but only Christine Feehan can use the word 'Leopard' TM in a series title. Sure, other talented authors also like Leopards, and use the word 'Leopard' in the title of their series about 'Leopards', but you can't abide by other authors writing something else and are using the courts to stop them. Christine Feehan will ensure no one else can write about leopard shifters.


message 7: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Julie wrote: "Love the Leopard series! I also love that you incorporate different sub-species. I've been wondering the last few books, are we ever going to see a snow leopard? That would be awesome!"

YES, Julie, but the problem is, Zoe Chant wrote a great series about snow leopards already :( :( called 'Glacial Leopards', and so Christine Feehan is going to stop her by trademarking the word 'Leopard'.

After the word 'Leopard' for use in a series of fiction solely belongs to Christine Feehan, Christine will be able have Zoe Chant's series removed anywhere they are sold! Once there are no other books about snow leopards, Christine will finally be able to tell these stories!!!


message 8: by Maureen (last edited Dec 08, 2019 06:51AM) (new)

Maureen Gianinio Love the series and all the research you do to make the leopard and human react to the situations as close to their true nature as possible.
Im glad the entire misunderstanding about trademarks and your true intentions were straitened out, too bad not all people learned it before overreacting and attacking and now, once all information has been shared, look a bit, well...😊 I respect you as a person and as an author and knew a misunderstanding was out there. Glad it was all figured out and true to your nature you took action. Glad your electricity was restored. Not the time of year to be without it.


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