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How did you come up with your unique concept of were-kind?

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Alma Alexander There was an anthology about Were-critters which had an open call for stories, and I tried to write a story for that, with a Were-critter that wasn't just a run-of-the-mill howling-at-the-moon werewolf type. Just WHERE the "random" idea came from, I don't know - but the family popped into focus for me - dad a were-cat, mom a were-chicken (because, as I continue to explain to people who ask, of an unfortunate farmyard accident...) THose are their primary forms, the default ones. But the idea of a Random Were is that if they should catch a glimpse of another warm-blooded creature - ANY other warm-blooded creature -at the moment that the Turn comes upon them, then THAT is what they will Turn into in that moment. The potential for mayhem is of course limitless. But if there was the possibility of this then there HAD to be a range of Were-kind in place - and in came a whole world of things , the Were-clans, the shadowy Lycans once on the top of the heap but now brooding and in decline... everyhting just BECAME, and turned real. That is the most wonderful thing about writing - sometimes your worlds just pop into being, still shimmering with the fairy dust of creation, and they astonish you with potential.THis is what the world of Random, and its Were-folk, turned out to be...
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