The Mythos of the Blackbird Pack

Blackbird-Security-FirmThis is a guest post I originally wrote for Reading Between the Wines, I’ve been meaning to share it here as well.  A little insight into the Blackbird Pack:

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We make a lot of shit up.

So when I started getting into the nitty gritty of including a paranormal element to Ivy, I did what any good author does and researched the pack behaviour of wolves. It wasn’t until I was well into the writing of the first version of Ivy that the idea of a group of shifters that were of misfits who wouldn’t normally go together came to me. They insinuated themselves into my brain and wouldn’t shut up.

I did what any good writer would do, I wrote about them.

The Blackbird pack currently consists of wolves, panthers, cougars and foxes.

Ivy somehow managed to stumble her way into the only security firm in London that consisted of former military officers who occasionally turn into furry creatures with four legs. She has a knack for finding trouble and it makes her an incredibly fun character to write, and, I hope, read about.

So here’s a little bit of the mythos I built, at least in my own head, for the Blackbird pack:

  • It’s genetically inherited no random bite or strange test tube illness.
  • To Gareth’s chagrin, they aren’t completely super human. They heal a little faster and are a little stronger than average, but nothing like in the movies. He really wanted me to make them super human.
  • The full moon doesn’t make them any more insane than they already were.
  • They age like everyone else, and can die just like everyone else.
  • It’s a fifty-fifty shot for whether their children will suddenly turn into wolf pups while in the crib.
  • The mate bond is for life. It’s a deep connection that allows for insight into each other’s minds and emotions. Steve insists it’s a good thing. Gareth reminds him of that whenever they’re in the dog house for something they felt.
  • Each pack has its own doctor. It’s hard to convince a regular pediatrician than the two year old he just gave a shot to is the same as the tiny fox currently sitting on the chair.
  • There are packs all over the world. The Blackbird pack is unique as it contains a mixture of shifters.

These are just a few little tidbits from the world in general.   I hope they piqued your interest into Ivy’s world and the sexy wolves that turn her life upside down.

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Steve and Gareth: 101

Two wolves playing near forest

Lists keep me from rambling, and I tend to be less coherent when I ramble, so here are ten facts about Steve and Gareth.  Also this post wasn’t going to write itself, so I decided a list would help me finish the silly blog post. =)

1. The wolves are secretly musically gifted.  Steve plays the violin and Gareth the guitar.  They only share their music with each other, and occasionally Ivy.   When Ivy suffered nightmares after her ordeal, Steve played his violin quite a bit for her.

2. They have known each other for a very, very long time. In fact, their parents were very close to each other.  Their fathers were alpha’s of their own shifter packs that often worked together.

3. The two men were in the military together serving in a special ops unit that Steve had command of.

4. They both cook. Gareth tends to prefer cooking breakfast type foods.

5. Gareth fought Steve for Dominance when they started their misfit pack under the guise of the Blackbird Security Firm.  He finally decided they were better together and accepted Steve’s bite to settle his wolf down.

6. Gareth prefers sleeping in wolf form.  He claims to have better dreams that way.

7. Steve takes his coffee black, usually.  Gareth likes a little sugar and cream in his.

8. They eat…a lot, particularly a lot of steak.

9. Steve drives an Aston Martin, and Gareth a Range Rover.  Gareth has his eyes on a sweet motorcycle though.

10. They tried finding individual mates, and it…didn’t go so well. It took them a few years to realize they worked better as a unit and they needed to find a third person to join them to complete their relationship.