Guest Post: Meara, the Unique Werewolf

I am so pleased to invite Phaedra Seabolt to guest post on Acting Balanced and give us some insight into Meara, the Unique Werewolf and star of Imperfection, her latest novel and the first book in the Pureblood series!

Meara, the Unique Werewolf

When I decided that I wanted to write a werewolf story, my primary thought was that I wanted it to be different from the other books I had read. I wanted something about my main character that was completely unique to me and my story. Until I found that one special element, I wouldn't even consider writing a story.

It came to me through a dream after I finished reading Stephanie Nelson’s Taming the Wolf. I had been dreaming about various scenes from her story, taking control of some of my dreams to morph them into something else. That’s how I literally dreamed up Meara. Qualities from my own life wound their way into that of a female werewolf attending college. She attended the last university that I went to for the degree I should have stuck to, but what made her so different was that she already had a child. I was only just learning how to sleep again after having my son, but Meara had a baby boy while attending college.

I woke up in the middle of that night thinking about whether I had ever read a werewolf story where the woman was turned into a werewolf after having a baby. My mind thought, “What would happen to her baby if she became a wolf? How would she learn to cope as a wolf and still maintain her humanity while raising a child? Would a werewolf pack accept a human baby to be raised among them when the rest of the world didn’t even know about their existence?” My mind raced with the possibilities. This would be the focal point of my story, of my entire series if I could dream up enough plots to write.

Meara is unique because she couldn't abandon all her family and friends once she became a werewolf. In most stories, once you've been turned, you are expected to leave behind everything you know to become a part of a pack. You must be secluded from the rest of the world in order to maintain your secret. Meara wasn't able to do that completely. What will happen to her in the future? I am really not sure yet. Her son, Julian, will definitely be exposed to a world that most think nonexistent. How will he turn out as a result? Again, that’s still to be determined, but I promise that I will try to find some element to make it completely unique, just like Meara.

Thank you so much for sharing your insights! Readers, please check out this fabulous book, currently available in e-book form:
From the Publisher:

At the center of a war brewing between two packs: her son

Meara Falk always followed her parents’ rules, until one night in March when the temptation to let loose changed her life forever.

Nine months later, disowned and with a baby on her hip, she discovers werewolves exist after being on the wrong end of some teeth and claws. During her first change, werewolves attack, stealing her son and driving her out of her home.

Now she’s looking for the man who kidnapped her baby and turned her life upside down. Meara’s son is in the middle of a threatened war between two powerful packs. Getting him back will jeopardize the lives of everyone she loves.

About Phaedra Seabolt:

Phaedra Seabolt is the youngest of four and the only girl. She spent her childhood trying to be the best she could be at everything she did which drove her to attend college long enough to attain her master’s degree. Now she is a stay at home mom and happily married.

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