I got busy asking J. Bridger the deep questions about Shifted Perspective, and here’s what I found out. 🙂
1) First off, the mythos in this book was a 360 from other fantasy novels, which is good because I’m always on the lookout for something different. You’ve got magic and shifting canines… that’s it. Why? And is there a plan for future books to include some creatures that the shifter community isn’t familiar with?
I really like all mystical entities. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is probably my favorite show of all time. It’s just that when you start introducing a parade of other mystical creatures—especially vampires—then the werewolves and shapeshifters get a bit overshadowed. In this series I want to be specific about my focus with the shifter community and its relationship to the witches and gypsies out there hunting them. So vampires and George Romero style zombies, as well as more out there things like angels/demons/fairies just aren’t a part of this world.
However, I do have plans to introduce other types of shapeshifter and, in fact, am using a selkie in the sequel, Second Skin.
** Super excited about this tidbit, since my last encounter with a selkie in a novel was awesome! **
2) There’s a pretty strict round of rules and a crazy hierarchy for the shifters in this story. Some of it’s based on when you turn and what you turn into. I found the entire structure fascinating because I’m an operations guru. How did you develop the hierarchy and did you have to do any special research for it?
Not especially with research. I learned a lot about group mentality and dominance from studying lemurs and other primates in college so I guess that was a background fabric of my life. I’ve also read a lot of werewolf tales and there’s always explanations of pack structure, which can vary a lot.
I just thought a world where you could change into anything from a toy poodle to a werewolf had to have a pecking order and that the Chihuahuas and Pekinese dogs wouldn’t be on top!
**Oh,but how fun it would be to see a Chihuahua in charge.**
3) This book is from the first person perspective of Caleb only. Was this your original plan for the story? Do you plan on all future works in this series to be first person as well?
Yes, I always wanted to give Caleb his own voice and show how all these changes affected his life via inner thoughts and monologues. It seemed like this was an intimate story and needed first person. I do plan on other works being first person as well, some from Caleb’s perspective and some from different characters’ PoV.
4) Caleb’s cousin, Kalista, is a shifter with a special hobby and an affinity for chew toys. I loved these little quirks and want to know if any of the ‘doggie’ traits some of the characters have are based off your own pets?
My Yorkie, Mellie, is a huntress and loves to go after lizards, birds and squirrels so I think that influences Caleb’s own hunting needs. He’s not big or ferocious, but you don’t have to be to want to hunt, I think. We all know that Yorkies or Cockers aren’t known for being the scariest dogs out there.
5) Finally what’s next for Caleb? Is Joanna going to find out the truth about him? Will Caleb and Penny ever be more than just friends? This is what I’d call a loaded question.
Agreed, definitely loaded!
Joanna’s going to keep digging, but the questions really are how far is she daring to go and is she going to get into massive trouble? Caleb might not ever tell her if he had his own choice, but now he has to keep it under wraps to prevent the Alpha and the Council from killing a human who knows, should she find out.
Penny is actually getting a love interest of her own in the sequel, but we’ll see if anything ever happens romantically with her and Caleb. She might just enjoy having him as her free go-for and prop manager! I admit that’s a sweet deal.
All I have to say is, I think me and the other Indies gals enjoy the Shifter Love. And since J. is a fan of Buffy, well, she can do no wrong.
J. Bridger has had an eclectic life. She’s worked in the psychiatric ward in a hospital in La Paz, Bolivia, been a veterinary intern giving all sorts of better-left-to-the-imagination exams to dogs and cats, and had her own spate in creating and running a television ad campaign. Currently, in her day job, she is getting her certification as a medical Spanish interpreter in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.
By night, she’s a fledgling author, who has just penned her debut novel, Shifted Perspective; she is currently working on its sequel, the next installment of The Tails of Change Series. J.’s always loved things that go bump (or that howl) in the night and devoured Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker starting in middle school. Her favorite shows are no less preternatural and include Big Wolf on Campus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Teen Wolf. While she’s been writing fiction for eight years and been published in several academic journals for her psychological research, this is her first venture into published original fiction.
J. Bridger lives in Raleigh with two Yorkies, a beagle, and a Schnauzer-Yorkie mix (as well as far too many dust bunnies).
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