This morning I have a guest post from N. J. Walters, author of the Salvation Pack series!
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Sage Gallagher was first introduced in Wolf on a Mission, but he was still a teenager. I knew when I was writing that book that Sage, and his twin brother Reece, would need to have their own stories. There was no way I could let them go without knowing what happened to them. So Wolf in his Heart jumps forward a decade, allowing both of them to grow up and become the men they were meant to be. Sage is quiet and thoughtful. He is like a werewolf in all ways except for one major one—he can’t shift.
The idea for this story came from Sage and Rina themselves. I don’t know if most non-writers can understand, but the characters tell me their stories. Once I knew both of them and understood the unique challenges they were facing the story flowed from there.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. It can be in an overheard piece of conversation, a magazine article, a television show or movie, a book, or even an online quiz. Usually something I see or hear gets me thinking about a subject and I start asking questions.
The whole premise of the Salvation Pack werewolves came from an image that popped into my head of five alpha-type males living together. Then I started asking questions. Why were they alone? Where did they come from? The whole series evolved from there.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I love writing, the process of creating an entire world or story from an idea. I wish I was one of those writers who could write all day and all night long, or the type of writer who could write anywhere, but I’m not. I write first thing in the morning at my desktop computer. I usually work anywhere from two to three hours and then I’m done. I’ve got nothing left for any fresh writing when step away from my desk. That’s why I generally leave writing emails and doing editing and promoting until later in the day. And if I don’t write first thing in the morning I tend not to write at all.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently thinking about the possibility of another Salvation Pack book while also working on a new drakon paranormal series. I’m also rewriting and editing some older series that I’ve gotten the rights back for.
Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?
My first published book was Annabelle Lee, a short contemporary erotic romance. It was published back in 2004. I recently reedited this book, slightly expanding it as I went, and it’s now available again as Uncovering Annabelle. Going back to read this story again was a revelation. I love the characters and am proud of the story but if I was to write it now it would be much different.
I’d like to think I’ve learned something about how to craft a story over the past twelve years and eighty books. I don’t rush the story as much now, allowing each scene to unfold more slowly. I also trust the writing process. In the beginning, I was concerned with being able to finish the book. Now I know I’ll finish so there isn’t as much anxiety. Wolf in his Heart is a more complex story and much better written. Writing is a profession where you’re always learning and trying to make each book better than the last.
Wolf In His Heart: Salvation Pack, Book 7 by N.J. Walters
Date of Publication: July 5, 2016
He’s a wolf where it counts—in his heart and in her bed.
Salvation Pack, Book 7
Exiled from her wolf pack for rejecting her parents’ choice for a mate, Rina Matheson has been on her own for over a year. Now she’s running for her life from a man who knows what she is and is obsessed with hunting her down.
Sage Gallagher—organic farmer, half-breed werewolf, and member of the Salvation Pack—finds more than a lost hiker while camping in the Great Smoky Mountains. So much more. Instant attraction slams through him with knee-buckling power the minute he sees Rina. His first instinct is to get her home where he and his pack can protect her.
Rina doesn’t trust easily. Especially not half-breeds, who she was raised to consider abominations. But Sage’s quiet strength calls to her lonely soul, and amazingly enough, her wolf responds. As he slowly works his way past her guard, she is soon in danger of losing her heart—even as danger draws closer to taking her life.
Warning: Your heart is in danger of being lost to one very special half-breed werewolf.
About N.J. Walters
Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.
One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel and life would never be the same.
N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.