We asked Quinn Michaels to tell us what inspired her to write Omega's Shadow, her new action-packed Mpreg novel.
I've always been a misfit. I grew up going to Star Trek conventions (playing laser tag in the hallways...super fun!) well before such things were socially acceptable. I got more than my fair share of teasing because I was always a touch out of step with what was supposed to be cool or interesting.
Because I’ve never quite fit in, I tend to write stories about other misfits. Shadow, the alpha hero of Omega Shadow, is more of a stay quiet and listen than take charge kind of alpha (though he can and does take charge when he it’s necessary.) Unlike most alphas, he’s also not particularly interested in leading a pack. He doesn't really know what he wants, and given a choice, he'd rather keep to the background to figure it out.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t get this luxury when he goes to Blackcreek and meets Kyle. Shadow is instantly attracted, and this attraction only grows as he spends more time with Kyle (and they start sharing dreams.) So much about Kyle is a mystery. Kyle doesn't even know who Kyle is, even though he knows exactly what he wants and is working doggedly to get it. As Kyle is forced to face himself, what he learns puts him and (especially) Shadow in really hot water.
If I say anymore, I'll probably just end up giving away the whole plot so I’m going to leave it.
One thing that was really important to me in this book was showing that there are multiple sides to every story. I wanted to write a villain who you could look at and say, “this person has a point,” even as you know they’re wrong. The best place to do in the Pine Creek Lake world, and the place I knew I’d wanted to go since the first book in the series, was to Gale’s old pack – the one he ran away from. I’d even toyed with telling parts of the book from Gale’s point of view, but ultimately, I wanted to focus on new characters and a new story because I like each book to stand alone.
My favorite part of writing a book is when it takes a sharp left from the outline, and I discover something totally new. That's how I know book is alive. Omega Shadow took sharp lefts and sharp rights, and it grew into something much better than I’d planned. There’s also some really steamy sexytimes!
The best, unexpected surprise for me in the book was how awesome the shifter version of Capture the Flag turned out to be. Just imagine Capture the Flag with Werewolves and Paintball. Nuff said.
All about Quinn Michaels:
Quinn Michaels is a Pennsylvania native who has been writing her entire life, but really began to take it seriously in 2001.
She’s taken a huge variety of writing classes in person and online, and she also has completed a MA in English Literature. She loves cats, karaoke, writing, cosplay and painting pottery.