Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.
Crystal, thank you very much for the chance to participate in your Paranormal Month!
If I could be any paranormal/supernatural creature, what would I be and why?
So, that’s the question I need to answer. Hmm…
First, I’d like to say that I’m a big fan of paranormal stories. While not all my stories reflect my preference (I also write
contemporary stories), this is the genre that attracts me the most.
There are so many fascinating paranormal/supernatural creatures: shape-shifters of all kinds, ghosts, unicorns, dragons… the list is endless. All of them appeal to me for various reasons, but since I suppose I should concentrate on one, I’ll have to go with shape-shifters.
Shape-shifters are humans that possess the ability to (consciously or sometimes subconsciously) alter their shape. The best-known trope in literature is the wolf-shifter, although the animal world is large. Wolves are followed by cats (big cats, like tigers, etc.) and dragons. Mostly the stories have the humans shift into animals when they’re already grown up. While I like these kind of stories, I adore stories in which the human shifts into the baby form of an animal. It just gives me the warm fuzzies to portray small animals with their typical baby fur and behavior. It also allows me to
portray the characters in a different way.
The shifter is able to indulge in playful behavior, let out his “inner child” and, if he’s usually a caretaker, he can make sure to be taken care of instead. The human counterpart, who might act all tough usually, can show kindness and protectiveness toward the small animal. It’s a whole new dynamic and it’s one I love to explore.
To get back on topic, if I could be any paranormal creature, I’d love to be a shape-shifter with the ability to shift into a cat, dog, or fox. Not very specific, right? Okay, decisions, decisions. If I can only choose one, I’d love to be able to shift into a fox. I adore the bright red fur and the overall marking (black socks and the pristine white chest and so on). Their eye- and earsight is described as astonishing and they always appear as graceful, elegant creatures. I’d love to experience a day in the woods with the eyes of a fox. The intensity of the smells must be overwhelming as well as all the noises around him.
Although… come to think of it… staying in this world as a ghost to make sure my family is well sounds rather appealing to me too. Ghost stories, while often spooky, touch something deep within me. It depends on the reason for the ghost to stay behind and not cross the border, of course. Often ghosts are described as people who can’t let go of loved ones, or they want to protect them, and that’s something I can relate to.
There you have it. For one day I’d love to be a shape-shifter and experience the world through its eyes and nose, but the idea of roaming about as a ghost has its appeal too. See, I knew I wouldn’t be able to decide on one creature…
When a bad day at work culminates in losing out on a promotion, Jim Sanders shifts into his animal form to let off steam. Then his bad day turns into a bad night—while prowling his Atlantic City neighborhood as a large gray house cat, he’s caught in a torrential downpour. What little luck he has washes down the gutter when his new boss, Andrew Wright, catches him taking shelter on his porch, brings him inside, and starts calling him Mr. Frosty.
As a feline, Jim becomes the inadvertent confessor for his boss’s lonely son, Tony, a victim of schoolyard bullying. As a human, he feels drawn to Andrew, a man he wanted to resent. Finding love was never part of Jim’s plan for the future—not with his bizarre secret—yet suddenly he finds himself navigating that minefield anyway. But not everything is easy, especially for an interracial gay couple dealing with prejudice in the workplace, at Tony’s school, and even within their own families.
Not all werewolf societies are created equal. The one Tim Evans grew up in detests those not of “pure blood”—so when Tim discovers his mate is Jay, a male fox-wolf hybrid ten years his junior, it shocks him, to say the least. Too young to claim his mate and too weak to protect him from the rest of the pack, Tim fears for Jay’s life. When a human gets hold of Jay, Tim believes he has lost him forever.
The next eighteen years are hell. Tim devotes his life to his family and running their stable, but anger and depression threaten to consume him. Then fate brings Jay back into his life. Tim knows Jay feels the same attraction he does—mates always do. So why won’t Jay act on it?
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