Writing about Patience.
When I sat down to write Devotion, I hadn’t intended for it to turn into a trilogy. I was absolutely positive, in fact, adamant even, that I wasn’t going to write another series. I wasn’t even sure I was going to publish Devotion, when I sat down to write it. So, if I did, it was definitely going to be a standalone.
After all, I already had two: Golden Collar and Pandemus Chronicles. I’d already set myself up with both for my readers to want more in those two. Golden Collar still has a least one more book in it—Darius and Salehi’s story—and I’m positive I’m not done with my post-pandemic world. There’s still so much I could write about it. So I didn’t want to set myself up for further expectation of having to write more or scrambling to write a whole trilogy up front.
That lasted until Finley met Jamie.
I knew in no time, I was going to have to give Jamie his own story. There was no way I could leave him where I did in Devotion. He needed his own happy ending. My beta readers threatened all sorts of things if I didn’t and even my readers, after Devotion came out, all said they were anxious for Jamie’s story. Thankfully, by then, Patience was submitted and contracted and it wasn’t a worry.
But now that I knew I was going to write more than one story in this world, I wanted it to be different. Devotion, had an existing couple. I worked in bits of lore and mythos that were quite different from other shifter worlds. And Jamie needed something different, as well.
So, one of the things I do when I write is talk to my husband (who likes to go by Mr. Grace around other writer and reader friends) about the story. Especially when I get in a sticky spot and can’t seem to figure out how I should handle a situation or whether something is working or not. He’s amazing at listening and offering little nuggets of wisdom.
He was the one who asked me what would happen if one of the wolves got stuck in wolf form. That got even funnier when we imagined being stuck around someone who didn’t even know shifters existed. These suggestions sparked the idea of Jamie shifting back uncontrollably right in front of the person.
Which is how I figured out each of the couples is different than the typical boy-meets-boy, boys-fall-in-love, boys-have-happily-ever-after type of story. Devotion, was about an existing couple with an age difference and a ridiculous amount of stubbornness about something that should be obvious. Patience brought the idea of human mates into the world. Acceptance introduces another species.
I had fun coming up with Jamie’s story and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Jamie Ryan was almost ready to accept he’d never find his destined mate. They’re uncommon to begin with and same-sex versions downright rare. Since his gay best friend found a destined mate, Jamie figured he was out of luck. Until end of semester stress forces him to go through the full-moon shift early. Stuck in wolf form, he runs into none other than his destined mate. Who’s human.
Chad Sutton has always had good instincts. They served him well as a detective and continued on when he went private. Those instincts tell him there’s something about the dog that comes up to him while running away from animal control that isn’t quite right. He works to put the pieces together, but is unsuccessful until his dog turns into a human before his eyes.
Jamie has no idea what a shifter’s mate bite will do to a human. He’s terrified to try—and possibly kill his mate. They hunt together for answers while working together on a case for Chad. It’s easy to see they belong together, but Jamie fears the gods gave him someone he can’t keep.
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Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.
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