Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Newly minted PhD, professor, pop culture junkie, voracious reader, and author of the Raised By Wolves series, Every Other Day, Nobody, and More

Answering Your Questions: Lake (and Lake’s Brother)

When I write, I often discover things in the process of writing.  That was the case with Lake.  She showed up on the page as this gun-toting, blond bombshell of a female werewolf who treated her firearms like pets (or possibly very deadly teddy bears). This is a re-enactment of what happened next.

HEAD JEN: Oh, she’s going to be so much fun!  But why don’t she and her dad live with the rest of the pack?  Did something traumatic happen?  Is there a rift there?  When did they leave? Why did they leave?

JEN: *write write write* SHE CALLS HER GUN MATILDA. *write write write* SHE CALLS HER GUN MATILDA, AND SHE HUSTLES POOL.  WHAT ELSE MATTERS?

HEAD JEN: She’s female. And a werewolf.  And I have already established that in this world, female werewolves are always half of a set of twins.  WHERE IS HER TWIN?

JEN: Nope! No twin here! Only weapons!

HEAD JEN: Oh. Oh. Lake, you poor baby!  You used to have a twin brother.  And now you don’t. He died, didn’t he?  When you were kids?  And you never, ever let anyone see how much that still tears you up inside. I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER.

And that is pretty much how that decision was made.  It didn’t really feel like a decision so much as a discovery.  

It was a discovery that felt right, though.  I liked that Bryn’s pack (especially the four initial members) were all defined in part by being outsiders when they were part of Callum’s pack.  Chase was newly turned and not-quite-as-human as most of the Weres.  Devon did not fit with the pack’s ideas about what a pure-blooded, destined-to-be-alpha male should be.  Bryn was human.  And Lake was a young female without a twin, in a world where that is seen as unnatural.  The biggest loss of her life… and it can never, ever be private.

Also, she really likes to blow stuff up.

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