Today I'm hosting Christina Lynn Lambert on her blog tour with her Stranger Creatures Series. Make sure to read Christina's exclusive guest post and to enter her giveaway!
How did you come up with the setting and concept for Wolf’s Challenge?
The beauty and vulnerability of nature was an inspiration to me when I decided on the setting for the Stranger Creatures series. In the first story of the series, Wolf’s Challenge, I imagined the hero, Derrick, having grown up near the mountains and camping under the stars. After he lost his son in a car accident and got divorced, he moved to the once desolate former factory town of Great Oaks, Virginia to get a fresh start. Sydney moved across the country to Great Oaks for a fresh start after a scary break up. The town, with its plethora of forestland and streams, was unlike the more populated cities she’d lived in before. When Derrick invites Sydney to explore some of the trails at a ruggedly beautiful park, she is inspired by the magic and mystery of the landscape. Little does she know, the wild, wonderful town she moved to is full of some strange but amazing people.
In Wolf's Challenge, Sydney misjudges Derrick and writes him off as someone who belongs in the friend-zone. Derrick isn’t perfect. He has a few secrets. He’s made some mistakes. Secrets have a way of destroying the keeper but the truth can destroy a relationship. Derrick wonders if Sydney would still want him if she knew all his secrets. Love is scary as hell because there are no guarantees. There is risk involved in trusting someone and I wanted to show the beautiful and heartbreaking journey from fear to courage as Sydney and Derrick embrace the risk and give in to love.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
The Challenge in Wolf’s Challenge is definitely not for Derrick to try to wear Sydney down and bother her until she agrees to go on a date with him, because that kind of crap is not endearing. From the moment they meet, Derrick knows Sydney should be with him. Sydney on the other hand, wants nothing to do with him. The challenge for Derrick is to not push her, to not try to move too fast. The challenge for Sydney is that after a couple of bad relationships, she’s afraid to trust her own judgment. How can she know for sure whether Derrick is as good as he seems or if he’s a jerk in disguise, waiting to hurt her when she’s vulnerable? What I love about Derrick’s character is that he doesn’t get pushy or rude with Sydney, instead he does his best to figure out how to give her space and to try to show her he’s a good guy as they get to know each other. He wants her to be his partner in life, not a conquest to be pursued and set aside once attained.