Hi, I’m Carla Roma and welcome to Bandit Creek, a small town with a mountain of secrets. For this next adventure, I didn’t even have to leave my own house. Butt planted firmly in my chair, I was exploring the realms of Azeroth in World of Warcraft when I wandered too close to a Mountain Gronn in Nagrand. My patootie was being firmly handed to me when a Night Elf Druid swept in, healed me then shifted to cat form and mowed down the Gronn in a couple of swipes.
Shanna: I had forgotten about that! I had been bored and was farming leather when I came across your tenderized body. I don’t mind helping out others in the game once in a while. I remember being that level and if I hadn’t had a pocket priest for a husband I may never have gotten through some of those quests!
Carla: I have you to thank for saving my life that day.
Shanna: Oh, you’re welcome, but the best thing about being a gamer is that you have lots of lives.
Carla: That’s very true. From then on we quested together, stepping onto Northrend for the first time, surviving the Cataclysm. We made quite a team, didn’t we Moon?
Shanna: Definitely good times, but since we’re out of game, please call me Shanna instead.
Carla: Oh, sorry about that! <laughs> Just habit. Now can you tell me why you picked and stuck with a Druid all this time?
Shanna: I’ve always loved the fantastical and Druids seem to embody that. They have tons of magic, can be a tank, healer, or damage (dps), but most of all I like the shape-shifting. I’ve had dreams about being a shape-shifter since I was about seven.
Carla: Wow! I can see how they would draw you in. Is that what made you want to tell Kai’s story?
Shanna: Absolutely! That and the fact that there are so many Native American legends about their own type of shape-shifter, skinwalkers. Seems a lot of cultures and races have some sort of lore on people or beings that can take on different forms, from wolves, to dragons, to coyotes and bats.
Carla: Most of the lore on shape-shifters involves them being evil. SKIN DEEP has that element as well, but focuses mainly on Kai Hunter, a born skinwalker.
Shanna: I wanted to explore the idea that whenever evil ascends, good will rise up against it. How would this be possible against a being with inhuman powers, unless you have someone else with equally fantastical powers. Enter Kai’s tribe who have been fighting off the yee naaldlooshii for generations.
Carla: And what about Hazel, the heroine of this story? There certainly is a lot of fire between her and Kai.
Shanna: I don’t want to give away too much, but I believe you have to be on equal footing for a relationship to last. This goes for inhuman traits, too.
Carla: Let’s leave it at that, then. Thank you so much for stopping by! SKIN DEEP will be available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com on January 1, 2012. If you have any questions for me or Shanna Gekko, please leave a response and we’d be happy to reply!