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This story grew out of two things. One, my absolute need to give Corey Green, the cheeky personal assistant from Hot Water, his very own story. Two, I wanted to out the very dour werewolf Seth Dylan from Common Ground.
How did your characters come to life?
Corey’s personality seemed quite set for me when I started this book. After all, he’d been in other Tales books and he had a very outgoing sunny disposition. However, as I started to write I decided that instead of Corey’s happy personality bringing the light to Seth’s darkness, I wanted to shake things up. So I built on the epilogue to Common Ground in a less obvious way. In Common Ground, I leave Corey about to take Seth’s virginity. Most readers would take the path of least resistance and believe that in Sunstroked Corey has to work to gain Seth’s trust and pull him from the darkness.
Instead of taking the easy road – which neither character seemed to want anyway – I set Sunstroked 18 months after that pivotal encounter in Common Ground. During that time Corey has become the dark one, depressed and brooding since the loss of his mate. Seth is the one who has come to terms with the fact that he’s gay and when he discovers Corey is unhappy, sets out to bring the sunlight back to the wildling.
Following this path made Corey and Seth much easier to write. Sometimes love doesn’t happen in prescribed ways and I didn’t want Corey and Seth to be predictable. The angst, the pain, the emotions they both feel are all a product of their first night together and the 18 months they’ve been apart since then. I think I actually took a more realistic path that readers can empathize with and I feel my characters became more three dimensional for it.
When wildling Corey Green discovers his mate is Seth Dylan, a tough as nails, dour werewolf from the McCallan clan, he thinks his life is set. However, Seth's not out and doesn't know if he wants to be. A pivotal sexual encounter between the men has Seth running scared and leaves Corey broken hearted. The men meet again nearly two years later and this time Seth's out but Corey's dark depression is about to send him behind the Veil of the Jewel Box to the fae world. Seth's determined to make up for running out on Corey, but the wildling's sunny disposition has gone so dark it may be too late for them to build a life together. With love on his side, Seth sets out return the sunshine to Corey's soul.
Warning: Contains two hot gay men who love sunshine, sex that makes the plants and trees grow, and a big bad wolf who will do anything to win the man he loves.