But. Then my Muse intervened.
While creating the world for my Between Lions series I spent a lot of time researching Egyptian mythology. I loved how the Ancient Egyptian Gods were all depicted with animal-heads. Their stories say they can shift shape into that animal or appear human to their followers.
Then it hit me: Egyptian Gods are shape shifting creatures, which, to a modern day reader would fall into a 'Were' category.
THANK YOU MUSE!!!
The first Egyptian God I looked at with this perspective was Anubis, the Funeral God of Ancient Egypt.
Head of a jackal + Body of a human = Werejackal.
That's where the Werecreatures in my Between Lions series were born.
Next, my Muse inspired me to re-imagine these incredible ancient mythological characters in all their terrifying glory & put them in modern day NYC! Through my research, I found that on every continent of the world, throughout various cultures, they all had myths about shape-shifting creatures.
The most prominent & ferocious of those creatures are featured in my series, because each ancient Library culture has its own mythological protectors. I had a ridiculous amount of fun with my Werecreatures in book one & more will be revealed as the books progress.
But for me, it all started with Anubis.
When you read Book One: TRUST, you will meet your first Werejackal. But as I said, they aren't the only kind of shape-shifters that appear in the Between Lions series.
Can you guess what kind of shapeshifter appears on the cover of TRUST?
Hint: This shapeshifting creature is found in myths from Mesoamerica.
Everything begins with TRUST. :)