I would like to thank AT Weaver for stopping by to talk about Shifter Born.
Title: Shifter Born
Author: AT Weaver
We are here talking about Shifter Born? What can you tell us about it?
I do a lot of beta reading for Andy Burns. He writes about various shifters and werpeople. One day I just decided to try my hand at it. I asked Andy if there were any rules I had to follow, and he said, “It’s your world, your rules.”
What gave you the idea to start your story in France?
In determining how Marrok could be killed, I drew on The Highlander. He could only die by losing his head. In order for him to be the only survivor of his family, the French guillotine seemed a good idea.
Marrok is and unusual name, where did you find it? Does it have a meaning?
Google search for French names. According to http://www.20000-names.com/male_french_names_03.htm, “In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight who was also a werewolf. In Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, “Death of Arthur,” (1469-1470), there is a single line mentioning this knight; it reads as follows: “Sir Marrok the good knyghte that was betrayed with his wyf for she made hym seven yere a werwolf.””
Since Marrok was originally supposed to be a werewolf, I thought it fit.
If you could shift shape, what would be your favourite form?
I think some verity of raptor. Just to be able to fly above the country and look down at the beauty that is America.
I had never heard the term “berdache” before, is it the same as transgender?
It’s a French word that was applied to the ‘two-spirit’ people of the Native American tribes.
All the people in the later part of the story that found out about Marrok’s secret had positive reactions. Do you think this is an accurate portrayal of what people’s reactions would be in real life?
I’m sorry to say I do not. I’m afraid that in this day of ultra-Christianity, most people would not be open. I mean, look at how we treat others who are different from us – either color, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.
How do you keep the shifter trope fresh?
That’s a hard one. With so many authors writing about shifters, each has a different view. I chose to make Marrok able to shift into many different animals. I think expanding the animal verities keeps things fresh. In years past, the only shifter animals were werewolves. Now we have wercats, wersnakes, werbirds, even werdragons.
Also, in the past, wercreatures were considered evil. Now authors are making shifters into the ‘good guys’.
Who are your literary heroes outside of the m/m genre and why?
I’ve been a reader of romance novels for a long time. At one time (before I had to downsize to a one-bedroom apartment) I had over 100 titles by Nora Roberts. Plus Jude Devereux, Phyllis Whitney. They wrote in a time before erotica when the bedroom doors were closed and sex was left a lot to the reader’s imagination.
I also read a lot of Anne McCaffery. But I would have to say my biggest hero would be Agatha Christie. She wrote under her own name in a time when women authors were not really considered authors. Her characters, while predictable, were human.
Of course, it’s debatable if my favorite of her characters is human. The Mysterious Mr. Quin.
What is next? What are you working on?
Well, after Shifter Born, I brought out See You in the Morning. It’s a love story about two men who were together for over fifty years.
Right now, I’m working on a group of five short stories. I don’t like to call it a series, because series implies the same main characters. These characters are four cousins whom we met in First Impressions Don’t Count. Lizzie and Mike are twins and Catherine and Scott are brother and sister. The fifth and final story will be about them reuniting for the first time in over ten years.
Where can readers find you on the web?
I can be reached through:
I can also be found most days on my Facebook page under my legal name:
From the Publisher:
Marrok del Sol is a natural-born immortal shape shifter who can assume the form of any animal he chooses.
He escapes death when his family is betrayed and sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution. After taking revenge on the traitor, he leaves France for America.
For over two-hundred years, he travels westward with the ever-expanding civilization always searching for his “happily ever after.”
About the Author
I started writing gay novels at the age of sixty after meeting over 3,000 gay men who were in a Yahoo group for fans of a TV show. I often say they educated me as to the inequalities suffered by the LGBT community. They also started me reading gay stories. It seemed all of the stories dealt with some type of tragedy. One of the men challenged me to write a story “where the boy gets the boy and they ride off into the sunset together.”
I try to show gay men in possible situations and to show that gay people are just people. Some are good, some are bad. They work, play, fall in love and have families.
People often ask where I got my pen name. I belong to a group that recreates the Middle Ages. In that group, I am a spinner, dyer, and weaver named Alisaundre. When I got my first user name for an email, every combination of my name had been taken and I ended up with alixtheweaver. I didn’t want to put the surname of my children on a gay novel. Thus – A (alix) T (the) Weaver.
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