I’ve taken an old acquaintance of mine from The Bar and breathed new life into him. Or rather, have begun to breathe new life into him. Weylyn Randall, my perpetually horny werewolf, will be making his book debut in Common Ground, due out in April 2010. I’ve only just started work on CG, and it’s got about 1300 words in it at the moment. (Not counting notes and tidbits.)
The idea to use a character who has a strong presence in my head didn’t come easily to me. At The Bar, Weylyn is a hero in his own right. No secondary character at all. When I envisioned who he would be years after his story in The Bar, I wrote The Were & Chair where he meets his mate. Again, no secondary status. Now, in Common Ground, I’m relegating him to the lesser role.
Yet, I can already see that a great deal of Common Ground will be shaped by Weylyn’s unique personality. In a menage a quatre, you’d better have strong personalities to deal with the repercussions of sex outside your bond with your mate. Weylyn and Keir have an open relationship in the sense that they do have sex with other people, just always with their mate along for the ride too. They are a team and when they decide to take on a temporary partner for fun, it’s with the understanding that that person is there for both of them to enjoy.
Slotting such an adventurous couple into a story about Marius Granville seems awkward. Well, it is awkward. Marius is very straight laced. He doesn’t let go of his emotions. He doesn’t do outrageous things. Weylyn is all about the outrageous. When Marius begins to fall for Sair and discovers that to have her he has to become involved with Weylyn and Keir too… well, it’s a big step for Marius to take. He’s been strictly heterosexual up to this point, but now the woman he wants more than anything is asking him to step out of his comfort zone.
Pushing Marius out of his comfort zone wasn’t the difficult part either. I knew Sair could do it. But pushing him into a M/M situation and not having him be squicked out… that was the thing I had problems with. Until I hit upon the idea of bringing Weylyn to this book. If anyone could suck Marius’s cock and not make the vampire feel like he’d lost his masculinity, Weylyn could.
And that is how I happened to bring a strong character, a main character, into a book where he stands in the secondary slot. It’s a very important job I’ve given him and I truly think he is up to it. He’s a special character and holds a piece of my heart because of it. No one can roll with the punches like Weylyn. I hope that when Common Ground comes out, you will see exactly what I mean. It’s my intent that you fall in love with Marius and Sair… and with Weylyn and Keir as well.