Wacky Writer Wednesday: The Crossover
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Tommy stared around the room in amazement. He was used to seeing the wolf shifters, they were a part of his daily life, and wasn’t that just strange? But the family room of Vet and Richard’s home was now filled with vampires, faeries, elves, hybrids, and someone that looked like an angel. Oh, not just because he was beautiful, though he was that, but because he looked like an angel. Tall, gorgeous, emanating strength. Adding in the humans and the wolf shifters that lived on the Tate Ranch on a daily basis and they were their own QUILTBAG of shifters, though he should probably come up with another acronym.
FEWVAHH just didn’t roll off the tongue though.
-A Holy Tate Easter
-A Tate Pack Anthology: Love, Liquor, Chocolates & Loyalty. Tate Pack Book 5
I never know going into a book or a series who is going to meet who. I never know what series are going to overlap or if Tommy and the other Tate Mates might take a trip to Chicago and meet up with The Dom, Vicktor, and learn a little bit about The BDSM Lifestyle.
So when I started writing Unassumed and Michael, Howell and Katharina met up with Ginnessa I was flabbergasted. Ginnessa (Ginny or Gin) is another controversial character of mine from a totally different series, Sacred Duets, that is still being written. I shrugged it off, figuring that the boys knew better than I did who they would meet up with and why, when I started writing The Tate Pack Anthology. What ended up happening was so amazing to me that I had to run to older sister Cherie Noel and tell her what was going on.
The Vic: OMG! Cherie! You will NOT believe this!
Cherie Noel: (turns from computer to stare at Vic in amusement) What?
The Vic: So, Maurice has ties to our Tonawanda Faery Tales series!
Cherie Noel: Oh, that’s so totally cool!
The Vic: But, wait! It gets better!
Cherie Noel: (laughing) Ookkaayy, what else?
The Vic: There’s vampires and elves and an angel and hybrids and second class shifters…………
Cherie Noel: Wow, so how many crossover series are you looking at?
The Vic: At last count? About….six.
Cherie Noel: So you know what that means.
The Vic: (looks at older sister in confusion) What?
Cherie Noel: That you need to get back to work.
The Vic: Oh yeah! Right!
But how hard is it to write a crossover?
Very. Very hard.
Unless you keep notes and have a “Bible” for each series.
Which I thankfully do.
You all may remember my “World Building” post from before. Well I also have a notes form for each series. In this notes form I have everything that I need to know about every character, book and series. So when I’m crossing The Sacred Duets series with The Tate Pack series and having a member of The Sacred Duets elves talking about meeting his mate, I have to remember to include all of the ways that he would know that he’s met his mate. *Note: Don’t forget the music, Vic!*
In the same way, I know that there’s no way that I can have the Tate Pack mates meet up with The Dom in Chicago because in Vicktor’s world there is nothing paranormal that goes on. There are no shape-shifters or vampires in The Dom series so I must be aware of that. But, being able to crossover series that occur around the same time and showing that six-degrees of separation thing only makes writing much more fun for me.
So having an event that drags all of these different species and paranormals together was one that could only be inspired by The Vic Brain. One that’s been hinted at since the very first book of The Tate Pack. What is it?
Well, you’ll just have to read to find out.
And while Tommy, Richard, Michael, Alex and Maurice all loved their cowboys, they enjoy checking out the other men who are all gorgeous as well but all desperately in love with their own mates, or looking forward to finding them.
I invite you to come along on the journey.
*Oh yeah, that Angel that Tommy mentioned? Well, let’s just say that he’s very dominant and the one chosen for him is not at all what he suspected. You’ll be able to read his story in My Angelic Dom which is part of the Heavenly Warriors series.*