It started in early 2009, when I initially started writing, and it was a brain fart that started with the question: "What if a white wolf fell in love with a vampire?"
From there it just snowballed.
Originally it was going to be called "Werewolf Games." I didn't want the cliché werewolf meets vampire and they skip off into the sunset. It was supposed to be Jay Dee and Yahto together and an annoyingly smug vampire just happened to make life a living hell for them and their relationship. The story would be told from the werewolf, Jay Dee, and the vampire, Tanis, in order to show the differences in species and centuries in which they were born. Perhaps I wanted to give that whole "love triangle" thing an attempt...
They aren't my favorite things in the world, as you all well know.
The whole Jay Dee-Yahto love thing went to shit the moment I wrote the first two pages of Tanis Ashton, and Werewolf Games went out the window.
Tanis was exactly what Jay Dee needed, and she was what he needed, know it or not.
The first editions I flew through in typical Danae style. It took only a couple of weeks to write each book, and I started on book three and was midway through it when writer's block hit!
Sadly, that can happen, and more often than not does with me when I'm in the middle of something.
I put it down, because you can't force it, and worked on other things that were speaking to me at the time.
Years later, and countless emails asking about book three, I revisited the series.
It was raw (it was one of my first projects) and needed editing hardcore and cleaned up.
I started on that with A Werewolf's Tale, thinking that if I got that edited correctly, plugged some holes, revised a couple of things that were disconnected from book two, that all would be well and I'd roll over into book two A Vampire's Tale.