“According to one of the tribal accounts, once long ago a few Cherokees had forgotten their responsibilities to their clansmen, and as a consequence hair grew longer on their bodies and they began to move about on all fours. They ignored the warning of their priests and even failed to revenge the death of fellow clansmen. Eventually they forgot the Cherokee language. In this way the bear was formed, and the bears were ever after made to serve the needs of the Cherokee, their distant kinsman, and to provide meat and fur.” --Trail of Tears, The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation by John Ehle
That was all it took to get me writing my first paranormal romance, Snow Shadows, Book 1 of Eternal Shadows. The second book, Storm Shadows, just came out and I am currently working on the third, tentatively titled, Sun Shadows...or maybe Fleeting Shadows...or possibly even Shifting Shadows. I haven't decided yet but I hope as I'm writing the book I'll find the perfect title.
Each book is based on that first legend, although the brothers all shift into different animals, Matt in Snow into a bear, Marc in Storm into a cougar, and Luke in Sun into a wolf. Jon, the hero of the final book, is the most powerful of the four and has the ability to shift into any animal he chooses. Each book also has at least one additional legend that weaves it's way through the story and I hope to share them here on this forum.
Until then, to-hi-du (Cherokee for Good Peace, a state of body, mind, and spirit)!