Thank you, Leah for letting me drop in!

I know Leah has talked about the writing process before and the difference between plotting and pantsing, so the concept shouldn’t be too foreign.  I doubt that it’s as easy for a reader to understand what a TOTALLY different mindset the two extremes are. And there’s nothing like experiencing the results of a casual ‘pantser’ comment and having it haunt you.

So here’s a bit of trivia for you. The entire plot of Wolf Flight, book two in the Granite Lake Wolves, is the result of two sentences in the first book.


Wolf Signs was the second romance book I wrote. It had a word limit of 20K, and I started with one idea—what if a werewolf found his mate, but she’s not only totally unaware wolves exist, she’s deaf. I wanted to see how he was going to manage to explain that one. I know, cruel, but fun. And as a pantser…I was away!

But as the story progressed I discovered (yeah pantsing!) that Robyn’s older brother already knew about werewolves but hadn’t told her for the past two years. And the question arose. Why didn’t he tell her? Had to be a good reason; he could talk to her easy enough with sign language. They were close friends as well as family. It had to be something you won’t discuss with a brother very easily. And sex jumped to mind (yeah, pantsing!)

Here’s part one that showed up in the book. Keil is explaining to Robyn that wolf genes need to be ‘turned-on’ or triggered:

“Half-blood wolves can get triggered by having sex with a full-blood. The hormones released during unprotected sex work fast, and since wolves can’t get STDs, it’s both effective and safe. There’s a little added complication for males because of something called ‘FirstMate’, but females don’t have to worry about it.” He stopped and Robyn swallowed hard.

And then once Robyn does know about wolves, she speaks to her brother and finds out he’s known all along. Keil offers an excuse for Tad’s lack of explaining:

He can’t shift until he gets triggered, and you know that’s complicated for a male half-breed.

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

But when I started writing Tad’s story I suddenly had to stop. And explain exactly what those cryptic lines meant. I mean, they sounded good without making much sense. (boo pantsing!)

I wrote Wolf in Flight, draft one. Started with the whole scene where TJ accidentally turns into a wolf in front of Tad and explains nicely how he discovers not only that wolves exist, but that he has wolf blood. Only trouble? It wasn’t until chapter three that I even got around to saying hi to Missy, the heroine of the story. Hard to have a romance when the two main characters aren’t in the same room for the first 1/3 of the book!

So out came draft #2. I started where I should, with the heroine and hero getting to connect much sooner. But that silly ‘FirstMate’ thingy, that sounded so cool in concept? Kicked my butt. I started looking into chemical formulas and gene therapy for heaven’s sake.

Pantsers do NOT like having to research in the middle of a sentence. ‘Nough said.

In the end it was draft #3, now called Wolf Flight since I was too tired to type the whole line anymore, which got it right. Tad has a good reason to have held off on triggering his wolf, and it’s not just because he’s shy. Missy has every reason to have waited to find her hero, and I learned a lesson about the danger of pantsing.

Not that I’m giving pantsing up…Book three? Wolf Games? Total pants from the word go. 🙂  I’ll have to see what mischief I’ve painted myself into a corner with when I start writing book four!

Wolf Flight

An untriggered werewolf. A runaway Omega. It’s not easy fighting destiny.

Granite Lake Wolves, Book 2

Tad Maxwell’s workaholism serves to keep his bush-pilot company in the air, and his inner werewolf in check. In the two years since he discovered his heritage, he’s resisted the longing to test the power of his wolf side. It would mean compromising his human principles.

Then Missy Leason re-enters his life. Ten years ago, their teenage attraction never went beyond hand-holding. Now their chemistry is off the charts, pushing him closer to the step he’s not sure it’s safe to take, especially with a human.

But Missy is more like Tad than he realizes. She’s wolf too, and a wolf pack is a dangerous place to have secrets. Missy’s Alpha has sniffed out her carefully hidden Omega powers. Her first response: run from the corrupt Alpha’s plan to make her his mate. Step two: get to Tad, and hope like hell his untapped powers are strong enough to negate her own.

Every touch with Missy is hot, hot, hot, but even finding out she’s pure wolf doesn’t solve Tad’s dilemma. Is she using him, or are they truly destined mates? Only one thing is certain. He will defend her to his last breath—on his terms. Even if it means losing his life.

Warning: Contains nasty Alphas, secret Omegas and werewolves acting raunchy on the dance floor. Sarcasm, wilderness cabins and hot nookie back by popular demand.

I want to invite you to join in my Wolf Howl contest. If you post a comment here at Leah’s, I’ll automatically enter you in the draw for a basket of goodies I’m giving away on October 31st. For more details and more chances to win, come check out the rest of the contest rules at my blog.

Howling for Vivian Arend’s Wolf Flight
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20 thoughts on “Howling for Vivian Arend’s Wolf Flight

  • October 27, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Vivi!

    Great post and I love the cover for "Wolf Flight".

    Glad to see another werewolf book haven't seen that many around! Your books are ones I would love to read!

  • October 28, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Hey Razlover- I'm drooling over your avatar. VERY nice!!

    The wolfies were a lot of fun to write, I hope you check them out!


  • October 28, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Hi Viv!

    This is an AWESOME story!! I love it and will be reading it again today! (I tend to read too quickly the first time around, I was a little anxious to get it, so I need to go back and see what I missed! LOL)

    I love the amazing connections you made and WOW, just WOW!! Can't wait for book 3!!!!

    Congrats Viv!

  • October 28, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I'm still hoping to get my copy soon (my pay check can't come soon enough!!!) and I'm practically salivating over the chance of reading it.

    Maybe there's something wrong with me. Er… probably there's something wrong with me.

    Can't wait to hear more about the rest of the series! I love it.

    Morning Glow

  • October 28, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Hi, Viv! Your friendly neighborhood "stalker" here. I just can't get enough of the wolfies, so I keep rereading both books. I know I have a bit of wait for TJ's story, but please say he does show up in book 3-Wolf Games. Please?? In the meantime…AWROOOOO!!!

  • October 28, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Blanche! So glad you enjoyed it. I do that too- read fast and then go back to see what I missed. Shhh, don't tell anyone!

    Morning Glow-waiting for books is hard. It'll be there when you're ready!

    Hi stalker! 😉 Yes! TJ is in bk 3. I needed to see him grow up a bit before he becomes the hero in bk 4, so lots more TJ goodness. LOTS.

  • October 28, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Wolf Flight was great! I started it yesterday at work and didn't want to stop so I could go home. Tad and Missy's story makes me want to read book 3 now.

    Can't wait for the next one.

  • October 28, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Hi Vivian 🙂
    Thank you for the great post on your writing process. I laughed at "yeah pantsing!" then "boo pantsing!".
    I've tried the plotting thing, with stick-its, flowcharts, etc that was adamantly recommended to me and it killed my writing. I'm a pantser too.
    Do you, like me, have an idea of where the story is going to end up when you start?
    Thanks again for sharing,
    All the best,

  • October 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

    No, no, Viv, no need to enter me. I'm just dropping in to let you know I posted about your glimpse behind the scenes here at Win a Book. Holler if we can help you promote anything directly.

  • October 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Lisa J :)and again :)We'll have to wait until March BUT there is a freebie at New Years to look forward to. And Tad is soooo sweet.

    RK- the plotting-seriously I wanted to try for BK 3 and I was totally frozen. So I just said 'whatever' and went from there. 20 days to write 30K. I had the idea of a couple of character traits and that there would be a competition during the book. 🙂 That was it!

  • October 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

    just finished up the first book and I must say it rocked. I absolutely loved it. It was just to short lol. I am so looking forward to this one.

  • October 28, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I heard such great things about Wolf Signs (and as a disabled person myself I love seeing a character more representative of me and the speed bumps of daily life) and am really wanting to start this series. And now, with your description today, I want to get these even more. The new installment sounds great and I hope there's many more to come.

  • October 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Once again congrats on your release and I can't wait for your future work!

  • October 28, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Hey Viv,
    Congrats on the new releases! All I can say is that if Wolf Flight is a result of your pantsing…well more kudos to you!!!

    Happy Reading!!!
    Anna Shah Hoque

    P.S. Already subscribed to your newsletter…already have sprout on my facebook and my blog 🙂

  • October 28, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Viv, great post. It's great learning the backstory of the writing process, really fascinating for a non-writer.

    I love shifter stories, and really enjoyed Wolf Signs, it was a great intro to the Granite Lake wolves, and now I can't wait to read Tad and Missy's story.

  • October 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    🙂 @ Pam. I know, I've been raked over the coals for the shortness. I'm now writing longer in other stories- like my watershifter and the book out in Jan.

    joder- I still think the thing that makes us stand out are what we can and do – do, not what we can't. 🙂

    Thanks Jeannette and anna!

    Cathy- and shhh, I'll have a couple of freebies out for New Years to add to their stories. Keep your eyes open for them. 🙂

  • October 28, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Hi gals… you know I cant wait to get my hands on everything you two ladies put to print… or to pdf… LOL I am hoping that I will be getting my hands on a wolfie or two verra soon…

  • October 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Just to let you know I'm closing the contest entries here, more comments are welcome and will be appreciated and responded to…but the wolfie basket is getting close to finding a home!


  • October 30, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  • October 30, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hi, Viv,

    Hope you're having a blast with the week! And happy Howloween 😉


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