As a kid my dreams revolved around the kind of jobs I wanted to do when I was all grown-up. They ranged from doctor to archaeologist. What they didn't include was the profession I chose eventually—I'm a Special Ed teacher—or the fact I'd become a published author. But my dreams ties into the fact that I became a, at least part-time, writer. Even as a kid I made up stories, especially right before falling asleep, and the stories took on their own life in my dreams. One of my favorite dreams has always been about stories, which included shape-shifters of various kinds.
Shape-shifting is defined as the ability to physically transform from one form into another. Often it's a human being who can shift into some kind of animal. The shift is usually achieved through the application of magic, divine intervention, or because the human is a mythological creature that inherits the ability to transform.
I know that werewolves are popular shape-shifters in literature but that only occurred to me after reading some of these books when I was an adult. I've always been fond of unusual shape-shifters: foxes, squirrels, skunks, horses, dogs, small birds, etc.
In Secret Energy, the sequel to Secret Chemistry, the main character Robin is a pure wolf-shifter while his mate is a hybrid between a bear and a wolf. I found it fascinating to mix the different breeds and watch how the story unfolds. Now everyone likes or prefers certain types of shape-shifters, so please feel free to tell me your favorite shape-shifter type. I'm curious!