Hunting Ground was a very fun book to write. Usually I play with the underpowered characters, those whose lives don't determine the fate of kingdoms. That way, if I screw up, I don't have the whole population of imaginary universes mad at me <grin>. On the other hand, I've always loved fairy tales and mythology. . .
Bran's decision to make the werewolves publicly affects weres all over the world, and not all of them are happy about it. Naturally, there has to be a meeting (The first rule of bureaucracy is that there always has to be a meeting.) In this case a meeting between lots of alpha werewolves. Who don't much like one another. All posturing for political advantage. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that the situation called for an extra-heavy helping of my favorite myths, a bit of Arthurian legend, and at least one gray lord. I threw all of these wonderfully volatile ingredients into the kettle, then turned up the heat with a
cackle laugh of anticipation.
Actually, like most volatile mixtures, this one blew up a couple of times while I was writing it. However, with a bit of perseverance, and a little luck it all cooked up nicely. I hope you enjoy the results. Don't mind my missing eyebrows, I'm sure they'll grow back!