Yay, it’s day 1 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge – I’m so excited to get started! As you may have realised, my ‘theme’ is all things wolfie. I love wolves and they are a big inspiration in my writing, my current series is very loosely based on the red riding hood fairy story, with my own version of some ‘big bad wolves’ 😉 Scarlett Legacy is out now, and book 2 should be coming later this year. Since it’s A, I thought we better start at the top of the heap, so to speak, and have a look to some alphas.
Wolf packs are established according to a strict hierarchy, with a dominant alpha male at the top and alpha female not far behind. Usually this male and female are the only animals of the pack to breed. Packs consist of between five and ten animals – usually offspring from several years. All of a pack’s adults help to care for young pups by bringing them food and watching them while others hunt.The alpha pair can gain preferential access to food and other desirable items or activities, though the extent of this varies widely.
Alphas may achieve their status by superior physical strength, through having the most experience in things like hunting and defending territory, or through social efforts and building alliances within the group. The alpha wolves are usually the ones to make decisions for the pack, like when they should go out hunting and when they should move from place to place.
The individual with alpha status sometimes changes, often through a fight between the dominant and a subordinate animal. Such fights may or may not be to the death. (eek, just wait for book 2!)
Although my wolves aren’t exactly ‘standard’ I wanted to make sure they still had some of the pack hierarchy and Damian is definitely in charge as Alpha. That also means that he is responsible for the safety and well-being of the pack though, which is something he takes very seriously.
Scarlett Legacy is on sale at Amazon now.
Take care x