Behind the Scenes: the Psy/Changeling Series

(Updated December 2023)

This is the page where we’ll be adding behind-the-scenes material on the Psy/Changeling series. I decided to separate it out as there are possible *spoilers* in there. If you’d like a particular question answered, drop me an email. I’ll try to get to all questions that come in (dependent on deadlines)!

Chronological Order

There is a slight difference between the published order and the chronological order of the stories in the series when it comes to the novellas. I tend to write my novellas about secondary characters who were introduced in previous books – and quite often, this leads to the novella being set back in time.

These novellas are all written to stand alone, but for those of you who like to read in strict chronological order, here it is:

1. “Beat of Temptation” in Wild Invitation

2. “Whisper of Sin” in Burning Up

3. “Seedlings” – free short story

4. Slave to Sensation

5. “The Shower” – deleted scene

6. “The Cannibal Princess” – free short story

7. Visions of Heat

8. “Echo of Silence” in Wild Embrace

9. Caressed By Ice

10. “Miss Leozandra’s” – deleted scene

11. “Stroke of Enticement” in Wild Invitation

12. Mine to Possess

13. “A Conversation” – free short story

14. Hostage to Pleasure

15. “Dorian” in Wild Embrace

16. “A Gift for Kit” – free short story

17. “Movie Night” – free short story

18. Branded By Fire

19.“The Party” (deleted scene from Branded By Fire)

20. Blaze of Memory

21. “Christmas in the Kitchen” – free short story

22. Bonds of Justice

23. Play of Passion

24.“Wolf School” (deleted scene from Play of Passion)

25. “Clean and Dirty” – free short story

26. “Declaration of Courtship” in Wild Invitation

27. “Home” (newsletter short story)

28. Kiss of Snow

29. “Wild Night”* (newsletter short story)

30. “Naya’s Most Important Visitors”* (newsletter short story)

31. “Grocery Shopping”* (newsletter short story)

32. “Stalking Hawke” – free short story

33. “Texture of Intimacy” in Wild Invitation

34. “Pancakes”* (newsletter short story)

35. Tangle of Need

36. “Dancing with Cooper”* (newsletter short story)

37. “Partners in Persuasion” in Wild Embrace

38. “Poker Night”* (newsletter short story)

39. Heart of Obsidian

40. “Flirtation of Fate” in Wild Embrace

41. “Sunday Morning”* (newsletter short story)

42. “Secrets at Midnight in Night Shift

43. “Making Dinner”* (newsletter short story)

44. “Hide and Seek”* (newsletter short story)

45. “New Year’s Kisses”* (newsletter short story)

46. Shield of Winter (June 2014)

47. “Housewarming at the Orchard”* (newsletter short story)

48. Shards of Hope (June 2015)

49.“Romancing Drew”* (newsletter short story)

50. “Song of the Wolf“* (newsletter short story)

51. Allegiance of Honor (2016)

52. “Rowan”* (newsletter short story)

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53. Silver Silence

54. Baubles and Ben (free short story)

55. Ain’t No Party Like a Bear Party* (newsletter short story)

56. Ocean Light

57. Wolf Rain

58. “Wolf Heart” (newsletter short story)

59. Alpha Night

60. Mates* (newsletter short story)

61. Beary Tiny Ghosts* (newsletter short story)

62. Wildcat Blues Part 1*

63. Wildcat Blues Part 2*

64. Wildcat Blues Part 3*

65. Last Guard

66. Music in the Rain* (newsletter short story)

67. Storm Echo

68. Resonance Surge

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Behind the Scenes

I’ve always been fascinated by psychic powers, by the idea that we might have unawakened abilities inside of us. Experiments have shown that humans use only a tiny percentage of their brains.

But what if we were suddenly able to access that unused remainder? Isn’t it possible that abilities now considered paranormal might then become run of the mill?

As a child I simply thought it would be really awesome to be able to read other people’s minds. However, as I grew older, the ethical considerations began to loom large. Then I began thinking that maybe I didn’t want to be reading everyone’s minds. But what if real telepaths had no control over their abilities? What if they couldn’t stop?

Then one day in February 2005, it was as if my various thoughts about psychic powers had spent enough time mixing. The idea that came to me was full-blown. And it was deceptively simple: What if the flip side of incredible psychic power was insanity of the worst kind, the kind that drove you to murder? What would you do to survive?

That nightmare question was the beginning of Slave to Sensation. I was so compelled by it that I wrote the complete first draft in three weeks. With each page I wrote, the question became ever more complex, because these people were not just their abilities–they were sentient beings. And they were in an untenable situation.

I’ll probably write more on this later, but for now, I’ll leave you with this question: Would you choose Silence if you were part of the PsyNet?

Research Facts

Part 1

Fact 1: Panthers are not a species but rather leopards (among others) who have the genes for dark pigmentation. If you look closely at the fur of a panther, you can see the characteristic leopard rosettes below it.

Fact 2: Leopards don’t like water but are good swimmers. Jaguars by contrast like the water, even to the extent of living by rivers.

Fact 3: There is some controversy over whether big cats do or don’t purr. After listening to the experts and reading a ton of research material, I decided to take artistic license and go with purring. After all, changelings aren’t exactly like their wild counterparts. They’re human and animal in one. And humans can purr if you stroke them just right 🙂

[Edited to Add] A reader emailed me to say that she had indeed heard big cats purr, so there you go!

Fact 4: The VIP Folder, a.k.a. the Series Bible, refers to the folder I have full of stuff about the Psy/Changeling series. I need this because my world has certain rules that have to be followed, as well as a large cast of characters I need to get right. When I began Visions of Heat, it became obvious that I needed this bible. I kept having to flick through StS to check things.

At the simplest level, the bible involves keeping physical descriptions of the characters. I need to know who has what color hair and eyes, their height and any defining characteristics – for example, Lucas’s facial markings. (Not that I would ever forget those!)

This stops me making goofs or helps me pick them up when I do. For example in Slave to Sensation, Rina’s hair color changed from blonde to brunette, a mistake I picked up during one of the final edits.

However that’s not all I have. I have tree diagrams that show the links between characters, both in terms of blood or in terms of Pack/the PsyNet. And, because timing is important in my world, I also have a timeline with people’s birthdates and other major events. Events change characters and I need to remember each event, each shift, each point of growth.

All this sounds very organized and technical, and to some extent, it is. I need the information easily accessible and simple. But I don’t write the book constantly referring to it. I tend to write my drafts fairly loosely in terms of internal consistency, checking only major factors that might affect the plot. It’s during the later edits that I go through and make sure the tiny details are right.

The bible is by no means complete, it’s a work in progress – for example, when I write Hawke’s story, I’m going to have to go through every book before his and note the passages where he’s mentioned, because he’s such a strong presence throughout the series – but it’s very, very useful. I would recommend doing the extra work to any author writing a series. It will save you time a thousand times over. You might still make mistakes (we’re only human after all) but a comprehensive bible helps lower the chances of that happening.

Part II

Readers often ask me what kind of research I do. I thought it might be fun to share a few pieces of the research I did for Stroke of Enticement, my novella in “The Magical Christmas Cat” because I ended up with some fun questions to answer.

Because SoE is a novella, it didn’t require much research in comparison to a full-length book, but it’s funny the things that come up. Here are some things I had to check before the final draft.

Q: What is a male swan called?

A: A cob. I actually didn’t end up using this info, but it’s gone into the research file (a.k.a. my brain) for later retrieval.

Q: What do you call a male deer?

A: Buck, bull or stag. Now you know.

Q: I know there are giant boulders in Yosemite. I saw them. But how did they get there (I didn’t need this info, but I just found it interesting.)

A: These are called “glacial erratic boulders” and as the name suggests, they were carried to their location by slow moving glaciers.

Little questions like this come up all the time in manuscripts. Thank goodness for the Internet, libraries and the beautiful, wonderful people who answer my questions – sometimes when they don’t know me at all!

Character List

The offical Psy/Changeling character list is complete in draft form and will be finalized as soon as I have a chance to go through it once more.


I’m delighted to announce that a reader of the series has set up a Fan Forum where you can talk about my books.

Reader Videos
Links to some great videos readers have made about the Psy/Changeling series, both in English and in German! (The links will take you to the videos on YouTube).

MysticBastet #1
MysticBastet #2

If you’ve created a video or done art based on the series, send me the link and I’ll add it to this page.

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