- Book Title: Alpha Coder
- Book Series: Geek Pack, book one
- Author: Kathryn Sparrow
- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (July 27, 2015)
- Book Length: 251 pages
- Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Shifter
- Posting Date: September 24, 2015
Hi, my name is Kathryn Sparrow. I’m the author of Alpha Coder. Thanks to Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends for hosting me today.
Author Guest Post: The Face of Evil
Tiger Johnson, vice president of Human Resources at Soft Corp, was not a character in the original draft of Alpha Coder. He was added later.
His inclusion was the result of one of the many lessons I learned as this manuscript evolved.
The plot about Soft Corp’s policy of non-fraternization and sexual harassment forcing Cody and Liam to keep their relationship a secret has been in the story since day one. I was intrigued by the concept of having true mates work together in the modern corporate environment, an environment that often frowns on dating between coworkers.
I don’t blame companies for this policy. When humans date, there is risk that the relationship won’t work out. In some cases that can have an adverse effect on their ability to work together that ultimately leads to disruption in the work place.
Also, the company can’t tell the difference between two consenting adults dating and one adult in a position of power forcing the other into a sexual relationship. Sexual harassment occurs and it’s good that companies are trying to stop it.
However, all of this is only the case with humans. Werewolves have true mates that they can identify by smell. Among werewolves it is understood that you do not keep true mates apart even if they work together.
I tried a variety of ways to describe the non-fraternization policy so the reader would feel Cody and Liam’s fear of getting caught. As you might imagine, these descriptions read like human resources documentation, useful but dry. One of my critique partners suggested that I put a face to the non-fraternization policy. Create a character that embodied the danger of the policy and then have this character interact with Cody and Liam.
This suggestion was just what the story needed and Tiger Johnson was born. He was a fun character to create. Self-important, self-righteous, a little too slick, I’ve certainly known people like him. It also was fun to name him Tiger in a book about wolf shifters. Although Tiger isn’t his real name, he actually hates his real name. It’s a family name and is extremely old-fashioned. He started calling himself Tiger to escape his name. I haven’t actually chosen the name yet, I just know it starts with a T. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.
I have plans for Tiger in a future book. In the Alpha Coder universe, Tiger shifters do exist. Tiger Johnson is going to meet one who doesn’t like having a self-righteous prick like Mr. Johnson besmirching the name Tiger.
As Tiger evolved it became clear that in addition to his zeal for the non-fraternization policy, he also had a personal dislike for Liam. Tiger finds it incomprehensible why someone who is independently wealthy like Liam would work as a software developer. He hates that he can’t intimidate Liam by threatening the loss of his paycheck.
Tiger became the face of evil, one of the bad guys in Alpha Coder. He’s set his sights on Liam and he’s going to try to take away Liam’s happily ever after.
The Book Description:
As the second son, Liam Reed never expected to be a werewolf Alpha. He preferred to develop software for Soft Corp, but when his brother Jason died in a car accident, their father forced Liam to assume leadership of the pack. Liam plans to govern with compassion, instead of ruling through fear, but pack member Bradley Karr undermines Liam’s leadership, biding his time before challenging for Alpha. Tired of pack politics, all Liam wants is to program and find his mate, but he fears that neither is in his future. When his mate, werewolf Cody Jones, starts working at Soft Corp as Liam’s intern, sparks fly. However, a relationship with Cody could get them both fired for fraternization. And, that’s not the worst problem. Cody doesn’t seem to accept Liam as his mate. Liam’s only chance at happiness is to win Cody over while keeping their relationship a secret. But really, Cody would never stay with an introverted geek like him, an ineffectual Alpha failing to live up to his brother’s legacy. Would he?
Kathryn Sparrow has had stories spinning around in her head her whole life and finally decided it was time to write them down. For twenty years, she worked in the Software Industry as a Software Quality Engineer, so she gets a particular thrill including geeks in her stories. Now, she is a stay-home mom although she thinks that’s a terrible name for the job since she spends so much time driving her kids to their various activities. She lives in Massachusetts with her geek husband and adorable,
infuriating daughters, who are too smart for their Mommy’s own good. If she had spare time she would spend it knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, and doing any other handicrafts that caught her fancy.
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