Thursday, June 17, 2010

Matchmaker, Matchmaker...

Rebecca's review yesterday got me thinking about how shapeshifters meet their mates. Now, this is a topic we've covered before but since I write romance, my mind returns to the topic often.

In Protect and Defend, Diarmid and Mikaela meet due to an arranged tour he provides her of the crime scene investigations unit. But before that, I created an online dating/matchmaking service for my shapeshifters. I called it and the heroine of my short story Alpha v Alpha is one of the owners.

When I originally came up with the concept of a dating service/matchmaker five years ago, the online dating services were just getting big and I'd never seen Millionaire Matchmaker before. Can I just say, I love Patti Stanger. She's really good at what she does, and even at her rudest, you have to give it to her. She's honest. Brutally honest, sometimes. But she's honest. That's one of the many things I like and respect about her. It's also why I'm hooked on her reality show.

When I revisit her later this year, I think Serena needs to take a few hints from Patti . I'm also looking forward to revisiting the service she provides to her fellow shapeshifters. looks like a matching service for wild animals but it's anything but... Once a shifter logs in he or she can create a profile and try to meet fellow shifters who live nearby. However, if the shifter wants to pay additional fees, they can arrange for more personalized service. That's where the matchmaking comes in. This is going to be great fun.

So how do your shifters find mates? Would they use a dating service designed for their specific needs or is it all about finding the right smell?


Savanna Kougar said...

Francesca, love your idea... and that is an adorable name.

Usually, or so far, it's been by smell and sight... or one of those fortuitous accidents arranged by the universe, let's say.

However, it would be so much fun to have a shifter dating service!

Serena Shay said...

Ooh, a shifter dating service. That could be very interesting!

Pat C. said...

A discrete shifter dating service might be a boon, not to mention a necessity, for shifters trying to lie low in human society, or for rare species. Sure, there are wolves and horses and big cats all over the place, but how does a werepanda find another panda? It's either that or the bar scene. Or church groups. St. Francis of Assisi Sunday-night mixer? No, let's go with the dating service.