Lucky Thursday Thirteen — More About ShapeShifter


Those of you who’ve been around know that my fiction centers on the fictional band ShapeShifter, the men who make up this unique band, and the people who shape the rest of their lives. For the past two weeks, our focus has been on ShapeShifter frontman Mitchell Voss. Now that you guys have a better idea who he is, I thought I’d throw in some generic bits about ShapeShifter — sort of like a palate cleanser before we get to the next character.

Enjoy, and don’t forget about the Debut a Debut contest (and to check out the winners of my meme contest, too!)! The list of debut authors to check out is being updated semi-daily and can be found either at Writing Aspirations or my main website.

Thirteen things most people know about ShapeShifter:
1. They are four boys from Riverview USA who made it big

2. They are all roughly the same age. Trevor and Daniel are a year older than Mitchell and Eric.

3. They love all their fans, but show it most obviously to the female variety. The males just get autographs and pictures.

4. Mitchell and Daniel are the band’s heartthrobs and mouthpieces.

5. Mitchell can be quite cranky to the media.

6. Trevor came up with the band name. In the beginning, they had a typical ShapeShifter concept. Each band member had an animal: Mitchell the dragon, Daniel the bear, Eric the eagle and Trevor Wolff was … a wolf.

7. The concept was soon considered too hokey to be allowed to continue. But Mitchell is still considered a dragon by many.

8. The band’s first tour happened before they had a record deal. They piled into Mitchell’s father’s Bronco, attached a U-haul to the back, and off they went.

9. They did everything in the back of that Bronco. It’s a wonder the truck survived. But it did.

10. Mitchell is still driving it during Trevor’s Song.

11. They love to hang out in pools (witness Green Hair Week) — and in pool halls, shooting 8-ball.

12. They love to make commando runs on ice cream stands before leaving town. Fans often try to guess where they’ll stop. The ice cream shops love the added business.

13. They’ll stop and talk music with you as long as they possibly can. Make sure what you say reflects the fact that you’ve got a brain in your head (with the obvious exception of someone obviously tongue-tied at having a discussion with ShapeShifter).

Don’t forget to Debut a Debut!

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



  1. DK

    January 25, 2007 12:00 am

    Thanks for stopping by! Terrific list. I love the fully-formed universe you’ve created for your characters, and all the attention to detail! I’m sure your books will be a joy to read. Happy TTing, and have a great /DKbr /

  2. Duchess

    January 25, 2007 6:43 am

    Always like these post. Gives so much insight!br /br /Thanks for visiting me. I have three wonderful children and three step-kid who are also awesome. br /br /I didn’t know what to post about this week and then something happens and you have a topic!

  3. Sweet Kitty

    January 25, 2007 7:06 am

    Great and interesting List. I love reading bout ShapeShifter. Thanks for /br /My list is up, too!br /br /Hugs and happy TT,br /iSonny/ibr /akabr /a href=””Sweet like Kitty/abr /biI will exercise for comments!!!/i/b

  4. ChupieandJ'smama

    January 25, 2007 8:09 am

    Every time I come here I am in awe of what it takes to write a book. You have so much detailed information about each character and each situation. It must be almost like “giving birth” to these characters. I feel like I know them:)

  5. ChupieandJ'smama

    January 25, 2007 8:09 am

    Every time I come here I am in awe of what it takes to write a book. You have so much detailed information about each character and each situation. It must be almost like “giving birth” to these characters. I feel like I know them:)

  6. ChupieandJ'smama

    January 25, 2007 8:09 am

    Every time I come here I am in awe of what it takes to write a book. You have so much detailed information about each character and each situation. It must be almost like “giving birth” to these characters. I feel like I know them:)

  7. Milan-zzz

    January 25, 2007 8:10 am

    You always fascinate me how you write about them: so live, so familiar so “no-fictional” LOL Last time I expected to see Mitchell’s pic at the end of the post … now I’m thinking where the next concert will be?br /Gosh it must be good to be a writer … well maybe not as good as to be a King but hey, life’s not perfect :)br /Cheers my dear friend!br /br /(and thanks for your comment on my TT, that was a big compliment!)

  8. Headmeister

    January 25, 2007 10:06 am

    Hey there SHG, just wanted to let you know I have a few headers for you in my T13 post today (made just with you in mind :)br /br /Be well,br /Heatherbr /

  9. The Little Woman

    January 25, 2007 10:18 am

    Nice TT!! I’m up too.

  10. karen!

    January 25, 2007 10:23 am

    Happy Thursday, S.

  11. Raggedy

    January 25, 2007 10:30 am

    Terrific Thursday Thirteen!br /My TT is /Have a wonderful day!br /Happy TT’ing!br /*^_^br /(=’:’=) br /(“)_ (“)Å  br /Raggedy

  12. Joely Sue Burkhart

    January 25, 2007 10:34 am

    I enjoy these lists of insight into your characters and book! Happy TT!

  13. scooper

    January 25, 2007 10:41 am

    This is my favorite list. I like the way it breaks everything down to a simple overview of Shapeshifter.

  14. Becky

    January 25, 2007 11:07 am

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

  15. L^2

    January 25, 2007 11:07 am

    You’ve created some very interesting characters here – I love all the little details that make them seem more real. I’m sure the book will be great!br /Thanks for stopping by my TT.

  16. Sanni

    January 25, 2007 11:10 am

    Great list – thanks for sharing! I´m happy to have the opportunity to take a rest @ West Of Mars =)

  17. Janet

    January 25, 2007 11:49 am

    love to play pool, tho I’m not very good!

  18. Rashenbo

    January 25, 2007 1:19 pm

    8-ball is an excellent way to pass the time and observe the girls that are hanging around the bar or poolside 🙂 br /br /As always, you know your characters so well and share them with the rest of us so that we can get to know them too! :)br /br /I’ve got to update my contest list. I really look forward to February! 😀

  19. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 25, 2007 1:56 pm

    Wow, everyone, thanks. You really make me feel like I’m accomplishing my goal of bringing you into my world and touching your lives, even a little bit. br /br /Now, if we can only get the book in print!!! There’s so much MORE to share with you guys!

  20. Colleen Gleason

    January 25, 2007 2:31 pm

    Hey, I love your Debut a Debut contest (hmmm…wonder why that is!) (*g*)br /br /Thanks for coming by my blog! And congrats on the upcoming…debut!

  21. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 25, 2007 2:33 pm

    Oh, it’s not MY debut we’re celebrating. Yet.

  22. Gabriella Hewitt

    January 25, 2007 2:47 pm

    I love shapeshifters!br /br /Come check out my TT list from a while ago on 13 wereanimals I would love to be…br /br /Sashabr /www.gabriellahewitt.combr /Excitement. Suspense. Passionbr /br /Dark Water — Samhain Publishing; Fall 2007

  23. nancy

    January 25, 2007 3:43 pm

    They sound like such a fun /br /And, you make it seem easy and I know it is so hard to write!

  24. Haley-O

    January 25, 2007 6:08 pm

    It’s great to come here and witness your creative process. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  25. cheesygiraffe

    January 25, 2007 6:26 pm

    I wonder if I’m a weregiraffe.

  26. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 25, 2007 6:28 pm

    Quite possibly. 😀

  27. Amy Ruttan

    January 25, 2007 7:42 pm

    Great post! I had heard a bit about the Debut contest. br /br /I will check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

  28. Christie

    January 25, 2007 7:52 pm

    Love the idea behind the name of the band! And I love that you write such details about them, down to the ice cream runs! Thanks for stopping by! Have a happy!

  29. elementaryhistoryteacher

    January 25, 2007 8:35 pm

    I enjoy learning about your characters….br /br /Thanks for visiting my TT

  30. spyscribbler

    January 25, 2007 8:36 pm

    Wow, cool list! And what a cool world you’ve built!br /br /(Btw, my TT#2 is up!)

  31. Starrlight

    January 25, 2007 9:07 pm

    Man I so admire your ability to stick with character creation. It is so hard to do! Great list and thanks for stopping by!

  32. Kimo amp; Sabi

    January 25, 2007 9:08 pm

    No cats in that story! Efurry body needs a cat in a story! We fink it was a furry good idea to have girly groupies – we’re gonna try to get some girly groupies (kitties of course – duh!)

  33. Sparky Duck

    January 25, 2007 10:31 pm

    I must say you are making this book seem more and more interesting by the week. Or is it series of books?br /br /As for Evanescence, the CD is awesome, one of the few that i asked for my birthday and I am pretty down to asking for only Itunes gift cards. Lithium is just jaw droppingly “oh My God!”

  34. Susan Helene Gottfried

    January 25, 2007 10:34 pm

    *I’m* projecting a series; whether it’ll come to be depends on the book-buying public (let alone finding a literary agent who’s in tune with Trevor’s Song). br /br /Glad you’re getting hooked. That’s the idea. Once you’re hooked, I will take over the world and … and … Umm…. br /br /Wait. Let me get back to you on that /br /Really, the only thing I want to do is listen to really good music and write books. The rest is merely research!

  35. Incog amp; Nito

    January 25, 2007 10:59 pm

    Interesting list – thanks for sharing! Happy T13

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