There is something about my stories that I hadn't thought of a whole lot until recently. Everyone knows by now that I like to explore the balance of power in relationships. The Fox and Amazon stories make this obvious, but it shows up in most of my stories.
What may not be obvious until I mention it is that I also like to explore culture shock.
In the Fox stories, Michaela is exposed to the wolf culture, and it is a learning experience for her. Much of the conflict between her and Lara comes from the different cultural perspectives. Michaela is a fox, with the related cultural attitudes; Lara is a wolf with her own culture. Unfortunately for Michaela, fox culture is far subtler than wolf culture, and thus she is far more absorbed by the wolves than they are by her. But because she is fox, she is also pervasive.
Amazon Companion is entirely about culture shock.
I mentioned this to The Lady a few minutes ago. A light bulb went on over her head, and she said, "All your stories have that."
Fitting in, for instance, requires Nikki to learn to accept the different culture represented by Alex's family.
Tresjolie, of course, is about Wanda learning to fit into Tresjolie society.
The concept is subtler in some of my stories. I wouldn't say culture shock is at play in In Custody, and I wouldn't call it culture shock in Free to Love, although you could say there are similarities.
But, really, the shock of being merged into a culture other than one's preferred culture is at the heart of many of my stories. And oddly, for most of them, I didn't think about it that way.
I just thought it was interesting to think about.