Moira is the author of two novels: Sanctuary Unbound which features a vampire lumberjack, and A Safe Harbour which features a werewolf bootlegger. While I have not read either title, I find the partnering of preternatural being with career choice rather oddball and makes me raise an eyebrow in bewilderment. So when the researcher in me whispers "Look it up!", I must obey.
According to wikipedia, lumberjack culture "celebrated strength, masculinity, confrontation with danger, and resistance to modernization." Reading the description of the typical lumberjack camp, the thought that strays through my mind is "testosterone city." Women are practically non-existent in the camp, and the men are incredibly competitive, aggressive, and independent. How could I even have a coversation with one of these characters?
Bootlegger applies to those who smuggled alcohol to avoid either laws prohibiting the distribution of alcohol or taxes applying to the sale of alcohol, and it is apparently still common practice even today. Bootleggers were savvy not only in secrecy and solicitation, but also knowledgeable of the different varieties of alcoholic beverages. It was also common practice for bootleggers to scam their customers by watering down the booze and relabeling products as better goods. For some reason, this brings to mind Sawyer from the now extinct television series "Lost," who played a scam artist for a time.
So in summary, a lumberjack is more rough and redneck, whereas a bootlegger has the potential for refinement and cultured behavior. If I consider the differences between werewolves and vampires as defined by the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, I would choose a warm-blooded, culturally-refined werewolf bootlegger over a cold-blooded, aggressive, hick vampire any day of the week!
So make your choice. Are you on Team Werewolf Bootlegger or Team Lumberjack Vampire?
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