I was having a discussion with a couple of fellow authors about the characteristics of werewolves and other things. Within the world building for a story, certain laws must be decided upon and once decided, those laws must be consistent. So one of the writers was tendering the question as to the werewolf laws already in use by other authors. We explained that the current laws were not so important as what she decided for her book and how consistent she was with those decisions.
This is true especially for any paranormal critter. Make your decision and stick to it. You say sunlight doesn't bother your vampire? Fine. Then in chapter fourteen don't have your vampire stuck in a closet because sunlight will kill him. Be consistent.
Weres in particular seem to have an ever changing mythology. Some have problems with the moon, some don't, and some have variable effects from the moon depending on their age, whether they're in heat, or whether they're mated. Etc. and so on...
Then another question came up about whether or not a werewolf could be a cowboy. Seems to me that werewolves all have to make a living just like the rest of us. I proposed that another friend should write a story about a dragon/cowboy in Wyoming... Truly, why limit ourselves to the same-old, same-old? Isn't that why we write? Because we want new stories? There are all sorts of combinations and interesting story lines.
I look forward in the future to reading some wild, creative stories about shapeshifters in the West. Cowboys, Indians, Ranchers, Archaeologists, Rangers, and the whole spectrum. I hope we keep on boldly going forward into new realms. There are new adventures just waiting for us to discover them.