Terry Spears Interview & Giveaway

December 3, 2010 Feature, Giveaway, Interview 0

Hello Terry Spear. Thank you to taking the time to stop by. I am honored to have you here. Would you like to read more about Terry Spears? Check out her last interview here.

To start would you mind telling the readers a little about yourself?

Thanks so much for having me again, Marissa on Sizzling Hot Books! I’ve always been an avid reader of everything from true stories to fantasy and adventure and romance. But for a good long while I was too busy with being an Army officer, wife, and mother, and working on military courses and graduate work, to even read. And then my life changed–just like with the characters in our stories. My world was turned upside down, and that’s when I began to write romance. I also work as a librarian and make award-winning teddy bears that have found homes around the world even as far away as Australia and South Africa! Creating worlds in books and creating bears for others to enjoy gives me much joy!

For those who might not have read your books, what can you tell us about the werewolf series?

The werewolves are real! Okay, so some reviewers say that the world seems so real it feels it could be. And I do a lot of research into wolf behavior so the characters, whether they’re in their wolf form or human, retain that human/wolf quality. It’s important to me that the werewolves aren’t one or the other. I don’t see them taking off their wolf coat and losing that part of their persona. It’s who they are. I also enjoy using some of the mythology that surrounds werewolves, but using my own to make the stories work for me. For instance, wolves can change during any phase of the moon but the new moon, unless they have so few strictly human roots, and then they can change at will. This is to give werewolf readers the opportunity to see the lupus garous shift more frequently. πŸ™‚ Otherwise the time is really limited each month.

Your newest release is Wolf Fever, what can you tell us about it that we haven’t heard before?

Secondary characters are always fun to create. They help to showcase the main characters. And in this case, the barber who dresses in the old barber quartet style, wants to be Carol Wood’s suitor. In this story, I had fun showing a wolf pack at play, in their human forms, just as wolves play in their wolf forms. But during the game, the barber attempts to be an alpha and shows just how much he’s willing to get Carol’s attention, but he’s no match for Chester Ryan McKinley, who is intrigued to see Carol playing the game with such determination to win.

Wolf Fever is book six in the werewolf series, can you read it with out reading the other ones or should you read them in order?

All the books are single title, so they can be read out of order. Wolf Fever is based on the pack from Destiny of the Wolf so if it were me, I’d read that one before Wolf Fever. πŸ™‚ But each story can still be read by itself.

Which scene from Wolf Fever did you enjoy writing the most?

The dirty dancing part. My editor really loved it too. πŸ™‚

What can you tell us about Carol and Chester from Wolf Fever?

She’s a nurse and a psychic. He’s a PI and wolf pack leader from another town. But he doesn’t believe she’s psychic and she doesn’t believe that’s why he’s hanging around Darien’s pack to speak with her. No one else does either. She’s newly turned and absolutely against shapeshifting, and fighting it with every ounce of her being. It’s fun because I haven’t done that with a character yet. Werewolves are well adjusted, you see. They love being who they are. Carol has a reason for not wanting to shapeshift, but I don’t want to give away the story. πŸ™‚

Do you have a favorite character from your werewolf series?

It’s always the ones I’m working on at present. I fall in love with the characters and when the story comes to a conclusion, I always feel a little adrift, until I can run headlong into the next story. πŸ™‚

What is next for the werewolf series?

I’ve had a number of readers request more of Bella and Devlyn’s pack from Heart of the Wolf and so I’ll revisit them and I want to do another Highland wolf story also. But right now I’ve got two more wolf books contracted that I’m writing, book 9, The Wolf and the SEAL, and book 10, The Highland Wolf in Paradise.

What are you currently working on?

The Wolf and the SEAL. Anything you can share regarding your current Work in Progress? This one is hot and sexy, but you know it can’t be anything but with a team of SEALS in the picture. So what does one SEAL do when a wolf needs protection? Meara, Hunter’s sister from To Tempt the Wolf, was always trying to find an alpha male to mate. Well, she’s definitely met her match in this story. Then it’ll be The Highland Wolf in Paradise as one of the brothers of the hero in Heart of the Highland Wolf (Jun 2011) goes to the Grand Cayman Islands to get their money back from a master deceiver and the botanist he must share a villa…well, suffice it to say there will be adventure, romance, mystery and humor–and wolves of course!!!

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

I love hearing from fans about which characters they want to see more stories about. It’s often how I come up with a book proposal to give my editor. Several asked for another story about Heart of the Wolf, about Meara from To Tempt the Wolf, and The Wolf and the SEAL (Book 9) was born, about Jake from Destiny of the Wolf, and Dreaming of the Wolf (Book 7) was written, and Carol from Destiny of the Wolf, so Wolf Fever (Book 6) was contracted. So you can see I love hearing from readers and the stories become a reality.

I also give free stories on my newsletter to thank readers and help tide them over until the next book comes out. I can be found at: http://www.terryspear.com/

Thanks so much, Marissa, once again for having me!

Terry is giving away a copy of one of her books to a lucky commenter. To be entered please leave a question for Terry Spears, and also fill out the FORM. You have until 11:59pm (EST) on December 8th to enter and the winner will be announce December 9th. Only open to US and Canada.

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  1. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Oh, absolutely, Estella!!! I’ve got to write about another of Ian’s brothers from the Highland wolf pack, and I’ve had some requests for revisiting the Heart of the Wolf pack, and Tom needs a mate from Destiny of the Wolf, and… πŸ™‚

    Yes, Debbie, I have! Hope to see some more next year. πŸ™‚

  2. Deanna Jewel

    Hi Terry! Glad to see you have so many books in the series. I wish I had more time to read. As writers, we also need to read and once in a while it needs to be outside of our genre. Good luck with all the books!

    Just wanted to stop in and say hi. I’m sure the interview is getting lots of hits this week!

  3. diva donna

    I love love this series. And like Terry. I fall in love with and find it hard to part with the current wolf character. I find it hard not to believe in Terry’s wolves. They’re just so much more authentic and real. And Carol and Ryan just have such great chemistry. They learn to trust each other and figure out the solution to the flu epidemic.

  4. stormvikki

    How do you get inspired to write each book – do you have the lives of the characters planned, or is each a separate creative idea?

  5. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Thanks so much, Donna!!! I’m so thrilled you are loving the series!! I’m editing The Wolf and the SEAL right now and I’m sure you’re going to fall in love with a SEAL or three! πŸ™‚

    Hi Stormvikki! I’m definitely a pantser when I write, which means I write by the seat of my pants, not a plotter who plans out the story. Which also means, that’s how my characters come to life.

    I really can’t even say how they come about. lol… I don’t do character sheets, like some authors do. I think it’s neat that they do. But I develop mine in layers through dialogue and their actions and reactions to situations. And then some character quirks start to show up in the story, which makes them more human (or werewolf).

    I begin to think about a scene, like with The Highland Wolf in Paradise. All I have is a two paragraph proposal that the story sold on, and now from that I have to create a story. So I at first think of how I want the hero and heroine to tangle. How do they meet? What problems do they have early on? First, the hero has been a secondary character in Heart of the Highland Wolf, the hero’s brother, coming out in Jun 2011. So I have to use the personality I developed in that story as the basis in this one. But the heroine, I have no idea what she will be like.

    Now, here’s the thing, I can’t decide if she’s a wolf or human. What does everyone want??? Maybe that’s how I should decide. πŸ™‚

  6. Sherry

    I love this series and I’m always waiting for the next one. How many books do you plan on writing? Have you ever been planning on writing one couples books but another couple can’t seem to wait and you have to write theirs first.

    sstrode@scrtc.com

  7. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Thanks so much, Sherry!!! I’m writing them forever and ever. πŸ™‚ As long as everyone is having fun reading them, I’ll keep writing them.

    As to which I want to write first?

    I was dying to write The Highland Wolf in Paradise, I think partly because I’d just written Heart of the Highland Wolf and was kind of on a roll. But when my editor sent the contract, the first I had to write was The Wolf and the SEAL. I have to say though, it was really odd because I kept thinking about the opening scenes for the two books, so I really was happy to get started on either, but didn’t know which would have the first deadline, so waited until I received the contract.

    The Wolf and the SEAL is a little like To Tempt the Wolf (and ironically based on Hunter’s pack) in that I’ve written it so quickly, the story and the romance just coming together for me, scene after scene. Sometimes I have to brainstorm a lot to come up with a new scene. But not with The Wolf and the SEAL. It just seems so odd to me that both books were that way for me. πŸ™‚

    It has a lot of humor in it. I really hadn’t planned to write Hunter’s sister Meara’s story because she was so cantankerous. LOL But so many fans wanted her story–either to make her mind, or finally find a mate to make her happy, that it’s been a lot of fun to write. πŸ™‚ I’m really getting excited about jumping into The Highland Wolf in Paradise next!

    I really do want to know what fans would like~~should the Texas botanist professor be a wolf, or human before she meets the Highland wolf in paradise?

  8. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    LOL, Deidre,
    You’re asking me such great, but difficult questions! πŸ™‚ I LOVE writing medieval Highland stories, and after having come back from Scotland and exploring 7 castles, I’m sooo ready to write another. I also very much want to write a time travel medieval Highland story…well, several really…

    The reason for the big gap in writing them is that my werewolf publisher (you see, that’s why my stories keep selling to them, they’re really werewolves, lol), are contracted a lot faster than my medieval. Hmm, now there’s a reason for that, in part, I’ve always got deadlines for the werewolf tales and I’ve got to make sure I have a couple of more books for the upcoming year (a couple of years away), so I have to propose them really early, and then I’ve got new deadlines all over again, and so it’s hard to stop and write another medieval.

    The other is basically financial. My werewolf publisher pays advances and the books are mass market and distributed in all the book stores. My Highland tales are really selling well, but because they’re trade paperbacks, they’re higher priced and aren’t in most stores, just online. Plus, I don’t get any advances for them. Sooo, the werewolf tales have to take priority.

    Now, I can’t stay away from my medievals for long because I absolutely love them, and fans keep asking for more of them, so I asked my son to get me a Scottish medieval book for Christmas, and I’ll be starting book 3 soon. I also sent off a ghostly western time travel to my publisher and it’s now under consideration.

    And my werewolf publisher is considering a vampire romance also. So never know! Might have some more stories out sooner than we know!!! At least I’m ever hopeful! πŸ™‚

  9. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Absolutely, Carol, Highlanders are a must buy! I get them all the time!

    Hi, jmspettoli, I love your wolf! I write whenever I can because I work full time, but I also make a goal of 5,000 per week to meet deadlines. So on my 2 days off, I have to meet the goal! πŸ™‚

  10. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Thanks so much, Wanda!! πŸ™‚ My dad had the biggest influence on my writing. He used to tell about all his wild true-life adventures. And he was reading my first historical romance, helping me to edit it and loved it. He used to make up oral stories also when I was growing up, and I loved to make them up also. So definitely my dad. And when he died before my first novel was written, I couldn’t write a word. Until in tears I wrote The Thirteenth Mission, when his plane was shot down, and he became a prisoner of war as a 16 for 16 months, surviving death marches and starvation.

    I still want to write more of his story.

  11. JenM

    Hi Terry – I’m sure you have to do a lot of research for your books. What was the most interesting factoid you learned in your most recent research?

    +2 follower
    jen(at)delux(dot)com

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