Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Interview with author Terry Spear

Today we have with us Urban Fantasy author Terry Spear.
Welcome back to RomFan Reviews, Terry, and thank you for being here! It is always a pleasure to have you with us.
Tell us a little about the latest in your Wolf Series Dreaming of the Wolf?
TS: For every hero, there has to be a mate. Makes them whole, you know. Of course Jake is not looking for one. When is a man ever looking for a woman to make that lifelong commitment anyway, unless he’s forced to in the historical past to provide an heir and a spare? But I digress… So he’s taking a break from wolf-pack business in Silver Town to drop off some of his photography work at an art gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado. He finds the shop is closed due to the owner’s personal reasons, and notices an attractive woman taking a picture of a car’s license plate. Wolves are inordinately curious. The connection with the camera, his taking pictures as a hobby and her taking pictures in a curious way, and the attractiveness of the woman, the fact he can’t get his business done at the art gallery, which means he has to kill some time, albeit reluctantly, well, that’s how the whole not planning to look for a mate or do anything but business, gets started.

Can you give us a sneak peek into your next book in the series A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing coming March 2012?
TS: This book is a return to Hunter’s wolf pack on the Oregon coast. What prompted this story was fans wanting Meara to find a hunky mate, and my editor saying that Hunter should be from a wolf SEAL team. And so since the time that I had written To Tempt the Wolf, Book 3, I kept mulling over how I was going to incorporate Meara and a member of the SEAL team in a story of their own. SEALs are hot, but a wolfish SEAL? Hmm-hm! And Meara? Well, no way does she want to get saddled with a SEAL, who has no interest in settling down, while she’s trying to find an alpha male to play with while her brother is away! Finn is not going along with it. Not when her life could be in danger. But who will protect her from him?

Will you be writing another historical anytime soon?
TS: I’d love to write another Highland medieval romance. :) My other two are extremely popular and I need to write Douglas’s story. He’s the real charmer of the four brothers. :)

How do you keep track of your wolves and the storylines?
TS: Each story has to be really different from the others. And they are stand-alone titles. But to ensure I keep to my character’s characterization for each time I show them off in a new story, I reread descriptions and how they acted in earlier books. But people act differently depending on who they’re with. With the guys, one way. With a beautiful woman, totally different. So there will be some changes in a character’s outlook on life if he is faced with a new situation that he hasn’t encountered before. That’s why in Dreaming of the Wolf, I wanted to show Jake away from family, from the pack, so he could be himself more. With Destiny of the Wolf, Book 2, the first of the Silver Town wolf pack stories, Lelandi is an outsider, investigating Darien’s pack. So the pack backs him, although they’re fascinated with her. With Wolf Fever, Book 6, we’re in the town again, except the focus is on Carol, a human turned wolf, and an outsider from another wolf pack. So the Silver Town pack is protective of her, and wants to keep her in their pack. In Dreaming of the Wolf, Book 8, I wanted to allow Jake some freedom from the family and the pack. For a little while anyway!

What can you tell us about you that we would have never guessed?
TS: One of my girlfriends, Mandy Chavez, once told me that eating spinach was like eating smashed frogs. My mother was very upset with her, but it was okay. I just thought it was funny and I still love spinach!

You have a new series coming soon based on Jaguars, anything you can share?
TS: It’s always fun researching, and I learned so many things with watching videos about the big cats, reading up on them, learning that though they are the 3rd largest big cat, they have the most devastating bite, and make more of a raspy grunting coughing sound rather than a roar. Jaguars, unlike wolves, are loners and don’t mate for life, so I had to deal with that in the story. After all, we have to have a hero who has stick-to-it-ness with his proclaimed mate! And the same goes for her, by the way!

When you get some down time what would you be doing?
TS: Reading, watching movies, making award-winning teddy bears, gardening and taking hikes, oh and taking pictures!

Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?
TS: Karen Marie Moning, Leslie Lafoy, Jayne Ann Krentz, Allison Brennan, Feehan, Stephanie Laurens, Linda Lael Miller, and so many more, I can’t even think of all of them! I read all the time, well, when I’m not writing, or working, or making bears, or promoting, or….

Any advice you would like to give to future authors?
TS: Begin the story where the main character’s life changes. In my very first romance, I wrote three chapters before my heroine’s life turned upside down. Three chapters. And they were long chapters too. LOL So begin the story where the hero or heroine must face some kind of challenge where life will never be the same again. I remember reading a student’s comment once where she said chapter one wasn’t all that interesting, but she hoped the reader would read on until chapter two because that’s where it really got good. My advice? Trash chapter one! And start where the story is really begins!

How can readers learn more about you and your books?
TS: I give a story, sometimes full length novels serialized, in my newsletter on a weekly basis. Readers can sign up on my website.
Thank you so much Terry for spending some time with us again and we hope you will come back and visit us again soon.
TS: Thanks so much for having me!


A fierce hunter…
Alicia Greiston is a no-nonsense bounty hunter determined to bring a ring of mobsters to justice. Her dogged pursuit of the crime family has forced her to avoid relationships—any man would only become a target for retribution. Luckily, Jake Silver is more than a man, and his instincts are telling him to stop at nothing to protect her.

An animal passion…
However, the mob isn’t entirely human either, and soon Alicia must flee for her life. When Alicia and Jake’s passion begins to spill over into their dreams, Jake learns he will have to do more than defend her—he’ll have to show his mate the way of the wolf.

Award-winning author Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels, with over 60,000 copies sold. Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in the romance category in 2008. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry is a librarian by day. She lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com.

You can read my reviews of Terry's books here at RomFan Reviews
Wolf Fever
Heart of the Highland Wolf
Dreaming of the Wolf

Now for two lucky people Terry is giving away two copies of her book Dreaming of the Wolf so leave a comment and your email to be entered in the contest.  Contest is open to US and Canada residents only and you MUST leave your email to be included.  Contest ends December 11th at 11:59 pm EST.


  1. I'd love a copy!


  2. Sign me up!! Great Stocking stuffers are always wanted. Love love your Wolves. And Jake is Smoking Hot. AND I'm raising my hand. This Fan screamed loud enough, Meara needs a mate!! And Finn sounds just too good to be true. And that cover. I'm sure he'll be great wet. Does he have 2 brother's too somewhere? LOL dmf747@comcast.net

  3. Great interview. I didn't that unlike wolves, jaguars are loners and that they didn't mate for life. They should make for interesting shifters. Thank you for the giveaway.


  4. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing today. Looking forward to picking up a copy.

    bacchus76 at myself dotcom

  5. Dreaming of the Wolf sounds like a fantastic story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  6. LOL, Donna, no brothers for Finn. But you see, he has a SEAL team! :)

    Thanks, Na. Yeah, it was fun creating a world with the jaguar shifters when I try to ensure the world is as realistic as possible. :)

    Thanks, DonnaS! Hope you enjoy it!!

    Thanks, Barbara! I hope you love it!

  7. Sounds fab!! Love your wolves and the world you create around each of them

    The covers are what draw you in if you aren't already a reader of your books!

    Have a wonderful holiday season!!

  8. Thanks, Cat! I'm so thrilled you're enjoying the wolf series. We can't have too many wolves ever! :) Hope your holidays are fun-filled!

  9. Hi again,
    Yes, I am following you around but not stalking you, lol. Good luck with the new release.

  10. Hi, Elf, it's to be expected! I'm used to it with the wolves. But usually, it's because they want to "play." :)

  11. can i say i am pretty much ecstatic to read the new jaguar series? i LOVE cat shifters!!

    alainala At hotmail DOT ca

  12. Thanks, Alainala! I'm glad you're looking forward to them! :)