Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Interview with Paranormal Romance author Terry Spear

Today we have with us Paranormal Romance 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 A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing?
TS: Before I write a book, I usually have several more already contracted and in progress. So when I wrote To Tempt the Wolf and my editor said I ought to make Hunter’s SEAL team a whole wolf team, that got me to thinking. Then after the book’s release, numerous fans told me they wanted to see Hunter’s wayward twin sister’s story.  But I was already working on Legend of the White Wolf and fans were clamoring for Leidolf’s story in Seduced by the Wolf, and my editor wanted me to do something different, so I started the Highland wolf series, Heart of the Highland Wolf. And fans wanted me to write Carol’s story from Destiny of the Wolf pack, so Wolf Fever was born. And also from the Silver wolf pack, Destiny of the Wolf, the Silver brothers’ stories, so Jake’s story, Dreaming of the Wolf was next. So you see? It takes a long time to get back to a wolf pack sometimes. I still needed to write Tom’s story from the Silver wolf pack and am working on it right now. But I had to revisit the Oregon Coast wolf pack, and that meant finding Meara the perfect mate. Finn Emerson, one of Hunter’s SEAL team members, is not him. No way. Not in a million years. He’s only on the Oregon Coast to protect her…yet his interest in her and her corresponding interest in him sizzles. But he’s too busy saving the world to settle down. Which means she’s looking for a mate—and it’s not going to be him.

And now fans of the book are already telling me that they want to see more of some of the new characters I’ve introduced in the book. A couple of other hot undercover operatives. Which means? I may very well have to revisit the Oregon Coast wolf pack again!

What can readers expect next?
TS: Right now I’m working on the third book in the Highland Wolf series, Heart of the Highland Wolf. The second is A Howl for the Highlander, Duncan’s story as he goes after the clan/pack’s money tied up in the Grand Cayman Islands. He’s not in the least bit interested in having fun in the sun, but when the dark warrior sees a she-wolf all by herself at the airport wearing the Rampant Lion shirt and silver sandals and belt, the sassy wolf catches his attention. Of course he’s thinking she needs protection—she’s alone and he’s a braw Highland warrior. When all he should be thinking about is getting their money back, but the she-wolf is way too distracting.

So I’m now working on the next Highland wolf story, A Highland Wolf Wedding, featuring the brother, Cearnach. And I’m working on Tom’s story from the Destiny of Wolf pack. I’ve finished my first book in the jaguar shifter series, Savage Hunger, which will be out in October.  Connor has a sister that wants them both to find mates, but discovering jaguar shifters is hard to do. Jaguars themselves are rare enough. And most shifters don’t run in packs like wolves do. But Maya creates all kinds of havoc when a woman shows up in the Amazon, looking to thank Connor for saving her life. In the 2nd book, that I’m working on now, Maya will have her chance to find a mate. But advertising on Facebook and Twitter has some unexpected consequences. 

What is your favorite thing about writing?
TS: Getting into the characters’ heads and trying to help them get out of the mess they get themselves into. It’s not MY fault they take all the wrong turns in their journey. But I’m always trying to assist them to find that happily ever after.

What is your biggest challenge when writing?
TS: Finding the uninterrupted time to write. I work full time and teach online writing classes, give workshop presentations, and do a lot of other promotions, writing for newsletters, etc. So concentrating on the writing can be a challenge sometimes. I get really antsy when I haven’t written something on a story for a day or two.

What did you want to be when you were a child?
TS: A teacher. I was in Teachers of Tomorrow when I was in elementary school! I’ve developed my own writing workshops and love helping others to learn how to write better. I homeschooled my son and daughter. So I’ve fulfilled my dream in conjunction with loving to create stories that I also did from when I was a child.

How long have you been writing?
TS: Forever. I’ve been creating stories since I was little. My girlfriend from Florida when I was young mentioned the other day how she remembers me telling stories one Halloween under the ping-pong table late that night after we went trick-or-treating, wearing second-hand ball gowns as fairy princesses. We had covered the table with a blanket and used flashlights, and pretended to be camping out. Perfect for fairy princesses, you know. No bugs. Carpeted floor. Air conditioned. Not outdoors in the Florida muggy heat. Perfect for telling stories. :)

Now for a couple just for fun questions:
If you could be a superhero for a day what super power would you have?
TS: I was discussing this with a library coworker the other day and she said she would like to be able to eat anything she wanted and never gain weight. I was thinking about time travelling, but not to an old world time. More of a skip back to an earlier place in our lives where we could make a different choice in life. Kind of like playing a video game and one path got us killed or in a really bad fix, so we go back to an earlier saved game and take another path. But you know the problem with that? We wouldn’t be who we are today. I read a story once where a hero had a time travel fix-it for all the heroine’s sufferings—the loss of her mother and her father—and it ruined the story. Her growth was from dealing with all that she had. But I digress. If I had a superhero power for the day I think I’d give it a rest. You never know what a mess you could get into by using such a dangerous thing (no matter what it was) on the unsuspecting.

Bad boy or real gentleman?
TS: A real gentleman, of course. You’ve probably heard of “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and see, that’s the problem! If you pick up a bad boy and he continues to be a bad boy, which they invariably do, you’d be tired of it after a while. So give me a real gentleman any day. :)

If someone were to write a book about you what would the title be?
TS: Wilde and Woolly. That’s the name of my teddy bear creations, my maiden name, and well, woolly also kind of refers to my wolf books. So Wilde and Woolly seems to be just right!

Thank you so much Terry for spending some time with us again and we hope you will come back and visit us again soon.


Her instincts tell her he's dangerous...
While her overprotective brother's away, Meara Greymere's planning to play—and it wouldn't hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she's ever seen...

His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist...
Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He's a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet...

As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself...

Experience the sensual, action-packed, critically acclaimed world of Terry Spear, author of a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year…

Terry Spear has written over a dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances! For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com.

For two lucky people Terry will be giving away copies of A Seal in Wolf's Clothing.  Leave a comment along with your email address contest ends Sunday, March 11 at 11:59pm EST.  You MUST include your email address to be entered in the contest.  Contest open to US and Canada residents. 


  1. Great interview and giveaway... the book sounds and looks great. I would love to read it. Shannon S. calitigerlilly@yahoo.com

  2. I look forward to reading!


  3. I'm so glad you're working on a book for Tom. I usually don't care for romances w/ a lot of action but your wolf stories always keep me interested and have enough romance to balance out the action.

    - Miranda

    1. Thanks so much, Miranda! :) Yeah, poor Tom has got to have his woman! :) He's been left out in the cold for too long. And I'm working currently on Cearnach MacNeill's story from Heart of the Highland Wolf in A Highland Wolf Wedding. :) All he wanted to do was go to a friend's Highland wedding dressed in his kilt and all the rest of his finery...but that whole scene turns into a disaster. His older brother, Ian, could have told him so...and did. :) But did Cearnach listen? Of course not! Thanks for loving the series!!!

  4. I love Terry's books, and A Seal in Wolves Clothing sounds like a fantastic one. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  5. Thanks so much, Barbara! :) I'm shifting into jaguar mode for a time! :) You just never know what form I'm going to take now! :) Glad you're enjoying the wolf books!

  6. I enjoyed the interview. The book sounds very good.


  7. Looking forward to reading TS's newest book. I seem to have a lot catch-up reading to do since I am new to her books! So looking gorward to it :)

  8. Thanks Bn100!

    Thanks Zookeeper! It's great having so many books to catch up on, isn't it? I love that when I find a new author and can read all that she has out! :) Thanks so much for giving the books a chance!

  9. When I was growing up at some point I also wanted to be a teacher. The teachers I've had have influenced my life in such a positive way. I think a SEAL wolf would be wonderful to meet. So much strength all in one.


  10. That's so neat, Na. I so agree about teachers! And a SEAL wolf? Yeah....:)

  11. Great interview. Sounds like a really good book. Looking forward to reading it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  12. A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing sounds just like the type of book I'm into right now. I'll have to look at your backlist just so I won't miss anything. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

    kliu107 (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. Thanks, Donnas! Hope you love it!

    Good, Kristy!! Good luck on the contest! :)