Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Interview with romance author Terry Spear

Today we have with us Paranormal Romance author Terry Spear. Welcome back to our crazy world Terry, and thank you for being here! It is always a pleasure to have you with us.
TS: Thanks so much for having me back! I guess I fit nicely in that crazy world, don’t you think?

Tell us a little about your new release Savage Hunger, which is the beginning to a new series right?
TS: Absolutely!! Not that I’m done with the sexy, loving wolves, mind you. But I’m also now writing about hot, sexy jaguar shifters. In this case, Connor Anderson can’t get his mind off an Army officer, Kathleen McKnight, after he saves her life and hopes she made it home all right. She can’t quit thinking about the man who came into the camp and saved her, besides having reoccurring night terrors over the massacre. So she wants to go back, get over her nightmares, and thank the man who saved her. Only there’s a problem. He’s not exactly a man, and when his sister sees Kathleen, she knows she should be part of the family, too. I think family is so important, so I loved creating another story with a sister and a brother, as so many of mine are about brothers.

What can readers expect next?
TS: Lots and lots of fun stories! Next year we have A Howl for a Highlander, Feb 2013 (think sexy Highland wolf in paradise!), where Duncan MacNeill continues the saga of the MacNeills of Heart of the Highland Wolf while trying to recapture the money stolen from them and doesn’t get very far—the airport—when he is totally distracted by one sexy she-wolf.

A Highland Wolf Wedding, May 2013 (think hot Highland wolf in a kilt!), where Cearnach MacNeill is on his way to a wedding when he nearly runs into a she-wolf looking for pirate’s treasure. Long story.

Then we have Jaguar Fever, Aug 2013 (more sexy jaguar shifters!), which means Maya gets her say where Wade is concerned, learns she has some cousins, and that Wade has a sexy brother too!

And a special bonus—A SEAL Wolf Christmas, where the Oregon wolf pack is back and readers will get to see many of the characters from the past—and Bjornolf and Anna’s story, Oct 2013.

And that’s not all. (Doesn’t this remind you of that annoying commercial? But wait, we have more. And that’s not all, just for buying this, you will receive…) :)

Tom’s story, from Destiny of the Wolf pack fame, youngest of the Silver brothers, gets to have his story, Jan 2014! Another Highland story will be out that year, and the 3rd jaguar book, too.

What genres and authors would we find you reading when taking a break from your own writing?
TS: Historical and paranormal. Everybody. I read a ton of different authors’ works. I love finding new authors when I have the time.

Do you travel to any of the places you write about in your books? If yes, where is the most interesting place you’ve visited?
TS: Every place I travel is interesting! In Greece, I LOVED the islands. And the windmills with blue roofs. Whoever would have ever thought! Actually, I hadn’t written about it yet. Maybe in the future! In Scotland, the castles—*sigh*—I think the most interesting thing about them were all the stairs, whether outside or inside, are curved so that defenders of the castle had the advantage. In Telluride, Colorado, the old silver mining town, which is what I based Destiny of the Wolf’s Silver Town off of. In Grand Cayman Island, I did everything that Duncan and Shelly did—feeding the sting rays, night dinner cruise, ate at the restaurant they ate at, walked the plank on the pirate’s ship, and much more—and loved every minute of it! Oregon coast, loved to hike and loved Portland/Tigard where I used to live, trips to Mt Hood. And so many other locations.  I’m off to visit my son and daughter-in-law in Omaha, NE soon. Any wolves there? Who knows what I might end up writing about there!
When writing your description of your hero/ine what feature do you start with? Eyes, age, hair color, etc? 
TS: Eyes and hair color. But these don’t tell anything about a person’s character, so to me, writing about what they wear is lots more fun. In A Howl for a Highlander, Duncan is struck by what the she-wolf is wearing, and when readers get to see her again in A Highland Werewolf Wedding, she’s wearing something similar; her signature, so to speak. In Savage Hunger, Kathleen McKnight is first NOT wearing an Army uniform, her hair is dyed blond and she has blue eyes—so her clothes and other details present a mystery. Same with Connor Anderson, he shows up in camo pants that are too short for him, no shirt, and no boots. His hair is too long to be military, he sounds American, so again, a mystery. In A Highland Werewolf Wedding, Duncan arrives in a kilt—does he or does he not go Regimental? That’s all anyone needs to wonder…

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
TS:  Savage Hunger is the first of the jaguar shifter series, so starting off there is fine. Heart of the Wolf is the first book in the wolf shifter series, but all are stand-alone titles, so any would be fine to start with. But then you’d just HAVE to read the others to find out what happens to them in later stories, right?

Are any of your characters based on real people or events?
TS: Yes.

I so wanted to leave the answer at that. LOL :) I know. I am so bad.

I live in the real world (when I’m not immersed in fantasy, of course), but in the real world I read the news and try to read about something that is not all gloom and doom. But oftentimes I will read something that will give me an idea to “ground” my stories. As I was writing Wolf Fever, the World Health Organization predicted a really severe flu epidemic that year. It didn’t happen, thankfully, but it made me think—what would happen if a werewolf got a strain that affected it in a really bad way?  In A Howl for a Highlander, there have been a number of major world financial crises because of crooks who have absconded with tons of funds, so I based this book off a character derived from someone like these people. It started with Heart of the Highland Wolf.

In Seduced by the Wolf, this story was based on a wolf biologist rescuing a she-wolf and her pups when her mate was killed, and the happily-ever-after when a male befriended the pups and took her for his mate. It always makes me smile when I think of it.

And in Jaguar Fever, I touch on the subject of the exotic animals market—they have hunts here and other places of exotic animals, and so I used that to base my story. Though no one is hunting jaguars in the States for real that I know of.

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
TS: Multi-task. It’s taken me two days to write this because I’m trying to keep up with the tons of comments (which I love!) on several guest blogs for last week and this week, constantly get the word out about new guest blogs I’m at, answer fan questions (why is your web page showing you have Jaguar Fever out Spring 2012 and I can’t find it? Eegad—then I have to quickly find the mistake and thank the fan, hope that my readers can catch stuff like that when I miss it, etc, etc, etc.), and not only do I have the current WIP going (Tom’s story, *sigh*), I have to still do a final-final read-through on A Highland Werewolf Wedding, edits on Jaguar Fever and A SEAL Wolf Christmas. So definitely multi-task! If I only worked on one project at a time, I would be in serious trouble!

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
TS: The Character Naming Guide. I love it. I often use it to decide on names that mean something special. Sometimes a name and what it means sets the groundwork for the person’s character. I write so many books, and have so many secondary characters, it can be really difficult ensuring I have different names for most of them. I realized in A SEAL Wolf Christmas I have two Mr. Smiths. Whoops. But that IS a really common name!! But the books were written a couple of years apart and neither was mentioned in the other book, but here comes hot SEAL story #3 and I have two Mr. Smiths. One’s a law officer, the other a SEAL. I needed both. LOL Sometimes readers wonder why we come up with weird character names. It’s too avoid this complication in our lives. LOL

Now for a couple just for fun questions:
What song would best describe your life?
TS: Werewolves of London…Owwwoooo!  I was at a mystery theater the other day and they were playing that music, but they were also bashing werewolves!!! I wanted to sign my books afterward to show the “true” story about werewolves. How romantic and sexy and protective and loyal they are.

If you could be a paranormal creature, which one would you be?
TS: It’s hard to say because every kind of creature has its drawbacks, including humans. I think I want to be an immortal fae, where I could be a mischievous creature without having to pay the consequences. I’ve never been mischievous in my life except for the time I put the joke plastic ice cube with a fly in my dad’s drink for April Fool’s Day, or pulled the plug on my NCO’s phone and when he went to answer it, he was speaking into a dead receiver…but I only did it because he screwed my seat to the floor and nearly gave me a heart attack when I sat down. Payback is…fun. :)  So I guess I have to admit I do have my mischievous moments. :)

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would be the most essential for you?
TS: A shifter. They hunt, no tools need. They’re protective. Great at outdoor stuff so they’d know how to make a shelter, build a fire, and make the necessary tools for other things. They love to swim so I’d have a swimming buddy. They love to hike so I’d have a hiking companion. If he’s a jaguar shifter, he can climb trees and reach the bananas and coconuts. If a wolf shifter, he can serenade me with his hauntingly beautiful howl. That’s about it! I’d definitely be in paradise. (Read: A Howl for a Highlander, where being stranded with a kilt-less Highland wolf hunk is truly paradise!)

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: Would love too, and thanks so much for having me!!! This was fun!

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has captured hearts worldwide by wrapping the realities of nature into the glorious romance of the wild. Now, she turns her award—winning imagination from the sexy werewolf hunt to the intense sizzle of jaguar shape-shifters.

As a jaguar he is graceful and gorgeous...

Speedy and stealthy...
Fierce, independent, and wild...

As a man he is passionate and powerful...

Willful and wonderful...
And he'll stop at nothing to protect what's his...

Terry Spear has written a couple of dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance and continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .

Contest:  One lucky person will receive a copy of Savage Hunger.  Leave a comment and make sure to include your email to be entered.  Open to U.S. and Canada residents, contest ends November 4th.


  1. Highlanders and wolves - great combination
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  2. They're the best! Although SEALS and wolves are pretty hot too!

  3. I enjoyed the interview.


  4. Hot, sexy jaguar shifters, sounds fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading Savage Hunger, I know I'm going to enjoy it.

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  5. Thanks, BN.

    Thanks, Barbara! I hope you love it! :)