I can actually remember the day that I was offered my very first Terry Spear book and it was through Danielle at Sourcebooks. I got it just before I went to Lake George (New York State) on vacation. I devoured that book within a short period of time and I have to say I was completely hooked.
That book was:
To Tempt The Wolf is book three in the wolf series.
Legend of the White Wolf book four.
Seduced by The Wolf book five.
I was fortunate to have the fabulous Terry Spear do a guest post which you can read here back in 2009. Which I was thrilled about and honestly one of my wishes was to one day interview her and I finally got the chance to do so.
Now today I am very honored to be able to share a interview I did with Terry. I was super excited to get the chance to interview her. She is one of my favorite authors and she already knows she rocks in my books.
Terry has a brand new book out called Wolf Fever (book 6 in the wolf series) and it just came out this month.
I got my copy for my birthday and I can’t wait to start reading it. Hopefully during the Christmas season. I think this is a perfect book to curl up and read especially this time of the year when its cold and miserable outside. The cover alone could warm you up.
I hope that you will enjoy my interview with Terry. I had so much fun doing it. Following the interview there will be a give away announcement.
Why did you decide to write about wolves? What is your favorite kind of wolf?
TS: I go for the underdog, pardon my reference to dogs here. Wolves do not like being referred to as dogs in any way, shape, or form. But here you have a guy who shapeshifts into a wolf and what happens? Women go screaming off into the night. Men accuse the wolf of killing their livestock. Some say that the wolf bit them and now they’re werewolves too. And the wolf is nothing more than a mindless beast.
So someone had to stand up for them and take the side of the downtrodden wolf (werewolf) and show the whole werewolf shapeshifting business in a more positive light. They are not cursed, unhappy beings. They are well-adjusted (except for Carol who has issues about shifting, but she has her reasons), and they were born into this life, for the most part. Although a few were turned. But even they are happy with who they are. And when they’re wolves, they still have their human thought processes too, not beastly in the least.
Now, my favorite kind of wolf is a red. I love the grays and Arctic wolves too, but I love the red because they’re rarer, smaller, and I love their coloring.
In your wolf series, the information that you provide about each wolf pack is very interesting. Do you do a lot of research on them?
TS: Yes, I do a lot of research, and do it over and over again. I’m always picking up something new to share either about wolves, or an area where they’re living, or some other aspect, like in Wolf Fever, how to get rid of werewolfism. I know, I know, I said my wolves are well-adjusted and love being werewolves… There’s a reason for this! Truly. A good reason. Trust me. If you were a well-adjusted werewolf, you’d be feeling the same way also!
I absolutely love the wolf series and I saw on your blog that there is going to be 10 books in this series (as of now). Do you think there will there be more?
TS: Yes!! My editor asked if I could have at least three Highland wolf tales, and fans have asked for another story about the pack from Heart of the Wolf, and Tom needs a mate, and somebody said they wanted to see more of zoo man Thompson, and I’m sure fans will fall in love with a couple of secondary characters in The Wolf and the SEAL—who were based on a fan’s suggestion of what she wanted to see… and, well you see there’s just got to be more! Thanks so much for loving the series, Cindy!
You introduced so many great characters in the previous books and I agree I want to see more Thompson too.
I also read on your blog that your grandmother was raised in Canada. Have you ever been to Canada? If so, what did you think about it? If not, do you plan on visiting?
TS: I was in Toronto and taught Happy Hookers, the workshop. LOL! I’ve written a lot about my roots in Canada in genealogy magazines and wished that my mother and I could have visited Prince Edward Island before she died. That’s where her Highland Scots settled. Although her mother and father were from Manitoba, and my mother was born in Alberta. Most of her mother’s family was in Ontario for a time. She was raised in B.C. Her father’s family was from Scotland and Ireland and Wales and settled first in Quebec. And a few of the relatives moved to Saskatchewan. So they settled nearly everywhere!
You would love Prince Edward Island if you were to go. I love it. So much to see and do and it feels like a whole other world there.
Are you working on anything now? If so are you able to share with the readers what you are working on?
TS: Going into stores in 2011 will be Heart of the Highland Wolf (June 2011) and Dreaming of the Wolf (December 2011). I’m finishing up The Wolf and the SEAL (to be released in Spring 2012)—what is a SEAL to do but protect a wolf from danger? After that, I will start working on The Highland Wolf in Paradise (Fall 2012), set in the Cayman Islands, which will include one of the brothers from Heart of the Highland Wolf.
You mean I have to wait until June and December 2011 to read your next book? The suspense is going to kill me.
I am curious about your writing—how long does it take you to write a book? On your finished books do you have input on the covers? (I love the covers!)
TS: It takes me about 3-4 months. Although sometimes it takes longer, particularly when I’m editing other books in the interim while trying to write the new book. Thanks on the covers. They are great, and I’m so excited about Heart of the Highland Wolf, I want a poster, and then a marquee of it as soon as they make a movie of it. 🙂
Yes, about having input on the covers. We send specs on who might be included, symbolism, and I always send pictures of settings I think might work. I was excited because the art department is working on Dreaming of the Wolf’s cover right now (book 8) and asked me about some of the pictures I sent showing wildflowers in Colorado in the summer. It’s always exciting to see what they come up with next. They’re always beautiful!
I love your covers. I mean whats not to like about a half naked guy standing there?
When you’re not writing, what do you do for fun?
TS: Garden, create teddy bears, hike. I enjoyed seeing 7 castles in Scotland to use in the Highland stories, and also visiting a wolf reserve to observe the wolves’ behavior. I hope to go to another one next year.
With Christmas approaching do you have any traditions that you do every year?
TS: We always open one gift Christmas night, have a nice dinner, play games—chicken foot dominoes or some other game like Scrabble, then the next morning get up early and get started on the Christmas presents, then begin cooking the turkey. I can smell the turkey browning as we speak!
Terry are households are very similar as we open one gift on Christmas Eve and either watch some tv or play cards or games before my son goes to bed. Then of course Christmas morning he is up early and we open a few presents, have breakfast and then open the rest of the presents. Thankfully we have dinner at my in laws so I don’t have to make a turkey dinner. That happens on Christmas Eve Day. Hmm I can smell it too. Only a few more days.
Thank you Terry for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions. As you know I am a huge fan. I love the books. Keep them coming. Happy Holidays!
Thanks so much for hosting me, Cindy. I so appreciate that you love the series. If you need book marks, just send me an SASE (information on my website)! Have a lovely Christmas and thanks again!
WOLF FEVER by TERRY SPEAR—IN STORES DECEMBER 2010
ABOUT THE BOOK:
She may be his destiny, but she’s not his first choice…
Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he’s the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her… Why is he playing so hard to get?
The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders…
Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn’t want anything to do with Carol unless she’s willing to embrace her wolf nature—no matter how beautiful she is.
But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he’s been not to seize the moment with the woman he’s come to love. And now, it may be too late…
Praise for Terry Spear’s To Tempt the Wolf:
“Ms. Spear’s has spun a web of drama that pulled me in… Get it; read it; you’ll love it!”
—Romance Reader at Heart
“A paranormal romp that sizzles! Action-packed romance and suspense-filled plot add up to pure magic. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Terry Spear is a great addition to the paranormal genre!”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With 70,000 copies sold, Terry Spear is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. She received her MBA from Monmouth University. An eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal as well as writing historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.
GIVE AWAY TIME:
Thanks to Danielle I am able to offer two lucky readers of my blog a copy of Wolf Fever. One to a Canadian resident and one to a American resident.
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7 thoughts on “Author Interview: Terry Spears + Giveaway”
Oh, neat! you know, I’ve never seen the draw other people have in werewolves but i just finished Shiver and now i think I’m strarting to change my mind. Maybe I need to look at this set, too…
iwriteinbooks I was like that too and always said that this isn’t for me but when I read that first book I was hooked and honestly it seems like the only ones I can truly get into and enjoy are Terry’s books. I think you might like this series.
Looks like an interesting series!
Thanks so much, Cindy!! I’m thrilled you love the books. What with work and helping my daughter to study for her GRE after work, I’ve only just now had time to drop by and say thanks!
Have a lovely holiday, and I’ll let everyone know about the interview and giveaway in the morning before work! Thanks again!
Thanks so much for having me, Cindy! And I’m thrilled you love the books! Hope everyone gives them a chance, even if wolves weren’t part of your life before this! LOL 🙂
Happy Holidays! And hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!
Yep, fairly positive I need these.
I’m a creature of Habits. Some good, some not so good. And Reading everybook Terry Writes is Good Habit. Her books are so addictive. She sucks you into this world of the Lupus Garou. She’s made a believer out of me. And the hardest part of reading Terry’s books, is the waiting and the withdrawal symptoms between books. That’s when the other habits take over. I love to see the characters return. And I’m one of the fans pushing for a Zooman Thompson book. And I hope he gets his. If you know what I mean. LOL