Today I have Terry Spear, who wrote the Silence of the Wolf (I loved this book! Check out the review tomorrow!), on the blog and she graciously let me pick her brain. 🙂 So everyone give a warm welcome to Ms. Spear!!
Crystal-Thanks for stopping by Redheads today! Can you tell us a little about you and a little about what you write?
Terry: Thanks so much for having me here today! I’m a retired Army USAR officer, love to read, to visit gardens, garden—as in flowers and trees and shrubs, bird watch, photography, make original handmade teddy bears, and write about fantasy worlds that are as real as they can be, whether that’s about hunky SEAL wolves, Highland wolves, the Silver Bros wolf pack, like in Silence of the Wolf, or the fae in teen reads, or medieval Highland hunks.
Crystal-What was the first book that stuck with you?
Terry: I loved to read and read voraciously when I was a kid. I was a fast reader, and we had an accelerated reading program in school. So I would take the tests and end up in the school library for the rest of the school year reading to my heart’s content. One of the books I fell in love with was Last of the Mohicans. I read every Native American tale, and tons of folklore and mythologies from around the world. I loved Jack London’s Call of the Wild and White Fang, which were my first books where I developed a love of wolves. But I also loved to create my own stories.
Crystal-What gets your creative juices flowing?
Terry: I usually blog first, but I also do a lot of research. So I was researching A SEAL Wolf for Sale, the area, grizzlies, hunters who go missing, but I had read a couple of years back about a wolf pack and it stuck with me—it was really sad, but I’m using it as a framework for this group of wolves. I think that’s what I love best. Is the research and it will take me to places that I never thought of going. And consequently, readers will learn some new things too. And that’s always fun for me, when readers can expect to learn something new.
Crystal-When you’re not writing, what are your favorite hobbies?
Terry: I LOVE photography. So for me, it’s taking trips to the zoo or botanical gardens, or just seeing the wonders about me, a sunset, a wildflower, cardinals at the feeders, a stormy sky, moss on the tree, mushrooms after a spring rain. I love seeing the beauty in everything around me. But I also love to create new teddy bears and besides being featured in magazines and newspapers, they’ve found homes all over the world as far away as Australia.
Crystal-Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on now?
Terry: I’m working on A SEAL Wolf for Sale which will come out next year. This is Paul’s story, and then I talked with my editor and I’ll need to write Allan’s next in the SEAL wolf stories. Though A Silver Wolf Christmas will be the next project I need to write. Again, loving the Silver wolf pack. I’m also working on The Viking’s Highland Lass for the ever popular The Highlander medieval series. It will be out this year. And a second cougar story, Call of the Cougar.
Crystal-How do you develop your characters?
Terry: They develop themselves. I give them free reign. I know it can be dangerous, but if I don’t, they’ll just fight me anyway, and win. As long as they get their happily ever after, I’m happy and they’re happy. For instance, I’ll give them a problem to deal with. How they deal with it is based on their past experiences and their personality. Just like it is with anyone. And, who they are with at the time, will influence how someone behaves. When I was at one of my summer Army ROTC camps, we had to complete Leadership Reaction Courses, Confidence Courses, Obstacle Courses, and other such leadership training. It’s similar to that. How you react under pressure. If I was doing a Confidence Course with a bunch of women, I’d probably act a little differently than I would if I was with a hunk of a wolf shifter, who I was lusting after. You see? Really depends on who you are with. If it’s for real, and not just part of training, again, something different. My personal background is different from others. I might have an idea of how to do something, or have a phobia about something, that the other person doesn’t have. He might. Again, it would be based on those past experiences. If he’s done it before, or I have, then that would change the scenario also.
Crystal-Did any music inspire your book? Do you have a playlist?
Terry: I usually don’t listen to music because I really am into the scenes I’m writing and it takes me into a different world. I have listened to some at times and for something like this it would be the Bourne Identity type movie themes—action, suspense, forward movement. When I am writing Highland stories, I listen to a lot of Celtic orchestral music. I can’t listen to lyrics or I’ll write it into my book.
Crystal-What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Terry: The most challenging aspect is always different for each book. For Silence of the Wolf, it was learning as much as I could about airplane crashes. I do a lot of research. I like to get things as right as I can. I even talked with my son, who flies for the AF, about crashes and such.
Most rewarding, there are always scenes that are so riveting to me, and ultimately to readers, that I LOVE to “edit” them over and over again. I don’t really change them… it’s just an excuse to keep reading them again. In Silence of the Wolf, it was the kiss scene on the slopes. In Savage Hunger, it’s the waterfall scene–hot, hot, hot. In A Highland Wolf Christmas, the kiss under the Christmas tree, literally. Every book has multiple scenes like that, that I totally love and find that readers do too.
Crystal-I know you hear from a lot of readers…What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Terry: I LOVE hearing from my readers!! If anyone reading this doesn’t follow me on FB, please do. I interact all the time there with readers. I think most of it has to do with that readers love to learn new things. And one of the things I shared in Savage Hunger was about pink dolphins. A number of readers told me they had to look them up as they had never heard of them—neither had I—and loved them. That is worth the world to me. To share fun knowledge mixed in with my fantasy worlds.
Crystal-Who are some of your favorite authors and books?
Terry: I love Moning’s Immortal Highlander. It was the first book I read of hers and I bought all of her other books. I love Jayne Ann Krentz’s books. Fell in love with her futuristic books first, and then learned about her historical paranormal and contemporary paranormal worlds and thoroughly enjoyed them. One of my favorite historical authors is Leslie Lafoy, and another was Campbell, but I don’t think she’s writing any longer. Tons of others: Samantha Grace, Grace Burroughs, Mia Marlowe, Vonda Sinclair, Christy English, Theresa Romain, Victoria Roberts, Tracey Devlyn. I tend to read a LOT of historicals. Love them. Paranormal: Shona Husk, Ashlyn Chase, Sarah Castille. And of course for a hunky cowboy world: Carolyn Brown.
Crystal-What are you reading now?
Terry: A SEAL Wolf for Sale. It’s due in June, so between research on it and writing it and going to two conferences between now and then, I have to concentrate on that for now!
Crystal-And I can’t have you leave without this fun question I like to ask…boxers or briefs?
Terry: Kilts–no boxers or briefs, with a very stiff breeze, and a camera in hand. *very big grin*
Crystal- Love it!! Thanks for stopping by Redheads today!
Terry: Thanks so much for having me! You know my daughter is a redhead, so they have a special place in my world.
For a chance to win a physical copy of Silence of the Wolf, Ms. Spear has a question for her readers. Answer in the comments below for a chance to be entered to win! (Giveaway ends 11:59 pm March 30th.
My question to readers is: What would you have done in Elizabeth’s place if Tom Silver had kissed you where everyone was waiting in line to get on the ski lifts and you’d only just met him?
Crystal- I can say for myself, I would probably turn the shade of a tomato(which isn’t all that hard, lol) and discourage him to do it again even though I would secretly want even more. 🙂Silence of the Wolf by Terry Spear
Series: Heart of the Wolf #13
on March 4th, @014
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Life For the Silver Pack Just Got Wilder...
Elizabeth Wildwood has been a longer all her life, ostracized because of her "mixed" half-wolf, half-coyote blood. When she ventures into gray wolf territory on a dangerous quest of her own and his thrown together with the sexiest shifter she's ever met she begins to wish for the first time that she could be part of a family.
When this unusual shifter female comes into his pack's territory, it's Tom Silver's job to protect her—if only she would let him.
Praise for Silence of the Wolf:
“The outstanding and gripping plot of Spear’s latest installment in the Heart of the Wolf series will appeal to paranormal fans, and romance junkies will take delight in the red-hot love story embedded within.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and five medieval Highland historical romances. Her 2008 novel, Heart of the Wolf, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year (romance category). A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Texas. For more information, please visit http://terryspear.com/
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