TS: I write about werewolf and jaguar shifter romance. Some in this area would think that was fairly strange and would be totally leery of befriending me~!
BBB: Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
TS: When it’s nice out–not so hot, and I’m not having to fight the bugs–(have a terrible time with yellow jackets and mosquitoes) or wind (which blows away the mosquitoes but also my papers that I’m working on), I’ll sit outside and edit. Not so much type new material because I get distracted. I was outside one day when a hawk, I think it was, settled in a tree and made all kinds of a racket, mad at me for being there. He was big and had white feathers on his chest, but I couldn’t see what he was for sure before he moved up higher on the tree and I couldn’t see him for the trellis. And a female cardinal was in between me and the hawk in a shrub. So I was taking pictures instead of writing or editing.
BBB: Have you ever been in trouble with the law?
TS: Only as characters in my books. I’m one of those boring people who pay attention to things like: Entrance only, and won’t go in the exit only door. So I get to be nice and wild when in my book characters’ worlds.
BBB: What actors from the PAST (not living now) would you choose to play some of your characters if Silence of the Wolf were made into a movie or a TV show?
TS: Cary Grant, not sure if he’s still living, but he always had a sense of humor and I loved the way he could act in anything, serious, humorous, sexy.
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
TS: I reread some of my books, or scan them so that I can make sure I have the right characteristics for each of the characters from one book to the next–their personalities, hair color, eye color, etc. But often it’s their personalities that need to remain the same. Now, saying that, if you take a character and put him in a new situation, it can make him behave very differently. A man will act differently if he is with a group of his buddies, or with the boss, or with a group of women, or with THE woman, or in a conflictive situation, romantic liaison, stroll in a park.
BBB: Please tell us more about Silence of the Wolf and the storyline that drives it.
TS: Essentially, I wanted to answer the question I posed in the first two books: did red wolves or gray wolves come first. I had to do a lot of research to answer that question, and out of it came a very special wolf. Special and different can be fine with some, but some don’t like that someone doesn’t conform to what they see as being the norm. So because of that, she’s had a rough life and now has come back to right some wrongs. Tom sees a woman who is in need of a family, a wolf pack’s protection, his love. And he’ll do anything he can to ensure that comes about.
BBB: Silence of the Wolf is book 13 in Heart of the Wolf series. How many more books there be in this series?
TS: I have written the next two and have another soon to be contracted, and another I need to write. As long as readers love the wolf world, I’ll continue to write about it. So that makes 17 so far.
BBB: Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters lives / lifestyles?
TS: I do a lot of research on the area the story is set in. For this one, I had it set in the Silver run wolf pack town, and I added the mention of the ski resort in this one. So I researched about snow injuries, watched a ton of videos on injuries on the slopes. I’ll do a lot of research, even though I won’t use very much of the information in the story. It would be overkill. But I like to have the background so I know it’s as accurate as I can get. But I also do research on wolves, on an area, even though this is a made up location in Colorado, I want to get it right as far as temperatures, plants growing there, seasons, etc.
BBB: Are you a plotser or a pantser? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)
TS: A pantser, most definitely. I do think about their goals, motivations, how they meet, and then after that, the story unfolds as it should. I never know when they will have their first kiss and I think that is one of the most fun scenes in all the stories. That going from a wolfish interest to doing something about it, first step-wise.
BBB: What types of creatures can readers expect in your world?
TS: Werewolves. There is some indication jaguar shifters exist, but neither believe the other is anything more than fictional.
BBB: Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?
TS: My characters do take me on some interesting twists.
BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2014?
TS: I released Hawk Fae, the 6th book in The World of Fae, YA series, Silence of the Wolf will be out in March, Jaguar Hunt, June, A Hero of a Highland Wolf, Aug, and A Highland Wolf Christmas, Oct. I’ll also have the 6th book in the Highland medieval series, A Viking’s Highland Lass out this year. So lots to come!
One of the fun things about writing about werewolf culture is treating the various wolves as different from one another, just like they are in the wild. No two are alike. So one of the things I have to deal with when creating the characters: How would a woman feel about stripping naked in front of a male if they are used to doing so to shift. It’s part of who they are. But on the other hand, if they are isolated from a wolf pack, it wouldn’t be natural for them. Unless they were naturally uninhibited. The same with the jaguar shifters. So whichever way I go, is based on the character’s personality and history. Now, you might think that all men have no trouble getting naked in front of a woman, but that isn’t so either. Still, it’s something that I think wouldn’t appeal as much to a woman–a shy male wolf shifter. It would make him appear insecure and too beta like. What do you think? Yes or no on a shy male as far as stripping in front of a woman to shift, and why?
Another issue I have when writing the series, is whether to turn someone who learns of their existence. They can’t allow an outsider to know of their existence, although a couple of characters have learned of them and have been allowed to survive and not be turned. Do you know which books?
It’s hard making a realistic situation where a human is turned and in such a short amount of time in the book, the person comes to accept what they are. We can’t have a heroine, for instance, who is terrified of what she’s become for half of the book. So sometimes by having them overcome their aversion, or come to grips with it and accept it, we have to do it more quickly in the span of the book and it can seem unrealistic. I still get asked when I’m going to write the next book where a human is turned. It’s easier when both are wolves, or jaguars, to handle relationships. But my question is: Do you like it when one of the characters begin as a human and is turned and why?
Thanks so much, Rachel, for having me here today, and I hope that you will take Tom and the woman who is part wolf into your family as well!
Books in the Heart of the Wolf series in the order they should be read:
Heart of the Wolf
Destiny of the Wolf
To Tempt the Wolf
Legend of the White Wolf
Seduced by the Wolf
Heart of the Highland Wolf
Dreaming of the Wolf
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing
A Howl for a Highlander
A Highland Werewolf Wedding
A SEAL Wolf Christmas
Silence of the Wolf
Hero of a Highland Wolf
A Highland Wolf Christmas
About Terry Spear
“Bestselling and award-winning author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and four 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.”
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