Terry Spear Interview

Author Terry Spear Interview and Contest

Silence of the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf) by Terry Spear BBB: Tell us 3 things not in your bio we don’t know about you that might make us leery of befriending you. LOL

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!

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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
Wolf Fever
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

Author Terry Spear

Author Bio:

“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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106 comments

  1. Thanks so much for having me here today! Let the “loving the shifter” party begin!

  2. Hi Terry!

    Welcome back to Bitten by Books! It is always an honor to have you here.

    It seems just like yesterday that your first book in the Heart of the Wolf series came out and we are now at book 13! That is amazing and a true testament to how fabulous your worlds are.

    What do you like to do to relax when you aren’t writing?

    • Hey, Rachel, I so agree on the volume! When I wrote that first one, I never figured I’d be writing number 16, already!!! :)

      Taking pictures! I went to the zoo on Tuesday, and caught some kind of really big birds in a courtship dance, a black bear surrounded by turkey vultures, a jaguar drinking water–big tongues, lots of teeth, a tiger cub waiting for his forlorn sibling who was roaring inside of the cave, and so much more.

      I can see a forest of mushrooms suddenly bloom underneath a shrub after a spring rain, or water droplets on a blade of glass, or a blue, blue dragonfly eating aphids on a crepe myrtle flower and I’m excited. :)

      And making teddy bears. I’ve been making them a little longer than writing and they’ve won awards, been featured in magazines and found homes all around the world. :)

  3. When you first began writing, what did you find to be the most difficult to overcome? Whether it be self doubt, writing style, etc. :)

    • Writing it right. I spent a long time reading every book on writing before I embarked on the journey! And I spent tons of time researching the first world I ever wrote about–a western historical romance set in Texas and New Orleans. One of these days it will be published. :)

  4. As far as yes or no on a shy male when it comes to shifting- I think, for shifting, the animal side would take over before the shifting begins and shy isn’t really something you find a lot of in the animal kingdom, I think. However, if it’s in the personality of the male to be shy then I can see that working too- since the human side still plays a big role ;)

    I find that I do like when at least one character is turned- meaning start off human and get bit etc. It gives the perspective of a freshly turned and gives the shifter more human habits to overcome :) I think it makes for great character development!

    • Interesting take on the shyness. You would think that animals who are mating, just do it right in front of the pack, right? They’re animals, after all. But with one biologist’s research, the mated couple went off and coupled away from the pack in privacy. I thought that was interesting. :)

      It is fun to have one person who is turned. I will have to do that again. :)

  5. Raonaid Luckwell

    Say you were allowed only to give one piece of advice to newbie writers and authors. What advice do you think is the most important to give.

    • Just one???? Keep learning, writing, revising, submitting (if you’re going the traditional route), and start all over again. Even if you have a published book, you have to always start at the beginning.

      Perseverance is the key. You might have the best book in the world, yet if you don’t persevere, no one will ever know about it. You have to finish it. :) This might seem obvious, but a lot of writers think about one, never write it, or write part of it and get stuck and never finish it, or finish it and never go any further with it.

      I love Galaxy Quest’s: “Never give up! Never Surrender!” That’s the key. Perseverance.

  6. Congratulations on the publication of Silence of the Wolf! Amazing that you have written over fifty paranormal romance novels. Who are some of your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
    I am also fascinated that you have made award-winning teddy bears longer than you have been writing. How did you get started with this hobby?

    • Hey Bonnie! Thanks so much! I LOVED several poets, actually. There was an economy of words and yet they said so much, triggered deep emotions, good feelings, or however the work impacted on the reader. Two of my favorite were Robert Frost and Edgar Allen Poe. But I also loved Last of the Mohicans and it led to me reading every Native American tale and mythologies from around the world. Jack London’s Call of the Wild and White Fang gave me an appreciation of wolves. Gone with the World, I had to admit made me skip boring details, and yet one stuck in my mind–the drapes she turned into a gown. :) Little things like that taught me the importance of a scene. How it could be remembered by readers forever.

      On the teddy bears, my parents created original, hand-crafted doll carriages. I was the only one in my family who sewed. They were buying dolls to display. But they asked me if I could create an old fashioned teddy bear to display with their carriages. So I did. And they began picking up awards: Best of Show, Best Dressed, Most Unique Bear. They were featured in a teddy bear film, and in magazines and newspapers. As soon as the Internet came into being, I had my bears up there and began to sell as far away as to France, Belgium, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, South Africa and more! Of course to our neighbors, Canada, and all across the US.

  7. Do your ideas for storylines come to you easily or do you have to work to create a plot for each character you write?

  8. Raonaid Luckwell

    Hey Rachel – When I clicked the link to go to Terry’s facebook, I got aThe webpage cannot be displayed

  9. 1) I say a shy male stripper because the ones who are a little bashful about their bodies are so much sexier than the men that are overconfident about their sex appeal.

    2) I like it both ways. The plot is always interesting when a human character “discovers” the shifter world, but there is less catching up to do if they are both shifters to begin with.

    • Carly, lol, I love it. I agree!!!! A shy male stripper sounds like an oxymoron.

      I agree about the human vs shifter to begin with. I had so much fun with Legend of the White Wolf with making them BOTH new. They were like sexy Babes in the Woods! :) I loved them.

    • Okay, I don’t know why this auto corrected to stripper, what I meant was SHIFTER! Haha, Sorry everybody!

  10. Raonaid Luckwell

    What do you think? Yes or no on a shy male as far as stripping in front of a woman to shift, and why?

    Question is, why not have a shy male shifter? There are shy animals out there. So it would be a nice change of pace opposed to the ones so at ease or bold in their nudity. And sometimes the shy ones could be so much fun and you never knew.. Corruptable. LOL

    • LOL, I agree!! Every person is different from one another. The same with animals. I have a road runner who has made my home his, or hers. Have no idea what the sex is. But he calls for a mate every day. Really mournful and I feel badly for him. I’ve caught sight of him/her when I’ve gone out to water and one day I went out with my camera to take pictures of wild flowers. He was standing among a patch of them, so I took a whole bunch of pictures of him. And he allowed me to! Sometimes, he will peek in my windows at me. Is every road runner like that? Absolutely not. :) I try not to disturb him, but it’s hard for me not to run and get my camera and take some more pictures of him. And he doesn’t seem to mind.

      • Raonaid Luckwell

        I once had a dachshund who was shy, timid and backwards. He came out of it when he went to a widow who spoiled him. But it is incredibly cute about the roadrunner. It sounds like my late grandmother with her hummingbirds.

  11. Raonaid Luckwell

    Do you like it when one of the characters begin as a human and is turned and why?

    Would be a nice change of pace – Most of your werewolven books start out with them either being a natural born were or had been bitten in the past, and they gotten use to it. I think if the author shows the trials and problems they face with the change

    • I think I’ve only done it a couple of times, haven’t I? To Tempt the Wolf, she’s not a wolf, but she’s not quite human either. Legend of the White Wolf, both he and she are human. And in Savage Hunger, which was fun because it was his sister who was the catalyst there.

      I’ve been asked if I would do more. I guess it’s about that time. :)

  12. Terry what books do you recommend for new authors just starting out besides:“On Writing” by Stephen King, “Elements of Style” by Strunk & White, or“On Writing Well” by William Zinnser. What are some must haves and some that are not as widely used or popular you like?

  13. What movies and books (other than your own) coming out in 2014 are you really excited about?

    • Hey, Lisa,

      Is it okay to say I don’t have any???

      I see something that looks like an exciting read and I get it. Same with movies. Half the time I miss the movies because I’m on so many deadlines. But if I get a chance, I’ll see it. There’s Authors Anon? I think it’s called that a writer friend and I plan to see because it sounds cute when I go to Chicago to a conference.

      I saw the Monuments Men last week with a friend because I had wanted to see that and her family didn’t want to. I saw Oblivion a while back and the second Hunger Games, and really enjoyed that. I’m really eclectic when it comes to movies and books. But between writing, promoting, and critiquing others’ works, I don’t have a lot of reading time. I just had to read 8 books for the Rita contest. :)

  14. I never read those. :) I had a ton of books on writing, but many of them, I’ve given away to a writer friend.

    Here are a few still on my bookshelf:
    Creating Unforgettable Characters
    Dynamic Characters
    Conflict, Action, & Suspense
    Characters & Viewpoint

    When I first started writing, I was a plot-oriented writer. I had an exciting plot that my characters had to advance through to get to the end. But for romance, you have to have character-driven romance. In tr4uth, you need to have both.

    In Master and Commander, the movie, there was no real plot. But the characterization was fantastic. If you love or hate the characters in a work, the author has probably done a great job with characterization. If you remember the riveting plot, but not any of the characters, it’s probably plot oriented. Getting from Point A to Point B.

    So I read a lot about characterization to make characters real. Some authors will write character sheets up. If this works, that’s great. I can’t do that. To me, the characters evolve from their actions. So if I have a man whose brother drowned in a lake and now he’s got to save someone, and he’s deathly afraid of the water, so he fights his fear to save that person–that is heroic. It shows a depth of character.

    If the man always does stuff like that, it’s his job, shrugging. No depth of character. :) It’s all fun! :)

  15. Love your books! I haven’t read the the Jaguar or Cougar books. I see there are already 2 in the Jaguar series. How many more are planned? And will there be more for the Cougars as well?

    • Hey, JoAnna, thanks! Not sure on anything when it comes to the shifter books. My editor wanted another SEAL book. I’m thinking of the next jaguar–there’s one more brother I haven’t written about that is in the Anderson’s family. I’ve already turned in Jaguar Pride, book 4. I have 17 wolf books, working on 16, and the next is A Silver Wolf Christmas. Looking forward to writing that. I’m working on A SEAL Wolf for Sale right now. And I think the SEAL book will be the last SEAL on the team’s story. Cougar’s Mate is the first book in the cougar shifter series, lots more to come! There can NOT be only one. :)

  16. It always amazes me when a series goes so long & keeps up in quality so congrats!

    Have you learned anything in your research about the animal kingdom that really surprised you?

    I personally am not crazy about a shy shifter. One of the things I do like about shifters is that they take on a bit of the animal personality & there is no such thing as shy in the animal kingdom- shyness is a purely human construct. I also just prefer very alpha male characters so I’d want someone sure of themselves.

    I do like turning stories- it is a massive journey to undertake and I like seeing how characters deal with the new balance of their lives.

    • Kristin, thanks! I attribute that to finding new settings to set the stories, and I really, really work at making the plots and characters different from one another. I don’t want anyone to say that this book is the same as some earlier book, just changed the names. It makes it a challenge for me, and it makes it fun too.

      I learn all kinds of different things about the animal kingdom that surprises me: the alpha leaders of a pack went off to couple in private. I would have figured they would have done the deal in front of their pack mates, not caring if anyone else was there. LOL

      Or when the alpha female leader chased off her sister to try and keep her out of the pack, though she was the greatest hunter of the pack, that the sister would end up becoming the alpha leader’s mate one day.

      Or that a wolf cub that was more interested in exploring her world and not interacting with other wolves, which would have relegated her to omega status, the wolf that would be picked on by all the wolves, became the alpha pack leader’s mate.

      It goes to show that in their world, even though they might not be the leader, they can change their roles if the situation works in their favor and they were meant to lead.

      I agree about turning stories. To me, it’s like taking someone who is living in our current times and sent to the distant past. A fish out of water. Love it.

      Oh, I thought of another book where the heroine was turned: Dreaming of the Wolf. :)

  17. Hi Terry – Seeing as Wolves and Big Cats are on opposite sides of the spectrum how did you decided to write both? And what happens when a wolf and a jaguar shifter “get together?”

    • 1. I think it’s kind of cute when a male shifter is a bit shy at changing in front of a female at first.
      2. I don’t mind a turn but if they don’t struggle at first in accepting the “new” being they’ve become it doesn’t work for me.

      • I do too, Viki! :) I think it really depends on the shifter. One thing I try to emphasize in my books is that shifters are a composite of their wilder half and their human half. The two are one and the same. They don’t unzip their wolf coat and become human. And they don’t strip out their human personality to become all wolfish/big cat like. It’s all part of the whole package. So if they have some weaknesses as a human, they don’t all of a sudden get rid of that in their wild form. Or vice versa.

        I agree that if the character doesn’t have a time with it, it’s unrealistic. Again, it would depend on personality to an extent. A more adventurous sort might be much more receptive. Someone who isn’t, who doesn’t like any change, not so much so.

        I think of Galaxy Quest when their commander takes them up to a REAL alien spaceship and shows them the REAL aliens. The others on his crew are in shock, discombobulated, fearful. But the one guy, he’s like this is sooo cool. If you told one person he had to leap out of a plane without a parachute, he’d go for it. Someone else would be shaking his head saying “no” vigorously. LOL

        My dad had to do this, btw, when his plane was shot down over Germany! He had to decide if he would put his parachute on before he crawled out of the tail of the plane free-falling toward earth, or after. The tail was so confined it was hard to do anything. He was suddenly free-falling without the tail, and so his decision was made for him.

    • Hey, Viki!

      Well, my editor wanted me to write something different after 4 wolf books. So I suggested Highland wolves. :) I loved my wolves. So she said, “Okay, but I still want something different.”

      But I wanted something similar because readers loved the wolves. So I was thinking of something really different, and yet, similar–shifters, same kind of world. I wanted something that lived close by–so jaguars used to live in the southern states close to the Mexican border. Jaguars are exotic big cats and when I researched them, I fell in love with them. I began to write cougar shifters also because they are the largest big cat in the US, and they are again, so different from jaguars, that I’ve had to do a lot of research, and have had fun starting with that series. :)

      Dogs and cats can love each other. They can be raised together. They can be best buddies. But they can’t produce offspring. That’s really important for the continuation of their species. I think it would be fun to have a jaguar and a wolf that are great friends, BUT that don’t go beyond that or if they do, they know they can’t ever have cubs! :)

      Like cats can with other species of cats/or dogs can with wolves, etc.

      They had a jaguar and lion mate by accident. The reserve had raised them together because they were so lonely. Whenever the female came into estrus, they would move her to another pen. But they would both cry so badly, after she went out of estrus, they moved them back in together. Well, they missed moving her in time the one time.

      “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”~~Jurassic Park

      So, they ended up having jaglions. The reserve wasn’t allowed to have cubs, per their contract to care for cats. It just happened. So they kept her with her cubs, that looked like lion-faced jaguars with the rosettes, and her exhibit was right next to her mate
      s, so they could touch each others noses and be close. :) I love HEA.

  18. Hi Terry ! I love your books ! What is your favorite paranormal book that you have read and what is your favorite paranormal being ?

  19. On a scale of 1-10, how hard would you say it was to get your first book published?

    • 10 being hard? I’d say 100. :) The rule is: getting an agent is harder than getting an editor. And getting an editor is impossible without going through an agent!!!!

      Talk about Catch 22. :)

      Now the caveat is that some publishing houses do take unagented submissions. Also, you can submit to contests, and if you final, get before an agent or editor that way. You can pitch before agents and editors at conferences. So these are some ways to get your mss before an agent or editor that you might not be able to do otherwise. Sometimes you can go about it a different way. Like have a HUGE fan base for some reason: maybe you publish your stories on Wattpad, or have a blog that has so many readers, or have self-published some titles that have so many readers, that agents or publishers will actually seek YOU out!!!!

      And this has happened a number of times to authors either that I know of or that I’m friends with.

      I LOVE it. The world has changed so much since I sent off my first manuscript, typewritten on the dreaded typewriter, and before Internet!!!

      OR you can try, and if your story is not what publishers are looking for, for whatever reason, publish it yourself. Get someone to edit it, build you a cover, format it, or learn how to do these things yourself, and go for it.

      My first books were with small epubs. Then a small print only publisher. Then another that actually paid advances, but before the 2 YAs came out, she closed that particular line, sooooo, I went from published by a bigger house, to unpublished in a phone call. I got to keep my advances though!

      So you see why I say to persevere. I never gave up. Heart of the Wolf was turned down by several big houses, and all agents, yet everyone loved it enough to request more. It made Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year. I thought everyone made that!!! You know. Because, I did. LOL But everyone was asking me how I got that! LOL

      You just really have to have faith in your storytelling, don’t listen to the naysayers, and keep on trying. :)

  20. I like it when the make shifters are shy instead of being “whatever” about shifting and stripping in front of the female :)

  21. I am new to this series. Do you have to read them in order or can you jump into one that grabs your interest?

    • Hey, Susan,

      You can jump right in and read any. The first four I wrote about different wolf packs. There’s one character in all 4 of them and he got his book in Seduced by the Wolf.

      To Tempt the Wolf, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, A SEAL Wolf Christmas are the Oregon Coast pack, the SEAL team wolves. (another to come out next year)

      The Silver wolf pack: Destiny of the Wolf, Wolf Fever, Dreaming of the Wolf, Silence of the Wolf (another to come out next year)

      The Highland Wolf pack: Heart of the Highland Wolf, A Howl for a Highlander, A Highland Werewolf Wedding (2 more to come out this year)

      Heart of the Wolf, Legend of the White Wolf, (no other stories about these wolf packs yet) and Seduced by the Wolf (the wolf in the first 3 books as a secondary character, and then mixing it up with the SEAL wolf pack on the Oregon Coast)

      That’s a long winded way of showing you a way you can take them out of order and still read about a series following a particular wolf pack. :)

      But they are stand alone titles. :)

    • I can attest that you can read them in any order! As I’m reading more of them, I am tickled pink when I recognize fav characters from previous books returning… but it hasn’t taken away my enjoyment of each book that I haven’t read them in order. I actually have every one in the series now… I got hooked on them right away I know when I pick up one of Terry’s that I’m in for a good read. :-)))
      .

  22. Have you had any of your friends or family come to you after reading one of your books and swear you wrote a character about them?

    • :) I had a friend of my daughter say that I wrote a book about her. It was a teen book. :) It wasn’t. But she was thrilled that it was.

      I had written a True Romance Magazine short romance–”The Trouble with Mother” I think it was called, and my mom and I were really close, but I think before she read it, she thought I had written negative things about her. :) I hadn’t. It was about somebody I didn’t even know personally, just one of those stories from a friend of a friend. Great question, Fawn. :)

  23. If you were able to co-write a book with any author, living or dead, who would you pick? Or would you go it alone anyway?

    • Maire, go it alone. Am I a lone wolf, or what??? I’m working with some authors on joining them in book collections and I’ve done some anthologies with other authors, and I have done some fun Round Robin exercises where I’ve started the story and everyone adds their part to it. Those have been a lot of fun. But to actually publish and not just post on a blog? No.

  24. Author questions!

    I like variety in my characters, so I’ve got no problems with a shifter being shy about changing. Or modest, or polite, or wary, or… It’s not about what he does, it’s about what it says about him that he does it. And his approach to shifting is going to say something about what kind of person he is.

    If the character being changed is handled well, I can really enjoy that. It can be a really good way to introduce the “rules” of the setting because the character learns as we do. If it’s badly written, well, bad writing will always lose me.

    Change! Variety! Different plots! I like them. :)

    • I so agree, Maire. Every animal/shifter/human is going to behave differently given a situation. And character is what it’s all about.

      I agree about the changing a character. It’s like time travels. I mention them in conjunction with shifters because I’ve written both. And I’ve taken psychology courses. So you go through several phases in any situation like this. Disbelief, grief (it’s a loss of being who you are/or time and place and again who you are), coping mechanisms, etc. It depends on the character as to how they accept the change or not.

      In a romance, we have to do it quickly. Which is a problem. In reality, they would probably have to take months or longer to really adjust to the notion. Not something that takes place over a matter of days. But we can’t have a character moping or fighting their new existence for months, for half the book, or whatever. Readers would be sick of it. Get on with it, already.

      It’s like a woman who has broken up with her boyfriend or husband. It can take months to deal with it or longer. But if it’s a romance, we don’t have months. They have to find someone new and get on with life. :) It’s not really realistic, for the most part.

      But then again, we write fiction. And on these? Fantasy fiction! :)

  25. Do you observe real life animals during your research?

    • All the time, Mary! I was just at the zoo on Tuesday observing the jaguars. I’ve been to two wolf reserves, twice to one, and watched their behavior, video tape them sometimes, take lots of pictures. And I’m going to a big wolf reserve in Minnesota in the fall. They even have wolf howl-ins. Though I’m not sure if they’ll have them when I go. I’ve also recently observed jaguars and cougars at three different zoos. They have sort of a huffing sound they make, rather than a roar, though they’re called a roaring cat–jaguars, that is. One was “roaring” for the other when they were isolated from each other, not sure why, for a time. At one of the wolf reserves, a wolf dog had lost it’s mate. He refused to eat or drink and they were afraid they were going to lose him. When we observed him, he started to howl and set off all the other wolf dogs and wolves. One wolf could actually be walked on leash. She was extremely beta, loved the man who walked her, and she had her head down and her tail between her legs. It’s really interesting to see their behavior. At the one in Nebraska, they have a male and female alpha pair of wolves.

  26. what type of weather do you like to write in and what type makes it harder to write in?

  27. Answer Authors Questions
    1.I Say yes sound cute a shy stripper.
    2.yes makes me fill like it could happen to any of us that way.and make me fill more connected.

  28. Are you a fan of any current TV series? Like Bitten? or Supernatural?

    I’m so glad that you had faith in your storytelling!

    • Hey, Linda, Supernatural! The Vikings, Dollhouse. I watched a couple of series at my daughter’s house, I think, The River? That was pretty good. :) One was Fairy Tales–not sure of the title. I really enjoyed the beginning, but it lost its appeal after awhile. :)

      Thanks, about the storytelling!!! I LOVE to create stories. :)

      • I tried the Fairy Tales but only watched a few. I just discovered The Vikings AND Supernatural. I’m currently catching up on Supernatural for all the series I’ve missed. You should check out Bitten! I’m not certain it’s going to be renewed but the 1st season was very good! You’d love it as it’s a story of a pack. It’s filmed in Canada. I was screaming and jumping up and down during the last episode.

        • LOL, I’ll check it out. I think you’d like Dollhouse. It was a really interesting concept. Different. I had to do the same with Supernatural. I’ve got the first season of Vikings. :)

  29. I’m ok with a shy male stripping. I’m sure you’d write about the reason the male is shy and make it part of his tortured hero persona.

    • I agree, Linda! You can create any scenario and make it work–if you have the proper motivation for it. And the proper back story.

      It’s kind of funny, but if I envision a woman who is shy about stripping in front of a male, what does that make her? Sweet! :)

      But if a man is shy of stripping in front of a woman, what does that make him? Less manly!

      And yet, why can’t a man feel a little apprehensive of how a woman will perceive his body?

      So realistically, a man could be the hottest fighter alive, not afraid of anything, but when he wants to appeal to the woman, fears rejection. :)

  30. I’m fine with a character beginning as a human and being turned in the book… Anything you write is wonderful as far as I’m concerned!

  31. If you could do a crossover with any book, film, or TV show, what would it be and why?

    • Hmm, I could have the Hunger Games, where a couple in the group are wolves. :) Only they would go after the game makers. They’re heroic, you know. But they’d be up to the challenge.

  32. I like the idea of a shy male having misgivings about stripping to shift…boundaries are kind of refreshing, even if I like to see the manflesh!

    As for turning, it depends on the circumstances. Sometimes the seduction aspect feels a little heavy-handed, but I kind of like it when the turning feels empowering in the end.

  33. I loved the interview (and the fact that you sit outside and edit!). If you could visit any place you’ve written about, where would it be?

    • I agree, and really, Trix, it would probably only be for the first time that he might be a little uncomfortable. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable. :)

      I agree on the turning. In one story, Legend of the White Wolf, he was bitten, not in seduction, but in a fight. And then he bit the heroine, again, not with seduction in mind. It was an accident. In To Tempt the Wolf, they’ve fallen in love and she has wolf roots, but can’t shift. In Dreaming of the Wolf, it was forced on her by another wolf. And in Wolf Fever, the woman was nearly killed by the wolf, so it wasn’t a seduction.

      I guess I’ve never used seduction as a basis. :)

    • I love when I can do that, Dawn. Most of the time it’s too hot or buggy. Or windy! :) But I love when I can do it.

      I’ve visited or lived in most of the places I’ve written about: Scotland, Grand Cayman Island, Colorado, Maine, Oregon, Texas, Florida, California, can’t think of the other locations. I’m writing one right now that’s set in Montana, and I’d like to go there to see the location.

      I will be setting one in Minnesota. I’m going to see all kinds of sites up there in the fall. So it will be perfect for the Arctic wolf pack. :)

  34. How many books are in this series?

  35. no, if he’s uncomfortable

  36. not really; it’s not that interesting to me

  37. What was your favorite childhood book?

    • Dovile, sorry, didn’t get notification I had any other responses. My favorite was— and this dates me: The Dick and Jane series. Because it was the first books I was able to read on my own back then, and I loved to read. :)

  38. if you could have dinner with any three folks real, fiction, dead or alive who would they be and why.

    • My parents. They were so proud of my writing, but my dad never saw my first book published. And my mom knew I had published my 3rd wolf book, but she never saw where I’d make USA Today bestseller or started to indie publish. We had fun getting together and I miss them.

  39. I think whether they are shy or not depends on the human side since the animal side would have no concept of shyness.
    yes I like books that show a human turned and also like them where they are born that way.

  40. Terry, what books have you read that left a lasting impact; as a child, a young adult, and recently?

    • Vanessa, it was reading Last of the Mohicans for me because I read every mythology from around the world that I could, and that has influenced me a great deal in seeing things differently.

      As I child, I loved to read the typical princess tales–one was about a princess on a glass mountaintop, and the king would give her to the man who could bring her an apple, I think it was. All the great knights tried to reach her, but I believe it was someone who was not a knight who finally managed. It made me realize how silly the quest. Quests are important. But I like women who can stand up for themselves. Being the sleeping beauty who has to be awakened from a kiss, or the cinderella who has to have a fairy godmother make her someone else, didn’t do it for me. I wanted the princess, or whoever, to be who they were and fight alongside the prince, or whoever. To have some say in things. I still love that the hero is all protective and such, but I want to see that he can be vulnerable too and she has to save him.

      I remember my mother and I watching a movie years ago where the hero was fighting off the bad guys who had broken into the heroine’s home and she was standing there screaming, and my mother shouted, “Grab up a lamp and help him with it!”

      I loved my mom. And that’s how I felt. No sweetly innocent misses who couldn’t help to save themselves. :) Or help the poor hero who was having a terrible time of it trying to protect her! :)

      I had to read 8 books recently for the Rita awards and so can’t really say on those. I did read a book called Kidnapped, which is a romanticized version of Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson that I loved.

  41. Questions from Terry:

    What do you think? Yes or no on a shy male as far as stripping in front of a woman to shift, and why?
    I think it is time and place… ie, is he a new shifter? Is she a shifter? I think it all depends on the context.

    Do you like it when one of the characters begin as a human and is turned and why?
    Yes, that is a story in and of itself. I also like stories where it is an inherited “trait”.

  42. True, on male stripping.

    It’s fun to do both–newly turned and they were born like that. :)

  43. What do you think? Yes or no on a shy male as far as stripping in front of a woman to shift, and why?
    Yes to the shy guy. If a guy can show his vulnerabilities, then even if he is a shifter, I find him much more human, and likely to treat the female in a more loving manner

    Do you like it when one of the characters begin as a human and is turned and why?
    I do as they are often more understanding of the human emotions

  44. What is the first novel you remember reading?