Interview & Giveaway with Terry Spear

Books-n-Kisses is pleased to have for the first time Terry Spear to the blog today.

Terry, can you please share with us a little about yourself
TS: I’m originally from California, lived in eight states and make my home in the heart of Texas. What I love about that is that it gives me all kinds of wonderful places to base my stories. I’ve served in the military, which also has given me lots of neat experiences to use in my books. I’ve vacationed in a lot of different places, which also has given me some worlds to use for my stories. Do you see a pattern here? Fantasy IS reality. Or…reality IS fantasy. However you want to see it. I’m totally goal-oriented and focused (except when emails and searching for photos distract me), so for years I was busy with working in the military, completing advance military courses and earning a Master’s in Business Administration. After that, it was raising kids and teaching them (I homeschooled), and creating Wilde and Woolly Teddy Bears that won awards and found homes all over the world. But when I was teaching the kids to read, I was thinking up my own children’s stories, so in the beginning, that’s what I wrote!

Have you always wanted to be an author?
TS: I think a more accurate way for me to describe it was that I’ve always been a storyteller since I was a kid. The idea of actually being an author didn’t happen until I retired from the USAR. And then? At that point, I wanted to not only be an author, I wanted to earn a living at it. So I put my heart and soul into it and years and years later, finally was published! For some of us it takes longer than others!

Are you a plotter or a panster? And you explain the difference?
TS: The story unfolds as I’m creating it. Which means, I’m a pantser. I always have an idea of what I want to do initially—how the hero and heroine meet (sometimes it changes if I’m not getting them together early enough, or it’s not interesting or exciting enough), what their main purpose is in the story (see, they have to have goals just like me), and what drives them to seek these all important goals that will carry them throughout the story. It helps to also give the characters an occupation. It defines their character better to readers right off. For instance, in Savage Hunger, Kathleen returns to the jungle to locate Connor to thank him for saving her life. Initially, they met while she was under attack on an Army mission gone bad. He and his sister run a garden nursery in Texas. Kathleen’s an Army officer. If I had that he was a SEAL, how would readers view him? Differently. If I had where she was an exotic stripper, same thing. Beyond that? The story just evolves as the characters battle man, the environment, each other, and themselves until they finally find that happily ever after.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?
TS: I’m not sure I have any, and that means I’m totally character-less. Sometimes I listen to music; sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I write by hand; sometimes I don’t. I edit on the screen and on paper. I drink green tea during the day, but cut it off before five so it doesn’t keep me up at night. That’s it. When I’m writing, I’m just quirk-less. I’ll have to work on that.

Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?

TS: Army officer Kathleen McKnight is on a drug mission in the Amazon when her team is ambushed and she’s in bad shape. Sometimes a woman needs a hero. But what she doesn’t expect is Connor Anderson to come rescue her, who is rumored to have a pet jaguar he runs with in the jungle. He saves her life and she later returns to the jungle to thank him, but the same drug lord who ambushed her mission wants her taken down. In the meantime, her guide abandons her, and she’s lost, when she comes upon a jaguar, then two. What’s a girl to do? Climb a tree? They can too. Run away? NOT a good idea. Big cats love to chase. Connor wants to get her to back to civilization as quickly as possible. His sister has other plans.

How did you come with the idea for this story?

TS: Savage Hunger is the FIRST in the jaguar shifter series and I’m so excited! When my editor at Sourcebooks, Deb Werksman, asked me to propose something different from the wolves, I balked. Mainly because I’d only sold four wolf stories at that point and new readers were constantly just finding the series. So I proposed the Highland wolves, something near and dear to my heart because I have a lot roots in Scotland and wanted to write about it. Fun! But Deb wasn’t to be thwarted! So after I sold another three Highland wolf stories to Sourcebooks, she still wanted me to write about something else. So I decided to make it a shifter story still—only this time the opposite of dogs. Cats. Big cats. Sleek cats. Predators. I wanted to make them similar to the wolves in as they’re as real as they can be. Which means they like to return to their natural habitat—the jungle.

Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?
TS: I just turned in Jaguar Fever (August 2013), the 2nd jaguar shifter story, this one featuring Connor’s sister Maya and Wade Patterson, and the trouble they get into over the exotic smuggling market. And I just turned in A SEAL Wolf Christmas (October 2013), that one featuring Anna Johnson, undercover operative, and Bjornolf Jorgenson, SEAL, the mission they had in the jungle before that, the sparring between them in an earlier book, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, and now they’re at it again as they try to solve a couple of Christmas tree farm murders and deal with a teen runaway while Anna tries to avoid anything Christmas. So right now I’m working on Silence of the Wolf, which is Tom’s story, one of the Silver brothers from the pack featured in Destiny of the Wolf. I’ve had tons of requests for his story, so it will be coming out Feb 2014.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
TS: Keep writing, keep editing and keep submitting! Start the story where the world has turned upside down for the characters.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list.
TS: I want to visit Prince Edward Island, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England and Germany! I also want to learn how to Photoshop so I can create fun pictures, and I want to learn how to take better pictures. *sigh* Too many projects, so little time!

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
TS: I picked up about 70 books at the RWA National Conference in July and can’t wait to read them all! But I’m so busy with deadlines and an extensive virtual tour for Savage Hunger, that reading is on the back burner for the moment!

What is one book everyone should read before they die?
TS: Books are like movies or meals. What one would love, another might hate. I worked in a library and saw this all the time! I’d be asked for recommendations, but what I might like, they might not. :)

What is your favorite time of year & why?
TS: I love Fall, although we barely have any. But when I used to live in places that had fall colors, I loved it! I love spring also because of the crocuses, and the new green leaves on trees, though I have a ton of trees and shrubs that are evergreen, but spring is so short here, just like fall, that it seems like a blip on the screen and then it’s gone. Plus I have a ton of flowers all summer long with crepe myrtles and roses so I don’t really miss the flowers until winter. Why fall and spring? The temperatures are still mild and we have cooler days and nights, and if I have time, I can actually garden. I hope to actually write outside this fall for the first time. I was too busy working full time to do this before.

Who is your Celebrity crush?  And what would you do if you ever meet them?
TS: Am I the only one in the whole wide world that doesn’t go all fan-girl crazy over celebs? Okay, I admit seeing Gerard Butler and Sean Connery in a kilt in the flesh would make me more than smile…

Is there anything else you would like to add?
TS: If you had a choice…it might not happen because if a wolf or jaguar shifter has the hots for you, well, watch out, since they’re extremely persistent if they want you for their very own—but if you had a choice between a hunky wolf or a sexy jaguar, which would you hook up with and prefer to be???

 

SAVAGE HUNGER BY TERRY SPEAR – OCTOBER 2012

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…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 .

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27 Responses to Interview & Giveaway with Terry Spear

  1. erinf1 October 18, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    thanks for an a great post and giveaway! Congrats to Terry on the new release! I’ve already been reading such great reviews for this book, I’ve got major book lust :)

  2. Melanie Rovak October 18, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    I can’t wait to read your book! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  3. Alyssa @ Hesperia Loves Books October 18, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    I’ve heard tons of great things about Ms. Spear’s work but sadly, haven’t had the pleasure of reading her yet. What book should I start with?

  4. Joanne B October 18, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Congrats on the new release. The book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. How many books will there be in this series?

  5. Emily October 18, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Sounds like another fantastic read by Terry Spear.

  6. pam howell October 18, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I LOVE your work!! PICK ME!! PICK ME!!
    I am SO excited about this new series — and i’m poor

  7. Viki S. October 18, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Great post. Thanks Terry. I need me a jaguar ;) .

  8. Terry Spear October 18, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Erin, you are in the right arena–jaguar shifters are very interested in getting to know you better also! :)

    Melanie, hope you love it!

    Hi, Alyssa! Savage Hunger is the first of the jaguar shifter series. So you’re good to go!

    Joanne, that is a secret. Always. :) To start with, 3. Jaguar Fever will be out in August, which is Maya’s story. I have to start working on book 3 next and it’ll be out in 2014. But after that??? The jungle’s the limit!

    Thanks, Emily! I hope you love it!

    Pam, lol, good luck! The rafflecopter picks the winner!!! :) Have fun reading it when you get the chance!

    Hey, Viki, absolutely! Every good woman needs at least one! :)

  9. elaing8 October 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Great interview,enjoyed reading it. Looking forward to reading this book.
    Love the cover :)

  10. Elizabeth H. October 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Congrats on the release! I love your books! thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Ali October 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I would definitely prefer to be with a werewolf and to be one, too :) While I love all shifter stories, I’ll admit werewolves are my favorite *sigh*

    Congratulations, Terry, on you latest book release in a new series!

  12. Vanessa N. October 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Great interview and love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  13. SheriV October 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Love the cover, and can’t wait to travel to the jungle and get to know your jaguars. :)

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  14. wanda flanagan October 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Love your books Terry cant waitto read this one.Have an awesome week!!!

  15. bn100 October 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    I’d choose a jaguar because haven’t seen one yet.

  16. donnas October 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Congrats on the new release! Cant wait to read it.

  17. anna October 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Oh my goodness your bucket list sounds wonderful. I’d love to visit all of those places too :)

  18. Terry Spear October 19, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Elaing, thanks so much! This was the only cover where they had both the h/h on it. I loved it! And I loved the jungle look. :)

    Elizabeth, thanks! I’m so glad you’re loving the books!! :)

    Thanks, Ali!! It’s been a lot of fun. I love my wolf packs, but diving into a new world–because big kitty cats are just not wolves–it’s been a lot of fun!

    Thanks, Vanessa!

    Sheri, do you have your bags packed? We’re off to Belize next time. Got to have some jungle time, you know!

    Thanks so much, Wanda!!! I’m thrilled you’re loving them! I hope you have fun with Savage Hunger too. :) You have a super week also!!!

    BN, you’d have a great time, I’m sure. They’re just as hungry for love!

    Thanks, Donna!! I was excited! Only 2 releases this year, but 4 next, so it’s going to be a wild year!

    Anna, the only one I’ve visited was Scotland, and want to go back. But all the rest would be new to me. I need to really go, then set a wolf or two there! :)

  19. pam howell October 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I ususally prefer my were wolves
    but willing to try cat — meowwww

  20. Diane October 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    Wil there be more books in your first series?

  21. Barbara Elness October 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    I love Terry’s werewolf romances and I can’t wait to read Savage Hunger. I know it’s going to be another fantastic read.

  22. Barb P October 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    I love the series and can’t wait to read the new book! Thanks much for the awesome giveaway!

  23. Janie McGaugh October 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    I’d choose the hunky wolf over the sexy jaguar, so I’m glad you’ll be continuing to write wolf stories, too!

  24. kyla whitley October 21, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Love the cover of your new book! Looking forward to reading! :D

  25. Diane Sallans October 22, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I’m very curious to read about other types of shifters – I’ve only read about wolves so far.

  26. Maureen October 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I think I would pick the wolf but both animals are gorgeous.

  27. pam howell October 23, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    would LOVE to win this!!
    Looking forward to your world

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