Books-n-Kisses is pleased to welcome Terry Spear back on the blog to chat about her newest book Silence of the Wolf.
Terry, for those who missed you last time can you please share with us a little about yourself
Terry: I love to write! Make award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. Love to do photography, garden, and visit wolf and other reserves all over while doing my research. I’m a retired military officer and live near Waco, Texas—where it’s hot 3 seasons of the year!
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Terry: I’ve always, always told stories, either orally or written them down. My father used to tell us stories when we were kids. I really didn’t think of authoring a book until I began teaching my children to read, and then I began to write children’s stories and read them to my children. One was passed along to a second editor, but they had another book that was coming out that year that she felt might be too similar. But it encouraged me to believe in my storytelling. From there, I started my first historical romance story. I had some of my paranormal romances picked up, sold a couple of Young Adult paranormal stories, and then went on to write a popular Highland series. Then Sourcebooks picked up Heart of the Wolf, and I just received the word that the sixteenth book in the series, A Silver Wolf Christmas, will be available in October 2015.
Are you a plotter or a punster or combo of both? And you explain the difference?
Terry: Total pantser, seat of the pants writer. I do think of the goals and motivations for the main characters, and how I want to open the scene and how the hero and heroine meet. But other than that, I couldn’t plan out the rest of the story even if you gave me a year’s supply of my favorite Christmas thin mints. My brain just doesn’t work that way. I really think it’s cool how other authors can do that, but for me, as I’m writing, things will just start to come together, twists in the plot happen, a conversation takes place between the characters that I didn’t plan. A kiss suddenly occurs when I wasn’t ready for it, but the characters are. Much more fun and lots less predictable!
What is your most interesting writing quirk?
Terry: I HAVE to have a title on my page before I can write the story. Some authors can just write and come up with a title later. But I can’t. I can’t start with Chapter 1, until I can save it by a title. Sometimes titles are changed, and sometimes it works okay, but sometimes I’ve been working on the story by that title for so long, that’s what I remember it by!
Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?
Terry: Silence of the Wolf is about Tom Silver’s story. In Destiny of the Wolf, Book 2, this was the first mention of the Silver wolf pack in Silver Town, Colorado. The wolf brothers, triplets, have been much loved since that first book, but I had so many other book obligations, I couldn’t get Tom’s in there. So he’s the youngest brother, looking for wolves that are scaring the farmer’s sheep, suspecting they’re not strictly wolves, when he’s given the task during a recent snowstorm to watch over a woman who’s not all wolf, a news reporter writing about the ski resort. It’s a murder mystery, sexy, romantic, adventurous, and humorous—from a wolf pack perspective.
How did you come with the idea for this story?
Terry: I love to share a lot of reality in my urban fantasy romance series, so one of the things that fans had asked me was if I’d ever explain which wolves came first: red wolves or gray wolves. I had mentioned this in two earlier stories, but left it up to the reader’s imagination as to which came first. It was a debate between gray wolves and red wolves, you see. Each side said they came first. In Silence of the Wolf readers will learn the truth. Another thing I wanted to make some mention of was the Silver cousins and what had happened to them. I’d always felt badly that they’d left the pack. So I wanted to do something about that.
Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?
Terry: I just finished writing Jaguar Pride, book 4 in the Heart of the Jaguar series, and I am editing it. I always love this part because the book is done, and I get to read a “finished” book from the beginning to the end. I’m also starting to write A SEAL Wolf for Sale, and The Viking’s Highland Lass.
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
Terry: I loved Sandra Brown’s romance stories, and I just got a follow from her on Pinterest. I was so surprised and had a real fan-girl moment. I learned from that that she was born in Waco, Texas, near where I live. So it was just amazing to me.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Terry: Never give up, keep writing, revising, learning the craft (and this is forever, even after you’re multi-published), and submitting.
Can you share with us something off your bucket list.
Terry: I would love to go to Ireland, France, Prince Edward Island, Scotland again, England, Germany.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
Terry: Right now, I’m reading 8 books for the Rita and getting ready to turn in a book on deadline! That’s all I have time for.
What is one book everyone should read before they die?
Terry: Mine. I mean, you know, just to experience a wolf’s life.
What is your favorite time of year & why?
Terry: Winter. We have mild winters here and all other seasons can be lumped into summer. No bugs in winter, so I love it.
Who is your Celebrity crush? And what would you do if you ever meet them?
Terry: Gerard Butler. Take a picture. If he could be reading one of my Highland wolf books, while wearing a kilt as I took a picture of him, even better.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Terry: I’ll be going to several readers’ conventions this year including: Authors After Dark in Charlotte, NC; Readers and Ritas in Dallas, TX, Chicago-North Spring-Fling and book signing in Chicago, Romance Writers of America National Conference and signing, San Antonio, TX; RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans and I’ll be signing in MN in the fall also.
SILENCE OF THE WOLF
IN STORES MARCH 2014 \
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
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/