Terry Spear’s books fascinate me, and when you read about her process and her enthusiasm for her work, she’ll hook you, too!
Heart of the Wolf
Welcome to my world, where wolves are wolves with a human sensibility, and their human counterparts are gifted with the wolf’s keen senses. See what happens when the lupus garou break free of the rules of their society, wreaking havoc, and threatening exposure of their special kind. Read how Devlyn rescues Bella only to find themselves in worse trouble than before.
The Vampire…In My Dreams
Proving a guy is a vampire for the glory it will bring seemed like a good idea. Until he needs Marissa Lakeland’s help to fight the vampire who made him the way he is. If the creature of the night doesn’t get her first. As a centuries-old vamp, Lynetta doesn’t lose ever, and she doesn’t intend to now.
Winning the Highlander’s Heart
Determined to avoid King Henry I’s randy advances, Lady Anice of Brecken attempts escape, wishing to find a Highlander to escort her home to her castle in Glen Affric where she will rule until she can find a laird worthy of her hand. Laird Malcolm MacNeill desires an English bride to improve his standing with those in power. But rescuing the Scottish lass from an escape attempt casts him into deadly political intrigue when the king sends Malcolm and his brothers to escort the lady home and investigate the disappearance of some of her staff. Now he must protect the king’s ward without losing his heart to the willful lass, or he could very well earn His Majesty’s wrath…and lose far more.
Award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval historical romantic suspense, Heart of the Wolf just named in Publishers Weekly’s BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth College and a Bachelors in Business and Distinguished Military Graduate of West Texas A & M.
DE: You mention how Heart of the Wolf was truly written from the heart on your blog, and its inspiration from Jack London. As a Jack London fan myself, I wondered if you would expand on the influence and inspiration his work has on yours.
TS: I haven’t read his books in years, so I started rereading White Fang to find instances of what I loved about his wolf tales: The intrigue! The descriptions of the setting! The mystery! Was the red she-wolf someone’s beloved pet at one time? She’s enticed the pack dogs to come with her, then her wolf pack kills them–all of her wolf pack are starving. One of the two men serves as the wolves’ menu, and then, one is left. He survives because he makes a ring of fire and just before the end–Just before the fire dies out completely, the wolves ready to make a meal of him, then here come his rescuers. But the story isn’t finished. We have to know about the mysterious she-wolf. 🙂 Was she someone’s beloved pet? Can she become one again? Or will she forever remain loyal to her adopted wolf pack?
I love mystery, suspense, life and death struggles. Wondering who is going to make it and why. Jack London’s wolf tales gave me a glimpse into another world–one filled with wolves who are tenacious and clever. But with feelings too. They may have seemed cruel. Yet they wanted to live just like any other animal, given the choice. 🙂 In White Fang, London gives the point of view from both the She-Wolf and One-Eye, her mate, and the Wolf Cub, the only surviving son. Just like I give the point of view from the werewolf’s main characters when they are in their wolf forms. I didn’t consciously use his stories as the basis for mine, since it had been many years since I’d read them. But subconsciously, I’d always loved the stories and how the wolves had a need for self-preservation like the rest of us do, and I wanted to see them survive.
So why not a werewolf who has human sensibilities, and the cunning and more sensitive abilities and strengths of a wolf? Why not a hunky human hero, who sticks by his pack mates, loyal to the end?
DE: You use book trailers frequently. Will you talk a bit about your experience and how you work with producers of your trailers?
TS: I love making trailers. I use Windows Movie Maker, free. Free music from Kevin MacLeod, and free pictures from any site that will allow it. I wasn’t sure if creating book movie trailers would make a difference in sales, but they’re fun in any event. It’s just a more visual synopsis of our story, and it’s fun trying to figure out how to capture the story in such a brief format, few words, more pictures. J
DE: Is there a particular place in Scotland especially dear to you? If so, why?
TS: Campbeltown. It’s where my Campbell, the daughter of the Duke of Argyll and the man she eloped with, the commoner Malcolm MacNeill, had lived, before their fateful journey to Prince Edward Island. For generations the story had carried down through the family line and when I began researching, found that all the branches had similar versions, although most of the descendants haven’t had any real contact with the other branches in over 150 years, except for those of us researching the family tree.
DE: As you research your books, is there one “odd” story or piece of
research that continues to stick in your mind?
TS: I’m always picking up strange tidbits about wolves I didn’t realize. So it’s fun to incorporate these in the stories.
DE: Are you willing to share it with us, or are you keeping it to develop into a future book?
TS: In Allure of the Wolves, the story set in the Canadian Arctic, I learned that some who use sled dogs had tried wolf-mixed dogs, but it didn’t work out well. I thought it was interesting because in Jack London’s book, he mentioned the sled dogs were wolf-dogs.
DE: How do you find that the process of writing both Scottish Medieval Romance and urban fantasy feed each other?
TS: I love both fantasy—which tends to be medieval kinds of worlds, and the newer urban fantasy, where the kinds of creatures that live in fantasy realms now live in the real world. My editor loved that my werewolves drove Suburbans—easier to carry around a wolf pack in.;) And a friend loved how they used the Internet and email. In Heart of the Wolf, the story begins in the 1800’s in Colorado. I love using historical tidbits in my stories even when they’re contemporaries. Also, in Don’t Cry Wolf, there’s a scene where the characters have a Victorian Era Day and they dress up for it, as they’re reminiscing about having to swiftly remove all those petticoats to change into the wolf in the earlier days. 😉 In my Scottish medieval, Winning the Highlander’s Heart, has a paranormal element, the heroine sees glimpses of future danger, but I wanted to keep the story as much of a true medieval romance, rather than more of a fantasy. In a vampire
romantic suspense, Forbidden Love, the story starts out in medieval Scotland, where both the hero and heroine are from.
Terry, thanks so much for a fascinating glimpse into your worlds! For more information on Terry’s wonderful work, visit these sites: