1.Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I loved romance from an early age–who wouldn’t want to be kissed by the handsome prince? Rescued from the evil stepmother queen? Adored by the cursed polar bear king? Given a happily ever after? So though I didn’t read adult romance for years (except for the one time my 13-year old girlfriend sneaked a couple of wild romance books home from the library–her sister was 26, a librarian, and was reading them)–and I think I giggled through the whole thing about all the panting and rocking and…well, I wasn’t quite ready for it, but I had always adored the notion of love and romance and finding happy ever after. The only difference is that in my own stories my heroine is just as likely to save the hero as the hero is to rescue her!
2. Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
Actually, my reading and writing inspiration came from Greek mythology–all the immortals falling in love with mortals and the trouble that ensued–and folk tales from around the world. One of my favorite tales was Last of the Mohicans, and Jack London’s White Fang and Call of the Wild, both of which greatly influenced the way I write my werewolves based on real wolves.
3. Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future projects.
Dreaming of the Wolf is the 8th book in the Heart of the Wolf series that was released in December. I have to say that when I wrote the first of the series, Heart of the Wolf, it wasn’t a series! And I had no idea it would end up being 13 books, with hopefully more to come. Fans have referred to the series as my Heart of the Wolf series, and the name has finally stuck.
In Dreaming of the Wolf, readers wanted to see Jake Silver’s story, the brother to the pack leader in Book 2, Destiny of the Wolf. So by book 8, it was time for him to find a mate. I’m currently working on their brother, Tom’s story. But I also just started a new jaguar shifter series, and the first is coming out in the fall, Savage Hunger, so I’m working on the sequel to that one. In March, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing is coming out, also by reader request, based on Book 3’s Oregon Coast wolf pack, led by Hunter, and this time his sister needs a mate. Finn Emerson is not on the mating mart, however, a tough-as-nails SEAL, part of Hunter’s team, and Meara’s in total agreement. Until danger comes to call.
Dreaming of the Wolf:
A FIERCE HUNTER…
Alicia Greiston is a no-nonsense bounty hunter determined to bring a ring of mobsters to justice. Her dogged pursuit of the crime family has forced her to avoid relationships— any man would only become a target for retribution. Luckily, Jake Silver is more than a man, and his instincts are telling him to stop at nothing to protect her.
AN ANIMAL PASSION…
However, the mob isn’t entirely human either, and soon Alicia must flee for her life. When Alicia and Jake’s passion begins to spill over into their dreams, Jake learns he will have to do more than defend her— he’ll have to show his mate the way of the wolf.
But I also have a successful medieval Highland series out, and I am working on the third book, A Highlander to Love (loved visiting Scotland! and have a lot of Scottish and Irish ancestry, although were also purported to have descended from Lady Godiva!…love the chocolates!), and I’m writing a popular young adult urban fantasy series about The World of Fae, currently working on The Dragon Fae, book
4. How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
After writing and editing and submitting, I finally sold two young adult books to a publisher. Two years later, and one month before the first book released, the publisher closed the YA line. So I went from 7 years of no sales, to 2 sales, and no sales again. Well, I got to keep the advance for both books, so that was something! But then my wolf series was picked up and I’ve been selling on 2-paragraph proposals since the 3rd book ever since! I’ve never had an agent. My motto is: Never give up! Keep writing, editing and submitting!
5. What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I LOVE the Ebook revolution. Sales just keep exploding! Yay! But I have to say as much time as I spend looking at a computer screen while writing and editing my own books, I prefer paperbacks and audio books to reading on an ereader. I’m sure someday that will change. But for now, I devour as many books where I can flip the paper pages or listen to them as I can when I’m not writing or working as a librarian full time.
The indie route–I talked with an agent over the phone for a couple of hours–she was wonderful!–and gave me advice! For my vampire books since the market was so crowded, she recommended I offer them as self-published works. I began with novellas I’d published with small ebook publishers that had already folded, and I sold so many books that first few days, making so much more money than they had ever made at the ebook publishing houses, that I was hooked. The teen The World of Fae series started out with one book, a fun young adult urban fantasy story about the fae and how their world and ours connect…never expecting to do anything with it, yet The Dark Fae continues to be on Amazon’s best seller list since its release, and all of the books in the series continue to outsell the rest of my Indie books. I would never have moved it from my hard drive to get it to readers if I had not taken a chance with Indie publishing!
6.Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
I love connecting with my readers! Although with working full time and trying to write a weekly word count to keep up with deadlines, I have to be careful that I don’t spend too much time twittering the time away. But I love hearing from my fans who facebook me, twitter, comment on my blogs, and email me! They send me pictures for my blogs when I can’t find what I’m looking for. They send me photos of their dogs or wolves or wolf dogs and I love to feature them on my blog. They send me Christmas cat pictures, or squirrel pictures, newspaper clippings about wolf happenings, even a Halloween picture of the family dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, and of course, the big bad wolf. They ask me to please let one of my wolves find his or her mate. They want the sequel to another series I’m working on. To me it’s not just a business of writing the book and waiting for royalties, but a real connection with readers who have loved the stories in some way.
Years ago, I wrote in a void, way before Internet. I can’t even imagine going back to that black hole ever again. So though it’s important not to spend all my spare time networking, it’s definitely important to me in keeping in touch with fans. They drive my writing!
Info about the author:
Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels and three medieval Highland historical romances, and has started a popular World of Fae teen urban fantasy series. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances! For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com
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