Interview & Giveaway: Terry Spear “To Tempt The Wolf”

September 28, 2009 Guests 30

Award-Winning Author Terry Spear was kind enough to stop by for an interview about the next installment of her urban fantasy romance series, To Tempt the Wolf.   Terry will be giving away a copy of her new book and answering comments throughout the week. See below for all the giveaway details.

imageAward-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, NOR Reader Choice for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE. Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf, Legend of the White Wolf, Winning the Highlander’s Heart, Deadly Liaisons, The Vampire…In My Dreams (young adult), Deidre’s Secret (young adult), The Accidental Highland Hero (2010), two more wolf tales from Sourcebooks, and numerous articles and short stories for magazines.

imageBook Blurb: In this third in the series, wildlife photographer Tessa Anderson must prove her brother innocent of murder charges. But when she discovers a gorgeous naked man barely alive on her beach, she’s got a new world of troubles to deal with, not least of which is how he affects her with just a look, a touch, or a whispered word. Hunter Greymore is a lupus garou, a grey werewolf. Hoping to keep a low profile at Tessa’s cabin on the coast, he’s drawn into her life—and into her bed. His animal instincts war with his human half, but in the end, the only thing he can do about this fascinating, adorable woman is to leave her forever —unless she becomes one of them.

 

Interview Questions

ATUF: To Tempt the Wolf is the third book in Heart of Wolf series (which are all stand alone novels), what do we need to know before diving in to this book?

image TS: Up until book 5, the stories really are stand alone titles. Once you get into Seduced by the Wolf (Aug ’10), Leidolf’s story, this goes back to earlier stories, especially the first, Heart of the Wolf. There is a cameo appearance of the hero from Heart of the Wolf (Book 1)  in To Tempt the Wolf also at the end of the book. Also, my books do have consummated love scenes so I refer to them as urban fantasy romances, rather than strictly urban fantasies that might not have a romance element or a happily ever after. Mine definitely are HEA. 🙂

ATUF: What drew you to the paranormal/urban fantasy genre considering that you began your writing career in medieval historical romantic suspense genre?

TS: I’ve been a fan of the paranormal since I was little–loved ghost stories, couldn’t get enough of them. And my first taste of Dracula was seeing him at a college play when I was thirteen and I fell in love. But how could someone as sexy as he was, be the bad guy? I had to right the wrong, and began writing my own vampire romantic suspenses. 🙂 I’m eclectic also, though, and so I love historical romance. I probably read more of it than any other genre. Although when I can get hold of a neat paranormal romance, I’m in heaven. 🙂 Or hell, depending on the paranormal world. 🙂

ATUF: What inspired you to write a series about werewolves?

image TS: Initially, it was the idea that the market was so flooded with vampire romances, I couldn’t get my foot in the door. The only werewolf stories I’d read were about those in horror stories though, except for a teen werewolf comedy. And like with the idea that vampires could be the good guys, I wanted a werewolf world where some are truly the good guys. 🙂 I’d been asked this question so often, I finally really dug deep into my past, just like we have to do with our characters, and recalled that my first love of wolves came from Jack London’s White Fang and Call of the Wild. And so I never had any thought other than of making the shapeshifters wolves for real, when they shifted to that form. And not some hideous wolf-like creature.

ATUF: I understand that you are very concerned with accurately portraying how wolves behave in the wild. Can you tell us some of the research you did in writing this series?

TS: It’s ongoing. The more I research, the more I learn. It’s fun to create a fantasy world that is just a total fabrication. But it’s fun to study something that’s real and incorporate it as much as possible into a fantastical situation. Take for instance, a werewolf shapeshifts into a wolf. He’s taking a run on the wild side, to feel the wind against his fur, to mark his territory, to let other werewolves know this area belongs to his pack, and then, a deer darts through the woods, catching his eye. He’s a werewolf, so his instinct would be to continue to do what he’s there to do…the human side of him. The wolf instinct would be to chase the deer. 🙂 That’s what’s fun. Taking both sides of the werewolf, the man and the wolf, and dealing with them both when they’re a man, and when they’re a wolf. The two make the werewolf whole. It’s not like taking off a fur coat and now he’s totally a man. Or putting on his fur coat and now he’s totally a wolf. 🙂

ATUF: You chose the Oregon Coast as the setting for To Tempt the Wolf. What made you decide on that location?

TS: I went to college in Portland, Oregon, and I loved trips to the coast and to many other locations in Oregon also. It was just the perfect place to hike and enjoy nature. So when I wanted to do something different, I really wanted to place the story on the Oregon Coast. The place where I set this is rugged. We hiked down to a beach very much like the one I described. It had a very short beach, surrounded by rocks, not a long beach like in Florida or NJ where I’d lived also and you could walk forever. So the isolation on the Oregon beach seemed a perfect place to locate an injured, naked man–of the werewolf persuasion. 🙂

ATUF: Hunter Greymore is a lupus garou-a grey werewolf. Can you explain the significance of the various colors of your wolves?

TS: They’re based on real wolves. Grays are in the majority. Reds are a separate species. Arctic wolves are actually gray wolves. So are Timber wolves. Often, different places have different names for them, but for the most part, they’re gray wolves, even when they’re black or brown. The Arctic wolves, because of the location they live in, have shorter legs and ears. Reds are smaller than the grays. It made it fun to include this in the pack politics for werewolves also.

imageATUF: At the time that you wrote Heart of the Wolf (book 1 in the Heart of the Wolf series), you said that you hadn’t read any other werewolf romances. How did that unfamiliarity contribute to the mythology of your books?

TS: I was used to the werewolf horror stories–man ripping off his clothes as the full moon comes into view. He shifts into a hideous creature and can’t remember who he is or what evil he’s done, but he’s remorseful and doesn’t want to be this hideous creature. And even if the clouds hide the moon, he can’t keep his wolf shape. Silver kills him. Those are the main things I remember about the old werewolf horror stories.

ATUF: What are some unique aspects of the werewolves that you write about as opposed to traditional werewolf mythology?

TS: They can shift based on any phase of the moon except for the new moon. I wanted one time when they had a breather from shifting. But also, if they could have shifted only during the full moon, that wouldn’t have given them much of a window of opportunity to shift. Silver still is a problem for the wolves. In the horror stories, also, a werewolf’s bite could kill or turn someone. Mine is the same. But many of the werewolves were born that way and some have very few human roots, just werewolf, and they’re considered royals who can shift whenever they please.

ATUF: Do you have a pet peeve when it comes to werewolf books?

TS: Only in that werewolves have such a bad reputation. 🙂 They can be just as sexy and hot as a vampire, believe me. But then here come the shedding fur jokes and the teasing about fleas or ear mites. And it’s just not fair. My wolves–werewolves love showers, hot tubs, saunas, lakes, you name it—very clean. And sexy. Did I mention that? So are my vampires… 🙂

ATUF: You are a retired lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves, has your military experience helped your writing?

imageTS: Absolutely! I rappelled down towers, buildings and mountains, and in Destiny of the Wolf I had my heroine, poor thing, climbing down an icy mountain. I hate heights. LOL So she had to suffer what I did. But also, I’ve had weapons training, and hand-to-hand combat, so I’ve used some of these skills in my books.

ATUF: What are your top three favorite urban fantasy books?

TS: I loved Karen Moning’s Immortal Highlander, just read Dawn Thompson’s Waterlord, and loved it, and picked up one of her vampire books, but haven’t had time to look at it, and Joy Nash’s Celtic Fire.

ATUF: Where do you see the future of this series going?

TS: I’m a total pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants. I’m just writing book 6 now and hope to have Jake’s story, the brother of the pack leader in Destiny of the Wolf in his own story, and the romance author whose work I’ve mentioned in the books, in good old Scotland. But nothing’s approved. Just something I’d love to do.

ATUF: If To Tempt the Wolf was made into a movie, who would your dream cast be?

I loved Red Eye because the director cast unknowns in the roles and they did a wonderful job. That’s what I’d love to do. Have unknowns make a name for themselves in one of my movies.  🙂

ATUF: You’ve also written a YA Paranormal under the name Terry Lee Wilde titled, The Vampire…In My Dreams. Which do you prefer writing about, vampires or werewolves?

imageTS: I love both!!! And I love writing time travels and love reading them too. I’m really very eclectic. It’s fun for me to switch gears and write something different. I’d love to write The Vampire…In My Nightmares next. But I have to finish my wolf series, and if I sell a couple of more books on proposal, I’ll be working on those first. 🙂  But I do have a vampire romantic suspense, adult version,  coming out in January also, Deadly Liaisons. One of my favorite vampire adult books.

ATUF: I loved your guest blog on Loveromancepassion.com (It’s Not Just About the Sex) where you said, “…in MY books, sex is not what makes the story, even though mine are sexy. It’s about the characters and how they care about each other. It’s the LOVE, ROMANCE, and PASSION.” Can you elaborate on that aspect of your books?

TS: I love the ordeals the characters go through and how they help each other through them. They set aside their own needs and desires to help satisfy the other’s needs and desires. It’s the character growth, the unselfishness, the love, protection and caring that make all the difference in the world. Sex is really only one small aspect. The rest is what makes for a happily ever after. 🙂

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Abigail! I’m honored!!! And thanks to commenters who stop by for a chance to win a copy of “To Tempt the Wolf,” or any back copy of my books, if there’s an earlier one the winner prefers.

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30 Responses to “Interview & Giveaway: Terry Spear “To Tempt The Wolf””

  1. Taylor Z

    Oh i want to win one of these books soo bad!! Shedding fur aside, i'd fall in love with a werewolf probably for his capabality to protect me. Id always know i'm safe with him. And itd be fun to push a protective hunks buttons. lol

  2. LaTessa

    Hi Terry, great interview!

    To answer your question, it wouldn't take much at all for meto fall for a werewolf-lol. In the paranormal world, I tend to prefer the wolves over the vamps.

    So as long as he was good to me, respected me, and loved me with all his heart, I would go along for the ride, shape shifer, fur, and all 😉

  3. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Taylor Z, haven't you won yet??? I have a couple of more blogs coming up for giveaways! LOL, about pushing a werewolf hunks buttons. Did you know my heroines do that all the time? 🙂 You'll like that, I'm sure. 🙂

    Hey, LaTessa, just think if you wanted to take a run, and were worried if it were safe. Just take your hunk with you in his wolf form. No problems at all. 🙂 And he would totally protect you and love you for all time. Just in their nature. 🙂

  4. Silver James

    Hey, Terry! I've always had big furry dogs, including a Siberian Husky who was more wolf than dog. Nothing like being an alpha female in the pack! Your books rock and since I've won one before, I just wanted to drop by, say hi, and tell people they need to fall in love with your wolves!

    Have a great blog tour and release!

  5. Jaime

    Great interview! I have her books on my wishlist 🙂

    Shedding fur aside, I'd fall in love with a werewolf for his strength, intensity and animal magnetism. hee hee.

    I also have a question for Terry:
    For somebody new to your books, what book of yours would you recommend to a newbie?

    Also, Terry, glad you posted about this interview.. I have found another GREAT blogger to follow!! Squeeeee!

    [email protected]

  6. Rhianna

    What a great interview! Had to pop by and see. 😉

    I have to agree with the others about the virtue of a protective mate. I don't like the overbearing alphas but that protectiveness is great up to a point.

    (Please exclude me from the giveaway, wouldn't be fair as a fellow reviewer.)

  7. diva donna

    Terry,
    You know how much I love your Books already. And would always love to win another upcoming book.
    I bought a new Mr. Sticky so The Shedding fur is no problem. I'd love One Strong Alpha Male like The Silver Boys in your Books. To protect me and love me all day and night.
    I also have a question. Can a Lupus Garou Mate with a Wild Timber Wolf?
    [email protected]

  8. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Ahh, thanks so much, Silver!!! A Siberian husky would be a lot of dog to love!!! I can just imagine her being the alpha leader of the pack!!! Thanks again!

    Hi Jaime! Hmm-hmm, animal magnetism!!! :)I like that! 🙂 Yes, doesn't Abigail have a great site?? I found it by accident, but love it! Hmm, which would I recommend? Heart of the Wolf starts off the series, so you get a feel for the world right away. Destiny of the Wolf has more pack dynamics with a pack that's functional and runs a town. To Tempt the Wolf shows an alpha male who no matter what he does, just gets himself into deeper trouble…but he's definitely up to the challenge. Since they're all pretty much stand alones–whatever appeals best, go for it! 🙂 I do have the hero from Heart of the Wolf in To Tempt the Wolf though at the very end. So it's kind of fun reading it as if getting in touch with the past. 🙂 Thanks so much for the great question!!!

    Thanks, Rhianna, for dropping by and commenting! Protective can be good. Men who don't stand by their women, don't deserve them. 🙂

    Thanks, Donna. Lol about the Mr. Sticky!!! See, all problems solved! Okay, your question–A lupus garou could mate with a wild timber wolf while in his/her wolf form. Genetically, they're all wolf when in that form. But…the human side of them would not be agreeable. 🙂 Have real wolves gotten interested in a werewolf? Yep. 🙂 But not the other way around! 🙂 Super question! Thanks for loving my books!!!

  9. elaing8

    please enter me in the giveaway,I'd love to win one of Terry's books.
    Fur aside? I agree with the others, his protectiveness,his strength,the security of knowing he'll always be ther for me.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

  10. jeanette8042

    Awesome interview! And with the fur aside? I would love his protectiveness, loyalty to me,the knowledge that he can protect me and just love!

  11. Taylor Z

    No i havent won yet!! I try so hard, but every time i forget my email addres. ud think id have learned by now, but i dont! lol
    Lovemusicgirlx94 at aol (DOT) com

  12. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    I so agree, Elaing8! And Jeanette, too.

    But you know, ladies, whether he's a furry beast or not…he could warm you up awfully good on cold winter nights when a winter storm hits and there's no electricity!!!!

  13. Sheila Deeth

    Falling in love with the wolf – already falling in love with most canines I meet. Add man to that. What's not to love?
    sdeeth at msn dot com

  14. Abigail

    I can't believe I haven't chimed in yet to answer 🙂

    I don't see any obstacles to falling in love with a werewolf. Everything sounds like a plus to me: protective, strong, warm in the winter…of course that could be a bit of a drawback for me here in AZ 😉

    -Abigail

  15. Jenny N.

    I havent read the other books in the series so its good to know that you can read the book as a stand alone.

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

  16. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    I started out that way, Jenny, because I didn't know that I'd sell the first, so in the 2nd, it was the same world, but different characters. Except for Leidolf. He's in every one of them. It was fun creating a character who was tied into each story. I'm writing the 6th one now, and though I hadn't intended to put him in, I probably will because it would be a nice tie up at the end. 🙂

  17. Witchy Woman

    Great interview Abigail!

    Hi Terry! Again, thank you for your service to our country. Other werewolf romances have the hero use a fur pelt e.g. as a catalyst to shift. Do your werewolves need a catalyst or a set of circumstances to shift? aside from the obvious moon phases.

  18. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Hi Witchy Woman! Thanks! I enjoyed being in the service and am proud that my son is going to navigator training in the AF next month!

    No, for the most part, unless they're newly turned, they control when they shapeshift. The urge to shift during the phases of the moon is there, just like the urge for many of us to have chocolate, or do something fun, or like running to get that runner's high, or ahem, sex. Or duty. For them, marking their territory, and sometimes tracking down problems, is easier in their wolf suits. Or to fight in the more honorable way–wolf to wolf. Or just enjoy taking a run in their wolf suit as part of who they are. So for the most part, they have choices. Except during the new moon, and then only a royal–who has very few strictly human roots–can still shift. And the other exception to having control during the phases of the moon, is a newly turned human who has less control over the timing of the shift. The urge is too overwhelming for them, and that makes them a potential danger to the rest of the werewolf kind. An exception is in Plight of the Wolf that I'm writing now. 🙂 I love making an exception to the rule, because most things are not absolute. There are usually exceptions in life. 🙂 To Tempt the Wolf had an exceptional case also. Some reviewers said that they loved the new twist added to the world. 🙂 Thanks for the great question!

  19. Lisa M.

    Hi Terry! Wow, you have been cranking these books out! I have Heart Of The Wolf And Destiny of the Wolf, and I can't wait for the rest! As far as falling for a shapeshifter? I think the little things like extra heightened sense of smell, sight and hearing, plus stregnth would be factors I would like, plus if her were an alpha, I know he would be fiercely loyal to me.

  20. Judi Bailey

    Terry, you say you are a pantser (so am I). What kind of preparation do you do prior to writing?

    I like your approach of using the werewolf as a wolf at times. Deepens the plot.

    I'd love to meet a werewolf cuz I like hairy chests!

  21. Karen

    Terry..My question to you would be: In your heart of hearts, how did it feel when your first book was published?

    I found out that you are from Texas..and I am ofcourse wondering if you are close to Austin, where I live!

    And last but not least, yes, yes, yes….because of the words you write which take us to another world!

    Karen [email protected]

  22. Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde

    Judi, I always decide what my hero and heroine's goals are and the motivation for wanting to achieve these goals in the beginning. I also give a lot of thought about how they first meet. It can change as I'm working on the story, but I do plan these things in the beginning. 🙂 LOL, on the hairy chests! A werewolf would be perfect for you!

    Hi Karen! Amazing. That's how it felt when I got the call, and yet, every step didn't feel real until I actually had the book in my hot little hands!!! But every book that sells makes me feel like I'm on Cloud 9 again. I don't think I'll ever lose that thrill of the birth of a new book. 🙂

    I'm from the heart of Texas! So just up the road a piece from you! In fact, I just drove through Austin to see my son in San Antonio tonight! 🙂

    And I'm thrilled you love falling into other worlds. *sigh*…they may not be perfect, and if they were, they'd be perfectly boring…but we love them anyway! 🙂 Werewolf hunks rule! 🙂

  23. N

    I learned that Terry makes really cute bears when she's not writing.

    ctoan72(at)gmail(dot)com