Author Terry Spear Puts the WOLF in "Werewolf" (& win a copy of Wolf Fever)

I’d like to welcome guest blogger Terry Spear today! Terry’s the author of Wolf Fever, which came out through Sourcebooks on December 1. Terry’s popular werewolf series is fascinating. Rather than start with the character and throw in some wolf in on the side, she starts with the nature of the wolf (but not in a scary way) and makes it an integral part of the character. So let’s join her for a peek into her process–and comment for a chance to win a print copy of Wolf Fever. We’ll be giving away two copies. You know the drill: 1 entry for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow, and +1 for a Tweet or Retweet. Now, take it away, Terry! 
Horror out, Romance in: Catch Wolf Fever!
by Terry Spear
When I was trying to come up with a new spin on the werewolf horror movies I had watched in my youth, I couldn’t see a romance story with some monster-like beast. Oh, sure, beauty and the beast works for some stories. But when I was young, I had fallen in love with Jack London’s wolves in White Fang and Call of the Wild and that’s what I had in mind when I created a shapeshifter who would turn into a wolf. A real wolf. Except it had the mind of a werewolf. Not a human, because humans don’t think exactly like a werewolf either. And these shapeshifters would still have wolfish qualities when in their human form.
I love showcasing pack dynamics, or what happens with loner wolves. And I loved real wolves—the way the alpha pair take a mate for life, the way the pack cares for each other in sickness, fending off others who stray into their territory, babysitting the wolf pups, hunting and playing together. Some Native American tribes revered the wolves for their hunting and the way they were even family-oriented.
Not only did I love the idea of creating real wolf-like shapeshifters, but when I was a child, I read my very first shapeshifter story that was a romance: “East of the Sun and West of the Moon.”  In the Norwegian tale based on a Scandinavian fairy tale, a prince is cursed to live as a polar bear during the day and a human at night. He marries a kind-hearted maiden, who is dying to see what he looks like at night, and spoils everything when she drops hot wax on him as she tries to get a glimpse of him by candlelight. I was in love with him and was so upset that he might forsake her (as part of his curse) forevermore.
In my stories, the werewolves are born or turned, but are happy to be who they are. They are not cursed or want to die because of this horrible condition. They live in secret, to avoid being used in experiments to find out how they live so long, or can shapeshift.
I also enjoy staying true to some of the mythology, while having fun (or at least my real werewolf characters have fun) with some of the mythology surrounding them. As to the wolf research, I’ve been to a wolf reserve in Texas and plan to visit one on New Mexico next year and another in Minnesota. I read up on them, study photos to describe them for particular werewolf characters while in their wolf coats, their posturing, and character traits and behaviors. I’ve watched videos on them and talked to readers who have actually raised wolves or wolf-dogs.
I find wolves fascinating—have always loved dogs that descended from them. And I have a readership that love them as much as I do, who send me news articles or e-mail me about news concerning wolves to aid me in my research! I’ve asked if readers would be adventurous enough to take on a werewolf hunk for a mate, and many say they would! Would you?
Thanks so much for having me, Suzanne, on your blog today! Good luck to everyone who comments!  
Terry
About WOLF FEVER: She may be his destiny, but she’s not his first choice…Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he’s the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her… Why is he playing so hard to get? The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders…Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn’t want anything to do with Carol unless she’s willing to embrace her wolf nature—no matter how beautiful she is….But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he’s been not to seize the moment with the woman he’s come to love. And now, it may be too late…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
: With almost 56,000 books sold, Terry Spear is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. She received her MBA from Monmouth University. An eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal as well as writing historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.
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Thanks, Terry! Now, leave a comment–I’ll announce the two winners on Friday. And, sorry, but this one is for U.S. and Canada only. 
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

19 thoughts on “Author Terry Spear Puts the WOLF in "Werewolf" (& win a copy of Wolf Fever)

  1. As a secret member of Team Jacob (maybe Team Jacob’s dad or uncle, because I’m just not into the whole cougar thing((what’s the wolf equivalent of a cougar, anyway?))), I think this one sounds like alot of fun! I wanna be a werewolf when I become paranormal. Or a mermaid. A mer-wolf? THAT’s IT! My own niche. Hairy Mer people. Oh. Those are Selkies. Dang.

  2. Hairy Mer People, hmm, now they say it’s important to come up with something nice and unique! I think you’ve got it! Nothing seal-ish about it. Oh WAIT!! Speaking of SEALs, I’m just finishing up writing The Wolf and the SEAL….maybe there is something to it!

  3. Hairy Mer People, hmm, now they say it’s important to come up with something nice and unique! I think you’ve got it! Nothing seal-ish about it. Oh WAIT!! Speaking of SEALs, I’m just finishing up writing The Wolf and the SEAL….maybe there is something to it!

  4. Looking forward to reading Wolf Fever and I know a certain fourteen year obsessed with wolves, can’t wait to get her the book also.

  5. I have not read any of Terry’s books yet… But I do have one in my to read pile… I will have to find more time to read… If I am ever going to see the bottom of this pile….
    Thank you for the review… Looking forward to reading…
    uummmmm werewolfs…… love!!!

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    +1 follow your blog (Kelly M)
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    Thank you much…
    Kelly
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  6. I like the idea of werewolves. In the stories I’ve read so far about them, they’re always really loyal and protective. So, you’ve asked your readers if they’d be adventurous enough to take on a werewolf for a mate….I’d say yes!

    Your book sounds really interesting!! Hope I’m lucky enough to be drawn as a winner.

    I retweeted the contest post, already am a blog and twitter follower and commented. So, do I get 4 entries? Thanks, Terry!!

  7. Terry, I just have to say that I love the covers to your books. Yet again you have another book that has me wanting to do laundry is the best possible way. ;o)

    I also have to say that I love the idea of how you approach the development of your wolfey characters and pack dynamics. It just gives the world you write a depth that I find that I crave as a reader. So thanks for taking the extra time to do the research that makes my reading (and cover viewing) experience all that it can be! And then some. 😉

    ~EK

  8. I hope you both enjoy the book, Marian!

    Sandy, me too. 🙂

    Hmm, Kelly, it needs to be on the top of the pile, then it won’t be any problem trying to read through the others!

    Hey, Lynn! Good for you. I like a woman full of adventure. You have to be ready for it if you pick up with a wolf!!!

    Hey, Elaing, enjoy the stories once you have the chance!

    Elijanna, Hmm, laundry, yes…there was a laundry scene in Heart of the Wolf that was fun…it’s amazing how a simple thing can turn out, ahem, not so domestic! If you haven’t already and need book marks, be sure to send me an SASE and I’ll send you some! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  9. I hope you both enjoy the book, Marian!

    Sandy, me too. 🙂

    Hmm, Kelly, it needs to be on the top of the pile, then it won’t be any problem trying to read through the others!

    Hey, Lynn! Good for you. I like a woman full of adventure. You have to be ready for it if you pick up with a wolf!!!

    Hey, Elaing, enjoy the stories once you have the chance!

    Elijanna, Hmm, laundry, yes…there was a laundry scene in Heart of the Wolf that was fun…it’s amazing how a simple thing can turn out, ahem, not so domestic! If you haven’t already and need book marks, be sure to send me an SASE and I’ll send you some! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  10. I fell in love with Terry’s wolves with Seduced by A Wolf. Looking forward to this new one.

    +1 blog follower

    Thanks!

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