From Big Cats to Wolves and Back with Terry Spear (and W*n a book)

Two tour stops today, both offering a chance to enter to win the iPad! First, I have an interview up at Shut Up and Read–what three characters, other than DJ, do you think I consider my major characters at this point in the Sentinels series? You might be surprised! And if you’d like another read of “Cat Mon Dieu,” featuring our favorite pirate, it’s supposed to be up today at Literary Meanderings.

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Today, please help me welcome fellow author Terry Spear to Preternatura! I’ve always been a fan of Terry’s werewolf novels, so I’m excited to dig into her Heart of the Jaguar series as she takes on the big cats. Terry’s most recent release is Jaguar Fever, the second book in her Heart of the Jaguar series, which came out through Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 6.

A USA Todaybestselling author, Terry has written more than fifty paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit her website, follow her on Twitter, and like her on Facebookand follow the pack here. 
ABOUT JAGUAR FEVER:  She’s being pursued by everyone, in more ways than one.

Even in an exotic world of humans, jaguars, and tantalizing creatures who shift between the two, Maya Anderson stands out from the crowd. Interest from human suitors is bad enough, but when male shifters give chase, the real trouble starts.
Who’s the hunter and who’s the prey?

Investigating the black marketing trade of exotic animals keeps Wade Patterson more than busy. When he and Maya both get entangled in a steamy jungle mission, it becomes impossible to tell who is being hunted or who the hunters are. Wade is desperate to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. But it’s Maya’s piercing eyes that keep him awake at night.
Rawr. 🙂 And now, let’s hear from Terry, who answers my burning question:
How Do I like Writing Big Cats after Writing about Wolves for so Long?

By Terry Spear

I love it! But only because I’m still continuing the different series: SEAL wolves, Highland wolves, the Silver Bros wolves in Silver Town, Leidolf’s red wolf pack in Portland, and the Arctic wolves also. It’s like when I write a totally different genre—a young adult fae story in the series, or my medieval Highland stories—it gives me a fresh outlook when I write the others.

It can be confusing at times though. I just finished A Hero of a Highland Wolf and am about to turn it in, finished edits on Silence of the Wolf (Tom Silver’s story), and have just started working on Guthrie MacNeill and Calla Stewart’s A Highland Wolf Christmas, when I get a call about some details concerning Jaguar Hunt. And, I’m still writing blogs about Jaguar Fever and its release. Then had to write a whole bunch of blogs because A SEAL Wolf Christmas is releasing two weeks early—Sept 24, woohoo!!!!

So I’m like…Jaguar Hunt? What happened in that one? LOL  Truly, shifting gears that often can be totally discombobulating.

In writer speak, we talk about head-hopping—going from one character to another without giving each character enough time to share his or her point of view. First, it’s hers, then a paragraph later, it’s his, then another paragraph, and it’s switched again. It can give readers whiplash.

I feel like I’m head-hopping in a “book-hopping” sort of way when I have to go back and forth between books to do edits, blogs, write the stories, or just plain old answer questions.

But it’s loads of fun! And each time I write a new story, I get to revisit the characters from the earlier ones to ensure they have the same personality traits as they did earlier on. It will change somewhat, of course, in that a man who is dealing with men and women on an everyday basis, will behave somewhat differently when faced with dealing with a woman he has the hots for.  But the general personality traits and flaws and strengths will be there.

When I’m writing the story, I’m totally immersed in it, whether it’s in the jungle with the big, sexy cats, or off on a romp through the castle in another Highland wolf tale. I do a lot of research and that helps me to get grounded in their worlds.

Wolves have accepted humans into their packs in the real world—based on numerous wolf biologist studies. So the lupus garous tend to work with the human society. But jaguars are mysterious and elusive. Researchers have set up motion cameras to capture pictures of the jaguars at night as they move about in certain areas. Biologists can’t befriend jaguars, camp near them, and observe their behavior.

So in their shifter world, I created their own policing force unlike with the wolf SEALs who work for the human government. With the jaguars, they do their own thing. Because in real life, that’s how they are.

I also divided them among those who are wild and those who are citified. Those that visit their native big cat environment and can live and survive there are considered wild cats. The others don’t shift much—too dangerous in the cities. Mayan culture speaks of jaguar shifters and there was never any mention of shifting at particular times—like with werewolf lore and the pull of the full moon. Which is another fun deal. With jaguar shifters, they were treated as gods and goddesses. Werewolves—as evil.

So using the lore associated with the two kinds of shifters is also something I love to include.

What’s next? My boss from the days when I worked at the library always wanted me to make a cute wereotter. The problem with wereotters is they’re adorable, but I’m thinking more in the line of hot, sexy, hunky men. And…wereotters just seem cute and fuzzy to me.

Hope you enjoy Jaguar Fever because next up is Jaguar Hunt, and then after that, not sure of the title, but the hot Golden Claws agent jaguar ends up getting stuck with a couple of orphaned cubs and what’s he to do???

Thanks so much for Suzanne having me here today at Preternatura!

One lucky commenter with a US or Canada address will win an autographed copy of Legend of the White Wolf!

My question to you—if you were a jaguar shifter, would you think you could be considered wild or citified and why?

Thanks, Terry! Oh, I’d so be citified. I can’t imagine sprouting fur would make me any less fond of air conditioning 🙂 How about you guys?


77 thoughts on “From Big Cats to Wolves and Back with Terry Spear (and W*n a book)

  1. I’d be citified. Don’t think I would do well in the wild. I fell in love with Heart of the Wolf and have loved all the subsequent stories. Looking forward to reading Jaguar Fever.

  2. Sandy, I’m like you. I love the country, the wilderness! Or small towns.

    Liz, too cute. Well, even with loving the countryside, I still prefer a lodge or cabin to tenting it. 🙂 Thanks so much! Glad you have loved the wolf tales!!!

  3. Sandy, I’m like you. I love the country, the wilderness! Or small towns.

    Liz, too cute. Well, even with loving the countryside, I still prefer a lodge or cabin to tenting it. 🙂 Thanks so much! Glad you have loved the wolf tales!!!

    • Yikes, my email notification isn’t notifying me right. *sigh* Didn’t know anyone had commented!!! And here you all thought I was busy fooling around with a jaguar!

      Bonnie, thanks so much!~!! Jaguar Hunt is coming next. Had too much fun with David and Tammy in the next book!!!

    • Rebe, the good news is they have “tamer” wild cats in the city. You can take the cat out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the cat. 🙂 You can quote me on that. 🙂

  4. Id be wild. Love the outdoors and if I was a big cat so the wild would allow that. Who’d want to be citified, so many noisy people and what are you going to chase? taxi’s or house cats? 🙂
    Love both the series. Thanks Suzanne for spotlighting so many wonderful authors.

    • Steph, too funny. Yes, there’s something romantic about a jungle get away and the only chasing the two of you are doing is after each other! Thanks so much for loving both my wolves and jaguars!!

  5. …i guess i would be wild i can’t live without nature around^^

    i do lovefeline shifters! ( and more than often i saw thend then to paranoia and job in teh security^^ so your view on them quite fit^^)

  6. totally citified 🙂 LOL… I wouldn’t know what to do in the “country” but that could be different if I was a shifter. Thanks for sharing and congrats to Terry on the newest release!

  7. I would have to go with wild, because I don’t like people much, definitely have to have a house though, not really crazy about outdoors either. Love the post. I lover Terry Spears’ books all of them. Thanks for sharing.. evamillien at gmail dot com

  8. I’d have to say citified. While there are a lot of things I like about being out in the wilderness, when it comes right down to it, I’m pretty domesticated.

    • VampedChik, thanks soooo very much! You can’t know how much that means to me as I’m struggling to get the characters to behave in the current work in progress! I’m not crazy about big cities either. I can’t imagine being in NYC in a studio apartment with a big sexy cat. 🙂 We’d be bumping into each other all the time. Well, that could be a good thing… Hmmmmm

    • Thanks so much, Deb!!! Yeah, even in this horrible 103 heat, I’ve been out trying to get some chores done. But of course if I had a big cat around, I’d probably stay in the AC with him….

  9. As much as I love the wild, I would end up being citified. I cannot give up the comfort of modern living and technologies.

    Every time I think of being in the wild, I kept thinking of that little girl in the At&T commercial describing her life as a werewolf and wanting to be human again. I definitely don’t want to give up the A/C or smell like wet fur.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • LOL, Kai, I don’t get any tv out here (too wild, lol) but I would love to see that ad! I loved the one I saw when I visited my daughter in Houston where the dog is sitting in the car and hears the wolves calling. 🙂

  10. I think I’d be citified, because when in my human form I’d want air conditioning, flush toilets, and refrigerated food. And I’d pick a city that had some wild areas nearby so I could go wild when I wanted. 😀

  11. Yikes, my email notification isn’t notifying me right. *sigh* Didn’t know anyone had commented!!! And here you all thought I was busy fooling around with a jaguar!

    Bonnie, thanks so much!~!! Jaguar Hunt is coming next. Had too much fun with David and Tammy in the next book!!!

  12. Rebe, the good news is they have “tamer” wild cats in the city. You can take the cat out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the cat. 🙂 You can quote me on that. 🙂

  13. Steph, too funny. Yes, there’s something romantic about a jungle get away and the only chasing the two of you are doing is after each other! Thanks so much for loving both my wolves and jaguars!!

  14. VampedChik, thanks soooo very much! You can’t know how much that means to me as I’m struggling to get the characters to behave in the current work in progress! I’m not crazy about big cities either. I can’t imagine being in NYC in a studio apartment with a big sexy cat. 🙂 We’d be bumping into each other all the time. Well, that could be a good thing… Hmmmmm

  15. Thanks so much, Deb!!! Yeah, even in this horrible 103 heat, I’ve been out trying to get some chores done. But of course if I had a big cat around, I’d probably stay in the AC with him….

  16. LOL, Kai, I don’t get any tv out here (too wild, lol) but I would love to see that ad! I loved the one I saw when I visited my daughter in Houston where the dog is sitting in the car and hears the wolves calling. 🙂

  17. I would be citified since I could not tolerate living without indoor plumbing, A/C, the web, etc. It would be fun to meet some of those wild cousins though.

    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

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