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A World of Wolves with Terry Spear

ToTemptWolf

Thanks so much, Greta, for having me again! I love the title of your blog, “I Do Not Want to Wait, I Want the Book Now!”

I’m like that, too, enjoying reading an author’s voice, the way she puts words together, the worlds she creates, the way her characters interact, the way she draws me in with conflict and adventure and romance. And once that happens, I do not want to wait! I want the next book now! 🙂

So Greta wanted to know what kind of research I do for my books. You might be surprised! Not only do I read a lot of books about wolves and their behaviors, pack dynamics, individual wolf nuances, but I also research the vegetation in the area, the temperatures for the time of year it is, the topographical maps to learn elevations and where streams, rivers and lakes are. I research websites that talk about particular aspects of the areas I’m writing about, even though I’ve lived in these places, or was a frequent visitor. Why? I don’t remember everything about them, so I need a refresher course. 🙂

Take for instance, I was researching Maine for LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF to see if cell phone reception was available in parts of the area I didn’t want to have cell phone reception. Yep, just what I suspected. You go into the woods, leave your Internet cravings behind. No cell phones, no Internet. Perfect for my story. 🙂

When I began working on SEDUCED BY THE WOLF, I envisioned spring and warmer temperatures. This was purposefully set in spring because of the rebirth of flowers and trees, and wild creatures having their offspring. Here in Texas, spring is warm. But in Oregon, I forgot how nippy the weather could be. 🙂 Some of the lakeside areas I thought to set the opening in were still covered in snow! One of the areas was not, although it was still not open until later, around the month of May. So perfect for my hero and heroine to meet.

So doing a little research can change the story!

In DESTINY OF THE WOLF, I wanted a silver mining town that was my very own. I had visited several, and one, Telluride, I had a ball skiing at. In fact, it was the only ski resort I ever skied at that I actually got hot and started stripping out of warm weather gear. Hmm, maybe that’s where I get some of my wolf ideas of stripping in the snow…

While working on a scene for SEDUCED BY THE WOLF, I wanted to know where the wolves’ exhibit is at the Oregon Zoo. They have two gray wolves there. The zoo is backed up on Forest Park. But where is the wolves’ exhibit? Inquiring minds had to know. A map of the zoo is available on a website, but what surrounds the zoo? Google Earth gave me the answer. 🙂

In TO TEMPT THE WOLF, I had to learn about cabins on the Oregon coast, what was allowed. I read about a winter storm where the winds were hurricane strength. I studied the pictures and the road conditions from blogs. Tessa’s brother is incarcerated and I had to learn where he might be in prison. They needed to go to a hospital and I had to know how far away medical services were. The works are fiction, so the places are not absolutely real, although they can be based on real places. In HEART OF THE WOLF, the ranch where the bad alpha leader lives was based on a real ranch for sale in the area. Now, Leidolf of SEDUCED BY THE WOLF lives there. 🙂

Research can add credibility to the incredible world.

Greta also asked if where I live, wolves are abundant. They used to be. In fact, they used to live everywhere. But alas, the closest to where I live are in Louisiana.

Now for the good news! Just for commenting on Greta’s fun blog, you’ll have a chance to win TO TEMPT THE WOLF, or if you prefer, one of the earlier books if you already have this one.

And if you are interested, you can find me at these places:

www.terryspear.com

http://twitter.com/TerrySpear

http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear

http://www.myspace.com/terryspear

http://www.terry-spear.blogspot.com/

http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/

http://www.wickedlyromantic.blogspot.com/

http://shapeshifterromance.wordpress.com/

Thanks again, Greta, for having me, and thanks to everyone for dropping by and commenting!

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”

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40 Responses

  1. Hi! Great post. I love the cover of To Tempt the Wolf – it’ definitely the kind that makes you buy the book 🙂
    Have a great day!

  2. Thanks so much, Frana! Wouldn’t you just love to take him home with you if you saw him injured on a cold Oregon beach and no way to get any help for him–so you’re it?? 🙂

    Thanks, Greta, for having me here today!!

  3. Yeahhh contest!! Just like wanting the books, i want contests!! Lol. And i agree, the cover is fabulous!!! And if i win, if it isnt any trouble can i have the first book in the series? I’m a little broke right now, so i’ve been watching for contests for this book and trying every won. One day i’ll win it…hopefully. Have a good day!!

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  5. Seriously, I want to read this book! Aren’t wolves dangerously beautiful?

  6. How many hours do you think you spend on research for a single book? Cover looks great! i love the wolf especially.

  7. You have no idea what your books mean to me. Thanks so much!

  8. Taylor Z, sure, up to the winner which book they can have. Thanks for wanting the series!!

    Suzette, I think the wolf is beautiful too. 🙂 That’s what I love about the series, is that when they shapeshift to their wolf forms, they’re real wolves, not some monstrous version. 🙂 It’s hard to say about the research. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how my characters were going to escape the zoo, by looking for pictures and maps and descriptions of the area. So sometimes, a lot of hours spent on it. Plus sometimes, I just get fascinated in some aspect and read way more than I need to. LOL 🙂

  9. Great post.I look forward to reading this series.

  10. Thanks so much, Elaine G!

  11. I really love the cover and the book sounds like an awesome read!

  12. Hi Terry!
    Fantastic post – I love to know how authors create their worlds… I haven’t read one of your books yet, but I will definitively do it!!! By the way, the cover is gorgeous *sigh*
    Wish you all the best,
    Ina

  13. sounds like a fantastic story and the oregon coast is on my list of places to visit someday.

  14. Great post. Terry, that’s an amazing amount of research you do for such wonderful books. When an author can write scenes so accurately and make them so believable, I think its just as important as building your characters and the connection they have to the story.

    That’s a beautiful cabin scene in TO TEMPT THE WOLF. I like it.

  15. What a great post. I love the cover too. Wolves are one of my favorite animals. I love the fact you take the time to put in the research for your books like you do. I love this series of yours.

  16. I enjoy books with animals and I’ve always liked wolves. I think they are beautiful. I’d love to read the book.

  17. This series sounds great and the cover expresses the tone of the story so well. At my folks house there are a few wolves that visit from time to time. Luckily they haven’t caused any problems for the farmers so they’ve been left alone.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  18. Aik, absolutely, they’re dangerously beautiful!!!

    Woohoo, thanks so much, Jann! I really appreciated your comment!

    Thanks, Jeanette! They do beautiful covers. The next one up is Seduced by the Wolf and it’s lush and green like Oregon forests. 🙂

    Hi, Ina, thanks!!! I’m with you, I love to hear the story behind the story when authors write their books.

    Pamk, you will love it. I loved the California coast too, a place we called moon rock…but it’s pretty chilly!

    Thanks, Armenia! I so agree! It hopefully allows readers to experience the setting as the characters are running around in it!

    Thanks so much, Becky! 🙂 Yeah, I love the wolves and the way they take care of each other. It’s fun to learn something new about them that I add to each story. 🙂

    Thanks, Linda!

    Joder, oh how neat! 🙂 And it’s good that they haven’t bothered with the livestock.

  19. Beautiful cover! If I am lucky enough to win I would love a copy of the first book in the series

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  20. Beautiful cover! I would love to read this book it sounds awesome.

    ghurt AT bellsouth DOT net

  21. Nice cover. I love Wolves almost as much as I love Dragons so the book is a definite ‘I don’t want to wait I want it now’ kind of book 😀

  22. Can’t wait to read this book, thanks for this post, nice to meet Terry Spear!

  23. I am a native Oregonian. I love paranormal books, epecially those using Oregon as a setting.

  24. Terry,
    As you know I’m one of your biggest fans. You do so much research on your books. And it shows. Your wolves are so real. I want to pull one right off the pages of the books and spend the night with him.
    I’m finishing the last pages of this book. I’ve been savoring every last word. It’s so wonderful
    I just started my Sister-in-law on this series. So I’d like to win this book for her. She lives in very romte area of northern mn. No Barnes and Nobles nearby.
    Thanks so much for writing this book.

  25. Great post! I’ve heard really good this about your books, Terry! I can’t wait to read them, I love wolfs!

  26. The book looks great and I can’t wait to check it out!! 🙂

  27. Raelena, if you win, definitely your choice. 🙂

    Thanks, Quilt Lady!

    🙂 Ilona…yeah no fire breathers here, but they’re a little softer and cuddlier in their wild form. 🙂

    Hi, Etirv, good luck!

    Hi, Estella! My grandfather was the first doctor in Beaverton so it’s really special to me. Plus I went to Portland State. 🙂 There’s just so much to do there.

    LOL, Diva Donna!! Thanks!!! They must have wolves up where your Sister-in-Law lives. 🙂

    Thanks so much, Chelsea! I can’t wait for you to read them either. 🙂

    Thanks, Rachie!! 🙂

  28. I love the cover. Your books sound great. I am impressed by the amount of thought and research that it put into your book. I can only imagine that this book has to be excellent.

    Melissa

  29. I’m so looking forward to reading this one and putting it together with trips to the Oregon coast. I hadn’t really thought about all the research that goes into your books – I think I almost imagined you knew your wolves by osmosis; they’re always so real.

  30. Thanks so much, Melissa! It’s gotten really great reviews! 🙂

  31. Wow Terry! The book looks fabulous and I’ve heard some pretty great things about it. Congratulations and I will definetly be pickin’ up this one!

  32. Thanks, Lyoness! It’s had some awesome reviews! I’m thrilled! 🙂 Enjoy!

  33. What a beautiful creature!

    Oh, you were referring to the wolf. lol

    Just kidding, they both are of course.

    Deidre
    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  34. What a great cover, looking forward to reading this one!

  35. Hi Terry…I absolutely love shifters!!! I just finished Tempted by the Wolf and it was wonderful. I really would like my very own Hunter but if I can’t have that maybe a hint about whether Hunter’s sister and the trouble she’s sure to stir up might be a future project??

  36. thanks a lot

  37. LOL, Deidre! I wouldn’t kick either of them out of the house!

    Cybercliper, woohoo, thanks so very much!!! Hmm, well, I just finished Seduced by the Wolf and that’s about Leidolf and a spunky wolf biologist… Then the next book is about Carol and Chester, the detective in Destiny of the Wolf. Requests have been made for Jake and Tom’s stories. And I’m dying to do a Highlander wolf and the American werewolf romance writer…but yeah, Hunter’s sister definitely needs to get into some more trouble! Love the idea! Thanks for suggesting it!

  38. What a great post. I am always curious as to what kind of research an author does for his or her books and how detailed and in depth that research is. It sounds like some of your research is really interesting and really enriches your books.

  39. Thanks, Karin! It does!! 🙂

  40. Thanks so much, Sheila! You’ll have fun at the Oregon coast! 🙂 We used to go to Mt Hood and sled down the mountain too. 🙂 On cardboard boxes. LOL They were used too, left by tons of previous sledders. Life could be so simply and fun!

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