Thank you all for having me here today! I thought I’d chat about some of the other werewolves out there—the ones that I enjoy reading… which may or may not surprise you! :)
I’ve read a couple of teen werewolf books—The Wereling and Blood and Chocolate that I really enjoyed, and three adult werewolf books for contests, so I don’t want to give away their titles. And that’s it. I’m not a werewolf reader unless they happen to be in a package of books I’m judging for a contest.
The reason isn’t that I don’t love other authors’ werewolves, but that I want to continue writing my unique werewolf worlds, and if an author reads other authors’ books in the same genre, there’s a possibility that the author will pick up some of the other writers’ worlds when writing their own. I will say that I did enjoy one of the author’s werewolf romance books in one of the contests that showed the old way of viewing werewolves and the romance involved, except the hero didn’t have to die. So that was refreshing. But when I wrote Heart of the Highland Wolf, I hadn’t read any adult romance wolf stories at that point, and was glad, too. Instead, I was influenced by old werewolf lore like the wolf man! I don’t remember the exact story, except that the wolf was running through swamps in an old black and white movie. I was also influenced by Jack London’s wolf tales—Call of the Wild and White Fang. These books encouraged me to write a new werewolf creature that was a man and a wolf, not separate, not a beast, but the good in both.
I love reading time travels, and I read every book that I can get hold of that has a time-travel theme. But my own time travel romance that comes out in September, A Ghost of a Chance at Love, isn’t anything like any of the others. I really had thought that since most everyone writes such different stories about going back in time or going forward in time in vastly different time periods or locations with really different ways of getting there, that no one would have a problem with copying anyone else’s storylines.
Still, I saw reviews on one author’s books on Amazon from several fans who said that the author appeared to love another author’s time travel style because they were nearly the same stories.
And that’s the crux of the matter—being careful that our own works are our own works. So I don’t read other authors’ werewolf stories. The same with a new jaguar shifter series I’m currently working on. I have read one jaguar shifter story and the opening few pages of another, but both are very different from what I’m doing with my own series. Like with my werewolves, the jaguar shifter world will only contain jaguar shifters, no vampires or gargoyles or anything else. At least in the beginning, although there are references to werewolves not being real… So you never know where that might lead to in future books. :) And like with my werewolves that are based on real wolves, I’m doing the same with my jaguars. It’s fun learning all there is about them as I create the new series.
So if you’re looking for toothy werewolves who believe it’s more honorable to fight wolf to wolf, come and check out my newest release, Heart of the Highland Wolf. But I have to warn you, they fight with swords while wearing kilts, too. And so what does every red-blooded woman want to know? What does a wolf wear under HIS kilt?
Thanks again, Anna, for having me here today!
HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLFBY TERRY SPEAR
IN STORES JUNE 2011
Each holds a secret they can’t possibly overcome alone…
Julia Wildthorn is sneaking into Argent Castle to steal an ancient relic, but reluctant laird Ian MacNeill may be the key to unlocking the one answer she really wants discovered…
From brilliant storyteller Terry Spear, modern day werewolves meet the rugged Highlands of Scotland, where instinct meets tradition, and clan loyalties give a whole new meaning to danger…
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ABOUT THE AUTHORA retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. An eclectic writer with a PW Best Book of 2008 (Heart of the Wolf), she writes paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit:
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