Monday, October 29, 2012

Interview with Terry Spear and Giveaway - October 29, 2012

Please welcome Terry Spear to The Qwillery.  Savage Hunger, the first novel in Terry's new Jaguar series, was published in October 2, 2012.

TQ:  Welcome to The Qwillery!

Terry:  Thanks so much for having me here! I love your blog name!

TQ:  Thank you very much!

TQ:  Writing quirks! What are some of yours?

Terry:  Omigosh, I have none!!! Should I? This is the second interview where I’ve been asked that and I’m starting to feel I’m missing something. I drink green tea while I’m writing. Does that count?

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers?

Terry:  Jayne Anne Krentz, Karen Marie Moning, Christine Feehan, Leslie Lafoy, Sara Humphreys, Sharon Lathan, Shana Galen, Carolyn Brown, Tracey Devlyn, Linda Lael Miller, Vonda Sinclair, and Amanda Forester, and…well, the list goes on and on!

TQ:   Are you a plotter or a panster?

Terry:  Definitely a seat of the pants writer. I do plan the hero and heroine first meeting. And I have to set some kind of goal and motivation for reaching that goal for the hero and heroine. But other than that? The characters set the tone of the story. They truly do decide what they’ve got to do next. One kind of character would handle a situation one way, another a completely different way. So it’s fun to see how they get out of the predicaments they get themselves into. Note: I did not say I did it!

TQ:   What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Terry:  It depends on the book. Sometimes it’s the beginning—I’m not getting the characters together fast enough, or there’s not enough conflict in the beginning. Sometimes I have more of a time figuring how I want to bring about a satisfying end. Sometimes I feel it needs more action, more forward movement, or more sexiness. So it really depends on the book! Sometimes all these things seem to gel without any effort on my part—and I LOVE that. That’s when the characters have totally taken over and write the book. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s sure fun when it does!

TQ:  What sorts of research have you done for the Heart of the Jaguar series? What is the oddest bit of information that you’ve come across in your research?

Terry:  There is so much about the Amazon I didn’t know! Or that any of us know, really! Even with working on Jaguar Fever, the second in the series where I set it partially in Belize, a lot of the rainforest hasn’t even been explored. Same with the millions of varieties of plants in the Amazon. I really enjoyed researching—reading up on the plant life, the animal life, true stories about visiting or living in the Amazon. I read about a boy who was about three years old who wandered away from his village and survived two days on his own before relatives finally found him! He was covered in prickly thorns (which I used in Savage Hunger—the thorns, not the child), and was dehydrated, but otherwise fine. Can you imagine? With venomous frogs, snakes, crocodiles, boa constrictors? He was a small meal waiting to happen! I’ve watched videos about the Amazon, about the jaguars, YouTube videos about jaguar behavior and visits to the Amazon, read blogs where visitors trekked through the jungle, spoke with a couple of people who had been there. Really fascinating place! But I couldn’t get one person from work to agree to go with me on a trip there! Scotland? I had several takers!

TQ:  You've written many novels about werewolves. In your research for the Heart of the Jaguar series have you found any common traits between wolves and jaguars?

Terry:  Wolves and jaguars are very different in that wolves are pack animals and jaguars are loners. Jaguars will take a couple of mates, their territories overlapping with his. Wolves mate for life. But wolves and jaguars are both territorial. Both are predators. Both take down the bigger prey. Each love to swim. The cats can climb trees, not the wolves. The cats blend into their surroundings because of their rosettes. Wolves blend into their surroundings to an extent also. Both use dens for their offspring. Wolves will fight others encroaching on their territory to the death. Jaguars might scrap, but they don’t fight much. Wolves are very vocal. Jaguars are not as much. Mostly because they call for mating and not to socialize with other jaguars, whereas wolves communicate to gather the pack, to mate, to mourn. So when I created the new shifter world, I had the challenge of making them like their jaguar cousins, but not so much that they couldn’t have a mate for life—a happily ever after.

TQ:  Tell us something about Savage Hunger that is not in the book description.

Terry:  Are you adventurous? Would you explore the Amazon? I find it fascinating to take a person and put them in an environment that is not truly theirs. It belongs to the wildlife that lives and dies there day in and day out. Kathleen McKnight has been to the jungle before on an Army mission, but she’s not from that part of the world. Connor Anderson, on the other hand, can blend in with the jungle, become one with it, is whole there—as a jaguar shifter. Two different people. Two different lifestyles. Can she learn to be like him?

TQ:  Which character in Savage Hunger has surprised you the most?

Terry:  Wade Patterson. I didn’t know how he was going to react about losing Kat to Connor. But he helped out all along the way, and he has some secrets of his own, which will be revealed in Jaguar Fever.

TQ:  What's next?

Terry:  I just finished up the second in the jaguar series, so if readers get hooked on Maya, Connor’s sister, and Wade Patterson, their story is next up in Jaguar Fever! That’s coming August 2013. Also, A SEAL Wolf Christmas, Oct 2013 will be featuring Bjornolf Jorgenson, hot SEAL, and Anna Johnson, the undercover operative he was sparring with in A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing—if you didn’t have a chance to read it yet, it had to do with her stockings and tying her up—talk about putting them on the wrong side of the battle field from the beginning.

Now, it’s time to finally finish writing Tom’s story, Silence of the Wolf, the youngest Silver triplet from Destiny of the Wolf pack fame. I can’t wait to get back to that. After Savage Hunger though? We’ve got more of that wild Highland wolf pack of hunks, Feb 2013, Howl for a Highlander, featuring the youngest brother, Duncan; and May 2013, A Highland Werewolf Wedding, about Cearnach. I still need to share Guthrie’s story—the financial wizard for the pack. Which means? No goofing off for me! And lots more stories for you!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Terry:  Thanks so much for having me!! My question to readers: What would you do if you found a jungle cat who wasn’t all cat??

About Savage Hunger

Savage Hunger
Jaguar 1
Sourcebooks, October 2, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has captured hearts worldwide by wrapping the realities of nature into the glorious romance of the wild. Now, she turns her award—winning imagination from the sexy werewolf hunt to the intense sizzle of jaguar shape-shifters.

As a jaguar he is graceful and gorgeous...

Speedy and stealthy...
Fierce, independent, and wild...

As a man he is passionate and powerful...

Willful and wonderful...
And he'll stop at nothing to protect what's his...

About Terry

Terry Spear has written a couple of dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance and continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars. For more information, please visit, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Savage Hunger (Jaguar 1) from Sourcebooks. US/CANADA ONLY

How:   Answer Terry's question:

What would you do if you found a jungle cat who wasn’t all cat??

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, November 5, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. I think I'd be so stunned that I found a jungle cat to begin with that discovering s/he wasn't just a cat would knock me out. Hope s/he wouldn't bite!

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  3. I'd probably sense that he or she wasn't just a cat and offer a meal.


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  4. Too funny, Rebe. I'd have to agree!!! First, being stunned over seeing the cat, and then, if he/she shifted...bowl me right over. :)

    Happy Meal, right, Breila? Sorry, the full moon's out. I have to say crazy things! :)

  5. LOL, hopefully with claws retracted, right? :)

  6. I would be in shock first at finding a jungle cat and probably scared and if he changed to human I would probably faint lol. But after I got over the initial shock, I would take him home with me. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  7. LOL, Tore!!!! You all are so much fun! :)

  8. It would definately be a shock. As long as he did not want to eat me, well eat me in the good way is okay, but not eat me in the bad way to where I die. LOL. I love paranormal and would be cool and interesting to meet a shifter.
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  9. I so agree, Chris. There's a right way and a wrong way to meet up with a big cat shifter. :) Meet up with him when he's only hungry for love. :)

  10. Hi Terry, been seeing you around the blogging environment. I would be quite surprised and then I would be intrigued.
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  11. Hey, Debby,

    Yeah, it's the big Savage Hunger release this month. Next up is A Howl for a Highlander! :)

  12. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! Congrats to Terry on her newest release! I'd be surprised :) and a bit relieved cuz if it was a shifter than I probably wouldn't get eaten!

    gfc: erin

  13. LOL, yes, Erin, there'd be a good chance you wouldn't.... :)

  14. I would keep the cat in my room...yeah!!
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    Thank you for the giveaway: sounds like a great read!

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  15. LOL, books4me. I can just see it. You patting the bed, the big jaguar jumping up on the mattress, stalking forward, amber eyes focused on you, tail slashing the air behind him, then he'd lay down next to you, shift, smile and...pull you close...lights out for a lot of action...only HE can see in the dark. :)

  16. I'd try to find a common ground with it. No sudden movement. I might go cliche and go "good kitty" and move slowly away!

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  17. Too funny, Na. Stick to no sudden movement... no moving slowly away. BTW, I tried the "Nice, doggy," cliche when I came across a rottweiler when I was taking my three and six year olds at the time for a walk in our wooded isolated neighborhood. The dog was loose, in attack mode. I grabbed up my three year old and told my five year old to keep walking away from the house. Not to run. Every time I turned my back on the dog, he snarled and came after me. I'd turn around and shout, "Nice, doggy! Go home!" backing away the whole time. And over my shoulder I told my son, "Keep walking." The farther we got from the house, the less the dog moved away from his property. Which I actually describe in a different way in A Highland Werewolf Wedding. It was frightening and I was worried to death the dog would attack and my kids would be in the middle of it and unprotected.

    When the "Good, doggy," didn't work, I tried, "BAD! DOG! Go home!!!" I was shouting at him as much as I was trying to get whoever the neighbor was who lived there to come out and see I had two little ones and secure the dog. They probably were not at home. The bad dog seemed to work much better than the good dog!

    We made it to the bend in the road and started back up the hill to our house, grabbed my son's hand and walked as fast as we could. Never went down that road again. You don't even have to face a jungle cat to face real danger!

  18. I'd be SO excited. I love cats and if I could be a shifter it would be in the form of a cat. I think the two of us would make a cozy den and be happy ;).

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    2. You would, Victoria!!! Guaranteed! :)

  19. i think i'd be scared at first, then i hope i would get over it and enjoy the moment. lol


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    1. Sherry, you would! Fear is important, and then after that, fun! :)

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  21. I'd be thrilled and I'd try to make friends, because it would be cool to know someone who was a shifter. Barbed1951 at aol dot com
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  22. I'd be intrigued, probably try to get to know him (better be a him >:). edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
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  23. In my fantasy world, I would slowly approach, hold out my hand in peace and scratch behind the ears or under the chin. Should this be successful and I retain all my fingers, I would check for fleas and then invite him in our of the cold for a nice side of venison or bowl of mild LOL Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us to day and for the imagination fun.
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  24. BN, no fun!

    Barbara, you would learn all kinds of new things!!!

    Krystal, lol on it being a he, yes, that's what you'd want. And if he showed interest, he'd definitely be a he! :)

    Denise, fleas??? :) They love to swim, so no fleas. And waterfalls? Hmmm-hm. :)

    Okay got back from the zoo and I have to say, the jaguars there are all jaguar. No shifters. :) I hate hearing that one got caged up by accident. :)

  25. I would obviously at first be shocked and then thrilled, when I actually realized what I was looking at! How exciting!! I am a huge fan of the series and can't wait to read the new book! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  26. Barb, I hope you love the jaguars!!! I had so much fun writing about them! :)

  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm looking forward to reading SAVAGE HUNGER:)

    +1 If I were to find a jungle cat that wasn't all cat, I would be thrilled that I could possible communicate with it! (assuming the other "part" is human). I love animals, and I guess my first reaction to seeing a large cat would be "Oh how cute!"

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