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My guest is Terry Spear. I freely admit I love her books and the hours of entertainment she has provided through them. Terry has a day job, writes—if you visited her website you’ll see she writes a variety of stories, not just wolves. She’s a pretty busy lady. We all have things we do to unwind. Hobbies. Terry talks about hers—making teddy bears and not just any teddy bear, but Celtic clan bears.
See? Terry isn’t just your average goddess of the wolves, but also of bears.
Years ago I was making quilts, cloth dolls, embroidering pictures, hooking rugs, you name it. My folks had begun a business of creating unique doll carriages and other doll furniture for collectors and taking them to shows all across the country. They were really successful and bought a number of dolls to display sitting on their furniture at the shows. But that meant wrapping up all these dolls and keeping them safe, and lugging them all over when they had to be just as careful with their doll carriages.
So my dad asked me to create an old fashioned teddy bear and they’d take them to the shows. And I began to take them to teddy bear shows at the same time. They won best of show at a Fort Lauderdale doll and teddy bear show, best dressed bears, and most unique bear for a pirate peg-legged bear. Three were featured in separate issues of Teddy Bear Review Magazine, one was featured in Texas Monthly Magazine and others in Texas Co-op Monthly and the MacNeill in the MacNeill Galley. They’ve been showcased in several newspapers also. And Spectral Visions showed them in The International Teddy Bear Connection film.
So the business was born! With the advent of the Internet, I was excited to create a webpage and showcase the bears for the whole world to see. And then with paypal, I was able to take payments online! Besides the baby birth bears paws that are embroidered with a child’s first name and the birth date on the other foot, one of my goals was to create the beloved Celtic Clan Bears. I periodically add more clan plaids to my collection to create a bonnet and sash for the bear, and then embroider the clan name on the bear’s paws.
The bears have found homes all over the States and Canada, and as far away as Switzerland, China, Kazakhstan, France, and Australia!
Over the years, I’ve had a lot of fun with comments about the bears. At one show, I had a broken finger in a splint as I tried to embroider bear paws that had been bought at the site. A man said, “I see your bears bite.”
A lady commented, “You’re poking them with the needle, and I can see why you got bitten.”
Now, the man reminded me of my dad, and so I figured that a man would have said such a thing.
The woman reminded me of me. LOL I didn’t expect a woman to say anything of the sort.
Oh, and the way I had broken my finger? I had a black standard poodle, and a white one, both on leash, both leashes in my right hand, and both dogs dashed in the opposite direction, the leashes wrapping around the finger and yanking, hard.
So the bear story was fine. Yes, the bears don’t like being poked with a sharp needle and sometimes they bite.
Over the years I’ve also had a number of comments: “You make the whole bear?”
I smile. “Yep. From scratch.”
“Do you buy the head from somewhere else?”
I pause and think of a shop that sells only bear heads. “Nope. I make the bears from scratch.”
When I made my first bears, my dad looked them over and said, “You didn’t make these.”
I gave him one of my looks, head tilted to the side, lips pursed, raised eyebrows.
“Did you?” he asked.
And then he wanted to take them to the Dallas Trade Mart to sell with their carriages, and then the doll and bear shows, and I became the bear lady.
Although one of my fans calls me a wolf goddess.
So how have my bears helped with writing? They’re like characters in furry form. Each is an individual, and like with writing, I love to take a break and do something different.
- Do you have a hobby that you love to do?
You can find out more information about my teddy bears here: http://terryspear.tripod.com/celticbears/
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Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear is a librarian by day and spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances! For more information, please visit her website http://www.terryspear.com/.