Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Goddess Of Wolves And Bears—Terry Spear

Latte Art 

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:

Her instincts tell her he's dangerous...

While her overprotective brother's away, Meara Greymere's planning to play—and it wouldn't hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she's ever seen...

His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist...

Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He's a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet...

As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself...

Experience the sensual, action-packed, critically acclaimed world of Terry Spear, author of a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year…

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!/TerrySpear


~Sia McKye~ said...

Welcome back, Oh Goddess, to Over Coffee, lol! I couldn't resist. I tried,really I did.

Anyway, I love your bears even tho I'm not a big Teddy bear person. It depends upon how they look. Can't wait to get my clan bear.

Terry Spear said...

Hey, Sia, waving hi!!! I got your MacKay fabric from Scotland in yesterday (I arrived from Houston after a stopover there from the Futuristic, Fantasy, & Paranormal Conference in New Orleans yesterday afternoon)! So I'll be working on the bear some this weekend. They're making me work half the weekend. :(

I LOVE your Celtic music playing in the background, and I have to say that the Latte art with the bear is the cutest thing ever. But I wouldn't want to drink him up! I'd want to keep him forever! :)

Thanks so much for having me back, Sia! I'm off to let the world know I'm here! :) While I get to listen to glorious music in the background. *sigh* It's really going to be hard going back to work today!

Terry Spear said...

Oh, shoot, I forgot to mention the goddess reference...yes, that's me! LOL! I actually reference the jaguar goddesses and gods in Savage Hunger...

One author was dressed in Goth clothes and it looked so cute and perfect for her branding. I was print clothes? Wolf fabrics wouldn't work. LOL :)

Tonya Kappes said...

I think we writers have something that always tends to feed our muse or writing. I bead jewelry. I love coming up with new ideas, which lead to more writing plots:)

Terry Spear said...

I agree, Tonya! It's also great to talk about something OTHER than our books and writing when we're blogging. :) It gives us more character just like when we try to create characters who have more character. :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yay! I'm trying to search for a miniature chantor and such for a wee bagpipe.

As for branding *fashion* may I suggest, for your new jaguar series, a scarf in jaguar print with a jaguar brooch? You can find some pieces that are about 2 inches long. That way you can wear it with slacks and sweater/blouse or with a dress. You could even make one along the lines of the Scot sash and the jag on the shoulder or even a sort of fringed shawl styled scarf. Of course, you could also do that with a wolf head. If you look around you can find those in silver. I'm trying to remember where I saw one made of was a gray wolf.

Terry Spear said...

Oooh, I like those suggestions, Sia! You should be a fashion brander for authors! :) Got to run! Have a super day!

Mason Canyon said...

Terry, I'm always in awe of all the amazing things you do. Your books are wonderful and your bears are adorable. Wishing you much success with both. BTW, I have A Seal in Wolf's Clothing ready to read and looking forward to it.

Sia, thanks for the behind the scenes look at Terry's bear business. I don't see how she does all she does.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Neither do I, Mason, but she does it well!

Loved your post on Finding Katie. Sounds like a great book to read.

Tamara Hoffa said...

Would love to read this book. I love Teddy Bears and all stuffed animals
I crochet, Christmas stockings are my specialty I make about 20 a year for family and friends

Johanna Garth said...

Congrats on the book and those bears are adorable!

My hobby...probably cooking and entertaining.

Jo said...

I agree, my hobby would be cooking, entertaining and of course blogging. Love the bears.

Terry Spear said...

Thanks so much, Mason! I've got several on my coffee table (bears not SEALs) waiting for me to finish up! :) Have a great time with Finn. Try to share him a little with Meara, okay??? :) LOL

Thanks, Sia!!

Tamara, I always wanted to take up crocheting, and did a little. I wanted to make lace doilies!

Johanna, thanks so much!!! You could start a bed and breakfast!

Jo, thanks so much! Yeah, blogging. I never think of that as a hobby, but it sure takes enough time to be one!!! :)

diva donna said...

I'm dancing the jig in a little late. But I have say I love me wee Butterscotch Bear Terry made for me. She's sworn to secrecy, about the wild things she's witnessed. I love the wolf books so much. I have heard them howl many a night here in Minnesota too. *Looking at Butterscotch bear* shhh!! mum is the word.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Diva, my parents lived in Northwest Wisconsin and we heard them howl as well. Kinda cool to hear under a big silver moon on a cold snowy night.

Mz Butterscotch, you must share your tales with us.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I never really answered, did I, on hobbies.

Mostly other creative things. Photography and framing certain shots, creating gardens--tho that has taken hit since my knee surgery and I'm experimenting with vertical gardening this year. I've gotten back into sewing and I've always crocheted but not doilies--don't have the patience. I like making colorful throws, blankets, pillow covers, and I also make a quilt with a crocheted *face*.

I'm really looking forward to reading your jaguar series, Terry. I've always loved the big cats.

Terry Spear said...

Thanks, Donna, for dropping by and saying hi! I'm glad Butterscotch bear is behaving...hopefully!!! I think it's so cool that you can hear the wolves howling! I heard one howling in New Orleans...but he wasn't a REAL werewolf. No way would they show their fuzzy face for the populace while playing a violin. Beautiful music though!

Wow, Sia! I lived in Madison, Wisconsin, when I was little. So I probably heard them too, but didn't know any better! Too cool!

Hope your knee gets better soon!!! I saw a lot of vertical gardening at Disney World where they didn't even use soil. I thought how neat it was! I wish I could do something like that!

I loved doing all kinds of other sewing too! I was the first woman, and only woman, in the family to ever take up the needle for creative pursuits!

Terry Spear said...

Whoops, forgot to say thanks about the big cats, Sia! I love them too! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

It was great to read how you got started making bears! :)

I love to knit and, more recently, to crochet. Or anything that involves my hands and leaves me free to think.

Terry Spear said...

That's interesting, Golden Eagle. When I'm working on the bears, I love to watch a movie or listen to an audio book. It's my "free time," to do something other than writing! :) So I combine fun stuff. :)