Friday, March 28, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH TERRY SPEAR




Terry, welcome back to Over Coffee. I always love having you visit. You share so many interesting things with the articles you written for me. You already know that I love your beautiful Bears. My McKye Bear has gotten lots of comments.


You write several series and did so while working full time. How did you manage your time to do that? 
I was working eighty hours a week. I had my 40-per week job, and then every minute in the morning before work I would catch up on promo and emails. Sometimes I had enough time to write a little. When I got home from work, I’d start writing. I had a word-goal every week. I think it was a 1,000 words a day. And then on weekends, I would write, get caught up on everything else, and write some more. At some point, I knew I couldn't continue to do that. One or the other had to go. It was just too much stress. 
You've recently quit your full time job to concentrate on writing. That’s quite a leap of faith, isn't it? 
It was a huge risk. It was really hard for me to get that full-time library job. And I loved my coworkers and many of the patrons. It was a really big step to take. Yet, I knew, just like with characters in a book, sometimes we just have to take the risk. There was no going back. I had to move forward. I had to take the chance. I had to believe in myself. And I had to work like the devil to prove I could do it. But like when a character’s life is turned upside down, I knew I had to get out of that stressful rat race and do one or the other. Or pay the consequences in health issues down the road. 
What’s happened that you weren't you expecting when left the day job and immersed yourself into your writing career? 
I am extremely goal-oriented. That means, I've been able to get at least 10,000 words a week done on my stories, sometimes as much as 5-10,000 a day. I can actually write a book in a month if I don’t have a lot of other (promotional) stuff going on. 
One of the things that I love about this is I've been able to go to readers’ conventions, something I couldn't do before this because I didn't have enough leave time. What leave I did have, would have to be divided up between my son and daughter and maybe attend RWA Nationals. 
I was able to go to 4 conferences last year, see my daughter a number of times, my son, and visit a number of zoos and other wildlife sites for research. This year I’m going to five conferences, and seeing a little of Chicago where one of the conferences is being held and to the International Wolf Center in Ely with a friend and fan. I also have a book signing while there.
In other words, I’m writing much more, and I’m getting to do lots of fun things, rather than just filling in another 40 hours at a day job. 
You are both traditionally published and publish independently. How do you blend both? 
I love doing both. I have a ton of stories I've already written way before I was published. It took me ten years to finally get a contract. Two of my Highland books were some of the first under contract. When she [acquiring editor] switched to inspirational, no violence, no sex, I started independently publishing the books. Sales from the next three highly successful Highland medieval series was what made it possible for me to quit my day job. 
Doing both means I’m always working on something. 
I have deadlines with traditional publishing and so I always work on the story that is coming up next. If I have time, like with one of the Highland series, a story that was nearly done, just needed some more research and changes, I was able to publish it in between two traditional books. Scenes come to me all the time, so I’m a fast writer. 
Your wolf series pulls a lot from the natural dynamics of a wolf pack. What kind of research did you do to make your wolf world realistic from a wolf’s standpoint? 
Wolves have distinctive personalities, just like dogs and cats do. Just like any animal does. I have a pet roadrunner. He has claimed my home for his territory. He peeks in the windows at me sometimes. He watches me while I take pictures of him outside. I can guarantee that another roadrunner wouldn't be just like him. 
When I do research on wolves, I watch their behavior—wolf reserves in Texas and Nebraska, videotapes of them. Wolves in captivity will do what they wouldn't do in the wild. Which also gives me fodder for my stories. Reading wolf biologists’ accounts also have helped me to create personalities for the wolves based on REAL wolf personalities. But when you hear about them, you think, these are like human personalities. 
Some are shy, retiring, alpha, omega. Some are playful. One was the greyhound of the wolf pack, and her alpha pack leader sister chased her off, but she was the fastest wolf in the pack and would often times chase down the prey they needed to feed the pack. Do you feel badly for her? I did. The sister tried to drum her out of the pack. Tried to force her to be an omega who couldn't share in the meals or take part in the camaraderie of the pack. And yet she was the best hunter of the pack! The sister was killed, and the alpha male took the greyhound of a wolf as his mate. HEA. And this was a true story. 
In a natural wolf pack differences and actions can cause members to be ostracized. 
My example of the greyhound wolf, that’s a good case in point. The sister didn't like her, probably because she was just as alpha, and the other wolves couldn't help but see her as a beneficial pack member. Even the male never tried to chase her away. Just the sister. She would go for days on her own, but she was a real pack animal. And being on their own is really dangerous. So they need a pack’s protection. Yet, she was persistent in wanting to belong to that pack, to that family. They were her family, no matter how much her sister tried to get rid of her. Even going to another wolf pack can spell a wolf’s death. So they can’t just always look for another wolf pack to join up with. 
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Which brings us to the heroine, Elizabeth, in your current release, Silence of the Wolf.  She also had some serious obstacles to overcome to find her happy ever after. Tell us a bit about her? 
Elizabeth was close to her mother and father. They were good for her. They showed her a love and compassion that everyone deserves to have. But when she lost them, she lost her protection. Yet, she couldn't leave the area either. She still had that draw to be near the wolf pack. She finally had to leave, or be killed outright, but when she had evidence of wrongdoing in her parents’ deaths, she had to return and set things right.  
What do you admire about her? 
Her persistence to do what was right, but when she feared it would cause another wolf’s pack involvement and might hurt them in the process, she was willing to sacrifice her need for setting things right, and protecting a wolf pack that had done nothing but treated her with kindness and respect. So putting aside her needs to protect someone else is what I truly admire about her. And for going on with her life and making the most of it, despite all that she’d been through. 
What’s coming next from Terry Spear? 
I’m currently working on A SEAL Wolf for Sale, set in Montana, so doing lots of research in the new area. After that will be A Silver Wolf Christmas. I’m also working on The Viking’s Highland Lass to release this year, and Phantom Fae, the next in the teen fae series.

Terry, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions. I’m looking forward to reading Silence of the Wolf. 
Thanks so much for having me here today, Sia! Always a pleasure!!!

  • My question to readers is do you like to learn fun facts when you’re reading fiction, or does it matter? I always wonder when I’m reading a book if there’s any truth behind the fiction.

                                                                                                                                                      

"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality." 

Heart of the Wolf--Publishers Weekly "Best Books of the Year!" 
A SEAL in Wolf's Clothing--USA Today Bestseller






145 comments:

Seumas Gallacher said...

Good day, Sia... have a wondeful blog blitz week! cheers, m'Lady : Seumas GALLACHER

lilicasplace.com said...

Hi Sia! Great interview! Happy Blog Blitz Day to you! Enjoy it. Lily

Carrie-Anne said...

Happy Blitz Day! I love wolves, perhaps in part because the book that most changed my life was Steppenwolf. We all have a wolf inside ourselves, an animal, instinctual aspect of the subconscious like the id or reptilian brain.

Suzanne Sapsed said...

Excellent interview, really felt like I learned a lot about - oh, what was his name ;)LOL! And happy blitz day!
Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe
xx

Carolyn Brown said...

Wow, quitting your full time job is a big risk, I don't know if I could make that choice, even though I would love to do so and just spend my time writing.

Happy Blitz Day, by the way!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Terry, you're a hybrid writer! Great place to be.
I also work a full time job, plus everything else with being an author and one that's very involved online. Quitting isn't an option for me yet (retirement still ten plus years away and I don't want to quit my job now) so I produce books at a very slow pace.
Sia, I had to slip online today so I could come say Happy Blitz Day to you!

Miranda Hardy said...

Terry, what a great I opportunity to be able to write full time.

Sia, hope all is well with your shoulder. Happy Blitz Day!

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DL Hammons said...

WOW...a book a month! I'm impressed. I admire Terry's courage of letting go of the day-job to commit to writing. Not an easy leap.

Hope you are feeling better today Sia. Maybe a BLITZ will bring a little sunshine to what's lately been a dim world. It doesn't compare to what you've endured, but our intentions are pure.

Take care! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's such an interesting story about the sister wolves. I'm fascinated by wolves - for obvious reasons. LOL Congrats, Terry on going full time.

Happy Blitz day, Sia!

Vicki Rocho said...

Terry, not sure if I'm inspired or despondent at my efforts to work and write at the same time. :)

Sia - thanks for the interview and happy blitz day!

Erin L. Funk said...

Interesting interview! You've reminded me that it's been a while since I've read a good Highland romance. Have a lovely Blog Blitz Day! :)

TaMara Sloan said...

Terry, I am impressed with how dedicated you are to your writing that, even while you were working a full-time job, you made writing a 2nd full-time job. It sounds like you've really been able to pour yourself into your writing since leaving your other job.

Sia, Happy Blitz Day! Thanks for sharing this interview with us!

TaMara
Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wonderful interview with Terry. Happy Friday to you both!!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I love writing paranormals but haven't tackled werewolves yet. This interview makes me want to start one now. Love to hear about your research!

Happy Blitz Day!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I love writing paranormals but haven't tackled werewolves yet. This interview makes me want to start one now. Love to hear about your research!

Happy Blitz Day!

Joanne said...

blitz day for you. Great interview. This man is no slacker and puts me to shame. I am inspired. I also read your previous post - wow. Sorry about the loss of your brother, your fall, and life hitting you with a shovel. But you have great spirit - it shines through your writing. Take care and all the best

Al Diaz said...

Terry is such an inspiration for writers. It is amazing what she does. Thanks for inviting her, Sia and happy blitz day!

Terry Spear said...

Carrie-Anne, love the wolves, the sense of family, the cooperation between pack members, the mating for life. :)

LOL, Suzanne!

Carolyn, it was a hard choice to make for me since I don't have anyone else supporting me. But it was the BEST decision I could ever have made. :)

Alex, I don't blame you! If I hadn't thought it could work, I would have still been writing on the side and working the day job!

Miranda, love it! I'm off to readers conventions all year and going on at least one wolf research trip in Minnesota for another book. I couldn't have done any of it while I worked full time. No leave time available.

Thanks, Laura! Best of all worlds!

Thanks, DL, I soooo agree.

Diane, during my researches, I find so many fascinating stories about real wolves. Love them. :) And with a name like yours, I bet you have a little wolf in you. :)

Vicki, I've been working at getting to that point in my life for 15 years. So it wasn't like after a couple of years, I did this either. :) It was a very long struggle to reach that point, and totally worth it. Though for years, I received rejections, and though I was dedicated to getting somewhere with it: ie, being able to quit the full time job so that this would be my full time job, it wasn't an overnight effort in the least. :)



Terry Spear said...

Erin, Highlanders can improve any day. :)

TaMara, I love making up stories, interacting with fans, and couldn't love what I do any more than I do. I've created them since I was a kid. It's not something I have to force myself to do. It's like taking pictures and creating teddy bears. I love doing it. The day job? Argh. It was becoming the dark hole in my day. Now I fill it up with more fun. :)

Optimistic Existentialist, thanks!

Nicole, thanks! The research is what makes it so totally fun for me. I had a question from a writer yesterday about some aspect of werewolves. Like I told her, you can do anything--based on motivation. And it's your world. Create it the way it is unique for you.

Joanne, I'm glad you are inspired! :) So many before me have inspired me too!

Al, thanks so much! I love to inspire others. I think anything is possible if we have a little bit of luck and a whole lot of perseverance!

kmckendry said...

Great interview ladies! I love learning fun facts while I'm reading.

Terry Spear said...

Sia, thanks so much for having me here today! I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your brother, and your injury. I wish my wolves could share their healing genetics with you, and I wish you all the best, lady. You are the sweetest person and I hope you are in the pink soon.

Medeia Sharif said...

Happy blitz day.

It was great reading about Terry and her work, and how she juggles traditional with indie publishing. I'd like to dedicate myself entirely to writing one day.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Thank you, ladies, for the interview.

Happy Blitz Day, Sia! :)

Zan Marie said...

What a great interview, Sia! Happy Blitz Day!

Christine Rains said...

Great interview! I do love learning fun facts while reading. Animals are such characters.

Happy Blitz Day! :)

Karen Walker said...

Sia, sending you virtual hugs and loving thoughts as you move through the grieving process and recover from your shoulder surgery. On this blitz day, I hope you are receiving all the loving kindness the blogging world has to offer.

Kat Sheridan said...

Great interview, Terry, and I do love learning facts along with my fiction!

For those who know Sia, her surgery was successful but she had a very long day yesterday (13 hours at the hospital). Her Hubby let me know she's in pain, but at home and resting now. I'm sure she appreciates all your good wishes for her recovery!

Suzanne Furness said...

Sounds like you made the right choice in deciding to write full time, I wish you every success. In answer to the question, yes I do like to learn something as I read. A few interesting facts thrown in is ok in my book!

Happy Blog Blitz Day, Sia.

Mary Clark said...

I like the tone of your blog and the space you give other writers. I have no idea how you make time for all of this but I'm glad you do. Do you travel? That's obviously where I find my stories.
Keep up the good work and I'm glad to find you on the blitz.

Bish Denham said...

Wow, quitting your full time job to write full time takes a lot of belief in yourself. Good for you, Terry.

And HAPPY BLITZ DAY SIA!

Tim Knight said...

Good luck and happy Blitz Day!

2unpublishedgirls.com said...

Love the interview. It certainly intrigued me to pick up Silence of the Wolf.

Happy Blitz Day. :)

Have a great weekend.

-RB

Yolanda Renee said...

Terry, I think the closer to the truth in fiction the better - it has to be plausible. Amazing, congrats on the your success

Sia, I do hope all is well! Take care!

Arlee Bird said...

Quitting a job is a real leap of faith. I wish you well with that.

I do like accuracy and facts in fiction that's reality based. If a story really hooks me I'll often start doing some research about the background of the story. It's a let down when I discover that things were made up to accommodate the story.

Happy Blitz Day!

Lee
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Terrific interview, ladies! I'm in awe of anyone who can write at such a rapid pace. I write at more of a snail's pace. (Heck, at my age, I do just about EVERYTHING at a snail's pace.)

Do I like to find fun facts in a novel? Absolutely. I'm an information junkie. But NOT finding fun facts in a book is okay, too, and it's a lot better than when a writer tries to pass something off as "fact" when I know doggone good and well it isn't accurate. That drives me nuts.

Oh yeah. I got so interested in the post, I almost forgot why I'm here... Happy Blitz Day!!! Enjoy.

Lynda Dietz said...

What a huge, wonderful, risk. I'm sure you'll never look back on it with regret.

Happy Blitz Day!

Marcia said...

I always enjoy interviews, and this one was no exception. Recover well, Sia!

Kelly Hashway said...

It's a great time to be a hybrid author. Best of luck to Terry.

Happy blitz day, Sia!

Beverly Fox said...

Happy Blitz Day, Sia! What great feature you did on Terry. I literally cannot imagine working that hard to get your writing out there- I love her dedication.

Mason Canyon said...

Sia, hope you're not in too much pain and feeling better soon.

Terry, I just finished reading Silence of the Wolf and once again you have created a wonderful story. Love all the research you blend in with the story. Silence of the Wolf was hard to put down and was a great read. Looking forward to many more stories. Congrats on your leap of faith to write full time.

lindalou said...

Reading fun facts while reading fiction is always a treat. But... it's not necessary :-)))

Terry Spear said...

kmckendry, about facts, I do too. I was critiquing for a writer once who was a scuba diver. I was fascinated with that aspect of her story because she knew it well. :)

Medeia Sharif, that's always been my driving goal. :)

Madeline and Zan, thanks!

Christine Rains, they are! I wrote about a sheep herding dog in The Highlander, medieval Highland story, and he is as much of a character as the human characters. I don't just throw in a pet because I think it's fun. They become part of the cast. :)

Thanks for the update on Sia's surgery, Kat! I'm glad she's resting and hope she recovers quickly.

Suzanne, me, too!

Mary, thanks! And yes, I travel. A lot of the stories I've set in places I've either lived or visited. I was an AF brat and then on active duty with the Army, so have traveled a lot for that reason also. But it makes it so much more real if you can visit these areas. One of my Highland wolf tales, A Highland Werewolf Wedding, was based on how I felt when I visited the ancient ruins of a Highland castle. :) I'll be going to Minnesota to see the Ely International Wolf Center, and the surrounding area. I was interviewed in their magazine, which I felt was a real honor! But I plan to write a wolf tale up in that area.

Bish, thanks! I'm really goal-oriented, so it works for me. I've heard other writers say that they quit a full-time job to work part-time to be able to write more, but they fill it up with more "stuff." And then they quit the part-time job so they had more time to write. And guess what? Yep, the storytelling constantly took a backseat to everything else. So to do it, I knew I had to treat this as a job, just like any other. :)

Tim, thanks!

2unpublishedgirls.com--thanks! I hope you love it! I was influenced in part by Jack London's Call of the Wild and White Fang and with the werewolf tales where the man would be a beast and lose his humanity. But it made the wolf a vicious monster, and the man one too. I wanted to right the wrong. I wanted to give him love, and show he was a wolf and a human all in one package, not cursed, and not hating who or what he is. :) I'm a romantic at heart.

Yolanda, I agree. But have you seen some of the most unbelievable stuff that is the truth? I'd be leery of putting it in a story because readers would never believe it was true. :)

Arlee, I agree! A lot of times I will actually take pictures of resorts/menus/trip blogs, and such to create my "vacation" spots for my jaguar shifters, for instance. They are real places. I have one where the woman who owns the resort raises wild animals that would be a jaguar's treat. And she invites guests to feed them. I love real little true facts to insert in a story. Like the man who was trying to get a reaction from a fer-de-lance, a pit viper, one of the most venomous snakes in the region, and highly aggressive. I watched the video where he was poking at it, not knowing what kind of a snake it was, and then it finally slithered off, and he still had the camera on it. Suddenly, it swung around and bit at the man, so lightning fast, it was an incredible video. Luckily he wasn't bitten! But the commentator who shared it on his site about that area said the man was extremely lucky.



Terry Spear said...

Susan, I agree! It's like reading military romances for me. I hate it when they have the soldier walking into a room, hat on, addressing titles wrong, etc. :)

Lynda, I still go out with some of my library coworkers and enjoy doing fun things with them, but not for one instant do I regret my decision! :) Thanks!

Thanks, Marcia!

I sooo agree, Kelly! I had so many fun stories that were turned down by agents or editors that were considered marketing risks. Maybe for them. :) I haven't found readers lacking. :)

Thanks so much, Beverly. I love doing it! That's truly the key. If it's something you don't really care to do, that would be a different story.

Ahhh, thanks so much, Mason. I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!!! Fans have been asking for Tom's story in forever! I had so many contracts--6 ahead of it, that I had no time to write it. So I was glad to finally share his story. :)

Lindalou, agreed! I can just enjoy a fictional story and just have fun. :)

Amy Jarecki said...

Lovely interview on Terry! I agree, I can get a ton done when I don't have marketing stuff to do, but that encroaches more and more on my time! Happy Blitz Day!

ambrozya said...

Great interview! Sending you love and light! Happy Blitz day!

With great respect! Ambrozya

Susan Stuckey said...

Lovely interview. The books sound very interesting.

Happy #Blitz Day

Jen Naumann said...

Happy blitz day! I'm sorry for your loss and hope happy memories of your brother will keep your spirits lifted. Good luck with the writing!

Jo said...

Not blitzing, just commenting. Hope everything is going along fine with all your medical problems etc. and that you are personally coping OK.

Like the sound of the Wolf Books. Wolves are some of my most favourite animals.

Terry Spear said...

Amy, same here. I usually blog every day, but every once in a while, I skip a day or 2 to try and keep focused on the writing.

Thanks, Ambroyza, and Susan. They've got a lot of suspense, mystery, humor, romance. Love to write them!

#1Nana said...

Popping in as part of the Blitz. Very interesting interview. I'm so impressed when people are disciplined in their writing. I'm retired and have no excuse for not producing more...except, I let fun distract me! I hope you enjoy the Blitz traffic and keep up the good work!

Terry Spear said...

Thanks, Jo. I agree, love the wolves!

Kate Larkindale said...

What a big step, to quit your day job. I wish I could do that, but since I'm the main earner in our family, it's just not possible.

Happy blitz day!

diva donna said...

Happy Wolfy Blitz Day Sia and Terry!! It's amazing what a person can do when she puts her mind to it. And when she enjoys what she's doing. I'm so inspired. I'm so looking forward to your fall visit, the book signing, the adventure and the research into the wilds of Ely, Mn. The Int'l Wolf Center will never be the same. We'll take it by storm. We'll have a Howling Good time.

M said...

Happy Blitz!

I also gave up working to concentrate on writing. I feel very fortunate to have been able to do that.

~MPL

Terry Spear said...

#1Nana, it's all fun to me! :) I take breaks to take pictures and share them with my friends and fans, and love life. But it does take work too. I have been known to stress over who the bad guy is and how they solve the mystery, have the HEA, etc. But it's a much more fun stress to me. :)

Kate, I don't blame you. My kids are grown and have good jobs now. So I don't have a really high overhead. :) House and car are paid off, etc. So that helped me in my decision too.

Donna, I soooo agree, Ely and the surrounding areas will NEVER be the same. I look forward to seeing all the sites, taking copious notes, and just having plain fun!!! We'll have a great time, and I'm sure the Arctic wolf pack will find a home there. And when I see Bonnie in Chicago, well, there's got to be a story there, too, right? We're staying at a haunted hotel for one thing! Just the atmosphere looks so cool. :)

MPL, greatest feeling in the world!

Khushboo Motihar said...

Hey, hope you are doing well. That was a great interview! Shall be visiting this blog more often for amazing posts :D

Happy Blitz Day all the way from India.

M. J. Joachim said...

Call of the Wild was the first book about wolves I ever read, and since then, I've always loved wolves. They are such neat animals. Sounds like a really cool series.

Happy Blitz Day, Sia!

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marciastrykowski.com said...

Happy Blitz Day, Sia! I look forward to reading more of your interesting blog.

Connie Keller said...

Read about the book, then I read the next post down about your brother's death and your fall and surgery. I'm so sorry. I hope your body heals quickly and that you soon have the time and energy to grieve for your brother.

Glad I was able to find your blog through Blog Blitz Day.

dither said...

Great interview! I'm working full-time and trying to fit my writing in between things as well. I hope to make the same leap someday. :)

--Nick

Ailsa Abraham said...

Blitz love to you - lovely interview. I'm a teddy orphan collector and loved the picture. I hear things aren't going too well for you at the moment. Sending you healing hugs xxx

Silvia Villalobos said...

Great interview. Sounds like a great writer and an interesting book. Since ancient times we've been fascinated with wolves. They sure make for very amazing stories.
Best,
Silvia @
SilviaWrites

LuAnn Braley said...

Happy Blitz Day, Sia! Loved the interview. Trying really hard not to drool on all the men in kilts!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Wow, Terry! It 'a amazing hoe much you write! Congrats on your new book! All the best!

Sia....

Sorry to hear about your problems... I hope you feel better soon!

Happy blitz day!!!!!

S.K. Anthony said...

Hi, Sia and Terry! What a great interview ;)
How inspiring for Terry taking the leap to write full time. Best of luck :)


Happy Blitz Day, Sia!!!

Christina Mercer said...

Great post! I adore wolves :-) Hope you have wonderful BLITZ DAY!!

melissajanda said...

Wonderful interview Sia! I'm very impressed with Terry's work ethic. 10k words in a day! Wow. Happy Blitz Day!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

great blog and a great interview! happy blitz day! <3

deborahkreiserfrancis said...

Happy Blitz Day! I hope it's a good one.

ayjay said...

Sorry to hear you're having a rough time, Sia. Hopefully everything went well yesterday!
Happy blitz day :)

Michelle McLean said...

Great interview!

april said...

Good interview. Happy Blitz Day!

Kelley said...

Yay Blog Blitz! You're in my thoughts.
Wishing you gentle comfort and a warm mug of rest.

lilicasplace.com said...

Oh Sia! I know, this is my second visit today, but I had to come back again. I was so tired last night, I didn't get a chance to really check out your blog. I read about your brother and I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm sorry about your wrecked shoulder also. I hope your surgery went well. I read that it was scheduled for yesterday. Feel free to emsil me if you'd like to chat. I've suffered a lot of loss and have had my own share of medical issues. lilicas_place at yahoo dot com. Please enjoy the rest of your Blitz Day and I will be back soon! Lily. Hugs to you.

Laura Marcella said...

Hi, Sia! This is a great interview with Terry. Good for her for taking the risk to write full time. I'm glad it worked out well for her! And it's inspirational to see authors embracing both traditional and self publishing.

Yes, I do like learning new facts when reading fiction. The more I know the better I can kick butt at Trivial Pursuit!

Sia, I hope your shoulder is feeling better. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort.

Happy Blog Blitz Day!!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Laura Clipson said...

This is a great interview. Happy Blog Blitz! :)

Kimber Leigh Wheaton said...

Yes! Bring on the facts. If they're about animals, even better. Loved this interview. I'm going to head over to Amazon to check out Terry's books.

Happy Blitz Day!

Jeff Chapman said...

Happy Blog Blitz. Good interview.

Tiana Smith said...

Wow, I am very impressed. I could never work that many hours or write that much in one day!

farawayeyes said...

Wow! This was an interesting and informative post. I love it when fiction is fact based. I admire the dedication to research. Lovely interview.

This turned into a double bonus Blitz.

To Terry - thanks for the great information and inspiration.

To Sia - here's hope for sunny skies and better days ahead.

Happy Blitz Day to you both.

Terry Spear said...

Khushboo Motihar, thanks!

MJ, I so agree. I read about how one Native American from one Indian tribe rescued a cub from drowning in his den, the parents frantic to get to him, but couldn't. The others had all drowned. He raised it, though the others in his tribe wouldn't allow him to stay in camp. When he went raiding on other tribes, the wolf warned him before they killed him. Then one day, the wolf took off and would return, take off, and return, and finally he saw two wolves on the horizon. The male he had raised, and his mate. The male continued to visit him, but the female never came close. It was a really touching story. And why I love to do the research. :)

marciastrykowski.com, thanks!

Maryann Holloway said...

I like to believe in the possibility of truth when I read fiction but I know sometimes it can be far fetched but still entertaining. Happy Blitz Day.

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy Blog Blitz Day Sia!
I'm sending you a boost of positivity all the way across the blogoverse ----WHOOSH----

Brandon Ax said...

Writing full time is such a blessing. Happy Blitz day!

Terry Spear said...

Nick, good luck with that! I know so many who have. I think the hardest thing with it is that some feel you don't have a "real" job. I don't have that because everyone I know realizes how much I work at it. But a lot of friends I have who write full time, that's what their friends or family think. Even though I'm making nearly 10 times what I did when I was working the day job, there's the perception if you're at home, you're not working. :)

Ailsa Abraham, I have a collection of artist teddy bears too. :) But I have so many I've created, I try not to get any others. :)

Johnell DeWitt said...

Happy Blitz day.

VR Barkowski said...

Terrific interview, Sia. I love reading about hybrid authors. I think it's the wave of the future (or maybe the present!) and Terry's books sound fascinating.

Happy Blitz!

VR Barkowski

Terry Spear said...

Silvia, I agree!

LuAnn, kilted men are meant to drool over. :)

Thanks so much, Michael! Every time something would be passed over a time or two, I'd figure I needed to write something else. After a while, I accumulated a ton of books!! So when the indie business happened, I had books!

Thanks, SK, it's liberating! :)

Christina, me too. Thanks!!

Melissa, I LOVE when that happens!!! Sometimes I can have a 75K-word book written in a month. And then I'm revising.

Beth, Deborah, Ayjay and Michelle, and April, thanks!



Terry Spear said...

Thanks, Laura! What a great reason to learn new stuff. LOL

GSMarlene said...

Great interview. Sounds like a writer I should check out.

Happy Blitz Day!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Sorry to hear about your brother. That's such a tough loss. Hugs and prayers. :(

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal said...

Hi,
I liked the interview and it was fun reading about the wolves.
I really liked the look and layout of the blog- one of the best I have seen so far.
Will be going through it at leisure.
Hope you get well soon and your shoulder heals fine.
Take care and have great week.
Happy blitz week.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Happy blitz day, Sia. Terry writes wonderful stories.

Abby Annis said...

Happy Blitz Day! I hope you're having a fabulous day! :)

Stephen Kozeniewski said...

Congrats, Terry! Have a great blitz, Sia!

John Harp said...

Happy Blitz Day!

Terry Spear said...

Kimber Leigh Wheaton, thanks! Hope you try one and like it! :) Love animals also. They're a joy. :)

Laura and Jeff, thanks!

Tiana, some days are slower, and some days I really can overachieve. It really depends on the ideas I get and then I can be off and running. I think the thing I hated about the day job would be that I would have a great idea, and be writing and then the next thing I knew, I had to rush off to work. There 9 hours, and by the time I got home, the inspiration for the scene is gone!!! :)

Farawayeyes, thanks! Research gives me a lot of ideas. I'll be looking for trip blogs that people have taken in various areas, and learn all kinds of stuff that I might not want to put in a story--like the midges are horrible in the summer in Scotland. LOL Or like when I lived in Florida, we could be eaten alive by mosquitoes or horseflies. They're just not conducive to... romance. LOL

Terry Spear said...

Maryann, I agree.

I so agree, Brandon.

Thanks, Johnell.

VR, I so agree. I totally love both.

Thanks, GSMarlene! I hope you do.

Thanks, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal.

Terry Spear said...

Maryann, I agree.

I so agree, Brandon.

Thanks, Johnell.

VR, I so agree. I totally love both.

Thanks, GSMarlene! I hope you do.

Thanks, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal.

Jenni Enzor said...

Happy Blitz Day!

Stephen Tremp said...

You've been blitzed! And best wishes to Terry And her books!

Terry Spear said...

Susan Gourley/Kelley, thanks so much! I'm glad you're enjoying them!

We have threats of severe thunderstorms and possible hail! That means it's time to take pictures. I just took pictures of: Mammatus Clouds (Breast Clouds) "True to their ominous appearance, mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system. Typically composed primarily of ice, they can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction and individual formations can remain visibly static for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. While they may appear foreboding they are merely the messengers - appearing around, before or even after severe weather." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammatus_cloud

We've had some hail from them before, or sometimes they just smooth out and are gone. But I may be shutting down the computer for a while!

Chippy said...

Happy Blog Blitz Day Sia! :)

Chippy

Maurice Mitchell said...

That really is a wonderful interview Terry. It's very inspiring. Sia, I just wanted to send you my best during this difficult time. One love

Michelle 4 Laughs said...

I'm always amazed by authors who can do so many words a day, Terry. I'm lucky to get 3K a week. Sounds like you're living the dream, being able to drop the day job and concentrate on books.

Thanks for the interview, Sia, and Happy Blitz Day!

Lauren said...

Every once in a while I'll run into a new "fact" that catches my attention--usually when the author says something that goes against what I already know--but for the most part it's part of the world and I don't take it any further.

You've been blitzed!

Elizabeth Hein said...

Happy Blitz day.

Sarah Negovetich said...

This is one of the best interviews I've read in a while. Really great job and Happy Blitz!

Kim Van Sickler said...

What a great blitz day you are having, Sia! My, my, my do I admire Terry's drive, determination, and deluge of ideas!

One of my kooky neighbors used to own a pack of wolves. Every night they'd howl and I felt like I lived on a mountain in MT. I grew to love the sound and was sad when they died off.

Abs said...

Very interesting interview! Great questions and great responses 😊
(Happy Blitz Day!)

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness, what a writer! I was taking notes... Happy blitz day!

Ink in the Book said...

Such an inspiring interview! Thanks so much for your sincere answers. It gives the crazy life of a writer encouragement that it can all be done:)

Heather M. Gardner said...

Wow. Those sound really good! Thanks for sharing with us!

BAZINGA SIA!!!

You've been blitzed!

We are thinking about you.

Heather

SA Larsenッ said...

It's great to meet Terry!

Just stopping by to wish you a happy Blitz Day!!!

Sheri at Writer's Alley

Home of Rebel Writer CREED 2014
Mighty Minion Bureau Team #atozchallenge

Donna Smith said...

Great interview! Happy Blitzday to you!

Jennifer Kay said...

Happy Blitz Day!! I had a similar fall on the ice and broke my wrist. Just getting back into writing after a few months of recovery.

Lara Lacombe said...

Great interview! Happy blitz day! :)

Jessica Peterson said...

You came up with some great questions. :) And I enjoyed reading the answers.

Happy Blitz Day!

Terry Spear said...

Hail storm's over, and just dropped in to say I'm back, and I got to "talk" to Sia, though Dan's doing all the typing. She's thrilled that you all blitzed her. So thank you! You made her day!

Maurice, thanks! What I learned was that it's doable!

Thanks, Michelle! The first novel I wrote took a year. :) The next year, 2 novels. But I was still learning how to write. :) And we didn't have the Internet to research either. :) Or ask experts in the field about like: how to remove a skeleton from a lake without the police getting hold of it...

Lauren, true.

Sarah, thanks!

Oh, Kim, I need to get with you on research. :)

Thanks, Abs!

LOL, Shannon, hoped something that I said helped!

Rhonda Albom said...

Sorry for you loss and your injury. Maybe this blitz day will be the start of better days ahead.

Terry Spear said...

Ink in the Book, oh yeah!!! It can be done. I remember a day when I went out to lunch with my parents and I was brainstorming with my dad on my current WIP. I didn't have anything with me to write on, naturally, so I started scribbling a scene on paper napkins. My dad asked a waiter if he could give me some more napkins as I was writing a book that would be sold soon. *smile*

My dad died the next year of cancer and never saw my dream fulfilled. But I will always remember his encouragement.

I stopped writing for a time, couldn't write, and then I sat down and wrote his story: The 13th Mission--it was when he was shot down over Germany on his 13th mission, 16 years old, 16 months in prisoner-of-war camps... And that was it. It was published in the EX-POW Bulletin, I had an outpouring of love from other men who had been POWs, and even a Belgian who wanted to thank me for sharing my father's story because he and others like it liberated their country. I began writing for magazines and then back to that novel. :)

Terry Spear said...

Thanks, Heather, SA, Donna, and Lara!

Beth Harar said...

What a fantastic interview! Stopping by for the Blitz!

KellieS said...

Just want to say keep up the great work here! Nice Blog!

Bonnie said...

What a great interview and I really loved this book.

lillian888 said...

Happy Blitz Day! Wishing you and your brother good health and happiness.

christinalfox said...

Hugs and Love

Hope you are doing better and have a super Blitz week.

Cricket

christinalfox said...

Hugs and Love

Hope you are doing better and have a super Blitz week.

Cricket

Charmaine Clancy said...

Very impressive covers!

Happy Blitz

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

Happy blitz day!

Deniz Bevan said...

Happy belated blog blitz day!

Sherry Ellis said...

Happy Blitz Day! I enjoyed reading your interview!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Happy Blitz Day!!!

Terry Spear said...

Thanks so much, Bonnie! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Silence of the wolf!

Charmaine, I sooo agree! Love the covers.

Terry Spear said...

Kimber Leigh Wheaton, you won a print copy of Silence of the Wolf! If you could email me with your physical address, I'll give it to Sourcebooks and they'll ship the book to you!

Thanks to everyone who commented!

terryspear at ymail dot com

Tara Gorman said...

Hi Terry! Awesome Interview! Happy Blitz Day :D

Theresa Milstein said...

Happy Blitz Day, Sia. Feel better.

Good luck with your books, Terry!

Dannie Morin said...

Happy Blitz Day (A Day Late)!
Cheers,
Dannie

Tina said...

So sorry I'm late...I got blitzed this week too...wow is it fun! It was really interesting to hear about your friend's writing journey and to learn more about wolves. I was totally mesmerized by "The Grey" even though I bawled through about 3/4 of the movie...then made my husband watch it.
Anyway, sorry to hear about your brother and your injury. I wish you all the best and you'll be in my prayers.
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Creepy Query Girl said...

Happy belated blitz day Sia! I hope it made you smile! And thanks for introducing us to Terry and her books. Ten years before a contract? So there's still hope! lol. Congrats!

Jim said...

An eye-opening interview!

Keep up the great work, Sia!

Carmen N said...

Thanks for the interview - it was interesting

Pk Hrezo said...

I'm late to the party but just wanted to say Happy Blitz Day!!