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8.31.2009

Guest Blog: Author Terry Spear

Happy Monday dear readers!

I have Terry Spear guest blogging today. She writes a series about a very unique type of wolf shapeshifter and it is this subject I asked her to talk to us about. With so many different takes on shapeshifters and how they become such it is (in my humble opinion) always interesting to find out why an author has chosen his or her mythology. Thank you so much Terry for taking the time to share yours!

To celebrate tomorrow's release of To Tempt the Wolf and Terry's visit I will be giving one reader one set of Terry’s three books so far: Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, and To Tempt the Wolf. I can only ship to US & Canadian addresses, sorry to those outside these regions. To qualify all I ask is that you comment to this post answering the following question: Why do wolf shapeshifters (werewolves) appeal to you as a reader? All comments must be made by 11:59 PST on Thursday, September 3rd. Winner will be chosen using random.org and be announced the following evening!
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Why Werewolves?
By Terry Spear

Thanks, Rhi, for having me on your blog. It’s an honor being here! Rhi asked me why I write about werewolves. As you might imagine, I’ve been asked this a lot. So here’s my first really in depth reasoning to define why werewolves.

First, I’d watched a number of “horror” stories when I was younger about werewolves. A human who had no concept he was human when he turned into a wolf. And the wolf he became was not really a wolf, but a monstrous wolf-like creature. Second, I saw movies about funny werewolf characters, where the werewolf learned to live with what he was. Again, the werewolf in his wolf form was a half human/half wolf creation. In the first, the werewolves had to die. In the second, they became part of society.

But I’d also loved Jack London’s wolf tales, Call of the Wild and White Fang, the way he gave the point of view of humans and of wolves. It made me think if a man were to become a wolf, he would be a wolf. Not some hideous creature, but a real wolf, majestic, family-oriented, loyal to the end. And as a wolf he would still have his human conscience. But it’s tied in with his human and wolf instincts. When he was a man, he would still have his wolf’s heightened senses.
Why werewolves? I loved the concept of pack dynamics; that families, extended families, and friends stick together as a unit, being there for one another. When I lived in Oklahoma, we lived on a hilltop ridge where most of our neighbors were friends. We had neighborhood Halloween parties. The older kids would take all the little kids from house to house trick-or-treating where all the homes were spread out on lots of acreage up and down the hillside. I used to feel like we were a pack, even though back then I didn’t think of it in those terms. But we welcomed new members to the community with cakes and treats and watched each other’s homes or helped each other out when needed. We were our own little community with barbecues in the summer even and big garage sale extravaganzas.

And like in any “family,” outsiders would exist. These are the loner wolves or the omegas who don’t get along or who don’t quite fit in. Not because others didn’t accept them, but because they just were geared that way. :)

I love creating the werewolf world where the human characters are as unique as we are. Only there’s an added element. They have wolf sides to their personality, too.
So my love of wolves and alpha humans turned into hunky human-wolf shapeshifters. The best of both worlds.

Thanks so much for having me, Rhi! Hope everyone will check out To Tempt the Wolf and find out just for yourself how hunky an alpha werewolf can be.

Terry Spear
“Gives new meaning to the term alpha male.”

To Tempt the Wolf—In Stores September 1

In this third in the series, wildlife photographer Tessa Anderson must prove her brother innocent of murder charges. But when she discovers a gorgeous naked man barely alive on her beach, she's got a new world of troubles to deal with, not least of which is how he affects her with just a look, a touch, or a whispered word.
Hunter Greymore is a lupus garou, a grey werewolf. Hoping to keep a low profile at Tessa's cabin on the coast, he's drawn into her life—and into her bed. His animal instincts war with his human half, but in the end, the only thing he can do about this fascinating, adorable woman is to leave her forever —unless she becomes one of them.

About the Author

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, award-winning author Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. An eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal as well as writing historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas. Her 2008 Sourcebooks Casablanca release, Heart of the Wolf was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Destiny of the Wolf and To Tempt the Wolf are in stores now, and more are on the way: The Legend of the White Wolf (February 2010) and Seduction of the Wolf (August 2010). For more information please visit www.terryspear.com




And don't forget to check out Terry's lastest release: To Tempt the Wolf

6 comments:

Karen W. said...

I've always liked werewolves. I guess it's a fascination with being able to change your shape and know what it's like to experience a whole new state of being.

Besides that, they're just fun to read about. :)

elaing8 said...

Great post,thanks for the chance to win a book.

Werewolf stories have always appealed to me.Ever since I was a kid with fairy tales and Farley Mowat(wolves),which we read and learned about in school.
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Wanda said...

Werewolves appeal to me because they are so unusual and odd. Werewolf stories are great!
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Jenny N. said...

I like warewolves there's two different sides to them: wolf and human form. They can be vulernable when they start their first transformation. And I like how sometimes the characters retain some attributes of the wolf in their human form.

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ensee said...

A lot of the appeal of werewolves to me is in the nature of the pack and the group dynamics.

Not to mention it would be a really cool trick to be able to change form.

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ddurance said...

There's definitely a lure to werewolves. You have to wonder are they tame, can you pet them or are they just as wild as wolves themselves.

Deidre
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