Terry covers a lot of ground in this interview with peeks at upcoming books, her writing and more. Terry has donated a copy of Legend of the White Wolf to be won by one lucky entrant so if you haven't picked up this latest or tried Terry's series before, here's the perfect opportunity. Full details at the end of the post.
Terry will be dropping by to answer questions, so get wolfy. Of course I get to ask my questions first... Speaking of wolves, if you haven't been following Terry's blog regularly, you should. Amazing images and discussion about real wolves almost daily.
SFG: The last time we spoke you had just released To Tempt the Wolf. Your newest book in the series is Legend of the White Wolf. Can you give us an overview?
Cameron arrives in wintry Maine to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip, and runs into Faith, there to locate her ex-boyfriend who stole her father’s research. But Cameron and Faith instantly are attracted to one another and keeping their business on a strictly professional level doesn't have a snowball's chance of succeeding in a toasty fire-warmed cabin, the couple snowbound and the setting perfect for an unplanned tryst. Canadian Arctic wolves, werewolves, that is, are introduced in this book and Faith and Cameron soon learn that not all wolves are the same.
Together, the two tumble into an icy world of mayhem where myth, legend, and reality merge, changing their lives forever.
SFG: What is your favourite scene, favourite character?
“Change into a wolf. You’re not going to shoot me with that gun. And you can’t scare me like this. Shapeshift, growl at me, bare those wicked teeth. Then I’ll take you there. But I can’t guarantee they’ll be there.”
“Sorry, we’re all newly turned. We can’t just shapeshift any time we want to,” Faith said shrugging.
“But I can shift anytime I want to,” Leidolf said, and everyone turned around to see him standing in the doorway, his amber eyes lethal.
SFG: The packs in each of your books often have different characteristics. What rules and dynamics govern your werewolves?
SFG: You use the tagline "Giving new meaning to the term alpha male." On the flipside, what kind of women do you like to match with your heroes?
Women who are as strong as the hero. Not physically, though. It has to be more of a case of catching a bigger man off-guard. I had to take a little bit of hand-to-hand combat training in the army, and there was no way that a 5’4” woman could take down a 6’ guy when he knew just the move I was going to make, since they’d just taught them to us. Not unless the woman’s been trained in the martial arts, wears a couple of black belts, and the guy is clueless. In my stories, if a man needs a woman’s help, she’s there to help him. She’s often self-sufficient, but missing the romance in her life. And the same with him also. He’s strong, self-confident, although in both cases they have past emotional baggage that makes them real, but he also needs to find the mate who will make him whole.
SFG: You feature some amazing photographs of real wolves on your blog.
Thanks, Doug! I love analyzing wolves in the photos, trying to psychoanalyze them.
SFG: How do you go about your wolf research?
SFG: You have a very busy year in 2010 with at least two more books in the series releasing and a highlander romance as well. How do you manage to be so productive?
SFG: Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Definitely a pantser. I couldn’t plot out my story if I wanted to. I’m just writing along, and then I think, what if they did this? I quickly do some Internet searching, find something I wasn’t looking for, and voila, a new twist. LOL
SFG: You are obviously firmly in the werewolf camp when it comes to writing about supernaturals. Any vampires or other mysterious creatures in your future?
I love werewolves!!! I also love vampires!! I do have 3 more vampire stories I need to edit, and if I can ever do that, they may be out in the future. I also have a short story vampire/sea demon romance that I had fun writing that I hope to publish some day. I am including a ghost in Taming the Highland Wolf because old castles need a ghost or two.
SFG: What projects do you have coming up in 2011 and beyond?
Taming the Highland Wolf is coming in the spring, which is the current work I’m writing. And Dreaming of the Wolf, which is Jake’s story from Destiny of the Wolf, and is due out after that in 2011. I’ll be working on a couple of more Highland wolf stories after that. I just need to set up my world in this one, then propose a couple of more stories to add to the Highland wolf packs.
SFG: If you could have lunch and a conversation with any author, living or dead, who would it be and why?
SFG: Being the SciFiGuy, I need to ask – what is your favourite SFF movie and book?
I love tons of SFF stuff—Star Wars, Star Trek, spoofs on them like Galaxy Quest, Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, Stardust, Serenity, Jurassic Park…I could go on and on. I’ve read a couple of SF romances I thoroughly enjoyed, but don’t recall the titles.
SFG: Tell us five things about yourself that nobody else knows (until now of course).
I think everyone knows everything already about me! Okay, here goes:
- Once upon a time I took a creative writing class in junior high school and though I was extremely, extremely shy, when my teacher asked if anyone wanted to read the opening of their story, I enthusiastically raised my hand. It started out with a dark night, crossing a bridge, very ominous, spooky, moody. I loved ghost stories and vampires and all that kind of stuff. We had to cross causeways every time we left Merritt Island, Florida, and driving in the dark at night or pitch black water made me think of dark and scary things. My teacher asked if it was a true story. I said no, and felt two inches tall. It’s supposed to be a true story, she said. Got my assignments mixed up. I still loved to write. But I never read another story out loud in class.
- Another class story. I was extremely, extremely shy. Do you see the theme here? And if I could, I’d never, ever give a speech in class. But one day I had to. We could use props, so I figured that would help me feel less insecure. I was also taking a pottery class at the time, and though I write much better than I create with clay, I made a bust of an important figure for the speech. I had barely started when the head of my famous person fell off his neck. He rolled toward the first row of students. I laughed. Albeit a bit hysterically. Tears came to my eyes, because of the laughing. But no one else laughed. They looked horrified. My teacher looked sympathetic. I tried to regather my composure, gave my speech, chuckled a few more times, then picked up my famous person’s head and returned to my seat, vowing never to make another bust of an important figure for a prop, and praying I’d never have to give another speech as long as I lived. It didn’t work, although I never did make another clay figure!
- My heroic endeavour that didn’t turn out well. I stood up to a bully once and got a fist in the face for it, but I’ve always advocated standing up for one’s self, even though I was extremely, extremely shy.
- I swam with water moccasins in a canal, before I knew they were swimming with me. We caught them in a minnow trap, which was when we learned why no one else swam in the canal!
- I explored the swamp across the street, despite knowing it was probably a dangerous thing to do. Alligators, snapping turtles, water moccasins, rattlesnakes. Sure, I was shy, but I was still adventurous.
Thanks millions for having me, Doug! Great questions, and I was verbose as usual. If I were speaking, I wouldn’t have talked half this much. And I wouldn’t have made a clay bust for a prop, even if it had been of a wolf!
LOL. We love having you visit Terry. It been like a fireside chat at one of the lodges in Legend of the White Wolf.
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