Interview with Terry Spear

Published 2016-05-13.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I create award-winning teddy bears that have been featured in magazines and newspapers. And I'm a photographer hobbyist. I also love to garden, adding flowers to the garden that butterflies and hummingbirds love. Creating a bird sanctuary and love photographing them at the feeders. And love going to the wolf reserves and zoos to get ideas for my shifter stories.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through Bookbub.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a thriller when I was 13 about crossing a dark bridge in the middle of the night, stormy weather, dark waters. Years later, I actually included that scene, though not from that original hand-written story. But I used to live in Florida and we crossed causeways all the time. So in Bound by Danger, a storm sweeps them off that bridge and I finally was able to publish the scene that I remember so vividly to this day.
What is your writing process?
I answer emails, blog, catch up on Facebook, then sit down to write my 2,000 words or more, depending on how short my deadline is. But I'll take breaks to capture photos, take the puppies out, etc. I was just distracted by two red-bellied woodpeckers courting each other on a pine tree in front of my windows, and naturally had to stop to take lots of pictures so I can share on my blog and FB.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm dating myself, but I read Dick and Jane stories, which were great. I loved learning to read and that took me into the world of stories. I was an avid reader in school and we had a program where if we finished our reading early in the school semester, we got to spend the rest of the time in the library, and so I read everything. Ghost stories, folktales told all over the world, mythologies, White Fang, Call of the Wild, Last of the Mohicans. My mother would take me to garage sales to pick up books so I could read just everything.
How do you approach cover design?
I found suitable characters for the covers, and then backgrounds that will work for them to create the right atmosphere, overlays that enhance the mood or story.
What do you read for pleasure?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook, Bookbub ads, offering book marks to potential readers, blogging daily.
Describe your desk
Old time looking desk with curved legs. I like historical, so I like darker wood and old-time elegance. Then I have 2 monitors. Both my kids do, and my SIL, and I was just working off one. But what a difference it makes to have my story up to work on and the other monitor to do research. I have a small backyard, but it's like a fairy garden and with the bird feeders and flowers in full view, I feel I'm in a fairy world while writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
AF brat, and I was in the Army so I lived all kinds of different places. It makes it easy to set stories all over because I've lived all over.
When did you first start writing?
I was making up stories since I was a child. My dad used to tell us stories too. I've always loved to create them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My publisher didn't want me to write in any other genre than the one she was publishing, but I had so many more stories to tell.
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