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?
Romance
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.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author or publisher.

Latest books by This Author

Vampire Redemption
Series: Heart of the Huntress. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,720. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Huntress Pasha wants revenge against the vampire who had decimated her family of hunters and she’s sure she’s found her mate—a hunter who saved her and helped free her family. But he is a hunter turned vampire now and as much as she hates the vampires for what they’ve done to her and her family, she scorns any notion of settling down with one.
Falling for the Cougar
Series: Heart of the Cougar. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,050. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Army Captain Nicole Welsh’s premonitions of danger warn her more trouble is headed her way after her parents died in an unexplained car accident. Is it just her imagination that someone bad is out to get her? Her vacation to Galveston Island is meant to be a break from her awful job, breaking up with an unfaithful boyfriend, and getting over her parents’ deaths.
Cougar Halloween Mischief
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,120. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Ricky Jones is looking forward to his first day on the job as a deputy sheriff in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town, but he doesn’t expect to run into his former girlfriend while he’s wearing his cougar coat. Now he wants her back in the worst way, but he’s sure she’s going to be even madder at him for dumping her three years back.
A Ghost of a Chance at Love
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,550. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Lisa Welsh only wishes to leave a messy divorce behind for a couple of days stay in Salado, Texas but wakes to nightmares and a cowboy in her bed, and she has no earthly idea how he got there. But the situation gets worse when she learns she's now living in 19th Century Salado. Even more worrisome is the tall dark stranger, and everyone else in town believes she's dead.
The Accidental Highland Hero
Series: The Highlanders. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,290. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Lady Eilis Dunbarton's life undergoes a drastic change with the death of her cousin, Agnes. Now she's faced with the disagreeable prospect of marrying the man who was to be her cousin's husband. Not by a change of contract, though. Instead, by deceit-pretending to be her cousin. But if her husband-to-be discovers she's not really Agnes, her life is forfeit.
Winning the Highlander's Heart
Series: The Highlanders. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,140. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Lady Anice vows to flee the amorous advances of King Henry I, and return to her home in the Highlands, where she hopes to find a laird to wed, when she learns her staff has vanished. Premonitions of imminent danger warn her of foul play and she is certain she is cursed when it comes to marriage.
Claiming the White Bear
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,410. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A Romeo-Juliet type family feud, polar bear style, tore them apart; can they find true love again? It’s nearly Christmas, no tours on the schedule for Edward MacMathan and his brother and so they’re working in their uncle and aunt’s tavern when the love of Edward's life returns with two young boys in tow, and they look a lot like him when he and Rob were that age. Robyn Conibear is in trouble.
Woodland Fae
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,350. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Letta is a scorpion fae, pretending to be a woodland fae, since her own kind had practically annihilated their own. She's come of age and must leave her kind behind to make her way in the world. Taking refuge in a cave during a storm in wolf fae territory, she's attacked by a wolf shifter fae and saves another's life, who happens to be the pack leader's sister. But now Letta has a new problem.
The Witch and the Jaguar
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,940. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Erin Hawkins is a JAG agent with the jaguar shifters police force and she's all set to attend the shifters' Halloween party as a sexy witch, the first time she's not been on a mission in three years. Jaguar shifter, Bryce Jenkins, helps her thwart a bank robbery in progress. A full moon on Halloween means magic and mayhem are sure to follow.
Darkland Elf
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,600. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
As a motivational inspirer, Eloria's mission is to convince her friend Persephonice to leave the elf world behind. She knows that if she can't, she will be stuck in their world herself. But what she finds in the primitive elf world is magic and a connection she never thought possible.
View their profile to see all of their books