I am very excited to have author Terry Spear with me here today! Her new paranormal romance novel, Savage Hunger, was a fantastic read and I am thankful that she took the time today to answer some questions for me. The publisher for Savage Hunger has also been gracious enough to offer one copy of Savage Hunger for me to give away, yay! So make sure to check out that at the end of the interview.
A Bookworm’s Haven (ABWH): Can you tell us a little bit about Savage Hunger for those who might not have read it?
Terry Spear (TS): Sure. Twice Connor Anderson is on vacation with his sister, Maya, in the Amazon when they are in their jaguar forms enjoying being one with their big cat halves and he has to rescue Kathleen McKnight. Maya knows from the last time he’d rescued the human Army officer on a drug mission gone bad, that he has real feelings for her. And so she does what any good sister would do who wants him to be happy and expand the family. When the drug cartel leader learns Kathleen has returned to his neck of the woods, he will stop at nothing to get her back and it’s a fight to the finish to return her safely to the States. Connor might have wanted to send her back as quickly as he could because he had no intention of turning her into one of their kind, if they can even do so, but soon all of that changes and Connor has no intention of letting her go.
ABWH: Do you have a favorite scene from Savage Hunger? I personally loved the tension that was building in the scene with the waterfall.
TS: LOL, yeah, I REALLY loved that scene. I “edited” it a lot. Which means, I just kept rereading it for fun. I also had a lot of fun with Kat in the tree when she was supposed to shift and the other shifter came to rescue her. I could just see myself in that predicament. And then there was the scene where she’s on the plane, and… LOL I had a lot of really fun scenes in the story that I did a LOT of rereading.
ABWH: I saw on your website that the next book will be called Jaguar Fever. Can you tell us little about it? I am hoping that it will focus on Maya and maybe Wade? *crosses fingers*
TS: Absolutely! Wade doesn’t expect to meet Maya when he is checking out a shifter club in Houston to learn if a buyer for an exotic animal trafficking ring is going to turn up. Maya shows up unexpectedly to meet cousins she didn’t know she and her brother had, nor had she known a shifter club existed. Not only does Wade learn she’s Connor’s sister, not his wife, and that she’s very available, she’s joining her brother and Kat in Belize for a jungle jaunt in the same vicinity as hunters are descending, who are looking to capture a jaguar. Wade and his brother, David, are part of a shifter Special Forces unit that were headed down there to take care of the jaguar smugglers, but now they have a new mission: keep Maya out of trouble until they can do their job and see her safely home. The tables turn and she’s the one protecting the Special Forces hunk, which has him growling for more of her “protection.”
ABWH: If Savage Hunger could be made into a movie, who would your dream cast be for Kat and Connor?
TS: I have trouble with actors’ and actresses’ names and before I know it they’re too old to play the parts. So new blood would sound good to me. Of course if Thor was to play the part of Connor…
ABWH: Your description of the Amazon and animals that live there are so vivid! I have never even heard of pink dolphins or pirarucu. Have you been to the Amazon before or did you research for this book in another way?
TS: Some years ago I was doing a pink blog—everything pink, and I ran across pictures of pink dolphins. I thought, nah, just Photoshopped. But they weren’t! They were real! So I did a lot of website research and included them in the story. I hadn’t ever heard of the Pirarucu either, but as I was looking for videos showing jaguars hunting prey, I found one that showed a jaguar fishing for the Pirarucu. I read several articles about them and found other pictures showcasing men who had caught them. Fascinating! The description in the book where Conner has gone hunting for the fish was based on watching the jaguar hunt the catfish.
I also read blogs of people who had visited the jungle to learn what problems they encountered—insects, the kind of clothes they needed to wear. Researched plant life. The weather. Spoke with a man who had been to the jungle several times, but didn’t include how sick he and his friends had gotten drinking the water even after boiling it! Talked to a coworker’s sister who had gone on a mission trip down there and brought back a piranha. She was the one who mentioned that as it rained, they didn’t get wet because the water caught on all the leaves because the canopy was so thick.
TS: Sure. In my books, as I’m writing the characters, I have to feel what they’re feeling, see what they see, smell what they smell, taste what they taste. It’s a way to experience the emotions, sounds, and sights so that the reader can sense these things also when they read the scenes. I was writing a scene where the heroine has really angered the hero in Jaguar Fever. He doesn’t know what’s going on. She can’t tell him because she knows he won’t go along with her plan, but it’s really important that she succeed. I have to feel the anger she has while in her point of view, and guess how he will react to the way she’s acting. I have to feel his anger, and how he finally won’t stand for it any longer. It’s not really me. But to make it feel real, I have to be the people in the story.
ABWH: Who are some authors that are on your must-read list?
TS: I’ve really gotten hooked on JR Ward’s brotherhood series, Sara Humphrey’s Amoveo Legend series and I read everything Highland and time travels when I can get my hands on them.
ABWH: What is something you have to have with you when writing?
TS: Green tea. I’m told it’s good for you. I have to do something that’s good for me! Besides just writing!
ABWH: Can you share what you are working on now?
TS: I’m working on the final touches of A SEAL Wolf Christmas. I couldn’t let Bjornolf go off into the sunset without giving him more of a workout, and he’s working out with one undercover agent who’s just what he needs to make sure he keeps in shape. Sure there’s murder and mayhem, and all that stuff. But also it’s about family and pack and the spirit of Christmas.
ABWH: Thanks so much for being here today Terry! Is there anything that you would like to add?
TS: Thanks so much to fans of my wolf series who are willing to take on the big cats now too! To the jaguar shifters, werewolves are only fantasy. But we know better. To the werewolves, big cat shifters don’t exist. But when zoo man Thompson gets involved, poor human that he is…fantasy becomes reality. Thanks for having me and enjoy the world of the jaguar shifters who have an even stronger more deadly bite than wolves! But can be just as loveable.
SAVAGE HUNGER BY TERRY SPEAR – OCTOBER 2012
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has captured hearts worldwide by wrapping the realities of nature into the glorious romance of the wild. Now, she turns her award—winning imagination from the sexy werewolf hunt to the intense sizzle of jaguar shape-shifters.
As a jaguar he is graceful and gorgeous…
Speedy and stealthy…
Fierce, independent, and wild…
As a man he is passionate and powerful…
Willful and wonderful…
And he’ll stop at nothing to protect what’s his…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Spear has written a couple of dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance and continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .
Now for the giveaway. Thanks to the awesome publisher I have one copy of Savage Hunger up for grabs. The contest will run from today until midnight on Friday November 2nd 2012. As for the rules, you need to be a US or Canadian resident, only one entry per person. I will give you a bonus entry though if you promote this giveaway social media (twitter, facebook, etc.). Just fill out the form below to be entered for a chance to win. Good luck.