The fun in writing fantastical werewolf stories that seem like they could truly be authentic is to look at the real world and turn it into a fantasy. Easy!
First though, I wanted to acknowledge my fans, who wished to see Carol's story. She's a secondary character in DESTINY OF THE WOLF, book 2, and although I hadn't "planned" to tell her story, fans wanted to see her find a mate who would be perfect for her after all the life troubles she'd had in the earlier book. So for all of you who wanted to see her find a HEA, thanks. And...she thanks you! Because without your emails and blog comments, it would never have happened.
When I began to write WOLF FEVER, we were having a flu epidemic, and I wondered--what would happen if werewolves got the flu?
And who would they call? The vet? Or the doctor? What if both of them are incapacitated? How about one newly turned werewolf who is a nurse and has always been a thorn in the pack leader's side? What if a gray wolf from another territory is trying to prove she doesn't have psychic abilities and is denying any further interest in her, who is also as much as a pain in the pack leader's side?
And that's how WOLF FEVER came about.
I have to credit Deb, our illustrious editor, for mentioning that I should tie in the plot with Carol Wood's nursing skills instead of the direction I was headed. Which made it perfect! Thanks also to CasaBabes Sharon and Cheryl, who answered a couple of nursing questions.
I do a lot of research for my books and for WOLF FEVER dove into the realm of werewolf mythology once again.
I've been in the middle of movie making madness!!! What do you think of Wolf Fever???
Hmm, to be Carol in this feature! :) Some women have all the luck when it comes to finding the right alpha male...
But I also took off to Scotland to research 7 castles in October, and before that went to a wolf reserve in Texas. I hope to visit one in New Mexico next year. All these help me to research wolf behavior and locations for the stories. More Highland wolves coming up!
There's something really special about seeing a castle that is in ruins, feeling the past around you, no modern day people, just a sense of what it might have been in ancient times.
Note the werewolf author from Texas who is bundled up to the hilt! So much for looking like a hardy Scot's descendant. Probably from living in California, Texas, and Florida too much!!! And by the way, my critique partner caught me coming out of the castle entryway unaware or I would have been smiling instead of looking like I was lost and cold!
I loved capturing the image of the castle in the well in the center of the inner courtyard.
Anita, I think it was you who asked what Scotland smelled like. Fresh air. Everywhere we went. By the North Sea, the Irish Sea, the farms and villages and cities. Everything smelled fresh. No sea or fishy smells at all.
So I pull myself out of Scotland (and I just finished final edits on HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF and am ready to do the blog tour for it!!!!) and I'm back to talking about WOLF FEVER! Does anyone know what this lovely flower is? It's aconitum. Or more commonly known as wolfsbane. It's native to northern Europe and it's important to any werewolf story. But not in the way you might think!
So if you've had your flu shot, or even if you haven't and you want to catch the WOLF FEVER, I hope you enjoy my version of what wolfsbane will or will not do for a body!
The sixth book in the stand alone title series, WOLF FEVER is now available in stores everywhere!
Just check the right side of my blog for the tour:
I'll be at 24 places during the blog tour!! Maybe more before the month is through!
Blog Tour for WOLF FEVER
11/28 Cate Masters Blogspot
11/30 Escape Between The Pages
12/1 Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee
12/3 Sizzling Hot Books
12/6 My Overstuffed Bookcase
12/7 Paranormal Haven
12/8 Anna's Book Blog
12/9 A Moment with Mystee
12/10 RomFan Reviews
12/12 Australian Romance Readers
12/13 Romance Fiction on Suite 101
12/14 SciFi Guy
12/15 Fresh Fiction
12/17 Queen of Happy Endings
12/17 Guns and Castles
12/20 Cindy’s Love of Books
12/20 Star Crossed Lovers
12/21 Love Romance Passion
12/22-Weekend Christmas Holidays
12/27 Thoughts in Progress
12/28 That’s What I’m Talking About
12/29 A Simple Love of Reading
WOLF FEVER by TERRY SPEAR—IN STORES DECEMBER 2010
She may be his destiny, but she's not his first choice…
Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he's the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her… Why is he playing so hard to get?
The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders…
Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn't want anything to do with Carol unless she's willing to embrace her wolf nature—no matter how beautiful she is.
But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he's been not to seize the moment with the woman he's come to love. And now, it may be too late…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
With over 71,000 copies sold, Terry Spear is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. She received her MBA from Monmouth University. 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. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.
I believe we're supposed to talk about endings in our stories on the blog this month--so I just wanted to say (since I've already said quite enough)--that this is what writing the end finally means--giving that HEA to the story hero and heroine, and sharing it with the world!
Oh, but to add a little Christmas cheer--
From my house to yours, hoping your whole month is filled with Christmas cheer!
"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male."