Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wolfish Highland Hunks!

by Terry Spear

This was one of the castles I saw when I went to Scotland. Note the green moss from the cool moisture and the way the steps curve? The stone stairs were extremely narrow and gave the advantage to the defender of the castle who could fight with his right sword arm, while the attacker would not be able to fight back as vigorously what with the way the stairs curved. Castles were built not with luxury in mind, but with defense as their priority.

It seems like years ago since I wrote Heart of the Highland Wolf, when it was only just last year. But three books later, I had even written the sequel to Heart of the Highland Wolf, featuring Ian MacNeill's youngest brother in The Highland Wolf in Paradise. It felt odd writing a sequel without first hearing back from fans if they even liked the first of the Highland wolf books!!

I've always loved Highland stories and writing about them, partly because of my own Highland and Irish roots, but the challenge was in writing a contemporary Highland story that involved a wolf pack that still included my favorite things in the Highlands, the sword fighting and the wearing of the kilts.

Even in The Highland Wolf in Paradise, I managed to write a couple of sword-fighting scenes that fit the story, and was finally able to ensure Duncan MacNeill was wearing a kilt too.

So how did I come up with the idea for the first of the Highland stories? One of my coworkers at the library accused me of never writing about a poor werewolf. Yep. All my werewolves live a long time and accumulate a lot of wealth because of it.

I couldn't imagine a down-on-his-luck, out-of-work werewolf as being very appealing, and I was determined to write my next book as a Highland wolf book, so how could I merge the two ideas?

About that time, Madoff made off with tons of money, and I began to think: what if the hero was not only a pack member, but a Scottish laird whose brother has invested in some scheme run by a big time crook and the pack is close to losing their ancestral home?

Further, what if Ian reluctantly agrees to allow an American film company to produce a Highland historical film at the castle so they can have enough funds to live off for a while longer? And what if a little red wolf who writes werewolf romances sneaks into the production to: get rid of her writer's block while writing about Ian's clan, and retrieve something that belonged to her ancestors that's hidden in the castle walls?

And there you have it. One poor werewolf, Highland born, a castle, sword fighting, clan disputes, wolves wearing kilts, and a mysterious heroine who is up to something that the Highland pack is trying to investigate.

One of my critique partners asked why Ian would be so adamant about not having anyone film at his castle. Can you imagine what would happen if one of his clansmen or women accidentally shifted in front of the American film crew?

It would go viral.


So are you ready to find out what a wolfish kind of Highlander wears under his kilt?

It's time to find out with Heart of the Highland Wolf's release, 7th book in the series!

"Giving new meaning to the term alpha male."


  1. LOL! They wear NOTHING!!! Huge congrats on the new book! Hope it goes to #1!!!

  2. LOL, oh absolutely! Somehow seeing a wolfish hunk in boxers and a kilt just doesn't give the right visual! And woohoo, rooting for #1!!!

  3. This sounds delightful, a must read. And you show us in your blog that the words "what if," hooked up to a powerful imagination, are a writer's (and ultimately a reader's) best friends. Love the photos too!

  4. Thanks, Grace!!! Even though the setting is contemporary, I had to come up with some old world scenes to make it more Highlandish! :) And I had a blast with it!

  5. Sounds like a great combination. I enjoy that many authors are mixing things up. Sounds like a great read!

  6. Thanks, Catslady! Yes, I agree and I think variety adds spice to life!

  7. I agree with Cheryl!! Kilted Wolfish Hunk should go commando. And just maybe a red ribbon won in the best sword contest. Hurray!! I hope you and Cheryl Tie for first place. Being you both just launched. But, a Cat like Zetitian and a Highland wolf Warrior. Well, whomever made the best use of their weapons will win the #1 place.

  8. I love those pictures! Beautiful!

  9. A red ribbon tied wear, Donna? You've heard about the Scotsman who drank too much and fell asleep under a tree, right? :) Thanks so much!!

    Thanks, Shana. I had to wonder about all the history, all the people of ancient times that had walked those stairs...

  10. Anything with a dude in a kilt is the book for me. Sounds great! Congrats on your new series!!

  11. Happy release day, Terry! Ah, Highlanders, wolves, castles...doesn't get any better than that!

  12. I betting on nothing. Commando for sure. I can't wait to read this one. I loved all of your others!

  13. Nothing under the kilt...a hunky body and a big smile and ... oh, my what that does to hot flashes!

  14. Oh yeah, Tracey, I couldn't agree with you more!

    Thanks so much, Sara! Oh, I agree going commando is definitely the only way to go...

    Carolyn, too funny, but you're so right. A big smile will go a long, long way! :)