Terry Spear | Werewolves Need Loving Too
February 5, 2010
This Christmas, my son got me the computer role-playing game called Dragon
Ageand when I need a break from writing and edits, I stop to play the game.
Now, in one part of the game, and in many of these fantasy worlds, wolves are
not nice. But not only do they have bad wolves, they also have badder
werewolves. Some are rabid, some are plain old werewolves, some speak, but all
of them are deadly to the core. To solve the problem of the local elf type
people who have contracted the werewolf curse, my heroine with her team of hero
and heroines has to destroy the original werewolf who caused everyone elseís
This is typical of the old-horror story werewolf myth. Here I am, playing the
game, and wanting desperately to find a peaceful solution. I want to cure the
elves, and turn the werewolves into all around nice guys. I want to show the
wolves running around in the forest that they can hunt their regular menu items
and leave adventurers to solve other kinds of worldly problems and nobody gets
hurt that way. *sigh*
Itís not going to happen. So, I have to write the correct kind of werewolves and
wolves in MY tales.
Ah, so you say, but you have bad werewolves in your stories also! Yes, I do.
True. But at least the werewolves arenít running around chewing up humans. For
the most part. Okay, some did in Heart of the Wolf. But in
the other stories, most of the troubles are between wolf pack members or packs
fighting other packs. To me, theyíre on more of an even playing field that way.
A tooth for a tooth.
Itís not all about good guys and bad guys either, but about relationships.
Female, male, whoís in charge, whoís not. Itís about territory-very important in
wolf worlds. Itís about working as a pack unit, committing to one another,
taking care of each otherís offspring, playing together, hunting, and being a
family. Many of the Native American tribes revered wolves for this very
reason-for their working together as a pack, a team.
So thatís what my werewolves strive for-the good ones anyway. And the werewolves
are beautiful in their wolf forms and are genetically the same, not beast like
in the least. The only difference between real wolves and werewolves in their
wolf form is the were-kind still have a humanís thought processes. So when
faced with a dilemma, they have to consider the best avenue.
As a wolf, theyíd handle it one way. Letís say a wolf sees a rabbit run by. He
chases it. Itís natural. The hunting instinct is in his blood.
As a human, theyíll see it in a different way. He waits for the deer. Who wants
to hunt a rabbit?
But as a werewolf? They have yet another view of the world. What if I eat the
rabbit, or the deer, and someone discovers wolves have been in these woods when
theyíve never been here before? So self preservation at a different level is
important to werewolves.
The wolves eat because they have to. Hunters kill for sport. Werewolves have to
weigh the cost.
A final note, the game Iíve been playing has a redeeming feature after all. My
son informs me I can eventually persuade the werewolves that I mean them no harm
and they will join me to fight my enemies. That works for me, although, Iíd
still prefer they were of the real wolf variety, not some hideous-looking beast,
that never has a human side to them.
So Iíll stick with my werewolves who as humans are sexy, loyal, and protective,
and as wolves, regal, loyal and protective!
What do you think? Can a werewolf like that capture your imagination? Maybe even
LEGEND OF THE WHITE
WOLF-IN STORES FEBRUARY 2010
Award-Winning Author introduces the next installment of her paranormal romance
A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Award Winner!
Night Owl Romance Reader Choice Award for Best Paranormal 2008
In this fourth in Spear's series, Private
Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O'Mallery are both on quests that lead them
into the world of magical wolves...
Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I.
business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover
what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose
touch with reality-man-wolves, he called them.
The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou
kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only
they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA
Monmouth University. As an eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal,
historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. She is the
author of Winning the
and The Vampire in My
Dreams (young adult). Spear lives in Crawford, Texas.
You can find Terry at the following places:
see contest prize.
28 comments posted.
Re: Terry Spear | Werewolves Need Loving Too
Werewolves who as humans are sexy, loyal, and protective, and as wolves, regal, loyal and protective. A human with those qualities is my ideal man. Make him a werewolf, well that just adds spice.
(Tanja Haack 12:36pm February 3, 2010)
Werewolves are such interesting creatures. What a great way to lose oneself in a story.
(Christine Schultz 12:04pm February 5, 2010)
Tanja, mine too!!! :) And yes, spice it is! Thanks for commenting!
Christine, I so agree!!!
(Terry Spear 7:30am February 5, 2010)
I don't know if wolves would benefit from having some human qualities. I definitely think that men could learn from wolves! Lupine, canine, devine : ) Happy Valentine's Day!
(Virginia Campbell 8:24am February 5, 2010)
The wolves in your books are so real. And loveable and Sexy.
(Donna Fournier 9:54am February 5, 2010)
Most of the men I have fell in love with while reading have been wearwolves. Such wonderful human qualities and so talented! A girls gotta dream...
(Danelle Drake 11:23am February 5, 2010)
I love reading about werewolves! They are my favorite paranormal creature!
(Gail Hurt 11:37am February 5, 2010)
I love your wolves... I am all for sexy, loyal, and protective! :)
(Colleen Conklin 11:59am February 5, 2010)
This is the month of LUV! Perfect for Werewolves and their lovers, short days, long nights, ready fur coats to help keep each other warm on the cold nights, see...perfect!
(Jessica James 12:22pm February 5, 2010)
I have been for waiting for this book. It might even answer the question from the "Heart of the Wolf", which did come first: white wolf, grey wolf, or red wolf. Got to have that question answered.
(Kai Wong 12:32pm February 5, 2010)
Werewolves are wonderful!
(Joanne Reynolds 12:55pm February 5, 2010)
Werewolves are so mysterious and exciting to follow.
(Darci Paice 3:35pm February 5, 2010)
I answer yes to all of your questions. Those are all traits that an ideal person should have.
(Leni Kaye 4:43pm February 5, 2010)
Legend of the White Wolf is now on my must read list. Love hot, sexy werewolves.
(Mary Preston 4:57pm February 5, 2010)
I have never thought of werewolves like this before!
(Jodi Webb 6:39pm February 5, 2010)
Yes, such a werewolf could capture my imagination. Your wolves sound wonderful.
(G. Bisbjerg 6:44pm February 5, 2010)
Wolves are such beautiful, nobel and loyal animals. So, if werewolves would have these qualities and those of reasoning, too, what's not to like...:> Your books are great...keep it up, Terry!
(Cecilia Huddleston 6:57pm February 5, 2010)
I'm sure I'd enjoy this book whether or not I 'believe' in werewolves. I love wolves as animals.
(Sandy Miresse 7:10pm February 5, 2010)
I also did not think of werewolves like this before. I find it very interesting.
(Cynthia Plaza-Harney 7:20pm February 5, 2010)
Werewolves are a great character especially when they come with a moral code of honor.
Being good looking doesn't hurt either.
(Gigi Hicks 8:04pm February 5, 2010)
Lon Chaney Jr. set the bar pretty high many years ago. The original brooding, sexy werewolf - and still my favorite. Second only to Quentin Collins in Dark Shadows.
(Vikki Parman 9:39pm February 5, 2010)
I've always loved wolves, so liking books
about werewolves was no stretch. I can't
wait to read about the White Wolf!
(Molly Wilsbacher 9:57pm February 5, 2010)
Enjoy reading soulmate stories!
(Sherry Russell 11:30pm February 5, 2010)
LOL, Virginia! I loved your comments. Yes, definitely, men could learn from the mating for life way of a wolf!
Thanks, Donna, yes, totally lovable and sexy, and just what every girl needs for Valentine's!!!
Danelle, if you dream hard enough, maybe a real life wolfish kind of guy, loyal and protective will be yours!
Hi Gail! Werewolves are such hunks, aren't they!
Colleen, thanks so much!!! I'm thrilled you love my wolves!!!
Ah, yes, Jessica, the perfect time for wolves as lovers. Hmm-hm!
LOL, Kai, I love fans who keep me on my toes. I'm thinking I might have to throw in another wolf there just to muddy the waters further!! :) Thanks so much for bringing it up!!
I agree, Joanne, werewolves ARE wonderful!
Darci, yes, I love the mystery. So much more fun than if they were out, and everyone knew they already existed.
Mary, thanks!! I hope you love Legend of the White Wolf!
Woohoo, Jodi, I'm so glad I managed to show at least one reader what werewolves should be like! :)
G. Bisbjerg, thanks! I hope you give them a chance!
Thanks so much, Cecilia!!! I so agree...they are beautiful and werewolves are the personification of all that is good in them. The werewolves that are not good, has nothing to do with their wolf's half, but their human half. :( Thanks!
Hi Sandy M, if you love wolves, you'll love these werewolves!
Cynthia, thanks!!! I'm so glad I've given you a look at how werewolves can be real, and not at all beast like!
Gigi, lol, so true!
Vikki, what do you think of the new Wolfman coming out? They're always trying to remake the classics, but so often the remakes have so much wand-waving magic in them that it loses something of the telling of the original story.
Thanks, Molly! I hope you enjoy Legend of the White Wolf!
Sherry, I love the concept of soulmates too.
Thanks, Wanda!! Love to hear what you think of Legend!!
(Terry Spear 7:59am February 6, 2010)
I love your version of Werewolves yes there may be some bad guys but overall they are nice one that are looking for their mates. I'm not into the mean and vicious werewolves at all.
(Sherry Strode 10:30am February 6, 2010)
Thanks, Sherry! :) I so agree!
(Terry Spear 2:32pm February 6, 2010)
I sort of like wolves, as well as werewolves, though I am definitely not a vampire enthusiast. Kelley Armstrong's series about werewolves is one I've followed from the beginning and only some of the "gore" of the latest book put me off a little. I'm a real wimp about anyone's blood but my own if it's described or shown anywhere--fiction or reality.
(Sigrun Schulz 3:20am February 7, 2010)
I'm a wimp about my own blood! :) Cannot look when they take it from me, Sigrun! :) I'm definitely not into gore.
(Terry Spear 8:12am February 8, 2010)
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