Terry Spear | What is Real and What is Fantasy?
October 4, 2012
Have you ever wondered as you read a book if the author ever experienced some of
these things and that's why they seem so real? If she's been to these places and
that's' why she seems to know them so well? If some of the people she writes
about really exist? If the jaguar shifters are not a figment of her imagination?
So here's the scoop. Like a reporter on a mission, I'm here to tell you what's real.
In SAVAGE HUNGER,
Kathleen has a problem. Not just with being a jaguar shifter, but she
sleepwalks. Let's back up just a bit. She's an Army officer. So was I. She can
shoot a weapon and is a sharpshooter. So was I. She can swing like Tarzan from
tree to tree. I had to do that! Well, not quite from tree to tree.
And that's where fantasy merges with fiction. If she's done some of these things
in training, she can do them in real life. I had to swing across a six-foot deep
trench, not sure how far across, on one of the obstacle courses we had to
traverse. We had to qualify with both an M-16 and a 9-mm gun. So that all is true.
Now, back to the sleepwalking. Can you imagine being a jaguar shifter and of all
things, shifting, then sleepwalking? I have trouble with sleepwalking. Not all
the time, but just when I'm overly tired. The experiences she shared were my
Next, we have an experience that Connor relates about snapping turtles and the
like. This was my mom and dad's story.
First, some background. My father was a prisoner of the Germans during WWII for
16 months when he was sixteen. He survived numerous death marches, escaped
twice, survived freefalling from his airplane, tried to help a fellow crewman
hide his parachute, survived when his sailboat sank in the shark-infested Sea of
Japan about two miles out from shore, survived crossing the Persian Gulf during
a tropical storm on a passenger ferry, while helping to strap people onto it. A
woman and her child were washed away. Even earlier on, he was rescued in the
Puget Sound as the tide rushed in to swallow up the sandbar he'd been playing on
when he was five. Four other children were swept away to their deaths. He and
his eight-year-old sister were the only ones to survive. And many more harrowing
stories! So some years later when we were all swimming in a Florida lake, my
mother started screaming that something had hold of her toe and was trying to
bite it off.
My dad was first out of the water.
So see, some of the novels are based on real stories!
I've trekked through the jungle-like swamps across the street when I was a kid,
preteen, teen, but I didn't look at it as what it really was. Whenever I see a
vista—like the towering mountains of sand behind our development that we
would climb on another world trek (they were being used to fill in the swamp
land for more housing development, until the economy collapsed with the near end
of the space program)...I would imagine a world very different from what really
existed. I wasn't a kid climbing on a bunch of sand that would fill in a swamp.
I was in the desert, searching for that oasis, water, food, shelter. Or in the
jungle across the street, looking for buried pirates' treasure or ghosts of an
I've always done that, even today when I look out at the ocean, I imagine
crossing it as a seafaring pirate or a privateer. Or when the cornfields that
surround me are golden in color and I hear the wind blowing through them, it
sounds like I'm at the ocean (so much more appealing), or when they're so tall
and green they block out my view of my neighbors' homes, I imagine I'm
surrounded by a forest, my castle in the center, worlds apart from anyone else.
And when I visited the Scottish castle on the Irish Sea with not a soul in site,
I imagined what it would have been like in that castle (A HIGHLAND WOLF WEDDING,
May 2013), living there so long ago.
I've swum in a shark tank where the sharks swam below us, petted a sand shark,
fed manta rays while swimming with them, walked the gangplank of a pirate's ship
into aquamarine waters (A HOWL FOR A HIGHLANDER, Feb 2013), held a piranha
(brought back from the Amazon by my coworker's sister), picked up a Portuguese
man-of-war when I was five—you really don't want to do that! So you never
know when the writer's experiences are real or just imagined!
So if you have a chance to read SAVAGE HUNGER and you get
to the part of the snapping turtle...you'll know the story behind the story!
Wouldn't you just love to go on a journey in the Amazon and meet a very hunky
jaguar shifter who could turn your world upside down? You don't...happen to
sleepwalk, do you?
BY TERRY SPEAR - IN
STORES 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
Bestselling and award-winning 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 www.terryspear.com, or follow her on
Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook
. To purchase SAVAGE HUNGER, please visit Amazon,
and Noble, and all other major booksellers.
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37 comments posted.
Re: Terry Spear | What is Real and What is Fantasy?
I would go on that Amazon Adventure just to meet tall dark and dangerous...hmmm handsome man. What an adventure it would be.
(Kai Wong 11:52pm October 4)
The Amazon would scare me. I hear they have ginormous spiders. I
would die on the spot, lol. But an adventure sounds amazing!
(Vicki Hancock 1:35am October 5)
Woohoo, Kai, you would be taken right in to the jaguar's arms--when he was human, and make his tail twitch when he was not!
Vicki, lol, the jaguar will take care of all the ginormous spiders and whatever goes bump in the night! Wait, he also goes bump in the night. Oh, that's the good part!
(Terry Spear 8:01am October 5)
I love the idea of going to the Amazon and would love to meet a sexy shifter but in reality I like my comforts. Toilet, running water and heating or air-condioning, not having to kill to eat would be good too!
(Barbara Hanson 8:33am October 5)
LOL, Barbara, I'm with you there!!! I did some roughing it camping, and I'd much rather have the toilet, running water, and all that! In Jaguar Fever, they've got the creature comforts. :) Though in Savage Hunger, they do too, later. But in Jaguar Fever they have some pretty great meals! Nothing too exotic! LOL
(Terry Spear 9:06am October 5)
I don't like roughing it.
(Sandy Giden 11:14am October 5)
The last time I roughed it was 19 years ago. I don't think
anything would make me willingly do it again. I'm spoiled and
want to stay that way :).
(Victoria Sloboda 12:12pm October 5)
Going through the jungle... between the pages of a book, I would... in real life I would skip that... but then again maybe some hunky man could convince me. Congrats on the book release Terry!
(Colleen Conklin 1:20pm October 5)
I have done a bit of trekking in other countries and in tropical areas. It was fascinating but hard work. Your experiences and your father's are so interesting.
(G. Bisbjerg 1:56pm October 5)
Sandy, I'm not into room service much, but definitely the AC or heat and nice comfy bed, bathroom, suits me fine!
LOL, Victoria, I'm the same way. I remember sleeping in a car while my sister, mother, the other mother and her youngest daughter slept in the trailer. The boy, who was my age, my dad and his dad slept in a tent. And The older girl in the car with me. It was the most excruciatingly cold and uncomfortable experience I've ever had--Washington State, not sure time of year, but COLD. :)
Thanks, Colleen, he would totally make you forget that you were in the jungle!!! :) And take you into another world entirely! But that's okay. You can live it vicariously through the book! I deep sea dive that way. LOL
Thanks so much, G. Bisbjerg! One of the men I spoke with had been through many jungles too, and it was fascinating!
(Terry Spear 2:43pm October 5)
In reality I would never pick the jungle as a place to go, but in a book I
could absolutely enjoy the experience .
(Ann Sheiring 3:59pm October 5)
Ann, I agree! I hate being really deep in the water, but I love to read where someone else does it in a book! :)
(Terry Spear 4:19pm October 5)
This book sounds great! Love the cover! Going to the Amazon would be quite an experience but I'd rather stick to reading about it in a book. I always loved watching Tarzan as a kid and envied Jane (what was I thinking)! Ha! I'm definitely going to read this one for sure Terry. Your books are so good!
(Linda Luinstra 5:51pm October 5)
Ah, thanks so much, Linda!! Yes, me too, I LOVED Tarzan and wanted to be Jane, too. LOL I don't know why I never thought about the bugs. I lived in Florida, for heavens sake!!! :) Mosquitoes were a REAL problem. I guess since they always looked so cool and collected, I never considered it could have been buggy! :)
(Terry Spear 6:57pm October 5)
I really enjoyed reading your posting tonight, and envied some of the things that you were able to do. Other things I never would have the guts to do, so I'm glad that you did them instead of me!! LOL I hate to admit it, but I have had a couple of bouts of sleepwalking due to one of the medications that I have to take. I've woke up out of my stupor, and found myself in some weird places in my apartment!! I wish I could say more, but unfortunately I can't. It's just a good thing that it's just my Husband and myself in the apartment. We've had a couple of laughs the following morning when I've related the stories to him, but to get out of bed, go to another room, and fall asleep there is pretty strange when it's the last place you should be sleeping!! That should give you a hint!! Your books sound exciting, and the cover of your latest book is wonderful!! I can't wait to read that one, too!! Congratulations!!
(Peggy Roberson 8:28pm October 5)
The Amazon is a fascinating place to read about, but the bugs would scare me. My sister sleeptalked and that was unsettling for me when we shared a room growing up since she'd answer and not remember anything. She was always worried about the pulls on the shades and cords on lamps. I had trouble convincing her they weren't snakes.
(Alyson Widen 8:31pm October 5)
LOL, Peggy, and I was totally shy! It was great doing these things because it made me realize I could do just about anything I set my mind to do. LOL about your sleepwalking! That's the thing of it. Half the time you don't recall about it at all! You just are somewhere you ought not be. :) Thanks so much, and hope you love it!!! It does have a beautiful cover!
LOL, Alyson! I was afraid of stuff under the bed. My parents loved horror stories, and I guess I watched one with them that really got to me. The woman went to bed and something under the bed dragged her underneath it. That was it! I slept in the middle of the twin better. If my arm draped over the bed in the middle of the night, it would wake me up! :)
(Terry Spear 10:08pm October 5)
i don't like roughing it. but when your book came out i went to b%n to get it and i looked ,looked after about 15 mins i asked someone so he started looking.well 30 mins. later and after he went in back, he found it!!! i just thought you should know? i don't know why they don't keep all new books in one place so your readers can find them.ps i love this book and can't wait for the next one..you don't have to nter me in contest i buy yours as soon as they come out..thanks for the many great books!! i think this series will be as great as the wolf books..thanks again jennifer beck
(Jennifer Beck 12:43pm October 6)
I wouldn't mind meeting a sexy jaguar shape shifter but the Amazon part yeah I could do without that part.
(Larena (lrwirum) Hubble 12:59pm October 6)
Ah, thanks so much, Jennifer!!! I have to say we had the same problem at B&N here in Waco. I went to sign all my books there, and they only had one Savage Hunger, and I asked if she had any more, so she looked on the computer and sure enough there were 2 more. But where were they? They have 2 different new release stands and then the regular romance. I didn't even know about the one whole area of new releases. But I finally found them and autographed them! Thanks so much for loving both the wolf books and the jaguars. I think you'll have fun with Maya in the next book! I'm thrilled you're enjoying them!
LOL, Larena, but see, if you were a part time jaguar, you'd love it to! It would be in your blood! :)
(Terry Spear 8:29am October 6)
I think the Amazon would scare me but I would have to go if I was going to meet Mr tall, dark and handsome!!
(Christine Mead 9:33am October 6)
LOL, Christine, I agree! :)
(Terry Spear 11:41am October 6)
It's great to have flawed heroes and heroines, it makes you love them more. :)
(Krissy Malott 11:52am October 6)
Wow what an adventure filled life! I'm glad to just read about
them, thank you very much, lol. I'd love to win one of your
books, they sound fascinating and full of fun. I've been
tempted to take the plunge for a while but winning one would
get me started :-)
(Lenna Hendershott 3:59pm October 6)
LOVE THE AMAZON WHAT A WAY TO MEET A TALL, DARK, AND HANDSOME
MAN IN THE JUNGLE.
(Shelly Caggiano 4:02pm October 6)
Hey, Krissy! Yes, I so agree. No way is someone who's perfect appealing!!! :)
(Terry Spear 4:05pm October 6)
As a 4th or 5th grader I was a sleep walker. I slept in the 2nd floor attic. For example, I managed to walk down a steep set of stairs and turn on the TV. My parents moved me to the main floor and I stopped my sleep walking.I have no memories but my folks shared stories of my episodes.
The Amazon isn't on my bucket list; but I'd enjoy reading about it as well as your characters.
(Joanne Hicks 9:41pm October 6)
I went to Brazil one year but never got to see the
Rainforest. It would be interesting to see what actually
goes on - I can just imagine all different types of shifters
living in such a wonderous place.
I would love to put the Amazon on my bucket list if I could
have Terry as a tour guide (or at the very least my own
personal jaguar shifter).
(Lynn Reynolds 10:02pm October 6)
I love the thought, anyway, of finding a hunky jaguar shifter (or other type of shifter or vampire, etc.) I've never had any bouts of sleepwalking. Just want to say that your experiences are impressive!
(Janie McGaugh 12:40pm October 7)
Joanne, did anyone else do that in your family? My grandfather had a bedroom in the attic when he was a boy and climbed out onto the roof! My dad was a sleepwalker when he was young. I wonder if it's kind of hereditary or not! It's interesting that when you changed rooms, you were okay.
Lynn, that's cool that you went to Brazil!! Hey, we'd have a blast. Just bring your camera and we'll get some great shots. And when we see the jaguars, just be cool, calm and collected! Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll be our kind of jaguar!!!!
Janie, thanks!!! I was glad to have experienced them though I never thought I'd end up using so many in books!! Finding any of those hunky shifters...well, can you imagine having one under your tree for Christmas? Or...better yet, helping you to decorate one!
(Terry Spear 10:19am October 7)
I think Trapped would be a good book for me to give to my teen age granddaughter and maybe I could read it first and then we could discuss it together. Anything to get them reading. Hope I win.
(Mary Branham 12:53pm October 7)
Mary, I don't know anything about a book named Trapped, but I do have a YA fae series that's been really popular with every age. :) The Dark Fae starts out the series. Dragon Fae, 5th of the series, has just been released.
(Terry Spear 1:35pm October 7)
Just want to say I love your books Terry
(Wanda Flanagan 2:00pm October 7)
Ah, thanks so much, Wanda!!! I hope you enjoyed Savage Hunger!! :)
(Terry Spear 2:17pm October 7)
Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. I just hope I can tell it most of the time.
(P Noda 5:20pm October 7)
LOVE your work!! PICK ME!! PICK ME!!
(Pamela Faye Howell 10:15am October 8)
LOL, Pamela!!! I'm glad you love the stories!
(Terry Spear 11:48am October 8)
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