1. Do you have a secret talent?
Terry: If I tell you what it is, it wouldn’t be secret. J But truly at one time, creating stories was a secret talent. When I first started, all we had were typewriters, no computers, word processing programs, no Internet. So for a long time, until a publisher picked up one of my stories, they were a secret, you see. Nobody knew they existed. Nobody knew I was a writer. Now, I can tell the world I have a story coming, show off a beautiful cover like the one for Silence of the Wolf, tell the whole wide world way before the actual book comes out through all the social networking sites and my blogs. So now, the secret is out.
2. Is there a song that really reminds you of your book?
Terry: If I’m playing music while I’m writing a book, and then listen to that music later on, I will automatically think of the book. A song in and of itself doesn’t otherwise. Although I’ve mentioned a few titles of songs that are cute in regard to wolves or jaguars—for ringtones on the wolves’ or jaguars’ phones. “What’s New Pussycat,” by Tom Jones, there’s a jaguar fight song for a university, and “Lil Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs.
I often listen to Celtic music, or adventure/fantasy CDs that have a lot of action, like Alexander, the Bourne series, etc. I can’t listen to anything with lyrics as I might just write the words into the scene by accident.
3. What was the easiest thing about writing this book?
Terry: Action scenes and dialogue are the easiest scenes to write. So when Tom’s up on the slope with the she-wolf, it’s easy. I did do a lot of research about ski slopes, though I skied for several years, so that slows me down sometimes. In the one scene, she ends up on a black diamond slope, the expert. That happened to me once. I had a devil of a time getting down the steep moguls without breaking my neck. I was an intermediate skier, but we only went once a year so I never was able to really get any better than that. So I could feel her trepidation when she was up there.
Once they were up on the slopes and Tom was trying to show the whole pack that he was “with” the woman, and everyone else, paws off, I was having a blast. The funny thing when I’m writing a book is that it’s often the wrong season for the book I’m writing. It was hot when I was writing Silence of the Wolf. It’s winter and freezing and I’m writing Jaguar Pride in the hot steamy rainforest in Costa Rica. So when that happens, doing a lot of research helps to set me in the right place at the right time. I love first meetings, so they’re always easy too. This is the 13th book in the series, so each has to be really different from the others. I love the banter back and forth between the characters. I love the family interaction because wolves in wolf packs do interact as family.
4. Is there a word you love to use?
5. Any real or imaginary pets?
Terry: I have a whole wolf pack hanging about. Seriously. A few jaguar shifters too. J I have a road runner that has made a home of my place, cardinals, and a few horned lizards. I’ve had dogs and cats over the years, but after I lost my last standard poodle, I’ve been traveling and so am cultivating the wildlife for now. I had fun reading another author’s blog and a couple of fans
keep me posted about their wildlife, and so I finally got a bunch of birdfeeders so I could take pictures of the birds. But you know what? I have very little patience. All that great birdseed and no birds. The birds are there. Tons of them. Lots of songbirds. But at least at the writing of this interview, they’re in hiding. Maybe by the time this comes out, my birds will be all over the feeders and I can share. I love to take pictures of wildlife, so I’d hoped to take pictures of the birds that live here with me. Hopefully, they’re not just imaginary. J