The first time I got THE CALL, I was ecstatic. I had sold two young adult books. Received a partial advance. In a year, my first book would be on the market. Two years later, the company closed its YA line and with it, all of the authors’ books that were scheduled to be published were canceled, including the first of my YA books that should have been released the year earlier.
When I got Deb Werksman’s call from Sourcebooks, first, I had been getting a ton of telemarketing calls, so I asked if she was trying to sell me something. No, she said. She said something to the effect that she might even be interested in buying something from me. I make award-winning teddy bears, sell them all over the world, so I’m thinking is this a bear order? But then she reintroduced herself, and when she said she was an editor for Sourcebooks, it finally sunk in that this was a call about Heart of the Wolf!
Of course I’m excited, but then there’s the caveat. She loves the book, the world I’ve created, but is it original? I felt like I was taking a psychology test. If I said it was too original, would she think it wouldn’t sell? If I said it fit in with the rest of the werewolf stories out there, would she think it was not different enough?
When I had first written Heart of the Wolf, I hadn’t read anyone else’s werewolf stories. I had seen a couple of werewolf horror movies. And I had read Jack London’s Call of the Wild and White Fang, which subconsciously had given me the idea of the werewolves being as real as wolves behaved, only they would still have their human thought processes as well. It also made me view them as not all bad, or good, just like with humans.
Later, I had read some other werewolf tales when judging published author contests and found that my book was truly different. Some were historical. Most of the contemporary ones had vampires and gargoyles, and so many other creatures in the story I couldn’t begin to list them all. Most also had beastly-like wolves, not based on real ones when the werewolf shifted. They were strictly fantasy. Unlike mine. :)
I have to share what happened here when I was working at my library. A volunteer was asking me if my werewolf books were shelved under fiction or nonfiction. You see, the wolves are so real, who knows if the one who opened the door for you at the mall was one or just a plain old human?
So yes, they’re original, and that’s what I told Deb, and why. But it still wasn’t THE CALL. I had to wait for her to finish reading the book. If she didn’t like the ending, that was it. But if she liked it, she’d present it to the marketing board. And then they’d have to decide.
She did love the ending. She did present Heart of the Wolf to the board. They did buy it. And I’m now celebrating the 8th book in the series’ release, Dreaming of the Wolf. In 2008, Publisher Weekly named Heart of the Wolf one of its Best Books of the Year, and only 5 mass market romance books picked that year! Thanks to Deb for making that call!
I’m now writing the 11th book in the werewolf series for Sourcebooks and starting on the 2nd book in the new jaguar shifter series. I still get THE CALL from Deb, only now I know she’s not a telemarketer! And sometimes the calls are about editing changes, which means the book is well on its way to being a new release, too! Terry Spear “Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
DREAMING OF THE WOLF by TERRY SPEAR—RELEASED 12/1/11
Alicia Greiston is a no-nonsense bounty hunter determined to bring a ring of mobsters to justice. Her dogged pursuit of the crime family has forced her to avoid relationships—any man would only become a target for retribution. Luckily, Jake Silver is more than a man, and his instincts are telling him to stop at nothing to protect her.
An animal passion…
However, the mob isn’t entirely human either, and soon Alicia must flee for her life. When Alicia and Jake’s passion begins to spill over into their dreams, Jake learns he will have to do more than defend her—he’ll have to show his mate the way of the wolf.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Award-winning author Terry Spear has written a dozen paranormal romance novels, with over 60,000 copies sold. She received Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008 for Heart of the Wolf. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry is a librarian by day. She lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/.
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