Friday, March 23, 2012

A Beary Good Idea with Guest Blogger: Terry Spear

Welcome paranormal romance author
Terry Spear to the Book Boost today!

She's here to chat about werewolves, jaguars, and Teddy Bears? Here's what she had to say...

Not only do I write tons of different kinds of books from the paranormal to medieval Highland romance that have won awards, I create award-winning teddy bears. So in honor of National Craft Month, I’m going to talk about what I loved doing until my family and friends had enough of my creative crafts and I had to find another venue!

Since I was little, I loved to create stories, but also loved to do needlepoint, cross-stitching, embroidering, rug hooking, quilt making, pleating, you name it, I tried it. I also made dressed cloth dolls and bunnies with embroidered faces and sold them at craft shows.

But when my folks began to create doll carriages and other furniture for porcelain doll collectors, they asked me if I’d create an old fashioned teddy bear to display on their doll furniture since the shows they went to were doll and bear shows.

Wilde and Woolly Bears was born.

They immediately began collecting blue ribbons, one going as far as to win best of show at a Fort Lauderdale doll and bear show. Another one first place, Pete the Pirate, most unique, pirate bear with a peg leg. Another one first place as a jester bear. They were featured in Texas Bear Review three times, in Texas Monthly Magazine, Texas Co-Op Monthly Magazine, and The MacNeill Galley. They were featured in a number of newspapers also. And they were in the International Teddy Bear Connection by Spectral Vision Films.

They’ve found homes all over the world as far away as Belgium, France, Australia, Kazakhstan, Russia and China, and all over the US and Canada. Who knew my little teddy bear creations would have international appeal?

I make birth bears embroidered with a child’s first name and their birth date on the paws. And I have a special collection of Celtic Clan bears with the Scottish/Irish plaid sash and bonnet and the Clan name embroidered on one paw, and Clan on the other. I’ve had some orders from folks who don’t belong to a clan, but love the idea and want to become part of one too!

Right now as I’m working on my 11th book in the Heart of the Highland Wolf series, A Highland Wolf Wedding, I have three teddy bears to make for two new little baby boys and one little girl. Each becomes a character in and of itself, just like the characters in my books.

Who knew when I started sewing so many years ago, just like with making up stories, I’d be sharing my creations with the world?

You never know when a love of a craft can become something more than just gifts for family and friends!

A Note from the Book Boost: I'm so jealous of your special creative gift, Terry. I've always wanted to be able to create something like those bears but I just don't have that particular gift. Your bears are lovely and thanks for sharing the history of your creations with us. Now, more on your latest book, please!


Her instincts tell her he's dangerous...

While her overprotective brother's away, Meara Greymere's planning to play—and it wouldn't hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she's ever seen...

His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist...

Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He's a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet...

As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself...

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Terry Spear said...

Thanks so much for having me here today! Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. I'll be working and no internet at work will drop by and comment after work!

Phyllis M said...
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Phyllis M said...

I just love your bears, Terry! Someday soon I would love to own one. Maybe for this Christmas I will tell my children to get me one of them. I adore Celeste. She is beautiful! Have a wonderful day and as always, thank you for creating such a wonderful world for us to escape to! You are amazing, lady!
brandypm @ optonline . net

Betty Hanawa said...

So great to watch your success with your books. And each of the 1st birthday bears you've made for my niece & nephew's children are treasured.

diva donna said...

I love the bears too! I'm lucky to own one and her name is Butterscotch bear. And she is sweet as can be. And Can't say enough about how much I love Terry's gift of telling a great story. And this particular Seal Finn is too Sexy for his shirt, which he rarely wears. Or anything else, mind you. I'm not complaining. It's a really exciting adventure besides. So if you haven't read this book. Take my word for it. You will love it.

Terry Spear said...

Thanks so much, Phyllis!!! I hope they get you a bear for Christmas! I'm thrilled you're loving my stories too! Thanks!!!

Betty, woohoo, do you believe it! I mean...ooorah! :) I loved making the bears for you for your niece and nephew's children! Are you going to RWA? I enjoyed being your roommate in Reno!

Donna, thanks so much! Yeah, he was pretty sexy in and out of his shirts. LOL :) Thanks for loving him and the rest of my books!!! :)

wolfwattitude said...

I love your stories, Terry! I didn't know you made Bears; you are so talented!

Terry Spear said...

Oooh, wolf with attitude, I love your handle!!! I may have to include that in the story I'm working on!!! And of course I love your wolf picture! Thanks for loving my books and yeah, I love making teddy bears too!!! Thanks again!