On Facebook the other day my friend, Author Terry Spear, was showcasing one of the spectacular bears she makes. I always love to see them because they are so beautifully made. But, I wondered how they relate to her writing and books; two notable talents in one person is not so common. So I asked Terry if she would like to do a post about that and Terry wrote one right out. She’s even organized which is perhaps the rarest talent of all.
Bears and Books are Me!
By Terry Spear
Before I was known as the wolf lady (because of all my wolf shifter books), I was known as the bear lady (because of my teddy bear creations). Now, we are supposed to be related to Lady Godiva—so another bare lady. I found all this out when I was doing genealogy research and thought it was funny.
Anyway, I was making bears way before I began writing books for publication. I even wrote a romance story where the heroine was a bear artist, but it was one of the stories that was lost in one of my many computer crashes.
I continued to create bears, many of which won first place in best dressed bear categories, one for most unique bear for a pirate with a peg-leg and one for best of show. They’ve been featured in Teddy Bear Review Magazine, Texas Monthly Magazine, The MacNeill Galley, and Texas Co-op Monthly. They were even in a Spectral Visions Film called The International Teddy Bear. Then I began writing seriously for publication.
I quit going to craft shows when the Internet became popular and began showcasing Wilde & Woolly Bears on a website. They found homes all over the world including Canada, Wales, France, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Russia, China, South Africa, and Australia!
I have a Scottish background, among many other nationalities, but on my mother’s side, they were MacNeill and Campbells. The daughter of the Duke of Argyll ran off with the commoner Malcolm MacNeill, and they ended up in Prince Edward Island. She ended up dying there because of the harsh conditions where they survived on walruses to get them through the winter until they could build more permanent shelters. So I wrote my Highland wolf stories in honor of the couple who loved each other so deeply they would give up everything else to be together. But I wanted a happily ever after.
I also wrote the MacNeill medieval clan stories.
And while I was writing about them, I had attended Scottish games and I kept thinking that as much as I loved the Highland ways, others loved their Scottish roots also. The fabric from Scotland is really expensive. So I knew I couldn’t get some of every clan fabric to begin with. At the time I had to buy a whole yard. That was running me about $78 a yard or more. I’d have to sell 3 bears in that clan to pay for the cost of the bears and the clan fabric. I started out with Campbell and MacNeill. And the Celtic Clans Bear was born.
I also make bears for special occasions. I made a fairy bear to include with a set of my teen fae books for a raffle basket. And Celtic bears for Highland releases. And Christmas elfinberries for A Highland Wolf Christmas. I create wizard bears for my love of fantasy.
I love teddy bears because they’re timeless and loved by people of every age. Just like the characters in my books, each bear has its own unique personality. They’re a lovely way for me to showcase my other love, besides writing.
I am the first to sew in my family, and unfortunately, my daughter had no interest in it either. I started embroidering when I was young and never quit. But after a while, my parents had enough of my embroidered pictures and no more room to showcase them. And so it was time to share my love of cross-stitching and embroidery work in another way. And so I do that with my bears.
Lately, I’ve found some fascinating new furs, and so I continue to create new bears including: Tinsel Bear, Plum Bear, Amethyst, Sherbet, Rainbow, and even Feather Bear. Oh, and I get special requests. I can’t do all of them because of my writing deadlines, but I had the fortune of getting a request for a Steampunk Bear, enjoyed creating her, and then had ten orders for her! They’re all fun to make and every time I finish one, I love to show her off.
So what is next? After just releasing A Highland Wolf Christmas, I’m working on the teen urban fantasy, Phantom Fae, just finished writing Call of the Cougar, a cougar shifter adult novel, and have 24 more bears to finish before Christmas from rainbow bears, Celtic bears, to Plum bears, Steampunk bears and more! And I’m having a ball!
What about you? Do you like teddy bears? Which is your favorite?
THANK YOU TERRY: As a painter and blogger and,…. I find the processes of other artists fascinating. My fave is the Plum colored bear! So soft and pretty!
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and four 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, shapeshifting jaguars, cougar shifters, vampires, hot Highlanders, and having fun with her young adult novels. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics. And on WordPress at:
Terry Spear’s Shifters
And her teddy bears: www.celticbears.com