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An author whose latest book was named to USA Today's best seller list for her novel A Seal in Wolf's Clothing not only has ties to Poteau but began her writing career during her time as a local resident.
Terry Spear, formerly of Poteau, began writing 20 years ago as a children's novelist when teaching her children to read led her on journalistic journey to her current fame.
â€śAfter writing children's stories I began writing romance novels,â€ť said Spear during a phone interview. â€śI joined a literary group in Poteau and met Modean Moon who was already a published author and that was the beginning for me. She helped me a lot and led me in the right direction.â€ť
Spear relocated to Poteau with her now ex-husband after she retired as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army and he was offered a physicians job locally. They have two children that have been very supportive of their mother during her writing.
â€śSometimes they would ask me something then tell me I wasn't listening,â€ť said Spear. â€śI learned to block out the noises and write but not block out my family. They have always been very supportive of me.â€ť
Spear has published several books during her two decades of writing but her Werewolf Series has proclaimed the most recognition. Her first book in the series, Heart of the Wolf, was published in 2008 and was soon after named the Publishers Weekly's Best Book of the Year. The series, which centers around realistic wolves, not the horror version many would assume, has a total of nine books, the last of which is A Seal in Wolf's Clothing.
Spear also has an extensive list of published romance novels to her credit. She has written historical romances filled with Irish and Scottish lore, vampire romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels.
â€śIt took me fifteen years to get where I am today,â€ť said Spear. â€śI took a break from writing after my father passed away from cancer, but he loved my books and when I was asked to start writing for the X-P.O.W. Bulletin, I found my love for writing again. It's what my father would have wanted.â€ť
Spears left Poteau after living her for nearly two decades to return to the side of her ailing father and had she been able to convince her mother to relocate to Poteau would have returned but it was not something her mother was willing to undertake.
â€śThe people in Poteau are so friendly,â€ť said Spear. â€śEveryone was so welcoming and nice. I hated to leave Poteau but I had to be close to my parents in their time of need.â€ť
When Spear isn't writing, she spends her time reading historical and paranormal books, gardening, teaching online writing courses and judging writing contests. She also spends her time creating award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authorsâ€™ books.
You can follow Spears and her upcoming releases on her website www.terryspear.com.