A Trip Means Research or Research Means a Trip!
When I went to New Mexico, it was to see the wolves at Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.
But I also considered the landscape for a story. Would it work for wolves? Or cougars? Or some other story? Here, you see trees, and there were trees in some areas, like at the volcano and ice cave we visited. But there were vast areas where very little was growing. I wondered how anything could survive out there as little water as they have.
When I returned to Central Texas, I felt relief to see GREENERY, trees, water!
I've been to many of the places I write about and it really does give a a feel for the area--more so than just reading about it and perusing pictures. It gives you a real sense of being there, because you have been there.
For one thing, it's a lot drier. And we were on dirt roads a lot, so dusty. I kept looking for signs of life and saw none. And yet, I know it exists. When we were at the ancient Chaco ruins, I saw several lizards and a jack rabbit close up. On the way on and off the reservation--we took pictures of angora goats, wild horses, and sheep with their shepherding dog, cattle, and elk, none of them fenced in, all just roaming free.
I also autographed books at the Barnes and Noble in Albuquerque, Books-a-Million in Abilene, and Barnes and Noble in Lubbock. The weekend before, I signed books in Milwaukee, Greenfield, and Wauwatosa, WI.
Which is another reason for me to take a road trip!
Have a super great Saturday! I'm still proofing She-Wolf Leader of the Pack before I turn it in. Deadline quickly approaching!
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USA Today Bestseller and Award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval historical romantic suspense, Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authors’ books. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses. Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of Heart of the Wolf (Publishers Weekly's BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR), Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf, Legend of the White Wolf, Seduced by the Wolf, Wolf Fever, Heart of the Highland Wolf, Dreaming of the Wolf, The Highland Wolf in Paradise, Deadly Liaisons (vampire romantic suspense), Winning the Highlander’s Heart, The Accidental Highland Hero, A Ghost of a Chance at Love (Time Travel Western Romance), The Vampire…In My Dreams (young adult), Deidre’s Secret (young adult) and numerous articles and short stories for magazines.