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Award winning, multipublished author Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction at an early age and declared she would one day write a book. Now she is fulfilling that dream and enjoys writing for Love Inspired. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, and an array of critters. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing tennis.
Terri, welcome to Reviews and Interviews. Please tell us about your current release.
In The Innocent Witness, Vivian Grant finds her estranged husband murdered and realizes her autistic son is the only witness. It soon becomes clear she and her child are the killer’s next targets. Hired bodyguard Anthony Carlucci quickly realizes the threat against his clients has far reaching power and trusting anyone could get them all killed. Anthony and Vivian must work together to solve the mystery of her husband’s death and bring down a murderer, all the while fighting their growing attachment to each until they are ready to risk their hearts and their lives for a future together.
What inspired you to write this book?
A news article detailing the plane crash that killed a US Senator sparked the idea for the plot of my book, but Anthony was already an established character from my May 2009 book Covert Pursuit. He had a scene where he warned the hero of that book not to romantically hurt his baby sister. Anthony’s protectiveness really appealed to me. I wanted to write his story and see what his life was like since I’d last ‘seen’ him.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m currently working on a Love Inspired Suspense contemporary continuity series about a family of Irish cops and a murder in their small New England fishing village. My book will be the last in the six book series and will be released in June 2012. The continuity series features five other wonderful Love Inspired authors. Half the fun of writing a continuity series is working with other authors.
In The Deputy’s Duty, Ryan Fitzgerald must team up with freelance reporter Meghan Henry to trap a killer, rescue a child and bring down a band of illegal baby smugglers. As Ryan and Meghan work together, they grow closer, but a family secret threatens to tear them apart.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and longed to put the stories in my head to paper but it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my daughter that I decided to do something about it. I took a class at the local junior college and started my first story. I didn’t call myself an author until I held my first published book in my hands. I had a novella published in 2001 with Barbour and my first Love Inspired novel, Love Comes Home, came out in 2004.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I consider myself a full-time writer though I can’t say I write everyday. I am very involved in my children’s schools, which require time away from the computer. Most writing days start at 8:30ish and go until 2:45ish. Somewhere in there I will stop for lunch and/or workout. I try to do e-mail and anything that needs my attention on the computer either in the evening or first thing before I start working for the day because once I get into the writing zone I don’t want to leave.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I can’t write in silence. I have to have music playing. I used to play classical music but found it was making me too relaxed, so now I play pop, rock and show tunes. I take inspiration from the music and the faster paced tempo helps my writing pace.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer. I used to tell myself stories as a way of coping with my extreme shyness as a child. My peers in grade school teased me because I was always ‘talking’ to myself, which only added to my shyness. Go figure. I wrote my first romance story in sixth grade about two wooden clothespin dolls I’d made. After I had my first book published, my mother sent me the stories from my grade school and high school years. I was amazed she’d hung on to them for so long.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
The Innocent Witness is the first book in my own mini-series titled the Protection Specialists-Guarding the Innocent. Book two, The Secret Heiress, will be out in January 2012. Book three, title to be determined, will be a September 2012 release. Book four, title to be determined, will be out in 2013. I have other Protection Specialists books planned for the future as well. I hope readers will enjoy the series as much as I’m enjoying writing about the men and women of the Protection Specialists.
Terri, thank you for sharing a bit about yourself and your writing projects.
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