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Interview with Author Terri Reed and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so pleased to bring you Terri Reed. My family just watched A Dog’s Purpose, so I’m feeling a little in love with K9 units. Knowing she’s involved in a series of books about K9 units makes me so excited to have her with us this week! AND — she’s giving away an amazing gift set of her books Double Cross, Double Threat Christmas, and some fun extras (like chocolate)! Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m always unsure what to say when asked this question. Do I start with childhood or skip to the present day me? LOL. Let’s see, I’m a wife, mother and writer. I spend the majority of my days at the computer in my office with my dogs at my feet. When not writing, I’m either with my family or my dogs. I’m in a joyful season of life and am so thankful each day that I get to do a job I love that allows me the flexibility to travel with my husband on occasion and be available to my family or friends when needed. I’m also blessed to have an outlet for the characters clamoring around inside my head. You writer’s out there know exactly what I’m talking about.

Tell us about your current release. I have two new releases coming out back to back. Both are part of the 2017 Love Inspired Suspense Classified K-9 Unit continuity series. Agent-in-Training, a March release, is a prequel novella that introduces the series characters while having it’s own romance and suspense plot. It is for sale online only for $.99. The story is about a K-9 officer Zara Fielding, who thwarts a robbery then becomes the robber’s target. Her childhood friend, FBI agent and computer genius, Dylan O’Leary is determined to keep her safe at any cost.

The first full length book in the continuity series releases in April. Guardian starts off the series’ overarching mystery with the kidnapping of an FBI agent and the hunt to bring him home safely. Each book provides clues to who and why the agent was taken, while each book also has its own romance and suspense plot. Guardian takes FBI K-9 agent Leo Gallagher to Wyoming to talk to a potential witness but he soon realizes the widowed mother and her young son are in danger. It’s up to Leo and his dog, True, to protect them and bring down the bad guy.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)?  This is a great question and one I think every author faces, not only at the beginning of their career but all along the way. At least I do. Many years ago a very prolific author told me that suffering a crisis of confidence is normal and the only way through it– is through it. To me that meant, keep writing, keep learning, believe in myself even when it’s hard and never give up.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? The year was 1976, I was a budding gymnast at the time. School was out for summer but instead of playing outside I was glued to the television for the gymnastics competition during the summer Olympics in Montreal. A young girl, two years older than me, scored a perfect 10 in uneven bars and than went on to score six more tens and two gold medals. I cut out the news article from our local paper and hung it on my bedroom wall where it stayed for many years as an inspiration and a motivation to work hard and reach for my dreams.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? I was totally over the moon about Donny Osmond. When I was ten, my dad took me to see the Osmonds in concert in Tahoe. That is one of my best memories. I also remember thinking how pretty Marie was in the blue dress she wore when she and Donny sang together.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I take a bath, hot shower, short nap, go for a walk or pick up the phone to call my critique partner. If none of that works, I go back to the beginning of the story and read through. Sometimes I’ve taken a wrong turn and need to get back on track.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I’m a heavy plotter but I do allow some room for developing as I go. I use a variety of different plotting and characterization charts to build my plot and my characters. Once I have those filled in, then I write my synopsis and character statements. Then I’m ready to begin writing actual pages. I follow my synopsis pretty closely but do occasionally veer off it taking the story in a different direction. I then either rethink the rest of the plot or figure out how to bring the plot back in line so that I can have the ending I plan.

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Interview with Terri Reed and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so pleased to introduce you to professional model turned Love Inspired Suspense author, Terri Reed! And, read on — Terri is giving away a copy of her book, Joint Investigation. To enter, see the Rafflecopter at the end of the interview!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a mother, wife and writer. I grew up in the foothills of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains of California in a small community that, at the time, had only one traffic light in the whole county. I caught the travel bug early in life when I spent my summers as a kid traveling with my grandparents. After high school I lived in Italy for a while before moving back to California. I attended college in Sacramento where I met my husband, then we moved to New York city while I pursued a career in modeling which took me all over the US. I married my college sweetheart and when we found out I was pregnant with our first child we were living in Portland Oregon and knew this was where we wanted to raise our children.

join investigationTell us about your current release.  JOINT INVESTIGATION is the story of FBI agent Sami Bennett’s pursuit of a serial killer who is operating on both sides of the US/Canada border. Royal Mounted Canadian Police inspector Drew Kelley teams up with Sami to put a stop to the killing spree and in the process Sami and Drew find they must rely on their faith and each other if they are going to survive their joint investigation.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? I am a heavy plotter, meaning I write a very detailed outline/synopsis and stick to it as I write. I also fill out many character development forms and charts before I start writing so I can keep the characters consistent. I struggle in my writing when I don’t do this so have learned that my process is to plot, plot, plot.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block?   Exercise, brainstorming with my critique partner and naps. When we exercise we release endorphins that help the brain to function. I don’t always have time to get to the gym for a class so walking at night with my husband or just putting on some music to dance to during the day helps me to work through any issues. Kicking around ideas with my critique partners helps to view an issue from a different perspective. And naps help me to rejuvenate as well as allow my mind to work through a problem with at rest.

terri reedWhat advice do you have for aspiring writers? Never ever stop learning and honing your craft. There is always something new to incorporate into your writing. Perseverance and persistent are key to success in any career. And always treat your writing with respect and professionalism.

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.) A little of both. I do a lot of pre-writing by hand but the actual writing of the novel is done on a computer.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child?  I discovered Trixie Belden when I was very young. Then moved on to Nancy Drew. I devoured those books. I also spent many summer hours in the library while my mother worked. My all time favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.

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Interview with Author Annslee Urban & TWO Giveaways!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m so pleased to introduce you to Annslee Urban. Like me, Annslee writes romantic suspense. I LOVE the sound of her latest release — and she’s giving away TWO copies of it! One lucky winner will get an ebook, and one lucky winner will get a paperback! Read on to see how you can be entered to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up in the hot Arizona desert, lived in the cold north for a few years before finally settling in cozy warmth of North Carolina. I’ve been married for over 30 years, have 5 kids and am “Nina” to six awesome grandkiddos. I love the outdoors, am an off the beaten track traveler and a night owl who loves to write long into the night. And most of all I am a grateful servant of the Lord who is ever amazed at HIS generous blessings.

brokensilencecoverTell us about your current release. Broken Silence is my second romantic suspense with Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense and is about a heroine whose tragic secret forced her to walk away from the man she loved. A decade later someone is trying to kill her because of what she knows and the person charged to protect her is the fiancé she never forgot.

Whats the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? The first vague memory I have of recalling a major headline was when I was about four years. My siblings and I were watching TV, sitting on the floor, eating our lunch of tomato soup and grilled cheese when the news broke that JFK had been shot. I wasn’t sure what all that meant, but I knew it was bad because my mother was crying. Even now after all these years when I hear even a reference about him, my mind tumbles back to that day.

Have you always wanted to write a book? I was somewhat of a daydreamer long before a writer. From the time I was young, I was conjuring up stories in my head. I loved Cinderella fairytales, sweet romance and happy endings. It wasn’t until my children were nearly grown that I sat down and tried to write a novel. Although, I’ve never marketed that story, it sparked a passion in me to become an author.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? Word count is very important when writing a story. My last two books have been with Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, so I tailor my story to their guidelines which are 55,000-60,000 words.

annsleeurbanWhat advice do you have for aspiring writers? Never give up on a dream that the Lord has given you. Persevere, Pray and write daily.

What is your preferred method of writing?  I love my laptop. I prefer to write and rewrite using Microsoft Word. It’s so easy to move bits and pieces of my chapter around, or delete and start over. And it’s so easy to read through it as I’m writing. My handwriting would never allow that.  🙂

What is your inspiration for writing? My inspiration is more often than not sparked by my life experiences. Threaded through my books are bits and pieces of my life. Places I’ve been, people I’ve encountered, emotions and memories. I love to explore the unknown, try new foods, travel to new destinations, talk to and enjoy friends and family. All of these things continue to spark my creativity, and sometimes just a phrase that I’ve heard or a situation is enough to start my mind churning. And once that happens, creative thinking kicks in and characters come to life. Getting into the heart of those characters is what drives a story!

Who do you envision your typical reader to be? I’ve always loved love stories and happy endings, so writing for women was my target audience from the get go.

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