After award winning, multi-published author Terri Reed discovered reading at an early age, she vowed that she would one day write a book. Since that time, she’s certainly made good on her promise. Terri’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared in the Publisher’s Weekly Top 25 and Nielsen’s Bookscan Top 100, and been featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine, and Romantic Times Magazine. As well, her books have finaled in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, the National Reader’s Choice Award contest, and the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards contest.
Terri lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children.
When did you start on your writing journey?
I discovered the joy of reading when I was in fifth grade. Before that I was too busy to sit down and concentrate on a book but I was sick and my grandmother gave me a book, I believe it was a Nancy Drew or maybe the Bobbsey Twins, anyway, from that moment on I was hooked. I grew to be an avid reader. By the time I was in junior high I was telling my family I would become a writer. It took me until I was in my late twenties to pursue that dream and I’m so glad I finally did. I love my job.
Just as all good novels include a plot twist, the Author and Creator of our lives often writes in a twist that blesses us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a “Divine Detour”?
Yes. My husband and I had lived in several places around the country. We moved to Oregon, intending to only stay for the summer before heading to LA. That was the plan. But God had other plans. We found out we were expecting so we never moved. We stayed in Oregon and built a life we hadn’t anticipated but I’m so grateful for this divine detour.
Let’s talk about Protect and Serve (Love Inspired, April 2016). Please tell us about it, and what prompted you to write this particular story.
I was asked to write Protect and Serve, the first book in the Rookie K-9 Unit continuity series. Each book in the series is written by a different author, each book has its own suspense plot and romance but also give more details on the overarching suspense plot that is wrapped up in the last book.
You also had a book release in February. Please tell us a little about Ransom (Love Inspired).
Ransom is the fourth book in my Northern Border Patrol series. I had a character that appeared in the other books and wanted to write his story. As I was brainstorming ideas for the setting I thought about Niagara Falls and thought what a cool place to set a book. With the backdrop of the beautiful falls, it was such fun to put ICE agent Blake Fallon and antique shop owner Liz Cantrell in jeopardy as they race to save her sister from a criminal mastermind.
A few fun questions…
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
Hmmm, I usually will reach for banana chips because they are somewhat healthy but sweet and crunchy too.
What Bible passage or story best describes your journey of faith?
In the story that is your life, are you the strong, female lead; the girl next door; the mysterious woman behind dark glasses; the super heroine; or the little girl trying to walk in high heels?
Definitely the girl next door.
I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child.
I have a small Bichon/Lasa mix dog named Simba. He’s nine years old. He’s actually my daughter’s dog but since I’m the one home with him all day, I’m the one he comes to for food, comfort and treats.
Thanks, Terri! It’s great to have you as a guest at DivineDetour.
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My pleasure, Terri. The book (and series) sounds great.