Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.
Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 13 years and three children.
Guest Post: Inspiration
November 8th is the release of my new book, ‘The Rising, Book One of the Painted Maidens Trilogy’. Although I only began writing the book in the spring of 2013, mermaids have been on my mind for a long time! I can’t even say why – but I had this scene about a mermaid being chased by a werewolf playing over and over in mind, and thus a new story was born. So how do you turn this one scene into an entire novel?
I started by delving into my husband’s scuba diving magazines, cutting out pictures, and pasting them up over my desk:
Next I got to work on my mermaid Pinterest page.
This imagery gets the creative juices flowing – or at least I thought it did. Turns out, I wrote the entire book on my laptop from my bed in the early hours each morning before the kids got up for school. Hey – it worked. And sometimes, you gotta just go with what works.
The pictures above my desk are still there, covering up almost an entire wall of collective degrees, certifications, and military awards between me and my husband. And there they’ll stay, probably until I have the trilogy complete. Why? Because I never can tell when inspiration will hit – and when it won’t.
I hope my bed and my laptop will carry my imagination through to the end of the trilogy. If I get stuck, I have a backup plan – my shower. The monotonous task of wash, rinse, repeat never fails in sparking new ideas – and I’ve heard the same from other authors. Mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, a walk lapping the neighborhood are all commonplace routines to invoke creativity.
Be sure to check out my post on world-building with mermaids. Writers, artists, musicians, and dancers – be sure to comment below and let us know what inspires you!
Fifteen-year-old Serena is the youngest member of a dying race. The increasing acidity of the ocean is destroying her home, slowly eating away at the once thriving underwater landscape. But since the night of Serena’s birth, it is an outside force that most threatens their dwindling population. Werewolves, who once served as protectors for mermaids in the Kingdom of the Undine, now seek to eliminate all who dwell in the ocean — and Serena is about to find herself right in the middle of the deadly conflict.
Given the title of Werewolf Liaison, Serena is determined to make things right for her people. When she ventures to The Dry, she meets Liam, the werewolf with hazel eyes, and her whole world gets turned upside down. As Serena discovers the real history between werewolves and mermaids, she is left wondering who her true enemies are.
Kindle Paperwhite, 5 copies of the ebook ‘The Rising’, and a $10 Amazon gift card. The contest is open internationally, and will run from Oct. 21st through November 10th.