Kindred Spirits! Welcome Author Terri Reid!

I’m very excited to have a “kindred spirit” author, Terri Reid, visiting with me today to talk about herself and the first in her Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery Series: “Loose Ends.”

LooseEndsDying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it.
Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost’s word just doesn’t hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, doesn’t think she’s nuts.
Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected State Senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the Senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator’s wife.
Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, twenty-four years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further she becomes the next target for serial killers’ quest to tie up all his loose ends.

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Terri is going to chat with me today so we can get to know a little more about the author.

Claire: I know this isn’t your first book, Terri, but the first of a long book series! What an accomplishment.

Terri: I’ve written over 30 books and a number of novellas and short stories. My Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery series has 20 books, and is my main series.

Claire: Wow, I’m tired just thinking about how much work that has been. Tell me, do you read your reviews? I see you have a ton of them…Do you respond to them, good or bad? Can you offer advice on how to deal with the bad reviews? How do you respond to your readers?

Terri: I used to read reviews religiously, but I found I never focused on the many 5-star reviews, but I would always stress over the occasional 1-star reviews, so I stopped obsessing over them.

I only responded to one review, where a reader thought that I was prejudiced in my portraying of a character.  I had to respond, politely, but firmly that I was not prejudice, but that the character was patterned after a dear friend who actually looked and spoke the way the character in the book also did. 

My favorite 1-star review of all time was when a reader was reviewing “Loose Ends – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery.”  She wrote, “This is nothing like a romance at all – this is more like a paranormal mystery.” I’m still shaking my head.

Claire: Are you a plotter or pantser?

Terri: I am a total pantster – and I was grateful when I read in Stephen King’s book “On Writing” that he was a punster too.  It made me feel less alone.

Claire: I am the same. Outlines and charts and sticky notes on a white board KILL my creative muse! So tell me, how important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

Terri: Name are so important to me. I know what my characters’ personalities are and I want to choose names that fit them well.  I usually look for names and then I look for photos of who I think my characters look like.  Then I put together a page of faces with names underneath that I can glance at as I write my stories – it really helps me keep their voices and personalities clear when I see their faces in front of me.

The oddest thing that happened to me with names is when I was about to publish my first book, “Loose Ends.”  In the book, there is a woman who dies by being drowned in a swimming pool.  I took her name out of the clear, blue sky – so I thought.  Just before publishing, I Googled her name – just to be sure I wasn’t naming one of my characters after someone who was notorious. I discovered her name was the same as a young woman who had drown in a local swimming pool ten years earlier. I immediately changed the name because I would never want someone who was reading for pleasure to suddenly be reminded of a tragic event like that. Although, I have often wondered just who might have whispered her name to me.

Claire: Wow, that’s pretty freaky! What “other” secret talents do you have?

Terri: I actually live in a haunted house and have seen and heard ghosts in my home. I’ve also always loved collecting true ghost stories. Through my own experiences and the true stories, I’ve been able to create ghost characters that I feel are more realistic.

Claire: I’ve visited many haunted places, and did live in a haunted house for a brief–VERY brief!–time. Okay, so, what do you want your tombstone to say?

Terri: “She finally got a nap!”

Claire: LOL! Well before that tombstone gets carved, Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before:

Terri: I would love to go to Ireland.  I have always thought that it was a magical place.

My ancestry is Irish, and I’ve heard people say that when a person with Irish ancestry visits Ireland they feel like they’ve finally come home. 

Well, thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself and your work with me here today, Terri. And now, a little more about Terri Reid.

I would love to go to Ireland.  I have always thought that it was a magical place.

My ancestry is Irish, and I’ve heard people say that when a person with Irish ancestry visits Ireland they feel like they’ve finally come home. 

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Well, thanks for visiting we me here today, Terri. Now a little bit more info for our readers:

author photo april 2018

Terri Reid is the author of the Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mysteries. An independent author, Reid uploaded her first book “Loose Ends – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery” in August 2010. By the end of 2013, “Loose Ends” had sold over 200,000 copies and, has consistently ranked as one of the top selling books in its genre.

She has nineteen other books in the Mary O’Reilly Series and several other series including The Blackwood Files, The Order of Brigid’s Cross, and The Legend of the Horsemen. She has also written a number of stand-alone books and short stories and has been featured in several anthologies.

Reid has enjoyed Top Rated and Hot New Release status in the Women Sleuths and Paranormal Romance category through Amazon US. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and German and are also available in print and audio versions.

Reid has been quoted in a number of books about the self-publishing industry including “Let’s Get Digital” by David Gaughran and “Interviews with Indie Authors: Top Tips from Successful Self-Published Authors” by Claire and Tim Ridgway. She was also honored to have some of her works included in A. J. Abbiati’s book “The NORTAV Method for Writers – The Secrets to Constructing Prose Like the Pros.”

She was the keynote speaker for Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair in Lumberton, N.C., a guest presenter at Love Is Murder in Chicago, a guest lecturer at a number of universities in Illinois, and has been the opening speak for the Illinois Paranormal Conference.

Prior to writing full-time, Reid was the owner of a small public relations and marketing company. She is the past president of the Freeport Downtown Development Association and The Stephenson County Historical Society. She has also worked as a freelance writer for the Journal Standard and wrote a weekly column as well as my feature articles.

Reid lives in northwest Illinois near Freeport, Illinois, the setting of the Mary O’Reilly series.  She has a background in marketing and public relations and attended Brigham Young University.

She writes a weekly blog called Freaky Friday through her website at www.terrireid.com and can be reached at author@terrireid.com.

 Don’t forget to check out all of Terri’s exciting novels at her Amazon Author Page.

 

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