"Terry's stories immerse the reader in rich, vivid worlds peopled by complex characters that stay with you." -- Dave Farland, author of the bestselling series "Runelords"
I stepped into an almond grove in central California and was struck by the magic of petal-fall, by the wild intensity of bloom that lasts for just a few days. As a writer, I've discovered the magical grove of speculative fiction and don't have any desire to leave, at least, not while the bloom is on the trees.
My Celtic-based mythic fantasy series, "Three Wells of the Sea" is off to a smashing start with publisher Digital Fiction Publishing, hitting the top ten for mythic fantasy on numerous occasions. "Three Wells of the Sea" is the story of a druid who resurrects her murdered king to save his throne, but in doing so, she leaves an English teacher in a coma in a Santa Monica hospital while his soul draws breath again in the world called the Five Quarters. Book two in the series, "The Salamander's Smile," was released in spring 2017 and book three is in the works. Look for it in 2018.
With a background in screenwriting and historical fiction, I have shifted gears and am currently working on a science fiction adventure as well as the third installation of the Three Wells series. When I'm not writing, I teach high school chemistry and astronomy.
My short story "Animal," about a veterinarian in the future and her fight to save the last animals on Earth, won the Writers of the Future Contest and appears in volume 30 of their anthology. My screenplay "Passiontide" about the legendary Pope Joan who may have ruled Christendom briefly in the Dark Ages won the Hollywood Network's Screenplay Discovery Award. I have placed in both the quarter and semi-finals of the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.
I have an abiding interest in medieval and ancient culture and mythology, especially Celtic. Somehow, that interest seems to coexist just fine with my passion for space and worlds spinning around other stars.
A few of the authors who got me hooked as a kid on SFF and have shaped my writing are Ursula Le Guin, Frank Herbert, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, and of course, J.R.R. Tolkien. Later, I discovered A.S. Byatt, Louis de Bernieres, Umberto Eco, George R.R. Martin, David Mitchell, Phillip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, Tim Powers and most recently, Holly Phillips who writes of worlds that stay with me for days.
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Ursula Le Guin
George R. R. Martin
David Farland (Wolverton)