Guest Author Interview: p.m. terrell by Cassiel Knight

Please join me in welcoming p.m. terrell to See Jane Publish to tell us about her writer’s journey and about her book, Dylan’s Song.

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Media Kit pmterrell_closeupTell us about your publishing journey.

I suppose the best one-word description of my journey is: circuitous! My first book, which was non-fiction, was published in 1984. But it would take another 18 years for my first fiction to be published. It has been an interesting journey. My fans are rabid about following my career and buying each new release but the New York publishers have to date ignored me. My goal used to be graduating from a smaller press to The Big Guys. But in recent years, the publishing industry has changed substantially and I’ve become much happier with where I am in the business.

What’s the funniest thing to happen to you along your road to publication and what was the most exciting?

Definitely the most exciting was when I had a stalker. He’d latched onto me after I wrote The China Conspiracy. Fortunately, he remained within a small geographic area so whenever I had a signing in that region, I notified local law enforcement and came with extra security. That experience taught me that sometimes you just can’t try to apply logic where there is none.

I suppose the funniest was when I was asked to speak at a writers’ conference in Tennessee. I caught the eye of the organizer a number of times and each time she stared at me as though I was from outer space. Every time she came within speaking distance, she said the same thing over and over: “Your hair is much lighter than your picture.” It definitely had me scratching my head as I left that event!

What has been the most challenging thing related to publishing you’ve had to deal with on your journey?

Getting my books into the book stores; which, as a writer, I have little or no control over. I once lived in an area where a lot of independent book stores were located. That was easier, because I could establish relationships with them. But Barnes and Noble pretty much controls the region I live in now. They are great at ordering my books if they are requested but it seems their stock primarily consists of books from the largest publishers. However, I have found that my online sales make up for that discrepancy and I believe it will become even stronger as more and more people switch to buying books online.

Who is your favorite author, and what are you currently reading?

I am currently reading A Love Through Time by Terri Brisbin. It is part of the MacKendimen triology; a time travel book set in Scotland during the 11th century. I am enjoying the suspense, the romance and the time travel element.

I don’t have just one favorite author. Instead, I enjoy discovering new authors. Especially with the proliferation of eBooks, there are so many great authors to follow.

If your novel, Dylan’s Song, was made into a movie, who would play the role of your hero and heroine?

Amy Adams would definitely be great as Vicki Boyd. Lindsay Lohan would be terrific as bad girl Brenda Carnegie. I haven’t quite decided yet on the Irishman Dylan Maguire. In my mind, he looks a whole lot like Eduardo Verastegui – the question is, could he handle the Irish accent?

p.m., thanks for being on See Jane Publish!


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Dylan Maguire returns to his native Ireland with psychic spy Vicki Boyd. Their mission: to locate and extract a CIA Agent who disappeared in Dublin while on the trail of a known terrorist. But when Dylan receives word that his grandmother is dying, he is plunged into a past he thought he’d left behind forever. His mission and the dark secrets he’d sought to keep hidden begin to merge into an underworld that could cost him his life. He must now confront his past demons and the real reason he left Ireland—while Vicki harbors a secret of her own.

Suspense Magazine says, “p.m. terrell’s writing is powerfully written and masterfully suspenseful; you have to hang on for the ride of your life.” Midwest Book Review says the Black Swamp Mysteries series is “page-turning action, unforgettable characters, breathtaking descriptions and unexpected plot twists.” And syndicated reviewer Marcia Freespirit says the series is “riveting, spell-binding, sexy and intense!”


The bogs were no place to be during the witching hour.

Dylan had grown up with stories of the bogs at night. The ground percolated; it lived and it breathed. There had been many a time when he was harvesting peat in broad daylight that he’d heard a whisper at his ear or felt hot breath on his neck, only to find there was no one near. Now as he rode his horse in silence, he felt that presence tenfold; there were eyes watching them. The intermittent tuffs of heather swayed in the growing storm and he found himself watching them with narrowed eyes, waiting for the plants to morph into sinister creatures that claimed this land after the sun went down.

He knew there was a simple reason why animals were required in lieu of an all-terrain vehicle and he was glad Sam had taken this unique land into consideration when planning the mission. He could feel the hooves beneath him sinking into the spongy earth; a wheeled vehicle wouldn’t have stood a chance, especially as they ventured from the area farmed for its peat to one far less stable.

A mist began; a slow, fine spray that he knew well. One moment the air was still and dry and the next, as though they’d passed through a curtain, the air swirled around them, the moist haze further inhibiting their ability to see. It was said many a man lost his internal compass in the Irish mist; it taunted as it grew into monstrous shapes, turning the landscape into something foreign and active.


p.m. terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 16 books. Vicki’s Key, one of the first books in the Black Swamp Mysteries series, was one of five finalists in the 2012 International Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense) and 2012 USA Best Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense.) River Passage, an historical work based on her ancestor’s migration to Fort Nashborough in 1779-1780, won the 2010 Best Fiction & Drama Award. The Nashville (TN) Metropolitan Government Archives determined it to be so historically accurate that they entered the original manuscript into their Archives for future researchers and historians.

Prior to becoming a full-time author in 2002, terrell founded and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her clients included the United States Secret Service, CIA, Department of Defense and federal and local law enforcement. Her specialty is in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence. Her experience in these areas have greatly influenced her books’ plots.

She is the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, whose slogan is “Buy a Book and Stop a Crook” and whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She founded Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, an annual event to raise money to increase literacy and reduce crime.

For more information on Book ‘Em North Carolina, visit and

p.m. terrell’s website is and her blog is

She can be found on Twitter @pmterrell

On Facebook at and


Posted on April 9, 2013, in General and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Having a stalker would be scary. I don’t know about the exciting part.



  2. Nice casting choices

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  3. Rita, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. LOL – I know what you mean, especially with regard to the role of Dylan Maguire. Wonder if anybody knows of some hot Irish actors?
    Maggie, thanks so much for following my blogs. I appreciate the compliments! I found writing fiction far more difficult than I ever imagined. Not only was there a learning curve in writing, but in the entire process of selling and marketing. With non-fiction, an author can query a publisher with a synopsis or outline and often walk away with a contract without having written the first word. With fiction, a new author must write the entire book on spec and hope a publisher wants to buy it. I’ve also found countless books on marketing – which work well in the non-fiction arena but do not with fiction. It’s been much more challenging than non-fiction, for sure, but I am glad I made the transition nonetheless. I enjoy writing suspense far more than computer manuals! 🙂


  4. So wonderful to learn a little more about you. I’ve been following you on Google+ for some time and REALLY appreciate many of the links you share. I also like your books. They are a great combination of intellect and page turning action.

    Like you, I began in non-fiction publishing textbooks. As an Academic I found the transition to fiction much more difficult than anticipated. The writing style for me–from passive, the author knows nothing except through citing others–to active, the author is in complete control–was a high learning curve. I’m still amazed at how much to keep learning. I’m wondering you found the transition to fiction easier as you seem to be writing fiction that somewhat relates to your non-fiction career.


  5. I’ve been trying to cast the movie after seeing your picks and I haven’t decided who should be in it. No one seems good enough. lol


  6. Hi, Cassie! Thanks for the question. When my first suspense, Kickback, was published in 2002 and I received my author copies, I was surprised to see “p.m.terrell” in all lower-case. Turns out, the editor requested that; once she saw it, she hated it but I loved it. I’m told it stands out, especially when in a list of authors, so I’ve kept it in lower-case. The same editor convinced me not to publish under the name “Patricia Terrell” because Patricia Cornwell was very popular and at that time lived in the same state; she was concerned about confusion or comparisons.


  7. Hi p.m. It’s our pleasure to have you! I have a question as I was entering your information, I was inclined to capitalize your name. It’s that editor in me. If you are willing to share, I’m very curious about the significance of the lack of “normal” captialization. Thanks!


  8. Thank you for hosting me here today! I will be checking in later today and answering any questions anyone might have for me.


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