Interview with romance and mystery author, Terry Odell…

Variety is the spice of life, and Ms. Odell proves it with her cutting-edge style. I’m pleased to be joined by author Terry Odell toady!

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Terry Odell began writing by mistake, when her son mentioned a television show and she thought she’d be a good mom and watch it so they’d have common ground for discussions…

Little did she know she would enter the world of writing, first via fan fiction, then through Internet groups, and finally with groups with real, live partners. Her first publications were short stories, but she found more freedom in longer works and began what she thought was a mystery. Her daughters told her it was a romance so she began learning more about the genre and craft. She belongs to both the Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Now a multi-published, award winning author, Terry resides with her husband in the mountains of Colorado.

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I think we all aspire to reach that level of accomplishment, Terry. Let’s get to know Ms. Odell a bit more…

What inspired you to become a writer?
I ran out of space for needlepoint. Actually, I started writing fan fiction because my son had expressed an interest in a television show, and things snowballed from there.  This was in the days when CompuServe was how one did social networking. The whole story can be found on my website.

Are you a plotter or panster?
Total pantser… Plotting more than 1 scene sends me screaming into the woods.

At what age did you write your first novel?
I was a card-carrying member of AARP. Enough said.

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What is the most romantic place you’ve ever been?
Probably the chef’s table in the kitchen of Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando. Either that or the Alaska cruise. Or the Caribbean cruise. Or our honeymoon in Carmel. I guess I can find romance anywhere.

Seems to be a connection between travel and romance writers… Hmmmm.

Name your favorite real-life hero or fictional hero… How have they influenced your life?
It’s impossible to pinpoint a single person. My teachers, especially Mr. Webster. Mr. Holtby, and Miss Cook who made learning exciting. My parents, who supported me no matter what I did. The people I’ve interviewed for my books—the people who run toward danger. They’re all heroes.

Name your favorite books from childhood and adulthood.
I probably read 10 books a week as a child, and I think I loved all of them, from comic books (I probably read 30 of those a week) to my brother’s Hardy Boys books. But if you’re going to pin me down, I’ll go as far as saying the books by Beverly Cleary were favorites, and they stuck with me so I got my daughters hooked on them, too.  As a teen, Conan Doyle got me hooked on mystery, and as an adult,  I discovered romantic suspense through Linda Castillo, who showed me that ‘romance’ didn’t mean “Harlequin category” and I didn’t have to have my hero and heroine hook up on page 3. Suzanne Brockmann’s books were favorites because I can identify with her voice. And then there’s JD Robb—who doesn’t love Roarke? Those are my go-to ‘comfort’ reads.

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What’s your astrological sign? Do you fit the characteristics associated with it? How?
I’m a Pisces, but I never bothered to see what my traits are supposed to be, so I don’t know. I know I lived with a house full of Scorpios, and that was supposed to be challenging, but since 3 of them were my kids, I kind of had the upper hand.

What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned from your journey as a writer?
That nobody is going to knock on your door and ask if you happen to have a novel they can publish. While the writing is a wonderful creative outlet, you have to learn to become a marketing person as well. If you’re doing it ‘for real,’ then you have to remember it’s a business.

I agree, we must all strive to be marketing and sales professionals to find success!

You can connect with Ms. Odell at the following websites…

Her website – http://www.terryodell.com
Her blog – http://terryodell.blogspot.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/terry.odell
Twitter – http://twitter.com/authorterryo

Terry’s latest project is, Rooted in Danger.

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Behind the public façade of Blackthorne, Inc., a
high-end private investigation company, lies a band of elite covert operatives,
and they’re back doing what they do best.

Foster (Fozzie) Mayhew, Blackthorne’s Intel Specialist, is cocky and arrogant,
befitting his Aussie heritage. Put him in a helicopter with his surveillance
instruments and he can spot the fleas on a squirrel from five hundred feet.
He’s happiest when he’s rescuing hostages, getting them to safety while Uncle
Sam is still negotiating. But Fozzie’s boss pulls him from the work he loves
and sends him to locate Victoria Hamilton, estranged daughter of a rich client.

Torie Stoker, born Victoria Hamilton, is hiding from her father who needs her
at home and married. There’s no love lost between Torie and her family. They
shipped her off to a Swiss boarding school when she was thirteen, and at
twenty-nine, she’s never looked back. When her best friend, Kathy, dies, Torie
settles in Oregon, determined to give meaning to Kathy’s death by continuing
the botanist’s quest for rare plants with potential medical applications. When
a man shows up with a gun, Torie realizes how badly her father must want her
back.

Fozzie wants nothing more than to locate his target, report to his boss, and get back to his real job. When he finds Torie being dragged away at gunpoint, his protective instincts kick in. Soon, they’re racing to discover why her father sent armed men after her. Or could it have something to do with Kathy’s pharmaceutical research to cure orphan diseases? The answers threaten to change Torie’s life forever.

Rooted in Danger, the third book in the, Blackthorne, Inc. Series, starts on a tropical island, and things heat up from there. Rooted in Danger will keep readers turning pages as the stakes–and romance–escalate.

Read more here.

I love suspense and mystery! Sounds so exciting. Thanks for stopping by, Terry.

4 thoughts on “Interview with romance and mystery author, Terry Odell…

  1. I”m chuckling, Terry. I’m a card carrying member too! Loved the interview.

  2. Ah, if only those people who came to our doors were asking to buy things…like books! Wouldn’t that be fun!

    • Terry Odell says:

      Yes, definitely — although where I live now, nobody can find my door. Except maybe some deer. If a bear shows up, he can have whatever he wants—for free.

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