Merry Christmas, Terri, so glad to have you here today. Tell us a little about Alone No More. What inspired this story?
Alone No More is an historical romance novella set in the early 1800s in England. I had originally written Alone No More when I saw a submission call from an indie publisher for an ‘Unexpected Bumps’ anthology call. Their company closed before the anthology was published, but my editor went to work for The Wild Rose Press and took my story along with her in the hopes they would pick it up. Thank you, Darlene!!!
Dismissed from her job as a scullery maid and cast aside by her lover, pregnant Cara Morland has no choice but to return to her father’s farm. While lies of widowhood keep her from disgrace, Cara is faced with a local landowner’s unwanted attentions. Without the social status to do much more than avoid the vile man, she loses hope of ever finding happiness.
A friendship based on mutual loneliness blossoms between Cara and James Elliot, a young farm hand hired by her father. He offers his protection, and one shared kiss reveals his heart, but propriety and her feigned grieving period hinders what they both desire.
When Cara’s stalker learns the truth of her circumstances, he gives her an ultimatum—submit to his possession or he’ll ruin her second chance at love with James.
What are you working on now?
Absolutely nothing!! Seriously. I just finished up my final rough draft for Secret of the Souls (Pool of Souls #2) which is a fantasy novel set to release with J. Taylor Publishing on October 7th, 2014.
Do you have any releases scheduled for this year?
In addition to Alone No More on Dec. 18th I also just had a short historical romance, Beginning of Forever, published in Roane Publishing’s Winter’s Sweet Kiss anthology on the 16th.
What are your writing goals for this year?
I would love to pull out my first TRUE attempt of a manuscript – another historical romance – and see how bad it really is / if it’s worth polishing up for a submission. Perhaps another novella or two, but I really don’t have plans to tackle a new novel. I’d prefer to give my newborn son most of my attention.
How do you come up with ideas?
I’m inspired by a variety of things – family member’s sorrow (Beginning of Forever), pictures (Sacrificial Oath), my own life (Eye of the Soul), music (Heart’s Wish), cartoons (Infinite Snare) – pretty much how most writers do, I’m sure.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
At home with my hubs and 3 children. I’m a content stay-at-home mommy who could easily become a hermit.
What do you like to read?
I will read just about any genre if it grabs my attention – character or plot, if my senses & emotions are engaged I’m all over it. Favorites, though are fantasy and romance.
Who first introduced you to the love of reading?
My Mom Mom bought me the Laura Ingles Wilder books in a gift set for Christmas when I was seven. I literally read them until they fell apart.
These are a few of my favorite things:
2. My 2 daughters
3. My son
Reminding myself to breathe in the soil-scented air, I held my chin high as I rounded a blackthorn hedge. Our three-room cottage came into view. It being a Monday, white sheets and clothing waved in the sunlight peeking through the low clouds.
Papa followed his oxen-pulled harrow in the field to my left, his back to me. Mama knelt in the fenced-in kitchen garden on the opposite side of the house.
Pulse thundering, my chest tightened and I swallowed down rising nausea.
Papa reached the far end of the field and turned the oxen. He halted the beast and raised a hand above his eyes. I waved, forcing my lips to turn upward as he hurried across the field. “Cara!”
Mama’s head whipped up. She pushed to her feet, brushing dirt from her hands. Moving much slower than Papa, she exited the garden and strode down the lane.
Papa reached me first and stopped short of touching me. “What are you doing home, child?”
“S…Sir Linton relieved me of my duties.”
His dark brow furrowed, wrinkling the skin around the cornflower blue eyes I had inherited. “What happened, lass?”
I glanced over his shoulder at Mama and clutched the sack in front of my stomach.
Lips pursed and brown eyes blazing, Mama tucked her arms beneath her ample bosom. “Cara.” She greeted me with no warmth. No open arms.
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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
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