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Monday, October 1, 2012

An Interview (and Giveaway!) with Love Inspired Suspense Author Terri Reed

Happy October, everyone! This is traditionally the month of all things spooky and suspenseful, so it seems particularly appropriate that I play hostess to fellow Love Inspired author Terri Reed. Her latest book, The Doctor's Defender, is an October release for Love Inspired Suspense.

 Author Terri Reed. Photograph courtesy of the author.

Here's a little background on Terri before we begin the interview:

At an early age Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction and declared she would one day write a book.  Now she is fulfilling that dream and enjoys writing for Harlequin’s Love Inspired lines. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, and an array of critters. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs. You can write to Terri at P.O. Box 19555 Portland, OR 97280 or visit her online at www.loveinspiredauthors.com or email her atterrireed@sterling.net or leave comments http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com/ .

I love that Terri has a snail mail address. I miss the old days of actually putting pen to paper and writing our favorite authors!

Now, settle down with your favorite fall beverage (mine is a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks), as I interview Terri...

LG: What made you choose to write inspy suspense? 

TR: I write suspense because it is what I gravitate to when I read for pleasure. I started writing for the inspirational market because my worldview is Bible based and my characters were a reflection of my beliefs so it seemed a natural fit.

LG: How do you get in the mood to write?
TR: A cup of coffee or tea at hand, music from my iTunes and I read the last few paragraphs of what I’d finished with the previous session to get back to where I am in the story and then I write. 

LG: Have you considered writing in another genre? 
TR:Yes and I intend to one day.  I have story ideas for more mainstream thrillers and women’s fiction stories as well as some contemporary romance ideas.  I’ve also started a historical that one day I’ll go back to. 

LG: Name one historical figure who inspires you.   
TR: Eleanor Roosevelt.

LG: Finish this sentence: "If I couldn't write, I would..."
TR: "...be an FBI agent."

LG: Lightning round! Choose 1:

Chocolate or vanilla? Both in a swirl
Diamonds or pearls? Pearls
Dogs or cats? Dogs-I’m allergic to cats.
Brad Pitt or George Clooney? Hmmm, I’m more a Gerard Butler fan.

LG: Tell us about your next project.

TR: Upcoming in March 2013 The Cowboy Target, the fourth book in the Protection Specialists series. 

When someone targets widower Wyatt Monroe, framing him for murder and endangering his precious daughter, he has no choice, but to accept the protection of the pretty, petite blonde who looks more like a kindergarten teacher than a bodyguard.  Ex-deputy sheriff turned bodyguard, Jackie Blain arrived at the Wyoming ranch at the request of her uncle, but soon finds herself determined to not only keep her uncle’s employer, Wyatt and his daughter safe, but to prove the handsome cowboy’s innocence.  Amid hidden agendas, flying bullets and strained family relations, Wyatt and Jackie forge a deep bond that proves stronger than the evil trying to take their lives. 

That sounds fantastic, Terri! Now, let's give our readers a little taste of The Doctor's Defender. Terri is very generously giving away one copy of this book to a Lady Scribes guest this morning, so please be sure to leave a comment with your email address to be considered for the drawing!

                             The Doctor's Defender, a Love Inspired selection for October.      
                                                          Photograph courtesy of the author.

Do No Harm

As a trauma surgeon, Dr. Brenda Storm saves lives every day. But someone wants her dead.  It starts with the anonymous delivery of poisoned cupcakes.  Now the hospital has hired a bodyguard to protect her 24/7.  At first, Brenda doesn’t think too-handsome Kyle Martin is the right for the job.  Then she discovers his harrowing background—and that Kyle will do anything to keep her safe.  With every attempt on her life, she’s more drawn to the strong and silent man who risks his life for hers.  But their growing feelings could put them both in harm’s way.

Thanks for stopping by Lady Scribes, Terri! I have my October reading list decided thanks to you. ;)


  1. Terri,
    It's great to have you at Lady Scribes today. Thanks for being here and offering a copy of your book. Congratulations on your newest release. I love suspense! :)

  2. Thanks for joining us today, Terri! I'm always intrigued by writers who have music playing while they work, since I far prefer silence. If I ever do write with music playing, it's got to be classical. Lyrics throw me off my game. What sort of music do you listen to while you write? Congratulations on your new release!

  3. Hi Terri!
    Welcome to Ladyscribes!! It's great to see you here!! Terri and I have been buddies since way back when and I never would have guessed The FBI! That tickles me to know end because that is the exact answer I would give. I remember touring the FBI a few (or maybe more) years ago and they said they wouldn't accept anyone over the age of 35. I remember feeling devastated! How could they do that to me?! So now I have to live vicariously by writing about them. :) Your book sounds great, Terri! May it fly off the shelves!!

  4. Thank you ladies for the warm welcome. Catherine, I listen to pop, rock, show tunes and contemporary Christian music. I used to have classical playing but it made me sleepy. I need upbeat and for whatever reason I like having lyrics playing. I tune them out but I can't have silence.
    Hey Cynthia, how are you? Good to see you. I'm currently serve jury duty. It's fascinating.

  5. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Terri! Many congrats on having found just the right sort of book that suits you!

  6. Terri, it is so lovely to have you here with us today! Inspy suspense is a subgenre that I didn't even know what around! Also, I know what you mean about having all those other genres in your head that you would someday like to try. Congrats on your new release, and best of luck to you!

  7. Jury duty! I've never been picked - can you imagine that? LOL!! We are all happy, healthy and busy. Counting my blessings every day. :D

  8. Congrats on the book! Nice cover. The book sounds intriguing.


  9. Congrats on your book. I love suspense in my stories and so I will be looking for your book.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  10. And the winner of Terri's book is debby236 at gmail dot com! Congrats, Debby! Terri will be in touch.