1) You’re marooned on a small island with one person and one item of your choice—who is that person and what item do you have?
The person would have to be the Irish man of my dreams and the item would have to be an axe. The man of my dreams (let’s just say he bears a startling resemblance to Dylan Maguire in my Black Swamp Mysteries series) would keep me safe and warm and loved. An axe would be handy for cutting down trees and building a home or a fire and it could come in handy for defense. But if I’m stranded on a small island with Dylan Maguire, then I certainly would not want to be found!
2) Which musical would you say best exemplifies your life – and which character in that musical are you?
Hands down, Mamma Mia. And of course I’d be Donna.
3) Take these three words and give me a 100 word or less scenario using them: computation, urgent, updated
The clouds swirled across the face of the moon in an urgent fury, casting darkness on the ground below. By Vicki’s computation, it should have been late evening, though it seemed more like midnight. He would be here soon and now as she looked at her worn shoes and matronly skirt, she wished she’d updated her wardrobe. On a night like this, she needed stilettos and a sexy, form-fitting dress—and a man to cast off the shadows around her.
4) You’ve just been let loose in the world of fiction, with permission to do anyone you want. Who do you fuck first and why?
Well, if you mean fuck as in get even with someone, I can’t think of anyone I’d want to harm. I’m a strong believer that what you put into the universe comes back to you threefold.
5) What is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other?
Sitting on a riverbank watching the sunset, a woolen blanket pulled around us both to ward off the chill, his arms encircling me and pulling me close to him. As darkness descends, he points out the constellation and we feel as though we’re the only people on the face of the earth. What happens next is the stuff of romance novels.
6) When you start a new story, do you begin with a character, or a plot?
I begin with the plot. In my genre, that means planning the crime. I then find the fatal flaw in the crime and look at the characters who would be best positioned to discover it, be victimized by it—or have to save the country from it.
7) If they were to make the story of your life into a movie, who should play you?
Reese Witherspoon. She is from the South and some of the roles she’s played have reminded me of the way I was often treated in the North. And never underestimate a Southern woman.
8) Who’s your favorite horror villain and why?
The Mummy—Ramses the Great by Anne Rice. It’s the only horror villain I’ve ever fallen in love with!
9) Do you have an historical crush and if so, who is it?
By historical, if you are referring to someone who is deceased, hands down it would have to be Cary Grant. Handsome, witty, highly intelligent, debonair… and oh, that accent!
10) Is there a story that you’d like to tell but you think the world isn’t ready to receive it?
I’ve been asked numerous times to write my autobiography but I’m going to wait until I’m closer to knowing the ending.
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.
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