In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with Terry Maggert
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Terry! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. Two things. 1. I apologize right now if I misspelled your first name. I’ve done everything in my power to make sure it is spelled correct throughout this post. And 2. It was a pleasure being your chauffeur back in April at the North Iowa Book Bash. Without that opportunity, I would not have a picture of me in from of the Surf Ballroom (RIP Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.)
Okay, with that out of the way, let’s grab some waffles and get this party started.
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
I filled up with stories, and started writing. Also, I judge restaurants by the quality of their ranch dressing.
Ranch dressing, huh? Best ranch dressing I ever had was a bar in the town I went to college in. Sole reason I started eating salads and chicken strips.
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
The best is that out-of-body moment where a reader connects with my characters like I did when I wrote them. To me, they’re real, and it’s both humbling and motivating. I didn’t get serious about writing until I was in my forties, but it was as if a hidden switch got thrown—I write A LOT, and I’m not even close to getting warmed up. I wrote The Forest Bull at night while sitting up with my young son and realized that one book wasn’t enough. I’m a compulsive reader, which in turn makes me a compulsive writer.
It’s far from scientific. As a history professor, it’s safe to say that the past is a critical part of my writing. If I need a villain, I look to the past. If I need a hero, I draw from the very best of the people I’ve met. I have an excellent memory, except for my car keys. Those are. . . challenging.
You know there’s an app for that, right? Finding your keys that is…
Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.
Heartborn came to me in a dream. It could be my spicy diet, or latent resentment over seventh grade, or any number of cats who lay on my head while I sleep. Regardless, I’ve never written anything like it.
It’s about a young woman who is born with half a heart—and the other half is high above in a world that’s real, but distant. I wanted to take the reader into a mystery with such an intense sacrifice that they feel Livvy’s pain every step of the way. There are two stories unfurling alongside, and clues throughout. The tagline—“Her guardian angel was pushed”—is the hint that our world is just the beginning for Livvy.
Okay, I want to read it now. *adds to Christmas wishlist* [side announcement] Attention friends and family who read my blog and have yet to figure out what your gift to me will be. Please consider buying Heartborn.
*clears throat* Okay, moving on!
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
BIG books. I love Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Historical Fiction. In a pinch, I’ll read a napkin or an aspirin bottle or graffiti. I read every day, and it’s the single best thing you can do for your mind.
Eleanor & Park is seriously one of the most genuine teen love stories I have ever read. Plus the time frame that story was set in spoke to me. Double AA batteries and my walkman (a gift from my HS sweetheart). *sighs*
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
Currently, my life revolves around The Great British Baking Show. The last episode was this week, and it has changed our household. Let me tell you—British people love to bake. I love to bake and eat baked goods. Ergo, this is my new mission in life. Rule Britannia!
I know, right? And people say that British food is rubbish. *shakes head* I spent most of December 2015 and January 2016 watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix while I was sick. The desserts and pastries looked amazing.
I have a secret weird obsession with vintage barometers. I find them fascinating, and prowl on eBay constantly. I am not climatologist, or a weather expert, or even concerned about the humidity. I do, however, love old barometers. I’ll seek help when my shelf gets full.
I collect old cameras. It started with one and I think I probably have about 15 or 20 now. I had to stop. Dusting them is a PITA plus I had to choose. Space for books or space for cameras.
What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?
Who is my favorite writer? The answer is Anne McCaffrey.
For nearly forty years, her characters have been a major part of my life. I bawled when ___________ died several books ago, and when Anne passed away, I felt like a distant friend was gone. I met her son, Todd, and signed books with him. He signed my vintage copy of Dragonsinger, and I was absolutely giddy. I’ve carried that copy for thirty-six years, and it paid off.
I had the opportunity to hear Todd do a reading at WorldCon this past summer. I was captivated by the story he read. Or course it ended on a cliffhanger!
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
When I meet readers, I ask them to, tell me what books they love. It’s one of my greatest pleasures to find out what makes other people get lost in the pages of a book. As a reader, it connects me to a world filled with books. To me, that sounds like heaven.
That is also one of my favorite questions! It’s one of the reasons I include it in my In the Spotlight interviews. Books are an amazing way to connect with others!
“Mark me, friend Terry,” it has a been a pleasure having you In the Spotlight at Second Run Reviews. I certainly hope you will return soon and give us an update.
Synopsis: Her guardian angel was pushed.
Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner
His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.
Until Keiron arrives.
In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.
Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.
Synopsis: Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.
Carlie McEwan loves many things.
She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY—a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is twenty-five pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her Grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finest—and only—real diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.When a blonde stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major
Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years–Come find me.
Like the forest shadows, danger can run deep. The threat is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic.