What a treat to have Terrie Moran stop by ePen and tell us a bit about her writing style. And golf. And panic. I’m not a golfer, but I sure get the panic part of it. Read on, then take a look at her newest release in the Read ’em and Eat cozy mystery series. Thanks, Terrie, for visiting!
by Terrie Moran
When I was first learning to play golf, a game I still love to hate, I took lessons, I went to the driving range, I set up a felt putting green in my living room, I read books, and I watched videos. Hey, I was learning. And I was practicing. This went on for way longer than it should have. Finally, a friend said, “You do know that sooner or later you are going to have to go out on a golf course, don’t you?” I threw him an “of course, what do you think all this learning is about” look. He smiled and said, “I think it’s time.”
And that is when I panicked. I knew the rules, I knew the terms (“Mulligan” which means I get a do-over is my favorite), I knew how my stance was supposed to feel and I even owned a set of secondhand but serviceable clubs. But actually play? Oh dear. Eventually I found some friends who played as badly as I did and, while I was never invited to a pro-am tournament, over the years my game improved and we had a lot of fun.
When I began writing fiction, I thought there must be a set of directions for writing stories that someone would want to read. My go-to place is always the library and I was astonished to find shelf upon shelf of “how-to” books, many written by famous writers. So I grabbed a bunch and took them home. True to bad habits developed in school long ago, I put the pile of books next to my recliner and proceeded to skim, reading two pages in this book and three pages in that book and then I read the sentence that changed my writing life forever. Gillian Roberts, author of the fabulous Amanda Pepper series as well as many other fine books, had these words of encouragement: “Don’t write it right, write it down.”
CLICK! My brain nearly exploded. Gillian Roberts was telling me to get the story on paper. Not to worry about punctuation, spelling (I do love spell check) or whether the character’s name should be Mary or Marie. I can fix all that stuff later.
I took the books back to the library and sat down to write. Yay liberation! I still follow the same path–write from the beginning to the end. Once I have a story written, edits and revisions make it readable. Writing fiction also taught me that I wasted a lot of time “learning” golf when I could have been improving my game by playing on a golf course.
About Read to Death:
Cozy Mystery 3rd in series, Includes recipes
Paperback: 296 pages
E-book ASIN: B016JPTN5W
The national best-selling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder…
At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…
With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.
After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.
Terrie Farley Moran is the best-selling author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mysteries series. Well Read, Then Dead, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2014, was followed by Caught Read-Handed in 2015 and Read to Death in July 2016. Terrie’s short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. Her short story, “A Killing at the Beausoleil” was an Agatha Award Best Short Story nominee. She also cowrites Laura Childs’ Scrapbooking Mystery series. Together they have written Parchment and Old Lace (October 2015) and Crepe Factor (October 2016).