Author PM Terrell has got a lot of experience writing thrillers and now she’s taken what she knows and joined forces with an expert collaborator, T. Randy Stevens, to bring her fans her twelfth novel, THE BANKER’S GREED. It’s just rolled off the presses, and we’ve snagged 5 Minutes of her time to chart her path through the publishing industry thus far.
We’d like to thank her for taking the time to be part of our “5 Minutes Alone” interview series.
AuthorScoop: What was your very first publication credit?
PM Terrell: It was in 1984, and the first book I ever had published had the exciting title “Creating the Perfect Database.” It wasn’t exactly the kind of book you’d want to read in bed, or you’d be asleep within five minutes. I remember approaching my editor at Dow Jones about writing suspense/thrillers and his deer-in-the-headlights expression as he told me he didn’t know anything about publishing fiction. It would take me nearly sixteen more years to get my first suspense/thriller published.
AuthorScoop: Tell us about your latest release.
PM Terrell: The Banker’s Greed, my 12th book, is my first collaboration with another author. T. Randy Stevens is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of First Farmers Bank; and if I’m going to write a book entitled “The Banker’s Greed” it works out really well to have a banker help co-author it.
The book begins when the daughter of a powerful and influential banker is kidnapped. She knows her survival could depend on her ability to remember every detail, and when she manages to escape, she provides that information to the FBI. But all the clues lead to one man – her father. Now she’s the prosecution’s star witness – but could she be sending an innocent man to prison? And if her father didn’t orchestrate her kidnapping, who did? And why?
Besides being a fast-paced suspense with lots of twists and turns, it poses the question: would you testify against your parent? Could you?
AuthorScoop: Aside from your own hard work, who (or what) else do you feel has contributed to your success?
PM Terrell: Persistence. And dedicated fans who have kept me writing through their encouraging words and feedback. Writing is a solitary experience, and you have to find it in yourself to keep going even when the path seems daunting. But when I think about what I’d do if I wasn’t writing, my mind goes blank. So I keep moving onward, and sometimes just staying in the game makes all the difference.
AuthorScoop: At what time of day or night do you do your best writing?
PM Terrell: I dream every scene before I write it. So the best time for me to get started is first thing in the morning, while the dream is fresh in my mind. Once I get going, I might not move from my chair for 10 or 12 hours. And it will feel like the blink of an eye. I write six days a week, week in and week out.
AuthorScoop: Finally, what advice would you give to new or unpublished writers?
PM Terrell: Hone your craft. Learn the technical aspect to writing as well as the creative. Listen to critics and don’t allow your ego to become intertwined with your writing. Make your writing the best it can be. When you get rejections – and you will – just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Believe in yourself, or no one else will.