This is a guest post written by P.M. Terrell, author of the Black Swamp Mysteries series. You can find out more about her books, her writing, and a whole lot more on this website.
Strange Things About Yourself That You
Never Thought You’d Tell Anybody
I’ve always thought of myself as unique, which hasn’t always been a positive thing! I think it stems from moving when I was a young girl. My father was an FBI Agent and in 1967 we moved from Waldwick, New Jersey to the Mississippi Delta. I had a distinctly Northern accent, which was greatly frowned upon in the Deep South. It was also a time in which the local people resented the involvement of the federal government, so I was very much ostracized.
The others at school – from teachers to students – thought I was pretty strange, and I felt like a fish out of water. I learned to be alone much of the time, and that time was spent reading and writing. When I did venture out, the neighborhood children were often lying in wait, usually up a giant magnolia tree, with water balloons to drop on my head as I went by.
Friends back then were often fickle, so I learned not to draw too close to anybody. Even today, I am an intensely private person, only revealing what I want others to know and keeping 90% of the rest close to the vest.
I left the Mississippi Delta in the 1970’s. I’ve been back to visit family since then, but I could never see myself as calling it home because of the way in which I was treated when my father was transferred there. It has changed substantially over the years; I first moved there around the time of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, of Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers, and I still remember the whispers about the young men who were killed in Philadelphia, Mississippi while trying to register blacks to vote.
It was a violent time, a time that no doubt shaped me, and perhaps led me to write suspense/thrillers. It was also a sad time, a time when people were judged by their color and not as human beings, a time when pain was another person’s pleasure.
I have a special place in my heart for those who are bullied or down on their luck, and I dream of a world existing someday in which we all try to get along.
About the Author
P.M. Terrell is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than 18 books, including Vicki’s Key, a 2012 International Book Awards and 2012 USA Best Book Awards finalist and River Passage, winner of the 2010 Best Drama Award. A full-time writer since 2002, p.m. previously founded and operated two computer companies with a specialty in computer crime and computer intelligence. Her clients included the CIA, United States Secret Service and the Department of Defense as well as local law enforcement agencies. Her expertise in computers and intelligence often finds its way into her books. She is also the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation and founder and chair of The Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, which raises money to increase literacy rates. As a hobby, she raises freshwater angelfish – the same thing her characters do as their front for the CIA. For more information about p.m.terrell, visit www.pmterrell.com and for more information on the upcoming Writers Conference, visit www.bookemnc.org.
I’d like to thank Terry for taking the time to do a guest post here on Books and Bindings. It was awesome having you here!
Know more about her series, the Black Swamp Mysteries, by checking out the Exit 22 Review, Vicki’s Key Review, Vicki’s Key Character Bio, and Secrets of a Dangerous Woman Review. Watch out for the Dylan’s Song Review on the 26th.