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XX Authors Featuring: Terri A. Wilson

XX Authors Featuring: Terri A. Wilson

…paranormals are nicer to each other than humans.

CL: Give us the deets – genre(s), length of writing career, how long you’ve been writing – all the basics.

TAW: I write paranormal romance and contemporary romance I’ve been writing since 2015 and published since 2018.

CL: What made you choose these genres?

TAW: I think paranormals are nicer to each other than humans. It’s also more fun because you can really make up stuff.

CL: How do you feel about female characters? Are there any types you refuse to write?

TAW: I can’t stand whiney female characters. It’s okay for female characters to rely on their male counterparts, but not to the point of indecision. I also have issue with a female who is supposed to save the world but can’t figure out what to eat without asking her male counterpart. My female characters don’t really gossip and they’re very much into cooperation.

CL: Male characters, same question.

TAW: My male characters probably talk more than they do in real life because that’s how I want them. I also tend to write them with mental and emotional struggles that need a female touch to work out. As stereotypical as it is, they are also handsome because that’s what I want. There’s a little bit of my husband in every male character I write.

CL: What is the hardest thing about being a female author?

TAW: The sex part. It’s assumed that if you write about sex then you must be a floosey. I’ve had some people ask my husband if I practice on him and if I do then he’s very lucky. The other part has to do with being a caretaker i.e. mother, daughter, wife. There is always someone or something that needs to be taken care of and more often than not, it falls to me.

CL: What is the best thing about being a female author?

TAW: It’s a wide-open business that truly allows for independence.

CL: How does being female affect your writing – or does it?

TAW: It’s easier to tap into that imaginative and sensitive part of my brain. I bet it’s easier to remember the smaller details.

CL: What do you think about the “strong female character” trope in literature?

TAW: It’s different for everyone. I like a woman who can kick ass, but I don’t want her to be so unapproachable she’s too mean. I don’t like mean people in the real world, so I don’t want them in my stories unless they serve as an antagonistic force. I try to create female characters that I want to be.

CL: How do you treat misogyny in your writing, or do you?

TAW: If the story calls for it, I use it, but I don’t want it to become overkill.

CL: Are there any special challenges to writing female characters in your genre?

TAW: The balance between perfection and realism.

CL: What does your writing day look like?

TAW: I’m not a morning person and I’m not a night person, so I write during the day. Everything is mobile so I can write anywhere. I run my kids around a lot so I squeeze in writing when I can.

CL: Do you think the market treats male and female protagonists differently?

TAW: I think the movies do, but I don’t see that much of it in books.

CL: What outside influences, if any, do you see having an impact on your writing?

TAW: Just recently, I realized that whenever I have a “parent” in my books, they are exactly like mine, falling into a rut there I watch a lot of TV, so I’m influenced a lot by that. Honestly, I’m influenced by everything.

CL: Do you make a conscious effort to include feminist themes in your writing?               

TAW: I make a conscious effort to include love, mostly of the feminine energy, in all my writing.

CL: What themes are your favorites to include in your writing? Are there any that you come back to over and over? If so, why?

TAW: Love is Love, All you need is love, The underdog is the best character, Believe you can fly.

CL: What advice would you offer to new women authors coming up?

TAW: Think of this as a business or keep it a hobby. There is no middle ground. Never step on anyone on your way to the top. Help everyone. Trust the process and just keep moving forward.

CL: What are you working on now?

TAW: I’m finishing up the Dragon Royalty series and The Shadows series.

If you’d like to find out more about Terri and her work, check out her links below:

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Guest Post: Terri A. Wilson

I love crime shows, especially if there is some type of unique twist. One of my favorites is the show Leverage. It fascinates me that these anti-heroes save the day while still struggling with their own pasts. They do things their way and live by their rules.

“I love crime shows, especially if there is some type of unique twist.

So when the opportunity to write in the Federal Paranormal Unit Book World came up, I knew right away that I would create characters who were criminals. It gives them a different skill set than a detective who always follows the rules would have.

I have also been determined to look at the shifter world differently from most. My main character becomes an Alpha even though he doesn’t want to, and has to develop not only leadership skills, but people skills.

I mean he was an enforcer for goodness sake! People didn’t want to see him.

This was a fun book to write and it was the first time I played with the idea of carrying over one plot thread. Much like a TV series, this book has one complete story with a HEA, but there are two threads that aren’t solved. If you like bad guys with good hearts, women who challenge their men, and snark, you’ll like this book.

AUTHOR BIO:

Terri is a former English teacher and librarian. She taught middle and high school and college. Now she works from home homeschooling her two daughters and living out her dreams via her stories. She began escaping into books a little later than most but was hooked after the first book. It has been her dream to give back to the book world since second grade. When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys binging on Netflix and painting. Due to her crunchy lifestyle and free spirit, she considers herself a recycled hippie. Her most important goal is to help others jump and learn to fly. To find out more about her characters and the lives they live, check out her website below.

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ABOUT Her Damaged Guardian:

Lincoln Talbert lived by two rules; get the money up front and kids were off limits. That’s what made him a standout enforcer for the Mikhailov family. But when faced with the choice to break rule number two, they weren’t very happy with his choice, turned their back on him, and turned him into the FBI. Recruited by James Brock, head of the Federal Paranormal Unit to work with the U.S. Marshals, he now leads a powerhouse team specifically trained for witness protection and paranormal criminals.

Savanah Delacour hides her true identity to keep herself and her family safe. But when she witnesses a murder she must risk persecution in order to save her grandmother and stay alive. Protected by a man who views personal connections as a weakness, she must breach the wall around his heart to save him, his team, and herself.


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