Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Liza Interviews p.m. terrell - Dylan's Song

Willkommen peeps!
(I've decided you guys need to learn to say Welcome in various languages)
Liza: Today we have the internationally acclaimed p.m. terrell with us. 
Peep Rep: Why did you put her name in lower caps, don't you like her?
Liza: Of course I do. This is her choice. Authors like to be different. I kidnap furniture and authors, and p.m. has her name uncapped.
Peep Rep: Authors are so interesting.
Liza: Thank you, we try to be. So let's give p.m. a standing ovation.

p.m.: *enters* Thanks for having me, Liza.
Liza: That's a lovely necklace.
p.m.: Thanks. I'll be giving it to a random commenter from my tour.
Liza: That is such a cool gift! 
Peep Rep: I want to win that.
Liza: Well you know what to do to win it. Leave a comment and your email address.
Peep Rep: And will you give us all the other tour links so we can leave comments there as well?
Liza: I will, but later on. Right now I need to interview p.m.

Liza: So p.m. what is your favorite part of writing? 
p.m.: I love the creative aspect of dreaming up new plots, new backdrops, and interactions between the characters. As a book begins to take shape, the characters come alive in my mind and it almost feels like they’ve moved in with me. 

Liza: Is there anything you don’t like about being a writer?
p.m.: I don’t like the pressure to market and promote. I actually enjoy getting out and meeting my fans and readers (both in person and in cyberspace), but there is so much pressure on authors to be on so many social networking sites and blog constantly as well as participate in book tours, both virtual and physical, that it stretches a person very thin. I’d love to be able to focus on the writing and leave much of the promotional efforts to a marketing team.
Liza: I dream of that day myself. A small staff of assistants, my own personal editor who checks my every written word, and a marketing team that gets me booked on Stephen Colbert.

Liza: What part of your book took you most out of your comfort zone?
p.m.: It was a sex scene in Vicki’s Key, the second in the Black Swamp Mysteries series. My editor told me I’d become very adept at taking the reader to the bedroom door but she wanted me to go inside with the reader. The scene was rewritten about eight or nine times. Finally, one of the male editors called me and said, “Okay, if I’m this character and I am a 29-year-old male and I see this gal in the shower, this is what I’m going to do and this is how I’m going to do it.” It was one of the most interesting telephone conversations I’d ever experienced!
Liza: I got a call like that once, but the guy woke me up from a sound sleep. I had no idea he wanted to help me write more lively bedroom scenes. I just thought him a random phone dialing pervert. So I hung up on him. 

Liza: Has a secondary character ever threatened to take over your book? 
p.m.: Yes – it happened for the first time in the Black Swamp Mysteries series. Dylan Maguire was supposed to be in just one book but the charming, handsome Irishman took over every scene he was in. When the book was done, the editors said, “You know he’s a main character now, right? He’s got to be in every book.” I’m very happy it worked out this way because I also fell in love with Dylan just as my readers did, and I believe the series is stronger because he is in it.
Liza: I once had a villain seduce the heroine, kill the hero, and go on to an HEA. Secondaries can be amazingly crafty at taking center stage.

Liza: Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
p.m.: Definitely Dylan Maguire. He is perpetually good-natured, multi-talented, the kind of romantic guy who can be tender and loving—but who has also shown the capacity for murder when he sees it’s warranted. He is taller than most with black hair and hazel eyes, a six o’clock shadow, and a past that includes a boxing championship. When I developed his character, I researched what nationalities women find most appealing; Scottish was number 1, Irish was number 2 and Australian was number 3. I settled on an Irishman because my ancestors were from Ireland and I felt more of a connection with that country than any other. I’m glad I did; I love his sense of Irish humor and his outlook on life.
Liza: This is so weird. I love an Irish sense of humor too. 
Peep Rep: I wonder why...Liza O'Connor.

Liza: Last question. If you had to live on a deserted island with one author, who would it be?
p.m.: Isaac Asimov (assuming this fantasy allows me to resurrect him.) I think he was brilliant and I could imagine countless conversations about everything from the universe and our existence to the history of our planet.
Liza: Bad news. Isaac was cremated.  But maybe in another universe he was buried and can be resurrected. Or maybe he could just show up as a ghost. If so, I'm joining you on your island, too. Do you know he authored nearly 500 novels? And I'm pretty sure I've read most of them.

Just don't let him read his stories aloud. I once bought an audio tape of one of his stories read by him. Nearly put me in a coma.

Liza: Now tell me about Dylan's Song.

p.m. terrell


Dylan Maguire returns to his native Ireland with psychic spy Vicki Boyd. Their mission: to locate and extract a CIA Agent who disappeared in Dublin while on the trail of a known terrorist. But when Dylan receives word that his grandmother is dying, he is plunged into a past he thought he’d left behind forever. His mission and the dark secrets he’d sought to keep hidden begin to merge into an underworld that could cost him his life. He must now confront his past demons and the real reason he left Ireland—while Vicki harbors a secret of her own.

Suspense Magazine says, “p.m.terrell’s writing is powerfully written and masterfully suspenseful; you have to hang on for the ride of your life.” Midwest Book Review says the Black Swamp Mysteries series is “page-turning action, unforgettable characters, breathtaking descriptions and unexpected plot twists.” And syndicated reviewer Marcia Freespirit says the series is “riveting, spell-binding, sexy and intense!”


“Why are you so adamant about not going back?” Vicki said. “I don’t understand.”

He strode to the back door. With his hand almost on the knob, he stopped abruptly and turned around to face them. “The flight is a hundred hours long.”

“It’s six hours,” Sam said.

“I’ll have jet lag for weeks!”

“Two days, tops.” Sam’s voice was becoming quizzical.

“Are you afraid of flying?” Vicki asked.

“No!” he bellowed. He opened the kitchen door. “The weather there is atrocious!”

“I can’t believe you’re acting like this is such an inconvenience for you!” Vicki shouted.

“In me whole life,” he said as if he hadn’t heard her, “it’s rained once.” He held up his finger. “One time!”

“Really?” Vicki said. “Once?”

“And it’s lasted for thirty years!” With that, he marched outside and slammed the door behind him.

Vicki and Sam stared at the door for a long moment without speaking. Then she turned to him. “I’m at a loss here.”

He continued staring at the kitchen door as if he hadn’t heard her.

“Do you know why he doesn’t want to see Ireland again?” Vicki asked.

“He can’t refuse a mission,” Sam said quietly. “You can’t pick and choose your missions in this line of work.”

Vicki turned to stand directly in front of him.

“Do you know,” she said in a stronger voice, “why he doesn’t want to see Ireland again?”

He looked at her as if seeing her for the first time.

“You know, don’t you?”

He looked away from her. His eyes roamed the kitchen as though he was searching for something. Vicki stood her ground until he said, “No. I have my suspicions; that’s all.”


p.m.terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 16 books. Vicki's Key, one of the first books in the Black Swamp Mysteries series, was one of five finalists in the 2012 International Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense) and 2012 USA Best Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense.) River Passage, an historical work based on her ancestor's migration to Fort Nashborough in 1779-1780, won the 2010 Best Fiction & Drama Award. The Nashville (TN) Metropolitan Government Archives determined it to be so historically accurate that they entered the original manuscript into their Archives for future researchers and historians.

Prior to becoming a full-time author in 2002, terrell founded and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her clients included the United States Secret Service, CIA, Department of Defense and federal and local law enforcement. Her specialty is in the areas of computer crime and computer intelligence. Her experience in these areas have greatly influenced her books' plots.

She is the co-founder of The Book 'Em Foundation, whose slogan is "Buy a Book and Stop a Crook" and whose mission is to raise awareness of the link between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She founded Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, an annual event to raise money to increase literacy and reduce crime.

For more information on Book 'Em North Carolina, visit www.bookemnc.org and www.bookemnc.blogspot.com.

p.m.terrell's website is www.pmterrell.com and her blog is www.pmterrell.blogspot.com.

She can be found on Twitter @pmterrell

Liza: Wow! Dylan's Song sounds great, and p.m. is so interesting. 

Peep Rep: Yes, and she has a really great gift.

Liza: That's right. So don't forget  to comment and leave your email address because we want p.m. writing more fabulous stories, not spending her time chasing you down. 

And here's the link to all her other tour links:

Once you reach the Goddess Fish blog site hit page down several times and you'll locate p.m.'s tour links


  1. Wonderful interview ladies. I'm so glad I had just put down my cup of tea when I read the part about the 29 year-old man. So funny. I love writing and reading love scenes in male POV. You are my first tweet of the day!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Ella. Glad you enjoyed the interview, but didn't ruin your pc in the process. My fav comment is from the excerpt where the guy claims it's only rained one time in Ireland.

  2. Thanks for popping in, Ella, and leaving a comment! Yes, I still relive that phone conversation in my head periodically... What an eye-opener that was!
    Liza, thanks again for having me. I love your interview style. :) And I think it's still raining in Ireland!

  3. Great interview, I enjoyed reading it.


    1. Thank you so much for following my book tour, Ingeborg! Glad you enjoyed the interview. It was a fun one!

  4. Thanks for sharing about your writing

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  5. Sounds like a super book! I'd love to have an editor call me, for any reason! Ha!

    1. I wouldn't want an editor to call me for any reason, because I have a habit of hanging up on people if I don't recognize the number. I would much prefer to be contacted by email.

  6. What an awesome interview and wonderful sounding book!

  7. As usual, an awesome interview, Liza :)
    Congrats, Ms Terrell. Your book sounds awesome. Love the excerpt :)

    1. Thanks Georgia. Her book does sound great, doesn't it?

  8. The telephone call with the male editor would have made me blush. I'll think of you on the line when I read it, or maybe not.


  9. Luckily, I have a husband with a fertile imagination. 'Nuff said. No male editors required. Congratulations on your many successes!

    sherifredricks @ charter. net


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