Monday, February 1, 2010

Meet Author Terry Odell

Good morning friends! I thought I'd start the new month off by meeting another new author. Please make her feel welcome.

Terry Odell began writing when she ran out of space for her needlepoint and needed another creative outlet.Check Spelling

Her entry into the world of writing can be attributed to a "mistake" when her son mentioned the Highlander television series on a visit home. Being the "good mother" she began watching the show and soon connected with the world of fan fiction, first as a reader, then as a critique giver, and then, one brave weekend, she wrote her first short story.

Things snowballed (if one can use that analogy in central Florida!) and soon she was writing her first original novel. Much later, she mentioned something about a recent Highlander episode to her son, and he said, "Oh, I've never actually watched the show, I just thought the concept was cool." Little did he know what he'd started.

Her first novel, FINDING SARAH, a romantic suspense, was published by Cerridwen Press in February of 2007, followed rapidly by WHAT’S IN A NAME? in April. Since then, she's published WHEN DANGER CALLS, an action adventure romance from Five Star Expressions, and HIDDEN FIRE, a true sequel to Finding Sarah. When she wrote it, she didn't know it was "against the rules" to bring back the same hero and heroine in a romance.

Watch for her next releases: two short stories in a mystery anthology from Highland Press, and NOWHERE TO HIDE, a romantic suspense set in her current home town of Orlando, from The Wild Rose Press.

You can find more about Terry and her books, including some behind the scenes peeks at their inceptions at her website, And visit her blog, Terry's Place, at

Here's the blurb for Hidden Fire:

Returning from a stint as part of a task force on violent crime, Randy Detweiler is eager to reunite with Sarah Tucker in Pine Hills, but she’s having second thoughts about their relationship. Can she deal with a cop who gets called away at a moment’s notice, especially one who won’t talk about his job?

Their reunion is cut short when a body is discovered and rumors fly that it’s the work of a serial killer. To make matters worse, the Town Council might disband their police department, and Randy's under added pressure to solve the murder before they take action. Forced to work under the radar, Randy struggles to balance work with a shaky relationship.

Sarah can’t cope with apparently meaning less to Randy than his job. Should she force him to choose between his job and the us she envisions for the two of them? All bets are off when Sarah herself becomes a suspect in Randy’s case. Before long, it’s more than their relationship that’s in danger.


CatherineKean said...

Great interview, Terry. That's a wonderful cover for Hidden Fire; very engaging.

Terry Odell said...

Thanks, Catherine. I recall some issues with the original cover - the figures looked like two naked people running a marathon. They managed to soften it a bit.

Linda Henderson said...

Sounds like a great book and I like the cover too.

Terry Odell said...

Linda - glad you like the cover. Of course it's a great book! :-)