What does p.m. terrell do to get ready for a day of writing?
What are your pet peeves?
I cannot handle abuse of any kind. When I see or hear of an animal or child being hurt, abused or neglected, it bothers me tremendously. If I am reading a book and abuse is part of the theme, I can’t continue reading it. I truly think we need parenting classes in school because so many simply do not understand how to raise children without physically assaulting them.
I also started a New Leash on Life program in a local prison; we took dogs destined for euthanasia from a local pound and paired them with inmates, who had to obedience train with only positive reinforcement. It made them think differently about the way they had been raising their own children and caring for their own pets. I like to think the program has made a difference in many lives.
What do you do to celebrate a new contract?
I get busy writing and researching and planning for the next books.
What kind of genre would you like to try writing that you haven't yet?
I love the worlds created by those who write fantasy. I love books with mythical creatures, strange lands, and different worlds.Who is your hero?
The hero in Secrets of a Dangerous Woman is Dylan Maguire. Dylan first made his appearance in Vicki’s Key when he moved from his native Ireland to North Carolina to care for an aging aunt who had suffered a stroke. He is handsome, charming, humorous and extroverted—everything that Vicki Boyd, the heroine, is not. And they fell madly in love. He is also capable of defending himself (he was previously a kickboxing champion) and Vicki—but in Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, they become separated and each must defend themselves against some formidable enemies.
It was important to the storyline in Vicki’s Key that Vicki fall for Dylan immediately and deeply. So I researched the men that women love the most—right down to their nationalities, physical characteristics and personality traits. I found that the Number One most fantasized-about accent was Scottish, followed by Irish and then Australian. In reviewing the characteristics of the Scottish versus the Irish, I went with the Irish hands-down. They are a happy culture; regardless of the past and even their present circumstances, they have an amazing ability to remain optimistic. Yet they are also capable of fiercely defending what is theirs.
Who is your heroine?
Vicki Boyd is the heroine. When she was 12 years old, she foresaw her parents’ death in a plane accident. After their funerals, Vicki was sent into a foster home and separated from her three siblings. The CIA learned through newspaper accounts of her uncanny ability to foretell of her parents’ death, right down to the problem with the airplane, and one of the agents adopted her—then promptly placed her into their psychic spy program.
She was trained as a remote viewer, which is based on the real psychic spy programs in use by the CIA and other Intelligence. She can travel the world in her mind, sit in on cabinet meetings, observe and draw details from nuclear facilities, obtain information on weapons and enemies, and perform other Intelligence gathering that a person on the ground could not possibly have access to.Vicki is introverted and shy; she’s been sheltered by the CIA and never had a normal childhood. She is neither physical nor athletic. But when she and Dylan become separated in Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, she must rise to the occasion and rely on herself to escape from trained killers.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Romance novels. I love them. And when I really want to be sinful, I eat chocolate while reading them.
If I couldn't be a writer, I would be a teacher. I love giving information to people and seeing what they can accomplish.
I love dogs. I currently own four rescue dogs: a foxhound rescued from a hunting lodge in South Carolina, a collie who was nearly dead from horrible abuse and neglect, a Jack Russell who had been shot in the leg and a Jack Russell-Basset Hound mix that nearly died from parvo. One of my fantasies is to be able someday to help fund organizations that rescue animals, as well as educate people on the humane treatment of animals. I think it’s every human being’s responsibility to help those less fortunate. My idol is Sam Simon, who took his fortune earned from The Simpsons and funds a large and impressive animal rescue league.
I am working on two series at the present time. One is Black Swamp Mysteries, which includes Secrets of a Dangerous Woman. In the next book, Dylan’s Song, Vicki and Dylan go to Ireland on a joint CIA mission. Vicki must locate a missing CIA operative and Dylan must extract him and get him to a safe house. While in Ireland, Vicki discovers the real reason Dylan left his native country for a life in America—while harboring a secret of her own.
I am also working on a separate series involving an Irish detective working in a North Carolina Police Department. It has a touch of the paranormal and what I like to refer to as Robert B. Parker’s mysteries coupled with Nicholas Sparks’ romance.
BLURB: In Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, Dylan Maguire is back in his first assignment with the CIA: to interrogate recently captured Brenda Carnegie. But when she escapes again, it's obvious she's had help from within the CIA's own ranks. With Vicki Boyd's assistance, Brenda is back in Dylan's custody. And now he must
Brenda was taller than her sister. His chest touched her back as he leaned on the door, her hair brushing against his face and flowing downward nearly to the top of his jeans. She smelled of Vicki’s shampoo and Vicki’s perfume.
“Where the bloody hell do you think you’re goin’?” Dylan said.
She didn’t answer but continued facing the door.
“Put the gun down, Red,” he said calmly.
“Since you remember me,” she said, still with her back against him, “you know I didn’t have a gun.”
“I know that you’ve got me gun in your right hand. And I know as soon as you turn around, that gun is goin’ to be pointed at me chest.”
“Let me go, Irish. Don’t make me shoot you.”
“There are two things I won’t be allowin’ to happen. First, you’re not gonna shoot me with me own gun. And second, they won’t be catchin’ you with me gun on you. They won’t be tracin’ you back to me.”
She remained motionless and he could almost hear her mind racing.
“It’s better that you stay here. You’re safe here.”
“What are you saying?”
“I think I just said it.”
“I’m turning around,” she said after a moment’s hesitation. “And I’m handing you the gun.”
He moved slightly away from the door, dropping his arms from around her head as she turned around. He took the gun from her hand and set it on the kitchen table beside them.
“I wish I’d met you before she did. We would have been good together.”
His eyes followed her jawline, her full lips, a slightly wide, upturned nose, her high cheekbones, and a mountain of copper hair a man could get lost in. Then his eyes moved to her perfect brows, one raised slightly, coquettishly, before stopping to peer into her mesmerizing amber eyes. “We would have been dangerous together.”
A little about the author:
p.m.terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 16 books, including Vicki's Key, a 2012 International Book Awards finalist, and River Passage, 2010 Best Fiction &
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