It is FOR and ABOUT authors. Here we shine the light on authors who we’ve read, reviewed and recommend to others. In this edition we are shining our light on another gifted author...
Terri Whitmire is an inspirational author who currently resides in Marietta, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the historic North Carolina A&T State University.
In 1997, she enrolled in the Institute for Children’s Literature where she wrote her first compilation of children’s stories. She went on to earn her certification in children’s literature. With qualifications in hand, she sought ways to strengthen her literary giftings by writing and editing for various organizations. In October of 2011 her first novel, Breathe for Me, was released.
When she is not writing, Terri teaches free creative writing classes to school-aged children sponsored by her foundation, Writers’ Tablet. This foundation also offers free tutorials to authors who wish to create and publish their work digitally as an e-book.
Terri is a member of Atlanta Writers' Club and M-Pact Writers' group. She is a children's ministry teacher and a substitute teacher for a charter school in Smyrna, Georgia.
GETTING TO KNOW TERRI…
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon growing up? I loved Casper the Friendly Ghost. I gravitated toward this mystical being who depicted an angelic quality and was always willing to help others. Now that I think back this may have been a coping mechanism to combat my normal fraidy-cat, scared-of-the-dark self.
A way to my heart is…A child's smile melts my heart. A fabulous song stirs my heart. A silly joke tickles my heart and an encouraging word warms my heart. If all else fails give me a big slice of carrot cake.
If I could pick four people to have dinner with, living or dead, I'd choose: President Obama, Maya Angelou, Maggie Gunn (my great grandmother), Sade (she would be our entertainment).
The comfort food I crave most is: I love pizza. Whether it be hand tossed, Chicago deep dish, thin crust, New York style, veggie or meat lovers. It matters little. I love them all.
What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Growing up I was often chastised for my scowling expression. I try hard to counter that image but sometimes I catch myself holding a grumpy look even when I don't feel that way.
What is your favorite reality TV show and why? Amazing Race. I love to travel and see the world and this show allows me to do that from the comfort of my own couch. It is such an awakening experience to see how others outside of the U.S. live. It is also remarkable how some poorer countries have more joy and less stress in their lives than the U.S., the richest country in the world.
Special relaxation ritual...A comfy couch and a hot cup of peppermint tea with lemon and honey.
Words to live by: If you want a blessing, be a blessing.
I'm totally addicted to: Facebook
From my husband, I have learned... No matter what life throws at you, you can always rise above it and be the person God intended for you to be.
What’s next for Terri?
Her story, ‘Crooked Path,’ will be featured in the short story anthology entitled Love Said Not So, to be released May of 2012. Her featured story is inspired by true events that her husband experienced as a foster child.
Terri’s much anticipated sophomore novel is due out fall of 2012. Follow Alaina Parker as she battles with sexual identify, body image and the shattering secret that just may send her over the edge.
PRAISE FOR BREATHE FOR ME
“I really enjoyed reading this book. I could not put it down after I started reading it! I actually read it within 24 hours. It's the type of book that captures your attention early and never lets it go.”- SS
“This is definitely a must read…I really enjoyed how the author includes scriptures and prayers throughout the novel.” - Vette
“It is so refreshing to read a book that incorporates faith and hope. This is one inspirational journey I recommend to ALL readers. Terri Whitmire's ‘Breathe for Me’ does an excellent job of using a bad circumstance to motivate one to do better.” - OOSA
“This book was a wonderful read; the story was gripping with emotional highs and lows. It was very therapeutic to see a story describe from the point of view of a survivor…Simply a wonderful book!!!!” – Will
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