Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Writers Like Us - Tera Lynn Childs

Continuing with my mermaid book binge, I'm so happy to have Tera Lynn Childs here! Tera is the author of FORGIVE MY FINS, one of the cutest and funniest mermaid books in my collection. I loved the humor and romance and light fantasy in her story. If you want a really fun mermaid read with just enough adventure, you want this one!

Her answers are below in bold. Let us know what makes Tera like you in the comments.

Tera on Writing

  • I've written 13 books, and 9 have seen the light of day.
  • My favorite type of scene/character/setting to write is:
    • scene: action, lots of butt-kicking
    • character: the mean girl... with a heart of gold
    • setting: exotic and fun
  • No matter how long I've been writing, I still have issues with procrastination.
  • A typical comment from my critique partner is "What happened to [insert name of character who disappeared halfway through book]?"
  • The book I wished I wrote is, at the moment, Premeditated by Josin McQuein.

Tera on Getting Published

  • If my agent really knew how crazy I was, she would find out... nothing surprising. She knows. Oh, she knows.
  • When I was querying, I felt determined.
  • The biggest mistake I ever made querying was sending a simultaneous submission to an agency that doesn't "accept" them (but I don't regret it one bit).
  • The craziest thought I've ever had while being published is "If I could just get to the next rung on the ladder, everything will be easier." Applies to all of the above.
  • When I got "The Call," my first thought was "Don't crash the car."
  • When I saw my book sale in Publishers Marketplace, I cried. And I am not a "happy tears" girl.

Tera on Life Outside Writing

  • If I weren't a writer, I'd probably be a web designer.
  • Secretly, I'm terrified of the apocalypse.
  • My secret girlfriend/boyfriend is Newark mayor Cory Booker.
  • Sometimes, when no one is around, I reorganize things by color. Like books. And clothes. And iPhone apps.


      1. Great interview! I'll have to pick up Forgive My Fins.

        1. It's a great read! I'm always amazed at how different mermaid books can be. I would describe Tera's as light fantasy, commercial, and humorous! :)


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