James D. A. Terry
How long have you been writing?
I always felt more comfortable communicating through writing. I think I was born with an innate comprehension of words, their meanings and uses. I began writing poetry in my teen years but it didn’t give me a sense of personal fulfillment. Later I set out to write a science fiction, mystery, adventure novel but never finished.
I didn’t begin writing full time until I retired from more than three decades in the international financial services industry. Always in search of the ultimate financial concepts my extensive research and analysis culminated in my book,
How many hours a week do you commit to your craft?
All of them.
What are some common traps aspiring writers should avoid?
Procrastination is the thief of time. Stop making excuses for why you can’t get it done start focusing on why you must make it happen.
Getting lost down the rabbit holes of research.
Don’t be distracted by criticism. Stinking thinking leads to hardening of the attitudes.
What advice would you give to a writer who’s manuscript has been rejected several times and he or she was told they will never make it as a writer?
If you learn from defeat you haven’t really lost. If writing makes you happy and fulfills some innate need in you then do it for yourself first.
Good things come to those that believe, better things come to those that are patient and the best things come to those that don’t give up.
What is the most important tip you can share with other writers?
Just as your body requires nutritious food and exercise to function at peak performance levels so too your “Imagi-Nation”. The little grey cells require intellectual stimulation and new, life affirming experiences to awaken the greatness within each of us. The seeds of greatness must be planted in an encouragement rich garden. A lot of people have gone farther than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.
What was one challenge you had to overcome to become an author?
Life got in the way for the last fifty years.
Pick one excerpt from one of your books you would like to share with readers.
It’s taken from: “The Secret at Sinister Lake”
He watched as the undercurrent buffeted the milfoil and hydrillia. He could see an old rusted bicycle moving gently to and fro with the ebb and flow. Old soft drink bottles and beer cans littered the lake bed and silt, like dust in the wind, rose in tiny clouds. The visibility was poor, only a few feet but he could see eerie shadows lurking beyond what seemed a wall of murky greyness.
He didn’t know how long he had been sitting in his car watching but the brutal, debilitating cold was beginning to seep into his depths, indeed into his very soul. He knew the loathsome carnivorous scavengers would soon be emerging.
Thunder clouds rolled over head darkening the sky until it was dark as midnight. Lightening arched and flashed brilliantly across the panorama lighting up the inky blackness. The day had begun the same as any other day. He had stopped for his usual, large double, double coffee and donuts at the local Tom Normans then arriving at his office he had opened the door to a scene of utter chaos. It looked as if a tornado had touched down. Books flung from shelves, paper scattered everywhere, chairs and tables overturned their contents strewn about the floor and gashes that looked like gaping grins had been torn into the sofa cushions.
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