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Happy Spring!!!

March 10th, 2016 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Good things are budding, getting ready to bloom in the next couple of months, including the paperback of Drive Me Crazy and the release of its companion novel, This is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker, where we hear Cassie’s best friend tell HER side of the Diary Incident and what happened after. I’ve got school visits, writing classes, and other fun things up my sleeve too, so stay tuned! (Perhaps subscribe to my newsletter for instant updates.)

For now, here are some pretty peonies in thanks from me to you, and wishes for good things blossoming in your own life!

Things I Learned from Robin Williams

August 13th, 2014 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

When I first learned about Robin Williams’ death, my immediate instinct was to watch episodes of “Mork and Mindy.” Though sometimes competing for first place against the Muppets, Mister Rogers, and Sesame Street, that was my favorite show in the world growing up. It was funny –sometimes way-over-my-head funny– but it was also sweet. Just like Big Bird and Kermit the Frog,  Mork was trying to make sense of the world and his place in it, because he thought that people were wonderful, and wanted to be the best one he could. Mork was the beginning of my tutelage at the feet of Robin Williams, and it only got deeper from there.

Here are a few other things I learned from watching him:

1.  When choosing between making a wish for yourself and making a wish for a friend, choose your friend.  (“Aladdin”)

2.  Eggs are funny.  (“Mork and Mindy”)

3.  Grand Central Station is a place of magic and beauty. (“The Fisher King”)

4.  Spinach makes you strong.  (“Popeye”)

5.  You don’t always have to be the raucous one. (“The Birdcage”)

6.  It’s important to believe in something and work hard for it, even when other people think you’re crazy. (“Awakenings”)

7.  Poetry, art, beauty, and love really are the only things that make life worth living.  (“Dead Poets Society”)

8.  Loving someone and letting them love you back is the strongest form of magic there is.  (“The Fisher King”)

9.  Just because people grow up, that doesn’t mean they can’t have wildly beautiful and powerful imaginations. (“Hook”)

10.  Play is important for people of all ages.  (“Toys”)

11.  Loving someone and liking them aren’t always the same thing. (“Good Will Hunting”)

12.  People are confusing, but they are also really, extremely, uniquely wonderful.  (“Mork and Mindy”)

13.  Even the most brilliant, genius, inspiring artist doesn’t always make good art.  (“Death to Smoochy,” and many others in his filmography)

14.  There is always –always– more going on inside someone than what shows on the surface.  (8/11/2014)

These lessons make me the person I am, and will never be forgotten, but the loss of the man who reinforced them in me is, simply,  heartbreaking.


I Got *My* Certificate . . .

March 14th, 2014 by Terra | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized


I still don’t have my dress for the awards ceremony, and we won’t know until then (May 1st) if CRIMINAL actually WINS the Edgar Award, but this was still pretty neat mail to get . . .