About

Yes, Terra Elan McVoy is my real name!

I grew up in Tallahassee, FL spending a lot of time playing elaborate games of Barbies, paper dolls, dollhouse, or Wilderness Family with my two younger sisters. Before bed every night our mom or dad read out loud to us from all kinds of books, and once I got good enough to read and write stories all on my own, I have pretty much not stopped. (You can ask anyone who went to Lincoln High School, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, or the Creative Writing MA Program at Florida State University with me and they will all agree.)

Even most of my jobs have had to do with reading or writing: I’ve worked at Barnes & Noble, Scholastic Inc., done a lot of freelance writing, and even taught some classes on how to write. My current job of managing Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA is about the best one I’ve found so far though, because I get to read and talk about reading all day (to a bunch of awesome kids!), and then have my own time to write.

When I am not reading or writing, I like to do a lot of crafty things (especially with paper and photography) and cook or bake, preferably for friends. I am also the Lieutenant Editor of The Duck & Herring Co., and co-coordinator of Youth Programming for the Decatur Book Festival. I also really like Fluevog shoes, Blythe dolls, watching movies, playing board games, and making up Mad Libs with my sisters. (Since we are too big for Wilderness Family, I guess.)

Usually reading or writing is involved if I’m around, though. Even still I didn’t think I’d write a real book. Pure is my first one. (But okay yes I am working on my second!)

(You can also find me on Facebook!)

3 Responses to “About”

  1. Jacqueline S says:

    How do you come up with your stories? I’m writing a story and it’s difficult to make it long.

  2. Terra says:

    Jacqueline, I have to admit I usually have the opposite problem! Remember that you need to paint a picture of the setting, the scenario, and your character’s feelings so that the reader can understand what you are seeing in your head. You want to show the reader the whole situation, not just say “Claudia was scared. She ran.” Or whatever. Hope that helps. Good luck!

  3. Kelsey Turk says:

    Dearest Terra,
    I started writing this story in 8th grade then I’ve continued writing it ever since. I finished one story and then I’m working on its sequel. I am going to be a freshman in college this fall. I love my story but now I’m convinced it is stupid and I should just give up and start all over with a new idea. But it is the only story I’ve ever really elaborated enough where it could actually be something. What should I do?

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