Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Terri L. Austin! I met Terri at my local RWA writing group a little over a year ago. I was so excited when I heard she’d sold her debut novel, Diners, Dives and Dead Ends, to Henrey Press.
Terri, congrats on your release yesterday and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
Thanks for having me on your blog, Denise. And hello to all your readers!
Terri, I remember when you told me that you had a mystery with a main character names Rose. It’s not a common name so I loved the coincidence that my rom com mystery had a Rose. However, I think the similarities with our Rose’s end with the names and perhaps their ages. (My Rose is 24) Can you tell us about your Rose?
You’re right, Rose is an uncommon name, but such a pretty one, I think. And my Rose is 24 as well!
When Rose Strickland kissed her overbearing parents and their wealth goodbye, she didn’t think gaining her independence would be easy. But now as a struggling waitress and part-time student, Rose’s life is stalled in the slow lane. Until her friend, Axton, goes missing. Then she’s thrown into a world of hot bad guys, illegal gambling, and shady corporations.
Give me a high concept pitch for Diner’s, Dives and Dead Ends.
I would say Diners is One for the Money meets Veronica Mars: The adult years.
How did the idea for Diners, Dives and Dead Ends come to you?
I wanted to write the kind of book I like to read. I like humor, mystery, and zany characters. Rose has a quirky cast of friends that help her find Axton. I’d want a friend like Rose in my corner. She was a lot of fun to write about.
What was your favorite scene to write?
There’s a tender scene with Rose and her best friend that touched me. It has some humor, it has some heart. I got a little choked up writing that scene.
Is there anything in your book based on real life experiences?
Rose can’t decide what she wants to do with her life. I can relate! In college, I sort of floated around and found it hard to settle on one subject.
When is your best time to write? Are you a slow and steady, writing 1000 words a day or a sudden burst writer, writing 30,000 works in two weeks?
I start in the morning and go until I reach my quota for the day. I usually write between 3000-5000 words a day when I’m working on a first draft. I shoot for 3000 and anything over is gravy.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
I was a crazy reader as a kid. Laura Ingalls Wilder was my favorite and I read her books over and over. And I thought being a pioneer girl would be the best, until I figured out they didn’t have electricity or running water.
OMG! Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favorite authors too! Okay, one more question just for fun, pick one and feel free to explain why:
Chess, Solitaire, Monopoly or Life
Probably Chess. I’m not a good player and I tend to be impatient, but there’s something sort of calming about watching the board and trying to plot out several moves in advance.
“Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists.” Kirkus Reviews
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