Teri Terry is visiting the virtual offices this morning to chat about the first book in her SLATED series.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Teri Terry] Stubborn, multi-national writer with a weird accent and a silly name who talks too much and spends too much time on the internet
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Slated?
[Teri Terry] Kyla is sixteen years old and has had her memory wiped as punishment for crimes she can no longer remember. She’s been assigned to a new family for a second chance, but people are going missing, and things aren’t what they seem: she has to figure things out before it is too late.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Teri Terry] Slated started with a dream I had, of a girl, running, terrified, on a beach, afraid to look back to see what chases her. I wrote the dream down as soon as I woke up, and the dream became the prologue to Slated. The story and characters grew from there.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kyla?
[Teri Terry] Complicated, strong, vulnerable
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Kyla is never without.
[Teri Terry] Her Levo: it is on her wrist and cannot be removed without risk of extreme pain and death. It stops extremes of emotions, and is a constant reminder that she was a criminal.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What will you never find in Kyla’s bedroom?
[Teri Terry] A mobile phone (they’re banned for under 21’s).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Kyla’s greatest regret?
[Teri Terry] She doesn’t know, she can’t remember! I suppose this is her greatest regret in Slated: not knowing where she came from or what she did.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Teri Terry] Reading, reading, reading! When younger I read everything I could get my hands on. I’m more selective (less patient) now, and have less time, but that is still pretty much the case.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Teri Terry] Time, time and time (is that cheating?).
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Slated?
[Teri Terry] Distractor Cat. I wrote most of it in the Writing Shack in the garden, and DC likes to sit on my laptop. In fact DC is stretched out next to me in the garden right now.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Teri Terry] It’s summer: I don’t wear socks in the summer! Well….ok, let me think: I recently really enjoyed Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan. I love a good ghost story.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Teri Terry] It seems like I’ve always loved to read. One of my favourites was Lord of the Rings, but I was already a bookworm when I read that for the first time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Teri Terry] Read! Also a glass of wine in the garden with the Man is pretty high on the list. Going to concerts and the cricket. And, of course, hanging out on Twitter.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Teri Terry] Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TeriTerryAuthor
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.
She’s been Slated.
The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?