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Member Spotlight: Terri Reed

author Terri Reed and an image of her book Shielding the Innocent Target

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? Writing has always been my creative outlet. As a child, I entertained myself and my family with my stories. I believe that stories are a way for people to make sense of the world.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? When I’m unmotivated to write, I read, do some other creative activity like crafting or exercise. Getting away from the story for a bit helps the mind to relax so that the story will flow.

What is your favorite time to write? I prefer to write mid-morning to the late afternoon. I like to make sure I have all my ducks in a row in the morning before I delve in and by later afternoon, my brain rebels and I need to walk away.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? I’ve been given multiple pieces of advice over the years that have helped me, so it’s hard to pick just one. But I would have to say I heard Nora Roberts say, “I can fix a bad page, I can’t fix a blank page.” That has stuck with me. It’s better to get something down that you can revise than to not write at all.

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? There are so many more opportunities for writers to tell their stories. Everyone has a story in them and everyone should have the opportunity to let that story be shared.

Terri Reed’s Shielding the Innocent Target is out now with Love Inspired Suspense.