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About Terry


Terry Shames

Terry grew up in Texas, and has an abiding affection for the people she grew up with and the landscape and culture of the town that is the model for Jarrett Creek.

She graduated from the University of Texas and has an MA from San Francisco State University.

Terry now lives in Northern California with her husband, two terriers and a regal cat.

Because her husband loves sailing, they have spent a lot of time on boats. A year ago they sold their big catamaran and bought a smaller boat to keep in the Sea of Cortez. Terry looks forward to early morning writing when she's aboard Otros Vientos.

Terry's first Samuel Craddock novel, A Killing at Cotton Hill, came out in July 2013 and was named one of the top five debut mystery novels of 2013 by MysteryPeople. The Last Death of Jack Harbin is now available. Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek, the third in the Samuel Craddock series comes out October 7. Terry is finishing up edits for A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge, fourth in series, which will come out in spring, 2015.

The conferences this year have been outstanding: Left Coast Crime, the Tucson Festival of Books and Thrillerfest . I'm looking forward to my first Writers' Police Academy in September and to Bouchercon in November. I also participated in a Mystery Thriller event at Kepler's Bookstore with many fine authors and a Mystery Evening for the Sacramento Bee Book Club with authors Cara Black, Rhys Bowen and Catriona McPherson. See photos below. (First photo is at Thrillerfest with fellow Seventh Street Authors James Ziskin, Lori Rader-Day and Robert Rotstein. Second photo is at the Sacramento Bee Book club: left to right, Cara Black, Catriona McPherson, Terry and Rhys Bowen)

Terry, James Ziskin, Lori Rader-Day and Robert Rotstein  Cara Black, Catriona McPherson, Terry and Rhys Bowen

Here are a few pictures from Left Coast Crime: Me with William Kent Krueger (this year's winner of the Squid Award), Tim Hallinan, and Sue Grafton.

Terry and William Kent Krueger  Terry and Timothy Hallinan

Terry and Sue Grafton

A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, she serves on the boards of Northern California chapters of both. She also blogs every other Wednesday on The Ladykillers.

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