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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, and Terry is currently finishing edits on the third book in the series, Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek.

Left Coast Crime and The Tucson Festival of Books in March were great fun. I am looking forward to attending Thrillerfest in July, the Writers Police Academy in September and Bouchercon in November.

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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