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, (July 2013) and was named one of the top five debut mystery novels of 2013 by MysteryPeople. The second in the series, The Last Death of Jack Harbin was named one of the top five mysteries of 2014 by the Library Association's Library Journal. Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek, the third in the Samuel Craddock series, came out in October of 2014, and Terry is busy reading at bookstores and libraries (see the Events page for details). Terry is finishing up edits for A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge, the fourth in the series, which comes out April 7, 2015.
A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, she serves on the boards of Northern California chapters of both.