Interview with Terri Reid, Author of the Mary O’Reilly Series

What were your goals and intentions in this series of books, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

When I first started publishing my books, in 2010, quite frankly my goal was to create another income stream because the stock market flash crash had decimated my marketing and public relations company. After a year or so, I realized that reaching out and touching the lives of my readers were even more important than earning a living. I love to hear from readers when a particular story or even a quote has helped them.

What are some of the references that you used while researching these books?
I use everything – and I’m pretty sure the NSA is watching me in a van parked outside my house. I use the internet for a lot of scientific information – like how to create a poison that is undetectable and could dissipate quickly, or how many days does it take a body to decompose. (See what I mean about the NSA) I also use newspapers, news stories, personal stories that have been told to me – so many things spark ideas.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?
My writing is character-driven. The plot is an important vehicle in the story, but the relationships between the characters are the heart and soul.

What was the hardest part of writing these books?
Keeping up with my readers’ needs. 😊 I LOVE my readers, they are awesome, loyal and supportive. But as soon as I put out a new book, they read it in a day or two and then they are ready for more. I really need to learn how to speed write.

What did you enjoy most about writing these books?
I love my characters. I cry (actually sob) through some of the parts as I write, I chuckle at their jokes and my heart melts when something tender happens. I am totally involved as I create these stories.

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your books?
Growing up in an Irish family, we always told ghost stories or had paranormal events happen in our homes, it was just a part of life. I was surprised when people told me that they didn’t believe in ghosts. How could you just not believe in something that was real, I’d wonder. These stories bring to life (excuse the pun) ghosts who still have the characteristics of the people they were when they were alive.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I have always loved reading. Being brought up in a large, loud family was sometimes overwhelming for an introvert. Finding a quiet corner with a book was my escape. I loved living vicariously through the protagonists in the books – from Jo in Little Women to Alec Ramsey in the Black Stallion.

How long have you been writing?
Since I could hold a pencil in my hand. I have always loved telling stories.

What inspires you?
My family, friends and faith.

What do you like to read in your free time?
Anything from genre fiction (romance, mysteries or young adult) to Scriptures to magazine articles (National Geographic, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, Mary Jane’s Farm) to non-fiction (Crime References, Earth Magic, Celtic History.)

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m working on the 19th book in the Mary O’Reilly series. When that’s complete, I’ll be working on the 2nd book in the Order of Brigid’s Cross series. When that’s done, I’ll be working on either the 20th book in the Mary O’Reilly series, or the 2nd book in the Eochaidh series.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Since I could hold a pencil in my hand. 😊


What question do you wish that someone would ask about your books, but nobody has?
Would you like me to make a television series based on your books? That would be an awesome question.


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