JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Terri D, author of Yesterday’s Lies
Yesterday’s Lies is a poignant tale of a circle of close friends who lives are more intertwined than they realize. That is until the blurred lines of love, lust and friendship begins to reveal the half-truths and lies that exist. Will the secrets they all hold from the past ruin their friendships and lives forever?
Toni and Jada have been friends since high school. They dated best friends David and Benjamin and the foursome even decided to attend the same college together.
A tragic event in the final semester of senior year starts the web of lies and deceit that will follow them into their adult lives. The story begins seven years after graduation from college. The secrets and lies from their past start to unravel when an old friend returns from a seven-year hiatus. Where has he been? Does he hold the key to unlock the secrets and lies from their past?
Others in this small group of friends have their own secrets they have been keeping. When the truth is revealed, will the life changing decisions that were made based on what everyone thought they knew be enough to rip friendships apart?
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Yesterday’s Lies?
Terri D: My inspiration came from a very close friend of mine. I have always kept journals and have at times shared some of my entries with her. One day she said, “You should write a book because I really enjoy how you express yourself in writing.”
One night last summer, an idea came to me while I was reading a book. I sat down at the computer and started writing. I stayed up all night. When I finished, I had about 50 pages written.
I shared those initial pages with my cousin and she loved it and encouraged me to continue with the story. I did, and the end result is now in print.
JP: What sets Yesterday’s Lies apart from other books in the same genre?
TD: Feedback from readers thus far has been that they enjoy how some of the story unfolds through one of the characters journal entries. They also enjoy how the story is told from each characters’ perspective.
Each scene is told through the voice of each character. Also many readers have commented that the characters were everyday people. They could relate to them personally or felt they knew someone just like them from their lives.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Yesterday’s Lies getting out to the public?
TD: My friends and family have been very supportive. They have helped me with getting the word out about the book. I have a slight edge in my hometown. My mother and step-father have a television show on the public access channel, and I did an interview prior to my book being released.
Also my mother publishes a magazine for women called Women Connect, and I have run ads in her magazine. I talk to everyone I come in contact with about my book. It drives my children nuts. They hate going out in public with me anymore.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Yesterday’s Lies?
TD: I keep a journal, so I write everyday. As for as writing my book was concerned, I just sat down and starting writing one night when an idea popped into my head.
After getting positive feedback on the initial short story, I decided to finish it. The entire process of writing from start to finish took me about four weeks. I happened to be off work and worked on it day and night until it was finished.
JP: What’s next for Terri D?
TD: I am currently working on my second book which is a sequel. I have no idea when it will be finished at this point. I continue to journal and am working on starting a blog.
I also write poetry and have a piece titled “Life Partner” that was recently published in an ebook anthology titled Bubbling Brown Sugar.