Guest Post/Virtual Tour & Giveaway with P.M. Terrell


My Writing Quirks
I always dream a scene before I write it.
The practice began by accident. I was writing Songbirds are Free, about my ancestor’s capture by Shawnee warriors in 1780. I had followed in her footsteps for much of her journey so I knew where she went and I knew the highlights of her time in captivity. But I needed a lot more to fill in the gaps to make a full-length book.
I often went to bed with her memory still in my mind and I found myself asking her what happened; how she felt, what she did and what life must have been like in 1780 as a slave to an Indian tribe.
I began waking up during the night with the image of Shawnee warriors leaning over me with knives ready to scalp me (her father was killed and scalped in front of her) and also more mundane things, such as what they ate and what they wore. I found when I got to my office and began Internet research that in virtually every case, the dreams had led me in the right direction. I phoned archeologists and historians in the areas in which she traveled, confirmed details of captivities by others during that era (through museums and specialists) and often took to the road again to see these sites in person.
When I finished my two historical books, Songbirds are Free and River Passage, I found the process of dreaming what I wanted to write before I wrote it had become second nature.
I will often dream several chapters ahead of what I am currently writing. In several instances, I’ve dreamed the entire book in minute detail and simply can’t write fast enough.
I believe any writer can train themselves to dream their books: envision one of the characters and put yourself in that character’s situation. Feel their emotions; see yourself in their clothing and go to sleep asking that character what comes next. Then let your subconscious take over. Often technical questions are resolved during dreams.
There is a scientific reason why this works, as well. We are less likely to be interrupted while sleeping; our attention is less likely to be diverted; the walls we might inadvertently erect during the day come down in our sleep. Nothing is standing between us and the next scenes.
As a result, I never have writers block. In 2012, I was contracted to write three books in 12 months. I wrote them all easily because I knew before I ever sat down exactly how the scene would unfold—and how it would lead to the next scene and the one after that.
P.M.terrell is the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 16 books in four genres: paranormal romantic suspense, suspense/thriller, historical adventure/suspense and non-fiction. Vicki's Key, the second book in the Black Swamp Mysteries series, was a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards (one of only five in the mystery/suspense category) and River Passage won the 2010 Best Drama & Fiction Award. She has been a full-time writer for more than ten years. Previously, she founded and operated two computer companies; her clients included the CIA, Secret Service and Department of Defense. Her work in detecting computer white collar crime and computer intelligence inspired many of her books. She is an avid dog lover and advocate for animal rights and founded the New Leash on Life program in Robeson County, NC, which rescues dogs and places them in the prison system for obedience training and adoption. She also co-founded The Book 'Em Foundation, whose slogan is Buy a Book and Stop a Crook; their mission is to raise awareness of the correlation between high crime rates and high illiteracy rates. She co-chairs the Book 'Em North Carolina Writers' Conference and Book Fair each year in Lumberton, NC, which raises money for literacy campaigns in our communities.

Publisher: Drake Valley Press (September 3, 2012)
Genre: Suspense
Series: Black Swamp Mysteries, Book 3
ISBN-13: 978-1935970057
Buy: Amazon, Kindle

Dylan Maguire is back and his first assignment with the CIA is to interrogate recently captured Brenda Carnegie. But when she escapes again, it's obvious she had help from within the CIA's own ranks. With Vicki Boyd's psychic help, she's back in his custody once again. This time, his mission has changed. Now he must discover why some in the highest government offices want her killed… And others will risk everything to help her. And when he discovers Brenda's true identity, his mission has just become VERY personal.

Black Swamp Mysteries

Giveway ~ Gift Basket of goodies from the town of Lumberton where the Black Swamp Mysteries series is based (picture coming soon), to one lucky commenter from the tour.

Contest ends December 13, 2012

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  1. Thank you for hosting p.m. today ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thank you for hosting me today! I will be checking back throughout the day and answering any questions anyone might have for me.

  3. I love the idea of writing from dreams and have often considered it myself. I just can’t seem to get enough detail for a full-length book.

    Jess (Honest Variety Books) – VBT Cafe Pit Crew

  4. Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment, Jess!
    You could always start with one scene. After you have that scene written down, let your subconscious create the next scene. Soon you have several scenes and then you’re headed toward a full-length book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The nearest I can come to your dreams would be past life regression under hypnosis. It was totally cool. Threaten someone a woman loves and you get a very dangerous woman.

  6. Katie Amanda says:

    I suppose any secret a woman has against you could make her dangerous. Thanks!

    • Katie Amanda says:

      Typo- I meant to say any secret that a woman has about you could make her dangerous! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks for dropping in, Katie! Yes, I think you’re right! And when you’re a politician living in the public eye, some secrets could be explosive – as they all find out in my book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Sue Farrell says:

    If I was I writer and only wrote what I dreamt—I’d have written exactly zero books—I can’t remember my dreams past a couple minutes after I wake up. How do you do it?

    • I trained myself. The first thing I do upon awakening is try to remember what I was dreaming last. Now I wake up about 3 or 4 times during the night, remember the dream at that time, go right back to sleep, and in the morning I remember them all. It also is important to get into the right frame of mind in the hour before I fall asleep. I concentrate on the last scene I did, and allow my subconscious to take it from there!

  8. Linda Kish says:

    Secrets about a man or his business could make a woman dangerous. I don’t know what else.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  9. Knowledge of secret deals made at high levels of government.

    • You’re absolutely right, Library Pat! And the higher up the man is in government, the worse the scenario gets if he is toppled – so the higher the stakes on both sides.

  10. Secrets by the very meaning of the word are dangerous LOL or they would not be secret. So if it were a secret about me that she knew that would be dangerous for me, well heck I’ll never tell, it’s a secret ;=D

  11. If a woman had an extensive knowledge of poisons that would make her dangerous.

  12. Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    If a woman knew a secret about someone that could damage them in some way, either personally or professionally, she would be very dangerous to that person.

  13. Suz Reads says:

    I think any secret about mistakes she’s made in the past or anything bad she knows about other people could make a woman dangerous! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

  14. The last 3 entries have bad links

  15. I agree anything that is a secret could be potentially dangerous

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