Teri Terry has spent a lifetime on the move, living in France, Canada and Australia before settling down in Buckinghamshire England. On her travels she has acquired three degrees, a selection of passports, and a self-confessed ‘silly name’ (married into – not born with), and although previous careers have included many jobs most would find fascinating - scientist, lawyer and optometrist, amongst others - it was always ‘writer’ Terry dreamed of having on her CV. After spending years thinking up and writing down stories and poems for adults of all ages and tastes, she finally had a breakthrough in 2008, winning a series of ‘writing for children’ competitions at the Winchester Writers Conference. Now her first book for young adults, Slated, has finally been published, and we are thrilled that Terry has found her niche.
Terry’s story follows protagonist Kyla, who wakes up to find her memory has been erased and her personality wiped blank. She has been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla's mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Teri Terry remarks that her own misplaced childhood provided much of the inspiration for the story, ‘Moving constantly as a child, teenager and also as an adult has kept me on the outside looking in much of my life. It has given me an obsession with characters who don't belong or find themselves in unfamiliar places’.
Now, splitting her time between writing and a conducting research for an MA on young adult literature, Terry has finally fulfilled a life long ambition – lucky for us!
- Next Festival:
- 12-28 August 2017
- Programme launch:
- 8 June 2017