1. What is your first memory of writing for fun?

I began writing plays at age five and directing (read bossing around) my little friends inside our backyard shed.

  1. How many drafts = done?


  1. What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?

The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr. It planted the seed for my desire to write memoir. I also adore Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mocking Bird for her richness in characters.

  1. What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?

Excavating the absolute truth of my past and the discovery of what that is, and connecting with readers.

  1. What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?

Silence. Because I can hear it.

Bonus question: The apocalypse starts tomorrow – what are the first three steps to ensure your survival?

I would gather my family, cook a great meal (with wine) and share stories as the apocalypse unfolded.


Wine is a great way to wait out the apocalypse. We’re stoked to feature Terri Steel and our other great readers at our March 14th Writers & Words at Charmingtons, 7pm.

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