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Jaden Terrell

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Jaden Terrell is a Shamus award finalist and the internationally published author of four novels, Racing the Devil, A Cup Full of Midnight, River of Glass, and A Taste of Blood and Ashes, featuring Nashville-based private detective Jared McKean. Terrell is also a contributor to >i>Now Write! Mysteries a collection of exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction.

A Nashville-based writing coach & consultant, Terrell also teaches a series of workshops and online courses for writers.

The former special education teacher has attended the Metro Nashville, FBI/TBI, and TBI Citizen Academies and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Women's National Book Association
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Jaden Terrell I love Greg and Jill McKenzie, from Chester Campbell's mystery series. They are in their golden years and are not only clever sleuths but refreshingly…moreI love Greg and Jill McKenzie, from Chester Campbell's mystery series. They are in their golden years and are not only clever sleuths but refreshingly supportive and respectful of each other. The conflicts come from the danger inherent to their cases, rather than from the bickering some authors rely on. Greg is a true gentleman and Jill a supportive, albeit clever and independent, partner.(less)
Jaden Terrell It depends on what kind of block I'm facing. Am I just putting it off because it's easier to watch the movies in my mind? In that case, the solution…moreIt depends on what kind of block I'm facing. Am I just putting it off because it's easier to watch the movies in my mind? In that case, the solution is just to sit down at the computer and write until I break through it. If I keep showing up, my brain will eventually throw up its metaphorical hands and say, "Okay, you want words, here are some words. You want scenes? I'll show you some scenes!"

If I'm really stuck, it probably means I've made a wrong turn somewhere or am heading in the wrong direction. When that happens, I free-write about the problem in a spiral notebook: Why did the villain do this? What is the natural consequence of that? What if this happened? What if that happened instead? What would this or that character do in response? Maybe this, maybe that, maybe....yes! Eventually, I'll find myself writing again.

Sometimes a block means I started too soon and the story needs more time to simmer. And sometimes, for some writers, what we call writer's block is a response to depression or a sign that they need to slow down and do a little self-nurturing to recharge the creative batteries. You have to know what kind of block it is so you know which strategy will get you past it.(less)
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message 7: by Lynn

Lynn Sholes Thanks for being my Goodreads friend.


message 6: by Jaden

Jaden Terrell Radine wrote: "I'm currently listening to the new Rita Mae Brown novel A NOSE FOR JUSTICE while in the car. Husband and I enjoy her books (husband especially) but I am finding her just as political and "adverby"..."

Radine, I haven't read any of hers. They're the ones with the cats, right? I love cats, but I've never been able to get into the cat mysteries. Maybe I'll have to try them. based on your recommendation.


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Jaden Terrell Beth wrote: "Hi Jaden,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author on Goodreads!"


Beth, thank YOU for befriending me. I'm sorry it's taken so long to respond to this. I'm such a Luddite that I just now found it. Cheers!


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Jaden Terrell Ada-Lee wrote: "Thanks for accepting my request, I'm looking forward to reading your books. They seem like they are right up my dark and twisted alley, that's a total compliment BTW! Cheers."

Thank YOU for the friend request. I hope you do enjoy the books. They're a mix of dark and twisted and hopeful and warm. It's hard for writers to tell if our own stuff is any good; how we feel about it changes with the wind! Cheers.


Eyehavenofilter Thanks for accepting my request, I'm looking forward to reading your books. They seem like they are right up my dark and twisted alley, that's a total compliment BTW! Cheers.


Radine Nehring I'm currently listening to the new Rita Mae Brown novel A NOSE FOR JUSTICE while in the car. Husband and I enjoy her books (husband especially) but I am finding her just as political and "adverby" as usual. The stories are fun so I overlook this.


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Beth Hi Jaden,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author on Goodreads!


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