The fourth annual Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair is still months away, but the organizers have already announced the headliners: 2015 will be the year of Terri and Terry.
Terry Irving is the winner of four National Emmy Awards, multiple Peabody, DuPont and Telly Awards, and was honored at the Columbus Film Festival. He began his career in broadcast journalism in 1973 carrying news film regarding the Watergate investigation and has since covered stories around the world, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and protests in Tiananmen Square. He has written and edited copy for some of the most iconic names in the industry, including Aaron Brown, Wolf Blitzer, Ted Koppel and Diane Sawyer.
Irving is an active member of the International Thriller Writers and the Mystery Writers of America and serves on the Board of the Foundation for Moral Courage.
He is the author of the ongoing series “On the Road” and a self-help book entitled “The Unemployed Guy’s Guide to Unemployment.” His debut thriller, “Courier,” takes place amid the scandal and drama of Watergate when a motorcycle courier unsuspectingly picks up a roll of news film. After the news correspondent and crew are killed, he discovers that he is next on the killer’s list. “Courier” has garnered praise from Erik Sorenson, Aaron Brown, Ted Koppel, Sam Donaldson and others.
Terri Reid is the creator of the bestselling “Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mysteries.” The first book in the series, “Loose Ends – A Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mystery,” was released in August 2010. She has 11 other books in the Mary O’Reilly Series and each title has reached Best Seller, Top Rated and Hot New Release status on charts for genres including Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Cozy, and Women Sleuths. Her books have been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and are available in audio formats.
Reid has been quoted in a number of books about the publishing industry, including “Let’s Get Digital” by David Gaughran and “Interviews with Indie Authors: Top Tips from Successful Self-Published Authors” by Claire and Tim Ridgway. Some of her works were included in A. J. Abbiati’s book “The NORTAV Method for Writers — The Secrets to Constructing Prose Like the Pros.”
Reid is from Northwest Illinois, near the town of Freeport, the home of her fictional characters. Her background is in marketing and public relations. She is a married mother of seven and grandmother of 14.
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Columnist p.m.terrell is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 18 books in four genres and the founder of Book ‘Em North Carolina.