Q and A with Teri Terry

I am really excited to be welcoming the lovely Teri Terry to the blog today to answer some questions about her latest novel, Deception. Teri is one of the authors attending NYA Lit Fest this coming weekend, and I am more than a little starstruck at the thought of seeing her in person (I’ll be the gibbering wreck muttering incomprehensibly).

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On with the questions!

1. Can you tell us about Deception for anyone who hasn’t read it yet?

It carries on Shay, Callie and Kai’s story that began in Contagion, and also introduces some new, key characters. Don’t believe the lies … deception also lies in unexpected places.

2. What inspired you to write the Dark Matter series?

A combination of things. I have a degree in Microbiology, so writing about an epidemic was something I’ve been thinking of for a while. Also the Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks in the news in recent years, and wanting to write something like this happening here, not in some ‘other’ place.

3. What research did you have to do and what was the writing process like?

Research trips: to Scotland – Killin and the Shetlands – and also to Newcastle.

I did a bunch of New Scientist courses that were relevant, a ton of reading, and lots of staring off into space, thinking.

I’ve really enjoyed writing this trilogy: it combines so many things and places that interest me.

4. There’s a lot of science in Deception: how did you make this accessible to readers? Was it difficult to do this without compromising on the science?

Is it accessible? I hope so, or at least that it won’t put anyone off if science isn’t their thing. Really the characters and what happens to them are always the focus of any story for me. I don’t over-simplify things. I respect my readers: I wouldn’t dumb anything down for them.

5. Which perspective did you most enjoy writing the story from?

Once I got into his head I really enjoyed the challenge of writing from Kai’s perspective, but Callie was the most fun. Given her age and experiences the way she sees things is understandable, but also very alien.

6. What survivor power would you most like to have and why?

It’d be amazing to be able to see auras and how they reflect the person’s mental, emotional and physical states.

7. What would you like readers to take away from reading Deception?

I’d like them to care about the characters, be desperate to turn the pages and to know what happens to them next. If they think about things raised, like how we react to those different to us, how we can be manipulated and guard against it, having empathy for people and places alien to us, that’s be great. But at the end of the day I’m a story teller, and I want people to want to read my stories for whatever reason appeals to them.

8. Which writers or books inspire you?

Growing up I mostly read fantasy and SF and these are my favorites: things like The Lord of the Rings, the Dune series and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books stand out.

9. Are there any 2018 book releases you are particularly looking forward to?

Is it really 2018? When did that happen?

I’m writing really intensely right now, and I don’t read very much when I’m writing because it is too easy to get influenced by things unless they are very different to what I’m writing. When I’ve put ‘The End’ in a month or two I’ll head to a bookshop and hold books and touch them and breathe them in, read the blurbs and pick out random things.

10. Can you tell us anything about the final book in the trilogy?

Evolution is out in August: evolve, or die …

Well, that sounds like an ominous conclusion to one of my all time favourite trilogies! Thanks so much Teri for taking the time to answer my questions. Check out my reviews of Contagion and Deception, and details of NYA Lit fest here.

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