Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Terri Anne Browning.
I’m originally from WV, spent a few years in Alabama which was where I was living when my writing career took off. Now I live in Virginia with my husband, three kids, two dogs, and a chatty yellow Quaker parrot named Raven. I write contemporary romance about rockers, bikers, mafiosos—and the kickass women who love them. My series all cross over and have turned into their own universe that now spans multiple generations.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
For me, it depends on the series. Sometimes it’s the first because there are all these characters that have to be introduced. But there have been times, when it was so easy to bring them up in book 1, yet by the time I get tot hat side character’s story, they clam up and I have to beg them to give me a glimpse of who they are.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
I have a notebook and Google file just on each series. I try to keep everything from bra size, height, eye color, and tattoos in there. But even with that, I find myself messaging my editor to ask if she remembers what certain side character’s eye color is or their last name. 😳
I recommend starting a series Bible from the beginning. Even if you think that book is only going to be a standalone or a duet.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Self-care is a must. Take a day—or even just an hour—to focus on only you. Crank up the music in the car. Lock the bathroom door and eat a pack of cookies while you’re taking a bath. Sometimes you just have to take that moment to breathe.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
I write on my phone with Google, so most days I can spend anywhere from 2-16 hours writing on and off. It’s just easier for me, because 1) Google auto saves and I don’t have to worry about losing anything. 2) it takes too much energy to open my laptop, do whatever update might be needed, check my emails, add to my playlist, and then finally open the WIP doc—by which time my mind is ready to shut down and take a nap. I’m more productive on my phone.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Emmie Armstrong. She is my OG. My readers love her and still love getting a glimpse of her in the new generation series.
What is your definition of success?
With each new chapter in their lives, their goals change and therefore their perception of success is different. If you’re happy with who you are, then in my opinion you are successful.
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Want tickets to Writers on the River #2024?
They are available starting November 6th at Writersontheriver.com
$75 VIP Plus – 11-12 Lunch with the Authors , 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included. *Limited Quantity expected to sell out first day*
$50 VIP -12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included. *Expected to sell out first day*
$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party. *Expected to sell out opening day*
$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.
$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.