Member Spotlight: Terri Weldon

Terri Weldon
OCFW welcomes Terri Weldon to our Member Spotlight today.

Terri Weldon claims her regular life is really pretty mundane. She refrains from saying dull! Terri and her sister, Cynthia, share a house in the OKC metro area. They’re the best of friends and enjoy a lot of the same things.

Terri likes working in her yard. She has more flowerbeds than a sane person needs. She also enjoys reading and shopping for shoes, a habit she really needs to break. She has three dogs - a lovable mutt and two adorable Westies. Terri volunteers as the church librarian at St. Matthew UMC. She loves it – she actually gets to shop for books and spend someone else’s money. Plus, she gets to introduce people to Christian fiction.

Terri is a member of ACFW and RWA. Her novel, A Cry In The Night, was the runner-up in the 2010 Genesis Contest in the Romantic Suspense category. In 2012 her novel, 96 Channing Street, was a semi-finalist in the Romantic Suspense category of the Genesis Contest.

 --- An Interview with Terri ---

What do you write? 
Primarily, I write romantic suspense. I absolutely love reading romantic suspense, so it seemed natural for me to write that genre. However, there are times I write contemporary romance. Probably because I grew up reading Harlequin romances.

How long have you been a member of OCFW?
I’ve been a member of OCFW since its inception. I still remember how happy I was to receive the original email from Lacy Williams informing me a chapter of ACFW was being established in Edmond. It’s an amazing group and I’ve grown and learned so much from the members.

What's you're favorite part of the writing process?
My favorite part of the writing process is when that first gem of an idea comes into my mind. For me, that usually happens in one of two ways. Either my villain will ask a question or my heroine or hero will be on the run.

Have you entered any contests?
Absolutely! There are some great contests out there. I’ve entered the Genesis, Golden Heart, Daphne, Finally A Bride, and a few others. The Genesis is one of my favorites. I love that it divides Christian fiction into genres. Very few contests do that.

What’s the most important piece of writing advice you’ve received?
There are two pieces of advice that have really helped me. One – quit making your heroines so mean! I still have to fight that. I think in attempting to make my heroines assertive, they come across as mean. I’m really hoping it’s not a reflection on me! Two – show your reader the emotion your character is feeling. I strive to do this. I’m not always successful, but I try.


We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Terri. Be sure to look for her upcoming Christmas novella, Mistletoe Magic, releasing in November 2013.


September Meeting

Lacy Williams
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Lacy Williams on Saturday, September 21, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Williams' topic: Character Building Blocks. Just like a contractor can't build a house with only one type of material, a writer must use multiple layers to build engaging, realistic characters. Join us for an interactive workshop to discover how you can create or enhance characters for your next novel.

By day, Lacy Williams is a stay-at-home mom battling dirty diapers and dog-hair dust-bunnies. By night, she is an award-winning novelist. She loves dogs, chocolate ice cream, romantic movies, and her number-crunching husband. Lacy's latest book, Roping the Wrangler, was released August 1, 2013 with Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, email Erin Young at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.