Interview with Jo Terry

What are you working on next?
I'm working on a story I started way back in 2008. I can't really remember why I never completed it but I'm determined to have it published as my second book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Jodi Picoult and Jeremy Clarkson... Lol!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband and my truckload of kids.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, listening to music and preparing meals for the kids.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I google them and pick them up based on their tags.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started writing when I was five. Although, I don't think what I wrote back then really make much sense right now. But the first real story I wrote was when I was nine, I think. It was about these eight siblings of four girls and four boys.
What is your writing process?
I write whatever comes to my mind and do my editing once I'm through with one chapter.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Peter and Jane? I thought reading was quite boring then but I didn't give it up and tried to look for something more interesting. And then, I got addicted to Enid Blyton's Famous Five series.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fan fictions. And I do write a few myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm currently using my iPhone to read in bed.
Describe your desk
What desk?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kuching, a city in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. My hometown is rich with cultures of many races, tribes and ethnicity. There's just so much to write about... so many writing prompts! But reading and writing are not popular pastimes of the people of Sarawak. I would like to open a writer's cafe someday where I will be able to do my part in encouraging more people to take up reading and writing as an enriching hobby.
When did you first start writing?
When I was five.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The one I'm currently working on is set in my hometown. It is about a girl who returns home after many years of staying in another state in Malaysia. She is trying to adjust to living in a smaller city where her past comes back to help her rebuild her life.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the characters come alive in my writing and how they weave their lives around each other.
Published 2015-08-19.
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