Debbie Terranova


Debbie Terranova is a writer of contemporary and historical fiction and non-fiction with a distinctly Australian flavour. Eras of particular interest are the roaring 20s, the Second World War in Australia, and the vibrant free-wheeling 1970s.

In 2018, she was awarded a Q ANZAC 100 Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland for her project entitled 'Queensland Women and War: a multicultural perspective'.

'Enemies Within These Shores' (2017) is historical fiction, based on the true story of her Italian father-in-law, a cane farmer who was interned in Australia during World War II.

The Brisbane Mysteries, 'Baby Farm' (2014) and 'The Scarlet Key' (2016), feature veteran reporter, Seth VerBeek, and his smart young sidekick, Cate Bradshaw. With countless plot twists and surprises, you'll be guessing until the very end.

'Mowbray Brothers' and 'Mischief' are prize-winning short fiction pieces.

Debbie is a member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Queensland Writers Centre. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Queensland, and is a human resources professional.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was about four. My father used to read to me in bed. My favourite was a British kids magazine called Harold Hare's Own Paper. In one of the stories the hero, Harold Hare, was feeling bored because all his friends were away. But worse, he had nothing to read. What did he do? He wrote his own book to read. That was the spark of inspiration.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could read. I'm an old hand at writing reports and policies. My return to creative writing has only happened in the last five years.
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Where to find Debbie Terranova online

Where to buy in print


The Brisbane Mysteries
Expect the unexpected when crusty newshound, Seth VerBeek, and his smart young associate, Cate Bradshaw, team up against crime. 'The Brisbane Mysteries' are gripping mysteries with a conscience, set in beautiful subtropical Brisbane (Australia).

Baby Farm

Price: $1.99 USD.

The Scarlet Key

Price: $1.99 USD.


Enemies Within These Shores
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,330. Language: Australian English. Published: November 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
What really happened on Australia's home front during World War II? "Enemies within these Shores" is an untold story of political opportunism, pride, envy and survival. Based on a true story of our hidden past, this compelling saga sweeps from the sugar towns of tropical Queensland to the internment camps of the Riverland district of South Australia.
The Scarlet Key
Series: The Brisbane Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,330. Language: Australian English. Published: October 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A scarlet key, a bittersweet secret, a corpse with cryptic tattoos. An urban crime mystery about love, life and death, with a touch of the mystical.
Price: Free! Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Coming of age
(5.00 from 1 review)
A cracking short story about life with a mischievous but adorable cat called Frankie.
Baby Farm
Series: The Brisbane Mysteries. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,150. Language: Australian English. Published: September 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
How much is a baby worth? Inspired by true events of the 1970s, this is the story of a pregnant teen banished by her parents to Maidenhead, a rural home for unwed mothers. What really happened there? What became of the babies? What lies were told? Above all, what happens forty years later when the truth is finally revealed?
Mowbray Brothers
Price: Free! Words: 4,220. Language: Australian English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Saturday night, summer of 1920. Mowbray Park is where the local lads go for a laugh, a beer, and a smoke. Eight-year-old Lucky sneaks out of bed to discover his brother and hero has taken a dare that could cost much more than his one shilling bet.

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