Q and A with Joseph Terrell

If you haven’t read local mystery writer Joseph Terrell’s Harrison Weaver series set on the Outer Banks, then you don’t know what legions of his fans do: this a series you need to check out! Come meet Terrell and check out his books when he joins at our Scarborough Faire Duck location this Wednesday, June 24, from 3-5PM for a signing. Before you do, get to know Joe!

Terrell
Q: What’s the title of your new book?
A: The title of my fifth Harrison Weaver mystery set at the Outer Banks  is DEAD RIGHT RETURNING.
Q: Describe the book in one sentence.
A: With the discovery of the body of a young man tied to channel marker No. 6 near Manteo Waterfront, an investigation is launched that uncovers local connections of evil, and more bodies,  that culminates in the most unlikely of places with the most unlikely of villains.  
Dead Right Returning
 
Q: What books are on your bedside table?
A: A stack of them–Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, Pat Conroy, Robert B. Parker, and a Kindle with “War and Peace” on it that I’m still wading through.
 
Q: How long have you been writing?
 A: All my life–so far. Had my first short stories published when I was about 19. Many years in journalism and public relations writing. First novel published when I was about 40. Now have nine novels and working on the tenth one.

Q: Book you wish you could read again for the first time?
A: Oh, I guess I would select “A Farewell to Arms” and “Look Homeward, Angel.”
 
Q: Favorite book and why:
A: There are so many favorites, and there are some many wonderful writers out today and in the past. For cleanness of style, rhythm and dialogue, plus an extremely powerful ending, I’d have to list “A Farewell to Arms” by the hero of my youth, Ernest Hemingway.
 
Q: What brings you to the Outer Banks?
A: I first came to the Outer Banks on a magazine assignment to write about a cast member of “The Lost Colony” who had been strangled and thrown in the sound. Years later this became the germ for my first Harrison Weaver mystery, “Tide of Darkness.” Like so many others, after that first exposure to the Outer Banks forty years ago, began coming here as a regular visitor and then 11 years ago fulfilled my dream by moving to the Outer Banks permanently.

 

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