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Revealing Secrets

Today, I'm chatting with Terry Lee Wilde, brilliant author of Deidre's Secret coming soon from Climbing Rose--digital release is March 4 and print is April 17.

Thanks for stopping by, Terry--please tell us about Deidre Roux, the heroine of Deidre's Secret--is it true that Deidre knows martial arts?

When I was in the Army, I learned some hand-to-hand combat maneuvers, and my son as a teen became a 2nd-degree Black Belt in two forms of martial arts. My daughter started taking it, but preferred her brother showing her some of the techniques instead, which led to Deidre’s not taking up martial arts, but being taught by her brother instead. J
Do you prefer to write kick-butt heroines?

Yes! When I was a kid, a bully tried to force me off a sidewalk. I stood up to him, and got a fist in my face in response. He knocked me off my bicycle and I went home crying. J But it didn’t matter that I didn’t “win.” I stuck up for my rights. And I want my heroines to feel they don’t have to be cowed by others either. That they have rights, too. In my stories, the heroine wants to help the underdog also, who can’t help themselves, male or female.

My son was bullied in school, which was the reason I enrolled him in martial arts. To give him more confidence in dealing with bullies. He teaches and demonstrates martial arts when he has time while he’s in college. But years ago when I went to drop him off at kindergarten, a boy was kicking another who was sitting outside of the classroom. The boy who was being kicked, reminded me of my son. So I told the boy who was being bullied that he had cowboy boots on that would hurt a lot more if he kicked the boy back wearing the sneakers. I know, it wasn’t nice of me to say so. But the boy being kicked smiled at me and the bully’s eyes widened. You know what though? He quit kicking the other boy and hurried back into the classroom. J I don’t advocate violence in response, but the boy should have reported the bullying to his teacher. Often kids just put up with it though, suffering in silence. I substitute teach and have seen a girl exhibit the same kind of bullying behavior. Sad, but it’s the way of things, and we just have to stand up for ourselves

Can you give us a hint what Deidre's secret is?

She has special abilities. I love the paranormal, having read ghost stories and mythologies from around the world as a kid. I fell in love with Dracula when he was in a stage play at the local college while I was a teen. And The Vampire…In My Dreams, already out, is also about a girl who can not be easily influenced by a vampire’s charms. Why? She’s a witch.

So I love to empower my heroines with something that makes them special, even though they still get into tons of trouble. Lots of times because of their unique abilities!

Is Deidre's Secret a stand-alone novel or can we look forward to a series?

Hmm, spring break is coming up…and trouble is already brewing on the horizon. J
I've heard you like computer role-playing games, which ones are your favorites?

The Witcher, Star Wars, Dungeon Siege, Neverwinter Nights, Hero’s Quest, King’s Quest, Lands of Lore and more. They’re all role-playing games where a heroine (that’s me) is on multiple quests to right all kinds of wrongs. They’re mostly fantasy type games set in older worlds, but Star Wars is set in the future, of course.
Which character is most like you?

In the role-playing games, we can choose a character type and I usually pick a paladin—a fighter type who has some healing abilities, who epitomizes the knights of old—doing what’s chivalrous. Other kinds of character types are available, even someone who plays a darker character, thieves, wizards, just a whole slew of different possibilities. And you can go back in and play the game with another character type to see how different it is to solve the quests. For me, role-playing games are like reading a book, only I get to interact with the worlds and solve the quests myself…sometimes with disastrous results. I’ve learned to always save previous games!
You were in the military, weren't you? Can you tell us about your service?

I was a distinguished US Army ROTC graduate and served on active duty, then in the reserves until I retired as a lieutenant colonel. I loved seeing new places, and I was in the personnel field, so my job was helping others—the best of all worlds.
What was your favorite book when you were Deidre's age?

The Last of the Mohicans and I read tons of tales about Native Americans after that. But I also enjoyed Jack London’s White Fang and The Call of the Wild which gave me a special place in my heart for wolves.
Any last word for the teen writers and readers out there?

If you love to tell stories, write them down, and some day you might just be published too! Even if you’re not a storyteller at heart, I hope you enjoy reading and share your love of reading with others, too. J

Thanks for stopping by and if you have a chance, read Deidre’s Secret and tell me what you think! I love to hear from fans!

Thanks, Terry, I can't wait to read Deidre's Secret!

Only 2 Weeks Until Deidre's Secret is Revealed

I can't wait to read Deidre's Secret by Terry Lee Wilde when it comes out March 4! Here's a preview:

When Deidre Roux has premonitions of danger, watch out! Faced with thwarting bank robbers and protecting others from the high school bully, she must reveal her secret to her new friend, Mark Cummings. Can she convince him that she truly sees a world of imminent danger headed their way before it's too late? Not only must Mark deal with Deidre’s premonitions, which he has a hard time believing, but his convicted uncle has returned home. Humor, suspense, and conflict rule the day as Deidre’s crazy aunt tries to do a true crime story on Mark's uncle. Deidre attempts to keep her aunt out of it before she gets mixed up in the much darker business of robberies and murder—her own, if she’s not careful.
And here's the great video:

Ten Nifty and Inexpensive Ways to Show Some Luv…

So whether you have a serious BF/GF or a new love, there are a ton of fresh and fabu ways to say I totally dig you!

Ten Nifty and Inexpensive Ways to Show Some Luv…

(Try one or two or, hey, go for the gold and try them all!)

1. Borrow his MP3 player and download 10 really romantic love songs.
2. Text him one word every hour from a really cool poem or song.
3. Buy pink, white, and red carnations and tape them to the (glass part) of his car.
4. Go to the craft store and (in the wedding section) buy a box of faux rose petals. Leave a trail to something special.
5. Write a poem or, if you’re musical, a love song.
6. Create a movie trailer from pictures of you two. Load it on You Tube (with royalty-free music).
7. Call all the radio stations in the area and dedicate a song (or songs).
8. Make a love scrapbook with mementos from your dates—concert and movie stubs, photos, and other things you’ve collected.
9. Create love coupons and present them to your beloved. For example: good for a back rub, or for romantic alone time with no TV or video games.
10. Find out his favorite thing to do and plan a day around it.

I need a hero quiz!

Looking for the perfect book to fall in love with? Take a quiz and see who your ideal hero is. The quiz includes books and upcoming titles from the Climbing Rose YA Fiction Line. Have fun!