Monday Madness With WIPpeteer Alana Terry

Happy Moanday, readers. We’re starting off this week with another fantabulous WIPterview. Today I welcome Alana Terry to my humble abode.


Since it’s so darn cold and snowy today, let me offer you a seat by the firepit, Alana. Yes, right there next to the baster. No, no, that’s not a spit. Well, okay, it is a spit, but not for roasting WIPpeteers. Can I interest you in a marinade? *slaps forehead* A drink, I mean. All these holiday happenings this month have my mind on cooking.

AT: I’ll pass on the marinade, thanks. But I’ll take Ovaltine if you’ve got it. Yes, I know. I’m quite risqué in my drinking habits.

kls: Ovaltine it is. I know, you’re surprised I have it. But it’s really good on ice cream. Just saying. Now then, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?

AT: About the authors can be so dull. If you want to fill out the dossier, I am Alana Terry, author, married, three kids, homeschool mom. Now for the fun tidbits!  I’m a horrible cook married to a gourmet-type. My husband is fourteen inches taller than I. I have a degree in biology, which I only use when watching MythBusters with my kids. I haven’t been on a vacation in six years (tagging along with hubby on youth retreats doesn’t count), and I met my husband online before that was a legit dating option.

kls: Fascinating! Biology degree, hmm? I’ll have to keep that in mind in case I have any biological questions for future WIPs.

AT: Deal. Although I have to warn you I barely passed organic chem. But then I was asked to be a summer school TA, so I couldn’t have been too awful…

kls: I’ll make sure not to ask any organic chem questions then. Let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment. What drew you to the WIPpeteers?

AT: It wasn’t what. It was who. A certain Who named Regi McClain —

kls: Ah, ReGi. Yes. *monkeys begin to chatter*

AT: I see your friends remember her. Anyway, at one point, Regi told me something like, “If you’re going to be an author, it’s kind of expected that you have a blog. And use it.” At the time, I actively blogged about my special-needs parenting experiences, but after checking out how Regi worked hers out, I decided it’d be fun to have a blog devoted to writing and other random musings.*

*See what I did there? Do I get a cookie, or sumpin?

kls: That was good. *tosses Alana a sumpin*

AT: Thanks, this is just the kind to go with Ovaltine.

kls: They are good, aren’t they? Tell us, what WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?

AT: I was real consistent with Beloved Daughter WIPs starting out. The Beloved Daughter is a suspense novel about a young girl sent to a North Korean prison camp for her father’s faith. Once that was published, I tried to resurrect this awful family drama (the first manuscript I ever completed), and then gave up and wrote a follow-up to The Beloved Daughter last June. Most of my current WIPs come from there, with a few things from my kids book and memoir thrown in when I get really stuck for material.

kls: What’s your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday?

AT: I like reading from so many different genres. Some of you WIPpeters are absolutely awful about posting real cliffhangers! And I just like the friendships that have come up from WIPpeting. My first book sales were from you guys on the Wednesday The Beloved Daughter was published. I really appreciate that.

kls: Yeah, I admit, some of the WIPpeteers are awful. *laughs* Just kidding. You’re all wonderful and you know it. Stop giving me evil looks or I unleash the monkeys. *clears throat* Moving on, outside of WW, what project(s) are you currently working on?

AT: The idea for a follow-up novel to The Beloved Daughter has morphed into plans for a branch-off series, so I’m in the early mulling stages of that. Also, books 2 and 3 in my kid series were just released.

kls:  Well then it’s time for some horn-blowing. Tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

AT: Most of all, I’d love to connect with my WIPpet friends who aren’t already friends on Facebook. My personal Facebook profile is I also have an author page. If you’d really love to stroke my ego, I’d love it if you signed up for my newsletter to find out when I’ve got new books out.

kls: And now the moment everyone is waiting for . . . lightning round!

Coffee or tea? Ovaltine. Without the marinade.

Rock or country? Rock

City, country, or seaside? Country, in the mountains, with the beach a two-hours drive away

Favorite color? Violet

Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales?  What? I’m supposed to have a life?

kls: Not really. I just throw that last one in there for giggles. I think that’s all I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?

AT: Thanks, Kathi, for being such a great WIPpet hostess!

Oh, and one more thing. The Beloved Daughter is up for vote for Book of the Year during the month of December at Would you give it a vote? (The site doesn’t work well on mobile phones – everything else should be fine.)

kls: Go vote!! Good luck on the Book of the Year!


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34 responses

  1. Kate Frost

    Ah, the lovely Alana! So you’re an Ovaltine drinking, horrible cook who pens fabulous stories for kids and adults. 😉 Really hope you get to go on a proper vacation soon. Another great interview, Kathi. Love the scene-setting with the firepit – very festive!

    December 10, 2013 at 5:51 am

    • Hi Kate! Wow, you just summed me up in less than 140 characters! I’ll have to use that for my twitter bio! 🙂

      December 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  2. I don’t think I knew violet was your favorite color. Note to self. 🙂 Ironic, since I’ve known Phillip’s favorite colors are green and yellow since our second playdate…

    I guess I should bake you a whole plate of sumpins after those plugs. 😀 Thank you!
    Warning: rare online not-story-related mushy moment ahead. I’m not sure I’d still be consistently keeping up with blogs or even writing without your inspiring example, timely encouragement, and awkward questions about my progress. (Besides, I think I still owe you a batch of cayenne-laced brownies.)

    Kathi, mind you don’t singe my friend. Remember, she has Jedi’s for sons and I have a ninja union (with a contract greatly in my favor – hooray for fine print!!!) at my disposal. >-)

    December 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    • Jedis. Apparently I’m apostrophe happy today…

      December 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    • Haha, I have it in print now Regi! You LIKE me to ask you how writing progress is going!!! Tee hee hee… This is going to be sooooo fun…

      December 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      • Wait! No! Did I say “like”? I think not. And don’t think your Jedis can convince me otherwise!

        December 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      • Awkwardly. You must ask awkwardly. I’m not sure if your questions will be awkward or if you’re just required to stand strangely. Either way, read and witnessed!

        December 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

  3. Mmm, sumpins and Ovaltine!

    Great interview, folks! I do enjoy snapping up WIPpeteers’ books as they come out, even if I haven’t been able to read them all yet. Maybe when Santa brings me a Kindle, I’ll just have a big ‘ol WIPpeteer read-fest! YAY!

    December 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • Which just gave me a great idea, Kate! I think I’ll add a WIPpeteer page to my blog with links to whatever the WIPpeteers have out there. 🙂

      December 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      • Great idea!

        December 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      • Love that idea! A WIPpet Facebook group might also be fun…

        December 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      • Yay!

        December 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    • We should throw together a WIPpet anthology! 🙂 Take our most random posts and throw them into one book and see if anyone can make sense of it all. Takers?

      December 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      • I always love a good anthology! 😀

        December 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      • I’ll play. 🙂

        December 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      • Ooh, that actually could be a lot of fun. Or scary… not sure which.

        December 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

      • Funary. 😀

        December 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

  4. Loving these WIPpeteering interviews – Kathi you create such an … ambience… ?! *waves to Alana*

    December 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    • Ambience. Yes. It fairly drips from me, doesn’t it. 🙂 You’re welcome to stop by, Raewyn. Any time. The monkeys adore you.

      December 11, 2013 at 5:04 am

      • Yeah I get that a lot with monkeys…!

        December 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  5. Oh, another Ovaltine drinker! Awesome-sauce (to borrow/steal a phrase from Chuck Wendig). Ovaltine and Carnation Malted Milk…. YUM! (Must try on ice cream now…. though I’m not a big ice cream fan–hurts the teeth).

    December 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    • wow, I would have never thought to add it to carnation milk! Kind of makes my teeth hurt just thinking about how sweet that would be! I like Ovaltine stirred into peanut butter. Mmmm….

      December 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      • Ovaltine in peanut butter. Oh man.

        December 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      • Oh, I never tried Ovaltine WITH Carnation milk… They are just two of my favorite forbidden drinks (I can’t drink milk … much).

        Never tried it with peanut butter, though I bet it is good. It’s excellent in halvah though.

        December 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      • Halvah?

        December 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      • a Mediterranean treat… crushed sesame seeds made into a paste with honey…. Very yummy.

        December 12, 2013 at 8:57 am

      • That does sound yummy. Can it be made or must it be bought somewhere?

        December 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      • If you don’t mind using a mortar and pestle, than feel free to make your own. It’s a bit time consuming, but it works.

        December 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      • Hmm. Guess I’ll have to find it in the store. 🙂

        December 13, 2013 at 5:02 am

      • The easiest to find brand (usually found in the Deli depts) is OK, but I found a jarred version at my local health food coop that is just divine!

        December 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

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  7. Great interview, so lovely to find out more about you Alana. Sounds like your writing’s coming on really well. Glad you find WIPpet Wednesday helpful. So do I. Loved your facts about yourself too. 🙂

    December 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

  8. Awww, Alana, you’re a shorty! That reminds me of when my brothers began to tower over my mother, they called her lil’ mom, and how she was so little she could fit in their pocket (all of that said in a high pitched voice, too). I have not, you may be amazed to know, ever tried Ovaltine.

    December 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    • Never tried Ovaltine?!!? How is that possible. I was thinking of making it the Official WIPpeteer Beevridge. 😀 My mom is a shrimp-boat but even my 6’2″ brother never (well, rarely) gave her any guff. Small and mighty.

      December 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

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