Terrie Childress

Writing from the soul to glorify God

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About Terrie

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My first best friend in life was my sister. And all my other friends were books, or the characters who lived inside them.

My favorite book as a child was Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers because she was the epitome of magical adventures. And I loved adventures, like riding my bike to the pretend grocery store and swinging so high that I could almost touch my toe on a bowing tree branch, though my fear of heights always squashed that reality.

While my adventures were lacking the extraordinary magic of Mary Poppins, I carried that book with me everywhere I went, hoping "to pull all manner of wonders" out of my empty purse each time I revealed the cover to the light of day. Then, up, up, and away would go my imagination at the crackling sound of the opened cover and the smell of the much-loved ink-soaked pages.

My friendship with books led me to their first best friends, Pencil and Paper. And I've been hanging out with those 

two since my teenage years when I developed a love for writing poetry, and later, children's stories.

With a degree in Education and a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature in Writing for Children and Teenagers, my best stories happened in my reading classroom where the curious minds of my students became lively characters on the tip of Pencil and the blank canvas of Paper.

Detoured is my first book for adults and retraces my breast cancer journey with a mixture of humor, mystery, drama and suspense.

Since the launch of my book, God has been calling me to assignments related to Detoured, and I am following His call on every new path He leads me. And now retired from the educational arena, the hands of my time are directed by God's hands.

When I'm not at my writing desk, I'm out creating more memorable stories with my husband and our golden retriever.  

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News & Events

Though we still remain on an uncharted road of Covid-19 and its merging Variant lane, God remains behind the wheel. And while this road is unclear in its direction to us, God has scouted out the unknown territory ahead, so He will get us through; and a clearing lies ahead. How do I know that? Check out the light at the end of this road! Our road . . . His light . . . to meet and guide us. 

Please continue to stay safe, dear friends, and take good care of yourself and each other. God will chauffeur us ALL through this journey! 

DETOURED Paperback Version Released October 22, 2020!!!

Buy Your Copy Now at Amazon, Books-A-Million (BAM), Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, and other book retailers! Enjoy, dear readers!


If you're a fan of Regina Brett's, God Never Blinks, you'll love this inspirational, dramatic, and unforgettable memoir through unimaginable turns with God at the wheel.  

Coming Winter of 2022!!  I am so excited to announce our second offering of the Book Club Support Group for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors through Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. DETOURED--My Ride Through Cancer with God as Chauffeur will again be the featured title for this club/group. We will be gathering via Zoom on Tuesday mornings from 10-11:30am beginning on January 18, 2022 - February 22, 2022. For more information, or to register, please contact Kirstyn Marshall at knmarsha@sentara.com, or myself at inkwriter19@gmail.com. We would love to have you join us to share your journey (and uplift others!) along the way who are sailing among you, as you find the raft full of other 'sisters' reaching across to you!

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