Terrie Childress

Writing from the soul to glorify God


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About Terrie

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.

My deepest passion and new calling, already sprinkled into my world of writing in the form of grants, is fundraising and advocating for cancer patients. I serve on a Women's Committee with a local community hospital and am a freelance grant writer, now retired from the educational arena. 

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


News & Events

As the Coronavirus continues to make its way down our streets, coasting through our communities, and detouring our paths, God remains behind the wheel and a clearing lies ahead. How do I know that? Check out the light at the end of this road!

Stay safe and well, dear readers.

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. 

Dear Readers, 

Most important of all to me is whether or not you love this story and find yourself filled with the Spirit throughout and beyond its pages.  I hope you, and all those you share my book with, do.  Please post a review to let me and others know on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or social media.  Your opinion really does matter to me, and to others!



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