Terry: Mainly it would have to be a combination of reading and studying the works of Roger Zelazny, Steven Brust and Stephen R. Donaldson. I could go into pages of detail and specific examples, but mainly from Zelazny’s works I learned about description, pacing and revealing plot details. From Brust I learned about dialogue and action, and from Donaldson, about epic-scale and world building. From all three I learned about characterization and overall storytelling. They, and others, including Fred Saberhagen, Michael Moorcock, Elizabeth Boyer, and C. Dean Andersson provided solid written and literary examples to recognize, study and learn, and for me to modify and implement in my own stories and writing style. To this day continue to study and learn.
In late 2009 Gryphonwood Press published Terry’s debut fantasy novel FLANK HAWK and recently released the second in the First Civilization’s Legacy series, BLOOD SWORD.