I had a farm in Africa. No, wait! That’s someone else’s life. I did have an apartment in France (after moving from our apartment in Germany), one that I shared with the love of my life, my husband, Jim. Now, we have picked up and moved a few things to a lovely camp on an enchanting loch in the heart of Scotland. We also have a home in Texas. Living and working on two continents and various islands is both exciting and tiring. Actually, the living and working is not the tiring part…it’s the constant travel between the two. Continents, I mean. I am a mother of four amazing children, all grown, well………..yes, all grown. And, I am a grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren, with one more on the way, not grown, quite young, in fact. They call me Mia. I love my family and when I am not hanging out with some or all of them, I can be found traveling for work and pleasure, reading, writing, and eating chocolate. You know, no matter what I’m doing, I WILL be found eating chocolate. Just sayin’.
My husband and I work for a wonderful organization called Young Life. We work with teenagers, in Europe. I divide my time between this amazing work and writing. I love to write. I love to write fiction, with elements of fantasy. And I love to read the same. There is nothing quite like settling into a comfy spot and reading a great story. My favorite are fairy tales or folk tales, or anything laced with magic realism. I also love history, which is why I’m a member of the Historical Novel Society. You’ll always find a little romance in my tales. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America. Finally, I have ancestors from Scotland and love all things Celtic, which led me to join Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.
I’ve always written stories…always. Sometimes on paper, often in my head. A few years ago, I went back to college for a second degree and took my first creative writing course, Creative Writing Non-fiction. I loved it. Then, I took my second, Creative Writing Fiction. My life would never be the same. My last short story assignment for this class was about a dream I’d had. It involved a stone manor in Scotland. My third class was writing Magic Realism and Fantasy Fiction. I stretched the short story, and by my fourth and final class, before moving to Germany, I had decided to expand it into a novel. Five years later, it’s published.
This blog is my life journey. It will chronicle my writing, publishing, and promoting experience with my novels. It will also include photos and comments about my travels. Whether I am in our flat in Alsace, our office in Scotland, or our home in Texas, I’ll bring you along. Our work takes us all over Europe. So, yes. there’ll be lots of writing about life in Europe. I’m sure to write about my family from time to time, and the joy of living…living with lymphoma. Something I’m learning to do. And chocolate. There’ll often be things said about chocolate.
So, thanks for joining me on this adventure in living a life where NO STONE IS LEFT UNTURNED.
Photograph of Terri Hale taken by Rachel Archer Photography.
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