Author of the acclaimed women’s
fiction Cedar Key Series, New York Times & USA Today best selling author Terri DuLong is the author of Spinning
Forward (Kensington Books, November 2009).
Born and reared in the Boston
area . . . Salem, the Witch City, to be exact, DuLong was an only child,
who relied on imaginary friends for playmates. All these years later,
she believes those playmates (and her love for books) led her to her
passion for writing.
Married young, with three children,
then divorced, Terri went to college to become a legal secretary. After
remarrying, with the children getting older, she decided to pursue a
career as a Registered Nurse. She also continued her love for reading
women’s fiction. As for her own writing, well it was limited to extremely
long letters to friends and keeping a journal. After working in Critical
Care as an R.N., the thought of writing "seriously" became stronger,
and Terri took a creative writing class at college. Encouraged by the
professor, Terri began writing with the hope of publication.
With the transfer of her husband’s
job to the Tampa, Florida, area, she began to work part-time as a home
health RN and devote more and more time to writing. She began attending
writers’ conferences to not only improve her craft of writing but
also to understand the complicated world of publishing.
Attending more and more writers’
conferences, networking, reading, always working on her writing, Terri
never gave up. She couldn’t. Writing was her passion and filled her
soul. Queries went out; rejections came back. But she noticed the rejections
were now not form letters but very nice personal correspondence. Believing
there had to be an agent, editor or publisher out there who would love
her work, she kept writing.
When Terri's husband retired in
2004, the couple relocated two hours north to Cedar Key, an island off
the west coast of Florida. They knew from many previous visits that
the small town, surrounded as it is by Mother Nature, was the perfect
place for them. And Terri’s muse went into high gear . . . lots of
quirky characters, people who actually waved to you and knew your name,
a place that touched her soul. She was in her element.
She wrote a women’s novel set
in Cedar Key, and then she attended the Romance Writers of America Conference,
summer 2007. Upon returning home, she sent off a query to Kensington
Books with the required first three chapters, promptly forgot about
it and got on with life . . . until December 11, 2007.
That was when Terri received an
e-mail from her editor’s assistant, requesting the full manuscript.
And on Feb. 26, 2008, Terri was offered a two-book contract from Kensington.
Her debut women’s fiction novel...the first in her Cedar Key series...was
released Oct. 27, 2009. Now in its second printing, Spinning
Forward has been named a finalist for "Long Contemporary
Novel" in the 2010 New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Awards.
And Reader’s Digest has bought the rights to release Spinning Forward in a Condensed Special Edition in December 2010.
Book 2 in Terri’s Cedar Key
series, Casting About, will be published by Kensington Books
Oct. 26, 2010. Readers can also catch Terri’s first novella
for Kensington...A Magical Christmas...in the Fern Michaels holiday
anthology, Holiday Magic, due out November 2010.
Meanwhile, Terri’s motto remains
the one that has made so many of her dreams reality: "Believe in yourself
and make great things happen."
Books:Farewell to Cedar Key, December 2014
Secrets on Cedar Key, December 2013
Postcards From Cedar Key, November 2012
Sunrise On Cedar Key, November 2011
Lost Souls of the Witches' Castle, April 2011
Holiday Magic, November 2010
Casting About, November 2010
Cedar Key #2
Spinning Forward, November 2009
Cedar Key #1