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Make Believe Blog Tour: An Interview with Contributing Author, Terri Rochenski #fantasy #anthology

Welcome back to the Blog. Always nice to see you 🙂

This week and part of next I will be helping to promote the release of J.Taylor Publishing’s MAKE BELIEVE Anthology. As part of the tour events, I will have interviews from as many of the authors as I could grab, and I will be posting a complete review of the anthology (by each individual story) in my post tomorrow, so be sure to check back again then.

To kick things off, I nabbed an interview with Terri Rochenski, the author of SACRIFICIAL OATH, the first of the stories featured in the anthology.

** Oh! And two lucky commentors will win a Make Believe bookmark signed by Terri 🙂 So be sure to leave a comment below! **

I met Terri a few years ago in the Writer’s Digest forums, and I knew back then she would be an author to watch. I’m quite excited she agreed to stop in today to promote her most recent publication. Besides, I love picking an author’s brain about their work and their writing process.

Rebecca: Thanks for coming in and sitting with us today, Terri. I’ll start off with a nice, easy, author related question…What music was on your playlist while writing your novel?

Terri: Nothing. I’m a silence kinda gal seeing as how I rarely get it as a stay-at-home mom!

Rebecca: Morning person or grumpy bear?

Terri: Morning person. Most of the time I open my eyes rearin’ & ready to go. I DO need caffeine though.

Rebecca: What group were you a part of in High School? Jocks? Nerds? Metal heads?

Terri: I was a choir nerd. Other than that I was pretty much a loner – too poor to be popular, too straight-laced to be much else.

Rebecca: Do you have any unique skills or talents? If so, what?

Terri: I sing, or rather I used to. A LOT. Even gave lessons for a short time. Once I moved, married, & had children I pretty much gave up that hobby.

Rebecca: Coke or Pepsi?

Terri: COKE!!!

Rebecca: If I were to look in your closet right now, would I find frills and lace or demin and tees?

Terri: Mommy-like sweat pants & tees. I need a major makeover!

Rebecca: If you were only allowed to eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Terri: Only one?? Yeah right. Bryer’s Cherry Vanilla ice cream, pumpkin pie, blueberry custard pie…

Rebecca: What scares you the most?

Terri: If anything happened to my children I think I’d flip. Watching parents of abducted kids pleading for their release – their lives – chokes me up every time.

I am completely with you there… of course I also get choked up by sad cartoons, so I’m not the best one to measure normalcy with. I have to think most parents would feel that way as well.

Now that we have learned a bit about Terri, let’s take a look at her story, SACRIFICIAL OATH — the opening story in the anthology.

MakeBelieveBLURB:  An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place. 

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.


Author Bio:  Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.

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