My “official bio” is below, but what I’d like you to also know about me is that I’m a grateful daughter of the Most High God, a wife to my amazing husband, Jim, who has been a Sr. VP at Tyndale House Publishers for over 30 years (now semi-retired) and a mom to my wonderful son, Elliot, a senior at Taylor University. Family is everything, and I am grateful that mine, beginning with my parents, has always been super supportive of all my dreams, involvements and affinity to hospitality. Besides writing, I love volunteering on the design team at The Re:new Project, a ministry to refugee women, and studying the Bible with close friends and neighbors. My Book Club is in its twenty-second year of meeting monthly in my home. Other interests include photography, music, cooking and baking, and knitting. I enjoy exploring the beautiful city of Chicago, my hometown, and I’m an avid fan of our sports teams. Making memories while traveling is a life-long pursuit, but my ultimate happy place is anywhere that I’m with my two guys—preferably on an ocean. Nothing is more therapeutic to me than the sound of the waves, the feel of sand between my toes and the warmth of the sun on my face. If we’re eating fish or seafood—perfect.
After writing nine co-authored historical and contemporary novels with best-selling author/husband, Jim, Terri added her award-winning interior designer’s eye to her world of fiction with her last contemporary trilogy—the Project Restoration Series—to which she came naturally, having survived the remodel, renovation, and restoration of three separate personal residences, along with those of her clients. She now has returned to her first love: writing historical fiction. Terri has been blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively internationally, and has relished visiting countless historical sites everywhere she goes. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she taught Interior Design at the college level for eight years, and directed women’s ministries at her church for six years. Terri is passionate about her Christian faith and women's issues. She is President of Redbud Writers Guild, an international, diverse and dynamic group of 150 Christian women writers. 100% Italian, she enjoys all things from the culture of her heritage. Terri is a recent empty-nester, and makes her home in Wheaton, Illinois, USA, with her husband, miniature schnauzer, Sadie, and Siberian cat, Petey.