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Terra Elan McVoy

Terra Elan McVoy has held a variety of jobs centered around reading and writing, from managing an independent children’s bookstore, to teaching writing classes, and even answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. Terra lives and works in the same Atlanta neighborhood where her novels After the Kiss, Being Friends with Boys, and Pure are set. She is also the author of The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, Criminal (an Edgar Award nominee), and In Deep. To learn more, visit and follow Terra on Twitter at @TerraMcVoy.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Well, Bernard Shaw once said, "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them." I have it taped over my dresser along with this old advertisement that says, "I believe if you look at yourself and see what is right instead of what is wrong, that is the true mark of a healthy individual." Both of these things have served me pretty well so far.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. You would have to ask my friends that!

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Probably my smile. But a lot of people say they can spot me yards away just by my walk.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Achieving some of the goals and dreams you set for yourself, but also coming to genuinely understand why and how it is okay when other things happen instead.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would love to meet TS Eliot to thank him for his poems, but also I would tell him how much I admire the fact that he wrote such amazing poetry, all the while holding down a boring job at a bank.

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