Meet Lady in Red: Terri Herman-Ponce

Wow. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed these days, with my debut today for IN THIS LIFE, and I’m just so excited to be here. I’m operating on little sleep – excitement and lots of writing and pre-release work will do that to you! – but that’s okay. I’m raring to go.

So, to celebrate my book’s birthday this week, I’m going to indulge you with some tidbits about myself. Ready? Good. So am I.

Single, married, divorced?
Married – for 26 years! Been with my man for 31 years now. I know. I can’t believe it myself. There are days I swear I’m still in my twenties and there’s no way all that time has passed.

Children?
Yep. A son, our only, and he’s seventeen. That means getting ready for college, driving and having to let go. Which is an interesting thing, you know? Writing a book and releasing it to the world is just like having a child and watching it grow up and mature, knowing one day you’ll have to let go of it, too. And when you do, it’s with nerves and a lot of hope, but also a lot of love.

What’s your secret passion?
Ancient Egypt. Those beautiful people and that period of time fascinate me. I recognize that a lot of my love for the ancients is romanticized, but I can’t help it. Their culture was rich and colorful, and it set the stage for who we are today. I swore to myself that one day I’ll get a tattoo – and it’s going to be an ankh.

If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?
My husband and I talk sometimes of moving to Europe and a simpler life. I don’t know if we’d ever do it, but if I had the chance? I’d probably give it a try. Italy’s my love. Never been there but SO would love to spend the time.

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?
Oh, I write about where I live. I’m a Long Islander at heart – love the wine country and the East End! – and that background always makes its way into my books.

Why do you write romance novels?
Shhhh. I have a secret for you. I didn’t start out as a romance writer. I’m more a paranormal suspense writer with romance thrown in as a side dish. I’m in love with my two protagonists, David and Lottie, and have been since the day they were born in my head, oh, 7 or 8 years ago. And I always wanted to write strong suspense with them, but I also wanted to test their relationship to see how they would resolve their issues and stay together. So I push them, and challenge them, and make them sweat it out. Why? Because, in real life, I love to watch couples who are the best of friends and the most intimate of lovers work their way through the worst and come out stronger for it. And so rather than write about couples getting together, I write about couples staying together.

What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?
Yikes. Now that’s a question I’m not sure how to answer. Hmm. Well, there’s the Long Island backdrop and … oh! I know what it is. It’s my love of red wine. David and Lottie both love to drink red wine. In fact, David drinks an Amarone in In This Life, which is a favorite of mine. They have a wine rack in their den filled with all kinds of reds, but I have to tell you that they love to drink tequila, too. I have no idea where that adoration came from, but they insisted it was there and so I let them have it.

With that said, how about I give you a bit more about In This Life:
Psychologist Lottie Morgan knows something is wrong when she starts reliving memories of a lover she’s never had. At first, she attributes them to fever-induced dreams. But when the fever disappears and the visions don’t, Lottie thinks she may need therapy of her own.

Then she meets Galen. Their first encounter is as intense as it is eye-opening, and Lottie is unprepared for the fire Galen arouses in her. His revelation that they shared a passionate relationship thousands of years ago explains the memories and entices Lottie into wanting to learn more about her past. Her decision, however, comes at a price. Galen may hold the answers but he’s a growing temptation as well. One that could destroy the devoted, lifelong relationship Lottie has with her current lover, David. One that could also cost her life. Someone else knows of Lottie’s past and is determined to stop her from uncovering secrets they want kept hidden.

As parallels between both of her lives emerge and the memories escalate, Lottie becomes caught between two lifetimes, two men and long-buried deceptions that present an opportunity to right previous wrongs. Unless Lottie repeats her past mistakes.  

Thanks for having me today!

Hugs, kisses and good reading,
Terri Herman-Poncé

For more info I can be found at http://terriponce.com/

In This Life can be found on Amazon: http://amzn.to/OX5y6e
And on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/PRzly7