Terry Trueman

Terry  Trueman

Terry Trueman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his B.A. in creative writing. He also has an M.S. in applied psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University. The father of two sons, Henry Sheehan and Jess, Terry Trueman makes his home in Spokane, Washington, with his wife, Patti. His previous books are "No Right Turn", "Cruise Control", "Inside Out", and "Stuck in Neutral", a Michael L. Printz Honor Book

I added up the other day all the visits I've made to various schools, conferences, and other events since Stuck in Neutral came out in June of 2000; there've been over 120 venues, most of them with at least two or three hosts, so we're talking hundreds of visits, and I've NEVER been treated better nor had more fun than I did at the first ever TBF in Rochester in April 2006. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was first rate and perfect. The TBF committee and the incredible volunteers, both teens and adults, made us writers feel more than welcome and attended to our every need. It was a GREAT experience, absolutely the BEST---please, please, PLEASE invite me back!!! Terry Trueman

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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

How sick is this: I'm the major jock-stud in a high school of over eighteen hundred kids, but my brother has the brain of a badminton birdie and a body to match. How can you talk to your brother when he can't understand the words? How can you love him when he's so messed up he can't love you back? And how can you have your own life when your father bailed out, making you the "man of the house"? Paul is full of pent-up rage over his family's tragic circumstances and haunted by his own mistakes. He knows he has to let it all out if he's going to have any kind of future. If he doesn't, he will explode.

Inside Out

Inside Out
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

A busy coffee shop-a robbery gone wrong. Two gunmen, nine hostages, flashing lights. And Zach is caught in the mayhem. But nobody realizes that Zach-who has no gun and no knife-has a mind more dangerous than any weapon.

Life Happens Next

Life Happens Next
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

Shawn's got a new perspective on life. But no one has a clue. That's because they can see only his wheelchair, his limp body, his drool. What they don't see? His brain, with perfect auditory memory. And his heart, which is in love with a girl. And his fierce belief that someday someone will realize there's way more to him than his appearance. How do you connect with others when you can't talk, walk, or even wave hello? In the sequel to Stuck in Neutral, Shawn McDaniel discovers a new definition of "normal" and finds that life happens next for everyone.

No Right Turn

No Right Turn
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

I hit the gas, and we shoot up to seventy mph. The 'Vette is handling it perfectly. At the bottom of another curve is another straight stretch. We're hitting eighty-five before I ease off for the next set of sharp turns. Suddenly I see headlights ahead, so I ease off a bit more. But we're still going over seventy mph as we fly past a county sheriff's car. I glance in my rearview and see his brake lights flash. There's a small turnout only a few yards up from where he is; I see him spinning around to come after us. "Uh-oh," Becka says. "Wasn't that a cop?" I don't say anything, but I slam the accelerator to the floor.

Stuck in Neutral

Stuck in Neutral
Realistic Fiction
Recommended for teens

Shawn McDaniel's life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is glued to his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle-he can't even move his eyes. For all Shawn's father knows, his son may be suffering. Shawn may want a release, and as long as he is unable to communicate his true feelings to his father, Shawn's life is in danger.

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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Terry answered Lease Likely to Ever Read a Book or Graduate.

Other Fun Facts

  • I've been to EVERY TBF!
  • I prefer frozen peas to canned, but who doesn't?
  • My dog Rusty and I are in a race to death via old age and are tied right now.
  • I HATE the expression, "It'll just take a second, honey."
  • I write much more poetry now than anything else.
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