About

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Writer, cat-wrangler, sparklequeen. My first fantasy novel, Finder, was published by Hadley Rille Books in October, 2010, followed by: A Time Never Lived in 2012, Jingle in 2013, and Beyond the Gate in 2013.

My segue into romantic women’s fiction began with the first in my Bitterly Suite, Seeking Carolina in October 2015  from Lyrical Shine, an imprint of Kensington Publishing. Dreaming August followed in April 2016 and Waking Savannah in October 2016.

Praise for Finder…

“…DeFino’s first novel creates an exotic desert environment as a backdrop to the story of a young man’s coming-of-age and a young woman’s search for the only family she has left. VERDICT Compelling characters and a fascinating world background make this a good addition to most fantasy collections.” ~Library Journal

Praise for A Time Never Lived…

…a dangerous quest across a magnificently-depicted multicultural fantasy world for the legendary city of Valadur. This is a memorable saga of supernatural power and human love from the increasingly impressive DeFino. ~Publishers Weekly

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How cute was I, huh? Baby T, summer of 1966

Praise for Beyond the Gate…

…an Odyssey-like quest—with cursed pirate ships, a mad Dread Queen, seductive fairy lords, and treacherous slavers—to return to a kingdom very different from the one they left…the story unfolds into a quietly surprising and unexpectedly satisfying conclusion.  ~Publishers Weekly

Praise for Jingle (an original fairy tale)…

“I haven’t read an original fairy tale in ages, and now I’m reminded of what I’ve missed. Jingle, the story of a beautiful child born to a terrible fate and the catkin who loved her, is equal to anything Barbara Leonie Picard ever wrote. Beautiful language, a simple story, and best of all, it felt fantastic the way so little fantasy does today.”           ~Amazon reviewer

More praise!? Why yes–for Seeking Carolina

To juggle more than one subplot to bring the love story, between a man and a woman, and among the women of the Coco family, forward is a feat in itself which Ms. Defino does very well. She has also allowed one to see the internal conflict of each of the characters in varying degrees (including that of the secondary characters) leading to a rich tapestry of the lives and loves of the people in Bitterly, Connecticut.

…Ms. Defino is one author to watch out for because of the beautiful stories she writes.”

~Ind’tale Magazine (4.5 crowned hearts)

…and Dreaming August

“Ms. DeFino is a remarkable storyteller. Her writing style is as beautiful as it is original. One wishes that they lived in Bitterly, Connecticut in order to know Benny and Dan, as well as a host of other secondary characters that give meat to the story. These characters have their own stories to tell and are not just included in the story as props. Readers will come to love August and Mrs. Fargus and get a glimpse of what life after death must be like. Their dialogue about the great beyond is as humorous as it is bittersweet. Ms. DeFino is definitely an author to watch!”

~Ind’tale Magazine (5 crowned hearts)

…and Waking Savannah

“Waking Savannah” is an amazing story that takes an in-depth look at the main characters’ survival of violence in their lives, as they find out who they really are when the world is stripped away. The haunting spirits of Bitterly are an integral part of the story, and create a suspenseful atmosphere as Savvy and Ade find out why and how the spirits are connected to the Bitterly town folks.  The plot is filled in throughout the story with all characters adding something to that experience […] as to how loved ones are always close, love can cure what ails a person, and love can be the roots to stop running from the past.

~Ind’tale Magazine (4.5 crowned hearts)

2 responses to “About

  1. Veronica Wohlschlaeger

    Worried that my Facebook message didn’t go through because it’s blocked at work…
    Hi Miss Terri. I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I was waiting for life to slow down and for when I got a peaceful moment to sit with my thoughts…. However, I think that “calm” won’t happen until I’m well in my sixties. I just read your blog post and couldn’t let another second go by without reaching out. It was beautiful and incredibly touching with the most valid well presented points on the stigma of mental illness that I’ve EVER come across. I did not, could not, believe the news of Chris’s death. When i first heard, I chalked it up to small town rumors. No way could someone so promising and kind be lost. Once I confirmed it, it was devastating to think about such a wonderful person being in such a dark place. I remember Chris clear as day. When I think about him, I picture him at his locker which was right by mine in high school, in his football jersey with crutches/brace from the knee injury. He was kind and funny and handsome. I also remember him as a constant presence at Girl Scout meetings and always goofing off to put a smile on our faces. There is no denying that he was the product of an amazing family. In fact, I was always jealous of Gracie and her relationship with her siblings when we were younger and in Girl Scouts. I so desperately wanted to be her with a family full of older brothers and a sister. Now I find myself hurting for her so much now that she also knows the pain of losing a sibling. It’s something I would never wish on anyone and after almost ten years of losing Joey, I still am at a loss for words when I hear that it happens to someone else. I’m not quite sure what else to say besides “I’m sorry.” I’m sorry that this happened to not just a wonderful family, but to an amazing person like Chris. You hit the nail on the head in your blog post with the comparison to cancer. Some people get better and some don’t. It makes no damn sense and mental illness is life’s greatest tragedy. I hope that your bereavement journey is filled with loving memories of Chris and that you are comforted by the fact that he was a very loved and admired member of my childhood. Please be sure to reach out to my mom and grab coffee to catch up and talk. She’s a good resource to have in the upcoming months and years. In the meantime, I’d love to send Gracie a letter. Can you give me her home or work address? I love you all and I will never forget Chris. My heart physically aches for your family. I’m so sorry.
    Love,
    Veronica

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    • Terri-Lynne DeFino

      Oh, darling–tears in my eyes. I know you understand on so many levels. Your words are just…they’re filling me up right now. Thank you. I’ll PM you Gracie’s addy.

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