Terri-Lynne DeFino was born and raised in New Jersey, but escaped to the wilds of Connecticut back in the nineties when her kids were babies and everyone wore flannel. She still lives in rural New England with her cats and husband, spending her days exorcising the people and places living inside her head.
The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) Contemporary Fiction; William Morrow.
Praise for The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses)
“A tale that emphasizes that second chances, artistic redemption and true love — in all its forms — can come at any time and any age. DeFino has a unique gift for language that captures the nostalgia and still-sharp wit of her aging artists perfectly” – RT Book Reviews
“This is a book to feel as much as to read…an intense texture of enchantment and reality” – Historical Novel Society
“It’s a profoundly moving story or rather stories. DeFino has an interesting way of introducing mysteries in an almost offhand way.” The Girly Book Club
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
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)