Author of the acclaimed women’s fiction Cedar Key Series,New York Times&USA Todaybest selling authorTerri DuLongis the author ofSpinning Forward, Casting About, A Cedar Key Christmas, in the anthology, Holiday Magic and the soon to be released (October 2011) Sunrise on Cedar Key(Kensington Books, November 2009 and 2010).
Born and reared in the Boston area . . . Salem, the Witch City, to be exact, DuLong was an only child, who relied on imaginary friends for playmates. All these years later, she believes those playmates (and her love for books) led her to her passion for writing.
Married young, with three children, then divorced, Terri went to college to become a legal secretary. After remarrying, with the children getting older, she decided to pursue a career as a Registered Nurse. She also continued her love for reading women’s fiction. As for her own writing, it was limited to extremely long letters to friends and keeping a journal. After working in Critical Care as an R.N., the thought of writing "seriously" became stronger, and Terri took a creative writing class at college. Encouraged by the professor, Terri began writing with the hope of publication.
With the transfer of her husband’s job to the Tampa, Florida, area, she began to work part-time as a home health RN and devote more and more time to writing. She began attending writers’ conferences to not only improve her craft of writing but also to understand the complicated world of publishing.
Attending more and more writers’ conferences, networking, reading, always working on her writing, Terri never gave up. She couldn’t. Writing was her passion and filled her soul. Queries went out; rejections came back. But she noticed the rejections were now not form letters but very nice personal correspondence. Believing there had to be an agent, editor or publisher out there who would love her work, she kept writing.
When Terri's husband retired in 2004, the couple relocated two hours north to Cedar Key, an island off the west coast of Florida. They knew from many previous visits that the small town, surrounded as it is by Mother Nature, was the perfect place for them. And Terri’s muse went into high gear . . . lots of quirky characters, people who actually waved to you and knew your name, a place that touched her soul. She was in her element.
She wrote a women’s novel set in Cedar Key, and then she attended the Romance Writers of America Conference, summer 2007. Upon returning home, she sent off a query to Kensington Books with the required first three chapters, promptly forgot about it and got on with life . . . until December 11, 2007.
That was when Terri received an e-mail from her editor’s assistant, requesting the full manuscript. And on Feb. 26, 2008, Terri was offered a two-book contract from Kensington. Her debut women’s fiction novel...the first in her Cedar Key series...was released Oct. 27, 2009. Now in its second printing,Spinning Forward was named a finalist for "Long Contemporary Novel" in the 2010 New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Awards. And Reader’s Digest bought the rights to release Spinning Forwardin a Condensed Special Edition in December 2010.
Book 2 in Terri’s Cedar Key series,Casting About, was published by Kensington Books Oct. 26, 2010. Readers can also catch Terri’s first novella for Kensington...A Cedar Key Christmas...in the Fern Michaels holiday anthology,Holiday Magic, released November 2010. Book 3 in the series, Sunrise on Cedar Key, will be released October 2011 and Terri is contracted with Kensington through 2012, when book 4 will be released.
Meanwhile, Terri’s motto remains the one that has made so many of her dreams reality: "Believe in yourself and make great things happen."