Be Careful What You Say In Public by Terri Herman-Ponce – Guest Blog and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Terri will be awarding a digital copy of IN THIS LIFE (Book 1 of the Past Life Series) to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop during the tour, and a Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Be careful what you say in public—it’s all prime game for an author’s imagination!

I’m going to tell you something as an author that might scare you. Okay, maybe ‘scare’ is too strong a word, but I’m thinking it might at least make you think twice before you have a sensitive conversation in public ever again.

See, authors get their ideas from all sorts of places. News stories. Lyrics from a song. A scene from a TV show or movie. Smells, sounds, sights. All of it can trigger some pretty amazing scenes and chapters and books that bring a whole story to life.

But those public conversations that take place between people? Oh man, for me they’re a big-time treasure to be mined. Like, one of my truly Favorite Things. As a writer, I spend a lot of time paying attention to the world around me. As a person, I’m particularly interested in the dynamics between humans. The reason? I get the impression that many people aren’t aware of their public behavior or the types of conversations they’re having. I mean, some of it can be downright entertaining but a lot of it should probably remain behind closed doors.

Here’s an example.

A few months ago I was in Starbucks (out of state), waiting for my coffee. Behind me stood two women who each had a young teenage girl. Seemed there was some kind of dance competition coming up, and their daughters were involved. So the first woman who had lived in the neighborhood a long time (let’s call her Ann) was telling the second woman who’d moved in a few months ago (let’s call her Brenda) that a couple of the judges could be ‘bought off’. Money, gift cards, tickets to a Broadway show—all of it, according to Ann, was fair game. Brenda was shocked, but Ann said that this was how it worked if you wanted your kid to take the top prize, and that because it had only been going a couple of years none of the other mothers had caught on to it yet. And so Ann explained how it worked. She told Brenda that there was a major competition last year (let’s call it ABC Dance) and that she really wanted her daughter to place in the finals. But there was another girl who had serious talent in ABC Dance and it looked like she was going to take top prize. So Ann connected with a couple of the judges and made her, ahem, donations. And yep, you guessed it. Ann’s daughter won. Brenda went silent for a bit and then said, “My daughter was in those competitions. Everyone said she was a shoe-in to take first place and then when all was said and done she didn’t place in anything.”

Well, I’m not sure if Ann and Brenda, who were new friends at the time, remained friends but this is a perfect example of stuff that could make for some great writing fodder. And, to tell you, I’ve heard even worse! None of which I’ve used, and none of which I’ll ever share…

But, it makes you wonder, right? And that’s the thing. Anything people talk about can spark a writing idea for an author. So the next time you’re out in public and doing your thing, be mindful of who’s standing nearby. The person in line behind you might just be making mental notes for a scene in their next book!

And with that, I’ll offer my thanks for having me here. I truly enjoyed the time and giving me the chance to share some personal thoughts along with my latest release, In This Life.

Hidden memories. Buried secrets. Resurrected revenge.

Psychologist Lottie Morgan knows something is wrong when she relives 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 realizes something else is going on.

Then she meets Galen. Their first encounter is as intense as it is eye-opening, and his revelation that they shared a passionate relationship thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt entices Lottie into wanting to learn more about her past. Her decision, however, comes at a price. Galen may hold the answers but he could destroy the devoted, lifelong relationship Lottie has with her current lover, David.

It also could mean her death—again.

Someone is protecting millennia-old secrets, determined to keep them buried while exacting a revenge on Lottie for a mistake made a very long time ago. A mistake she could be destined to repeat.

Take a trip to mysterious ancient Egypt, where Lottie becomes caught between two lifetimes, two men, and long-buried deceptions. Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity-winning author, calls this paranormal suspense “Inventive, original and thought-provoking; this mystically romantic mystery will instantly intrigue.”

About the Author:

Terri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach—and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.

Terri is a member of member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and you can read about her at

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Hi there and thanks for having me here today! I’m looking forward to making new acquaintances and chatting it up a little. 🙂

  3. Fun post, even though now I wonder if I should muzzle myself when I’m out in public…

  4. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the post. I have heard things standing in line at the grocery store, people just don’t think sometimes.


    • Could be they don’t think, Rita. Could also be that they’re just so comfortable in whatever environment they’re in that they forget to be more careful. It’s something we see often on social media, too!

  5. momjane says:

    Great interview and I think it really helps to listen to people and know how they really talk.

  6. SHELLEY S says:


  7. Quilt Lady says:

    Great post, I try to watch what I say in public but you never know. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  8. Interesting inspiration

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    • Interesting indeed! Have to admit that I do use some of what I hear for inspiration for my writing, but almost all of it is tone and how people react. Watching people really is like watching a movie sometimes! You learn so much about human nature.

  9. Enjoyed reading the comments. Not only do people misspeak out in public but they are used to doing so by using their cell phones. They are not considerate of others when using them. I do not want to hear about their troubles or meeting they have to go to. They think it is their right to speak loudly and in your comfort space.
    Your book sounds really interesting-should be an exciting read.

  10. Mary Preston says:

    I imagine that as a writer you find fodder for your imagination at every turn.


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