A lifelong Southerner, Pamela Terry learned the power of storytelling at a very early age. For the past decade, Terry has been the author of the internationally popular blog From the House of Edward. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia, with her songwriter husband, Pat, and their three dogs, Apple, Andrew, and George. Pamela was recently featured in the March 2021 issue of Welcome Home and has generously answered a few questions!
1. Why did you become a writer?
I’ve written for as long as I remember. Writing is a form of discovery for me. It helps me better understand the world I live in and enables me to get at the heart of how I feel. For characters to live and breathe the writer has to see the world from their point of view, and that is not only challenging, but fascinating as well. I really believe that empathy is created through literature, and that happens for both the writer and the reader. It is a magical thing.
2. What inspired your current book?
The Sweet Taste of Muscadines came to me by way of a first sentence that simply ran through my head one evening as I was cooking dinner. Being in the middle of writing another book, I tried to ignore it, but it wouldn’t allow me to. So I followed where it wanted to lead, deep into a story that was a constant surprise and delight. I was inspired by all the ways memory intertwines with place, the many definitions of home, and the freedom to be found in forgiveness.
3. What Is Next For You?
I am currently writing my second book, and getting to know some new characters who are proving to be every bit as unpredictable and complex as the folks in The Sweet Taste of Muscadines. It’s going to be fun!