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SPOTLIGHT ON: Terri-Lynne Smiles

Yes, “Smiles” really is my last name, not a pseudonym. Not only that, I willingly took the name when I got married. I figured no one would forget it, and I was right!


How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

Fellow author, Michael Williams recommended it, as did Frank Hall from That Book Place in Madison, Indiana. With people of that caliber recommending it, I had to get involved.


What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Choices, the second book in the Rothston Series was released last fall with Origins, the third book in the series coming out later this year. These are “an adventurous twist of genre” per the Midwest Book Review. I call them science fantasy. They’re fast-paced romps that leave the reader with something to think about in the end.

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Quick description of it.

The Rothston Series centers on adepts – individuals who can covertly change the decisions others are making. They’ve organized themselves for the good of humankind, intervening in our affairs when necessary to save us from disastrous consequences. For example, they secretly stopped the Cuban Missile Crisis from becoming a nuclear war in the ‘60’s. But pursuing what’s best isn’t always that clear and can have deadly consequences, as the protagonist, an idealistic college freshman discovers.

Books 1 and 2, Foreseen and Choices, are available now, with Origins coming out in a few months. I’m thrilled to say that Foreseen was a bestseller on Amazon for six weeks, with Origins holding that title for four weeks longer, so the series is definitely catching on!


Something unique about it.

The “supernatural” powers in the Rothston Series are not based on magic or fantasy creatures, but on the science of quantum mechanics, grounding the abilities of adepts in the real world. Similarly, real world issues – such as Congressional gridlock and massive Ponzi schemes are mentioned, giving the fantastical story are plausible feel (some say more realistic than the real world).


Links for people to buy it.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Terri-Lynne-Smiles/e/B008J49DDE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/terri-lynne-smiles


Your promo links.

Website: www.terrilynnesmiles.com

Facebook Author page: www.facebook.com/TerriLynneSmiles

Facebook Series page: www.facebook.com/pages/Foreseen-The-Rothston-Series

Twitter: @TLSmiles


Your short Bio.

The Midwest Book Review says Terri-Lynne Smiles has “a native talent for imaginative storytelling that her readers will find unfailingly enjoyable from beginning to end.” She prides herself on crafting novels filled with realistic characters, a heart-pounding pace, and a bit of a puzzle for both the reader and characters to chew on. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Terri-Lynne was recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, an Ohio Super Lawyer, and one of the Top 25 Female Attorneys in Ohio. When not writing, she and her husband spend their time playing with their mentally-challenged dog, drinking wine, and laughing at life’s little quirks. She is also supports the charitable community, including serving as board chair for the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations.



“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”