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If you are not familiar with my books, that is quite understandable. According to Prairie Home Companion author and humorist, Garrison Keillor, I am one of those who fit into a literary category he humorously describes as “the 18 million self-published authors in America, each with 14 readers, eight of whom are blood relatives and have average annual earnings of $1.75.”

However, Keillor also light-heartedly laments that self-publishing marks the end of an era in book publishing, along with its tortured geniuses. I don’t argue with some of his facts, but I do take exception to his seeming position that only celebrated writers have the right to take satisfaction from their writing efforts. :-)

Although I spent the latter half of my business career as an independent manufacturer’s representative in the least known, but most commonly used medium of advertising in this country, my outside interest has always been writing. I have not written and self-published any of my 14 books with the expectation of actually making a profit, although that would be welcome. Each of the stories in my books wanted to be told, although for different reasons.

For example, in the process of writing my second novel—The Foursome—while still a Christian skeptic, research led me to read the Bible through in order to intellectually understand the born-again faith of the story’s believer. In that process God revealed Himself to me (see my Personal Testimony page). Thus, at age fifty-eight I began following a calling to write Christian books exclusively, mostly novels with genres ranging from  faith and marriage to historical fiction and even science fiction.

Keillor’s “tortured American genius writers”  will not be in danger of having to share in their martyrdom! Between you and me, however, I am willing to bet there is at least one would-be writer in Keillor’s imaginative Lake Wobegon who is aching to share with his family and a dozen friends a written and self-published tale about the record Walleyed Pike he nearly caught and ate.

Terry Dodd

10 Responses to Home

  1. Joel Schaffer says:

    Good to read about you in the March edition of PPB and see you are alive and writing. Stay well and enjoy.

    • Terry Dodd says:

      Joel, I just belatedly received your comment. Electronics! Thank you. I presume you have retired, but maybe not.

  2. Wally Avett says:

    Looking forward to meeting you and selling books together next Saturday afternoon at festival in Ball Ground.
    Methodist Sunday School teacher, gospel singer, retired newspaperman now turned novelist. We should be able to find common ground for good conversation.
    WALLY AVETT

  3. W Robin says:

    Your books are honest, genuine, clever, engaging, delightfully unpredictable in plot and refreshingly real without succumbing to current literary posturing in language and elements. And they have been enjoyed by far more than traditional “competitors” want to believe! Gifts and talents are not the purview of a few, but a gift to be shared with all, that we would enjoy life that much more colorfully and pleasantly. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents…your art!

  4. Deborah Dixson says:

    Cousin Terry…..i am Debbie Dodd Dixson….Don’s oldest daughter..living in
    Lakewood CO. now….some one contacted me about Ancestry.com
    and i hope to get in touch with you if and when possible.
    phone 303-284-9631
    Woody, Patrick and Lee Ann are all in the Denver Metro area, too.
    Thought of you and your mom and dad and mine especially while
    watching the Master’s Golf this last week!!
    God grace and stregth to you and yours,
    deb

  5. Greetings cousin Terry……i am Deborah (Dodd) Dixson and ordered
    one of your books…FIRED WITH ENTHUSIASM….
    truly enjoying it and have rec’d. some information regarding ANCESTRY..
    I remember some great times at Mike and Mary Anne’s years ago..
    huge Thanksgiving feast…and playing lots of games and talking story.
    my brothers Woody/Patrick and my sister Lee Ann all live in the Metro
    Area Lakewood, Aurora, Denver,Commerce City.
    my husband of of almost 44 yrs. Harley and i moved to Kailua Kona
    on the Island of Hawaii (no children) times went by too quickly and
    now we returned to Colorado. Don (our dad died in 1994…Mom “Willy”
    died Feb.1997) i remember visiting Mickey when she was with Dave
    and ?….also meeting up with their sons (golfers).
    I have neglected address books, etc. so it would be great to get back in
    touch…just emailed Nancy (Calhoun) Martins.
    we don’t have facebook/instagram/etc.
    Harley had to cancel his golf game..we had snow and very cold weather!
    please respond when you can…praying for you and Helga and family. deb

  6. Ed Williams says:

    Hello, Terry….I hope you are still well spreading The Good News!
    I suspect your email account (dodd@bellsouth.net) has been hacked. I received this today:
    Hello

    How are you? i need a favor from you

    I need to get a Play Station Gift Card for my Nephew, Its his birthday today and i totally forgot. I can’t do this now because I’m currently out of town with no means of getting this done and have also tried to purchase it online but no luck with that. Can you help grab one from any store around you . I’ll pay back as soon as i am back.

    Kindly let me know if you can handle this.

    Terry Dodd

    Stay well and all the best!
    –ed

  7. Terry Dodd says:

    Ed, believe it or not I just read the above (1/28/2021). No excuse, my friend, other than my technological savvy. I always looked forward to calling on you when we were both in business. I trust you are managing during this Covid curse. Are you still getting my bi-monthly newsletters?

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