My Writing Desk | Terri Blackstock (Plus a Giveaway)

terri's writing desk

I don’t always write at my desk—I often write in a recliner, in my car, in other rooms—but this desk is my landing place. I deliberately didn’t clean it off before taking this picture, because I wanted you to see it messy. On the left, you’ll see a gigantic stack of papers. Those are manuscript pages, because I still print things out and mark all over the hard copies after each draft. They pile up for each book until I either box them up or shred them. (I hate the thought of people reading early drafts, so I’m fine with destroying them.)

I write on my laptop, but I hook it up to my big monitor when I’m at my desk, so I can see it on the big screen. I have a wireless keyboard and trackpad that feel like my laptop, so the transition is easy. Under glass, I have pictures of my characters, with important stats about them, such as their ages, so I can refer to them often.

At this writing, I’m working on promotional things for my new book Distortion, Book 2 in my Moonlighters Series. (Book 1 was Truth Stained Lies, which released last year.)

About Terri

Terri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of “Intervention,” “Vicious Cycle,” and “Downfall,” as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, Restoration, and Moonlighters. Find out more about Terri at her website.

About Distortion and a Giveaway

Distortion features Juliet Cole, the oldest sister who’s had an idyllic life as a stay-at-home mom and wife of a doctor. When her husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack.

Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers’ demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband’s dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more of her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal? Purchase a copy here.

To celebrate the release of Distortion, Terri is holding a giveaway where you can enter to win a Kindle, and she’s holding a Facebook party tonight! Details and entry forms are here.

PLUS you can enter to win a copy of Distortion below! Only those in the U.S. are eligible to win.

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  1. Mystery and suspense are always captivating and enthralling.

  2. Terri is one of my favorite authors. Love suspense.

  3. Would love to ‘branch’ out and read this !!

  4. Jeanette Plummer says:

    Love mystery and/or suspense novels! I’m always totally captivated.

  5. Like to read both mystery&thrillers.

  6. I love mystery and suspense. Thanks for a glimpse of your desk, Terri, and a chance to win the book.

  7. Amanda Black says:

    Thrillers are the best! That’s my favorite genre, for sure!

  8. Well you know the saying, “A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind”. Thanks for sharing your work space. Luv your books.

  9. Jennifer Tipton says:

    I love to read both actually and Terri your desk looks productive more than it looks messy.

  10. denise westra says:

    Reaf one of your series already and ready to start another.

  11. Both. Love both

  12. Alta Young says:

    I like both equally as long as the story is good and well written.

  13. I love a good mystery, but suspense will always win if I have to choose one above the other. And just for the record, I think I’ve read all your books and loved every single one 🙂 Thanks for all the great adventures!

  14. Terri, I love seeing authors’ writing spaces. Messy is quite my style too, as I need stuff spread out but within reach when I’m writing.

    Mystery and suspense? Oh yeah! Lynette Eason is one of my favorites. Of course, my faves list is a mile long…


  15. I LOVE mystery and suspense novels with a sprinkling of romance!

  16. Definitely! And I love Terri’s books. The Last Light series was my favorite.

  17. I like Terri Blackstock’s books…been awhile since I have read one

  18. Allison Matthews says:

    I love all the books just finished reading Last Light. Love love love the Sun Coast Chronicles!!!!! Read those books like 30 times no joke

  19. tammy cordery says:

    a mystery can’t take suspence

  20. I love Terri’s books…they are books I can’t put down!!!

  21. I like both

  22. Barb Stenby says:

    I love all types of books especially mysteries

  23. Kim Vander Helm says:

    Love you books Terri and this party is fun!

  24. YES!! I love suspense!

  25. Tina Hufnagel says:

    Your area looks a lot like mine at home. My stuff is accounting though. 🙂

  26. debbie Curto says:

    I love your books and would love to win

  27. I love Mystery.

  28. I love reading Terri Blackstock’s books! I look forward to reading her latest!

  29. Karen Yawn says:

    I like both, I don’t think I could choose just one

  30. Brenda Green says:

    My husband and I both love Terri’s style of writing. Every book is a page turner.

  31. nathania says:

    You know…as a child I loved reading suspense and mystery novels. For some reason as I grew up I have yet to pick up a mystery or suspenseful book. I feel like I am slowly getting back into mystery novels. Mainly I hate the feeling that in my home when I am all alone that someone might break in! (You know…when you read a book and you get into it that you feel that what you jsut read might happen to you??? lol)

  32. Your place is a lot cleaner then my crafting room that is for sure. Love to see were you do your writing. Thank you for opening up doors to us.

  33. Sara Johns says:

    I love all your books. The suspense and thriller genre are my favorite!

  34. Cecilia Corey says:

    I am a big fan of Terri Blackstock. I only by her paper books because I collect them and share them with my family and friends.

  35. rachel travis says:

    Yes, as long as I’m not home alone!!

  36. I love your books, Terri! I discovered just how good Christian mystery/suspense can be when my sister introduced me to your books.

  37. chris granville says:

    I absolutely love mystery and suspense
    God bless you

  38. Brenda Parker says:

    My all time favorite Terri Blackstock books are the Restoration Series! Thanks for the Giveaway! <3 Brenda

  39. I like both but Suspense would be my favorite.

  40. Stella Rawlings says:

    love reading mystery and suspense!

  41. Laurie Strawbridge says:

    I love a good suspense with a little mystery thrown into the mix!

  42. Yes, I love suspense!

  43. I wish my desk was that clean!!!

  44. Love getting a sneak peek of Terri Blackstock’s desk! Love your books!

  45. Terrie Coleman says:

    I can’t wait to read the book, Terri. I love a good mystery with a little faith and redemption included. Blessings to you!

  46. I love a good mystery. Look forward to reading yours

  47. Donna Cochran says:

    I love mystery and suspense novels!

  48. Elizabeth Harrison says:

    I really enjoy your books. Keep up the good stories!

  49. I love to read both mystery and suspense.

  50. ummm….that desk is messy??!! 😉 I love mystery AND suspense….especially if it’s Christian fiction.

  51. Love, love, love your books!!

  52. Tracy Melhinch says:

    I love mystery!!!

  53. Yes. Used to be hooked as a youngster with Nancy Drew and progressed from there. I loved Downfall – won it at Mt. Hermon’s Writers Conference 2 years ago. Hope to read more!

  54. Ola Norman says:

    I like suspense with a bit of mystery!

  55. So fun that we get a peek at your writing desk. I don’t think there has been a Terri Blackstock book that I haven’t liked! Love every one!

  56. Sounds good. 🙂

  57. I do like mystery and suspense books.

  58. Yes, I enjoy mystery or suspense novels.

  59. Mary Hart says:

    Yes! I love reading mystery & suspense novels!

  60. Linda McFarland says:

    I enjoy reading mystery & suspense novels but find myself so involved with the characters I can’t stop reading ’til I find out ‘who dun it’! Don’t get much else done but it’s usually worth it…Thanks for the opportunity to win! Linda

  61. RUTH SMITH says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the SUSPENSE books….LI has some of the best authors ever in that category…I’m reading Deadly Safari now and am really enjoying learning about African animals as well as trying to figure “who dunit!”…..I am always wrong….the authors not only give info about the things or people they are writing about but also load it with inspiration and suspense! Anxious to read Terri Blackstock’s “Distortion”. Thanks for the invite to the give-a-way and may God bless you.

  62. I truly enjoy both mystery and suspense novels. I started out reading the thrillers of Stephen King, but had to tone down my reading selections. I am now quite satisfied with reading anything but thrillers.

  63. I love both but I’d go with Mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. I like CHRISTIAN mysteries & suspense! (& really like Terri’s books!)

  65. Sarah Stewart says:

    Love love love mystery and suspense! Love to read your books!

  66. RUTH SMITH says:

    just thinking…..the more I read articles about you writers and see your desks, the more I am in awe of you! it sure takes a God given talent to write like you do! All you gals are amazing……May God continue His blessings on you all….

  67. I do like Mystery and Suspense novels – I just need to read them when I don’t necessarily have to stop. 😀

  68. Andrea Williams says:

    I love to read mystery and suspense! Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors.

  69. Oh I LOVE both! Your books are so good! And totally captivating:)

  70. Lily Kwan says:


  71. What fun to have a peek at your writing space. I switched to a laptop last year and haven’t figured out how to hook it to a larger monitor. Need to investigate that! My writing desk isn’t quite as organized as yours, but it gets more and more so the farther I get into the manuscript. The new book sounds great! Honestly, my fave books of yours were the “Light” series. The possibility of having that happen gets greater each year as we rely more and more on our electronics. An EMP could make that scenario a reality and it really frightens me. Wishing you the best of sales!


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