A Gift From Charles Dickens

In the Doghouse by Teri Case
Buddy, my canine beta reader of In the Doghouse.
photo by Kate McKenzie

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A Gift From Charles Dickens

Dear Friends,

During the holidays, I watched The Man Who Invented Christmas. It’s the story about Charles Dickens and how he wrote and published A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol is my all time favorite holiday book and movie, but last night it was extra special because it was validating to learn how the story came about. Now, let me pause and preface the below with I am not by any means comparing my writing to that of Charles Dickens’. Continue reading

Jennifer Tar Heel Reviews Tiger Drive

Tiger Drive by Teri Case review by Jennifer Tar Heeler

photo by Jennifer Tar Heel

Grateful to Jennifer Tar Heel Reader for her review of Tiger Drive.

I found Tiger Drive to be relatable, vividly real, and written emotionally from the heart; a story of utter despair clashing with hope and faith at every turn.

You can read her full review here as well as reach her website to read all of her helpful reviews. Thanks to Jennifer, my reading list has quadrupled.

There’s No Place Like My Hometown

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Giving Thanks Tiger Drive

There’s No Place Like My Hometown

Where should I even begin about my day and night in Carson City yesterday?

I returned to Carson Highschool for the first time since 1989 to speak to a creative writing class about writing and then seniors about the Tiger Drive Scholarship, my personal CHS scholarship story, and some tips on essays. The CHS team I interacted with yesterday cares deeply about their students. They are inspiring!

And then last night . . . last night!. . . I did an event with the Friends of Carson City Library, and OH MY. I am so grateful for the people who showed up: parents and siblings of friends from long ago, Tiger Drive residents an alumni, Mr. Tobey‘s family (aka Mr. Hill in Tiger Drive!!), new friends, new readers, and some who came because Karsen is my brother (happens every time).  I remain humbled by the feedback many of them shared about the novel. One woman said “Tiger Drive is powerful.”

Let’s just say I was close to tears more than once, shared hugs galore, and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.

Thanks for being you Carson City, and thank you Friends of Carson City Library and CHS for having me.


Moving and Traveling and Writing–OH MY!

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Teri Case by Gretchen Lemay

Teri Case by Gretchen Lemay Photography

Moving and Traveling and Writing–OH MY!

Happy Saturday. Whew!

The last two months have been chaotic. Our house sold after a few days on the market. We started purging, packing, unpacking, purging again, repacking, melting down, crying, asking ourselves how we collected so much unnecessary crap, unburied treasures we thought we had lost, questioned what we should do with thousands of photos, and then asked ourselves, “Okay, where to next?”

That’s right. We sold our house before we knew where we were going. Often times when I tell someone we have no idea where we are moving, they will say, “How adventurous.”

Yes, and crazy.

Since November 2013, we’ve made the following moves:

  • San Diego, CA to Annapolis, MD
  • Annapolis, MD to Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, WA to Ithaca, NY
  • Ithaca, NY to . . . wait for it
So with our house closing on August 9th, we handed over our keys to a lovely family, hopped in our car, and headed to Florida because we knew it would be hot and sunny, and we also didn’t know what else to do. Fortunately, we found a one-month rental on the beach in Siesta Key, Florida. Unfortunately, when we arrived, it was Red Tide. (I’m not going to depress anyone who cares about our world by saying more than that.)

And still, with reservations about Florida’s politics (they don’t suit us), we decided to start house hunting in Florida. I know. We are confused. I mean, we are confusing.

But after all of our moves, we are certain, finally, about a few requirements:

  • We need sun.
  • We need the ocean.
  • We need a walkable community.
  • We need to be near an international airport.
And so we are moving to Clearwater, Florida!

Although Clearwater wasn’t originally on our list, it ended up being perfect for us. We found a spacious, top floor condo with balconies and views. I can walk to stores and ride my bike to the marina. Oh, and did I mention my realtor rescues and releases tortoises and has the smartest rescue dog ever? More on that in a few weeks.

An added bonus is I will now be near two “online” friends whose friendship I have greatly appreciated. In October, I will get to meet, at long last, author Carlen Maddux. Carlen authored A Path Revealed: How Hope, Love, and Joy Found Us Deep in a Maze Called Alzheimer’s. I credit him with the idea of adding a tagline to the cover for Tiger Drive: One family. Too many secrets. Four people want to matter.

And I get to meet Dawn. Dawn was a beta reader of Tiger Drive. And get this– she read it in one day while she was getting treatment at the hospital. When her night nurse came in to give her evening pills, Dawn asked her to come back in an hour because she had to finish my book, and she wasn’t ready to sleep. I can’t wait to give her a big hug for her sacrifice.

Believe it or not, during all of this change, I managed to finish the revision of In the Doghouseand send it to the editor a week early!

So In the Doghouseis now being dog sat by the editor. Now I can concentrate on my launch and marketing efforts. If you know any dog loving bloggers or organizations that might want to support In the Doghouse, let me know (did I mention a cat is involved?). For starters, DogTV has already said they are on-board. I’m ecstatic about this one.

So what should we do now until the condo sale closes on September 27th? Obviously we should go hiking in Italy on the Cinque Terre and roam about Italy for the rest of the month.

I’ll send photos.

As for Tiger Drive, I’m just going to park this humbling message I received from my truly lovely younger sister’s client who read Tiger Drive:

Tiger Drive

What have you been up to lately? Tell me all about it.

Until next time, thanks for being you and for your support.


Tiger Drive Wins Best New Fiction–2018 American Fiction Awards

Winner American Fiction Awards

Tiger Drive wins Best New Fiction – 2018 American Fiction Awards.

Wow, wow, wow! Tiger Drive has won! When I opened the below email, I had to read it several times. Could this be true? Yes, it can! I’ve already called my siblings and mother.

Tiger Drive Wins American Fiction Award

If you’d like to read the press release, click here. The American Fiction Awards recognizes publishing in mainstream, independent, and self-publishing. Please check out the finalists in Best New Fiction. I’ll admit, their books are right up my alley:

Thank you so much for being you. It takes a village to write and publish a book. To prove it, here is a video I made that recognizes everyone in the Acknowledgments of Tiger Drive:

Tiger Drive by Teri Case Acknowledgments

Thanks for being you!

Teri, Award Winning Author (Hee hee)

Want to be in my new book trailer?

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In the Doghouse by Teri Case

Coming to a Dog Park Near You in 2019

Want to be in the book trailer?

Dear Friend,

I’m working on the book trailer for In the Doghouse: a couple’s breakup from their dog’s point of view.

If you’d like to be in the trailer, please send me a picture of one of the following. You need to own the photo:

  • A photo of you with your pet(s)*
  • A happy photo with your partner
  • An argument or discussion with your partner (feel free to stage this one, please don’t really get in an argument)
  • A photo with a family member
  • A photo of your favorite co-workers or clients**

I’m still a starving artist so you won’t be compensated, but you will get bragging rights, and your name will be in the credits at the end. I may not be able to use everyone’s pictures, but I’m going to do my best. To send the picture, email it to me at teri@tericase.com or tag me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter*** And please feel free to share this newsletter with friends.

Need some music to inspire you? Here is the song being used for the trailer of In the Doghouse. It’s called “Loves Gotta Look” by Zoetica. They gave me permission to use it for the trailer!

Loves Gotta Look by Zoetica Music In the Doghouse Teri Case

Click image to listen or click here to go to Zoetica’s site

Until next time, thanks for being you!


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Books by Teri Case

TIGER DRIVE by Teri Case

In the Doghouse cover art by Olya Vynnychenko