Originally from the coastal area of Maryland, author Terri Grimes and her husband currently live in Louisville KY where she enjoys ghost hunting, photography, travel, cooking and most of all, writing. She specializes in the genre of paranormal romance. As a certified paranormal investigator, she’s been able to intertwine many of her otherworldly experiences into her novels.
In spring 2013 she’ll be appearing on A&E’s BIO channel’s “My Ghost Story” where she discusses and shares evidence of an experience she had at the ruins of a nineteenth century insane asylum. This experience is also detailed with many other true ghost stories in her upcoming book, Haunted Kentucky, Tales of a Conduit, a nonfiction novel for America’s Haunted Road trip detailing many of the haunted locations she’s investigated in Kentucky.
Her current release is SHAKE, RATTLE AND HAUNT, published by Champane Books, and she is represented by Maureen Walters of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Formerly a financial software support and implementation professional, when not writing she spends her days playing with vampires, ghosts and the occasional zombie, all while still managing to find time to flirt with the UPS man.
Visit her at www.terrigrimes.com.
Let’s see how Terri answers the Proust Questionnaire!
What is your idea of happiness?
I’m a simple girl. My husband by my side, a roof over our heads and plenty of ink in my pen and I’m happy.
What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
That changes on a daily basis. I have very eclectic musical tastes. One day I’ll be listening to EimEim and the next day to Roger Whitaker and the next to Godsmack. Today my favorite song is Creep by Radiohead. I found the video with Johnny Depp and Charlotte Gainsbourg from Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d’enfants, a.k.a. “And They Lived Happily Ever After,” which is set to that song and I’ve been playing it all week long. Love, love, love it! For today at least.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The talent of contentment. And believe me, contentment is a talent. I envy those who are able to say, “Okay, I’ve achieved what I wanted and now I can sit and bask in the enjoyment of it.”
On what occasion do you lie?
I try not to lie, especially since it drives me bonkers when I’m lied to. But I’m honest enough to admit I do lie on occasion. If you’re really proud of your baby puke, green car I’ll probably lie when you ask, “Isn’t it the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?”
What is your present state of mind?
Frustrated! I live in a condo townhouse. My neighbor bought his unit as a result of a foreclosure. He has spent the last six months gutting the place and DIY remodeling. The noise level has been astronomical! He’s even jack hammered his entire downstairs in order to get all the tile off the concrete slab, which he then proceeded to buff and sand and sand and buff numerous times. My ears are still ringing from that. It wouldn’t be so bad if he limited his construction projects to daytime hours. Unfortunately he prefers to work on his place in the evening hours, all the way up to midnight or later.
What is your motto?
Welcome to the dark side, we have cookies.
What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Honesty. I could add numerous other traits that makes a good friend, but without honesty you don’t really have a true friendship.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I’m a big fan of LY words in my own personal speech patterns. I’m sure it drives my editor nuts! Actually, I find myself saying “actually” far too much. Another word I overuse (actually incorrectly) is irregardless. My husband is quick to point out it should be “regardless.” Actually, irregardless, I don’t care. I like it and I’ll continue to use it, irregardless.
Your favorite painting?
I’m a big fan of art, so this is a difficult question. It’s hard to pare it down to one painting. There are so many wonderful works of arts. Henri Rousseau’s The Flamingoes (1907) is one of my favorites at the moment. What can I say; I’m a sucker for flamingoes.
What is your favorite journey?
I wish I could say something profound like, “life.” But actually my favorite journey was my trip to Germany. I’m an avid follower of history, particularly WWII. So not only did I get to see my daughter (who lived in Germany for five long years away from her mommy) but also I was also able to visit historical spots that I had previously only read about. In addition, it was the holiday season so I was able to visit many Christmas Markets. If you’ve never experienced a German Christmas Market you really need to put it on your bucket list.
What is your favorite time of day?
Definitely morning. I love getting up while it is still dark out and the rest of the world is silent. As I sit with my steaming cup of black coffee, I’m always filled with so many possibilities for the upcoming day and what it will bring.
With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
I hate to admit it, but Bridgett Jones. She’s my hero.
What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
I want to leave my mark on this planet so when I die people will remember me. I’d like to do it in a nice, peaceful, artistic sort of way though. Not a shoot-up-a-fast-food-joint-and-all-its-occupants way.
Who or what is your first love?
Books! I fell deeply in love with the written word at an early age. Growing up on a farm in rural coastal Maryland didn’t provide much opportunity for interaction with anything other than chickens or cows. So my best friends were Veronica Ganz (Marilyn Sachs), David Copperfield and even Tina Balser (Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman, which I read when I was only eight.) I was blessed to be raised by my grandparents, who gave me the encouragement and freedom to read whatever I liked.
What’s the last dream you remember?
It was about two weeks ago around 3:00am. But, to be honest, I think it was a spirit trying to communicate with me through my dreams. Ever since my open heart surgery I’ve been able to see, hear and feel spirits. My heart surgeon says it’s because my heart was stopped during the operation and I was kept alive artificially. He said many people, including himself a year prior, experience going into the light or hovering over their bodies, during the operation. So afterwards you’ve basically got one foot in life and one in death. Back to the dream though; I remember feeling extreme despair, but it wasn’t my own. Then, I heard a loud shotgun blast. At that moment I woke up. My ears were ringing from the blast of the gun. Instantly I knew I was feeling and hearing the moment someone committed suicide. My husband and I were sleeping in my daughter’s guest room at the time, which I know for a fact to be haunted by a previous owner. I think he killed himself in that room and I think he communicated that to me in my dream. I believe he was suffering from a long, terminal illness and he couldn’t take the pain anymore.
What’s your madeleine?
Absolutely my granddaughter, Jasmine. Sweet as a sugary pink cupcake, yet fiery as a ghost chili, she rocks my world!
Without thinking, in one word: what is life?