Friday, November 11, 2011

A Letter to My Fellow Authors

Dear Fellow Wordsmiths:

As several of you know (and most of you don't care) I have an exciting, heart-stopping day job. I am a CPA who specializes in audit. Auditors are beloved by all (or maybe it's abhored--I get the two confused). But the point is, you have to act professional and people assume you know a lot about complicated stuff that nobody can pronounce.

That's where I was yesterday when I got the email: Choosing Charity, the third installment in my Faith, Hope, & Charity trilogy has been accepted by CFI.

I wanted to do the happy dance accompanied by a couple of banshee hollers for good measure. I mean, it's my book and it's been accepted!
If you bust a dance move and engage in general merriment whilst acting in the capacity of an auditor, the client gets nervous.

So I calmly walked into the controller's office and said quietly. "I'm going to share something with you that no one else knows."
Having captured his attention, I followed up wiith, "I just got word my 4th book has been accepted for publication!"
He blinked and said, "I got a new refrigerator."

I had to force a smile until I remembered, I can make this audit really difficult for him [evil, maniacal laughter erupts in my brain]

I called my husband who, like Mary Poppins, is practically perfect in every way. (Except he doesn't carry a carpetbag and has way too many speeding tickets.)

"Choosing Charity has been accepted for publication!" I gush.

"Wow, that's great. You'll make, what--five or ten cents an hour?"

I'm revoking his Mary Poppins status and grounding him from my Camaro.

Such is the support I had--or didn't have--so I'm turning to you all. The few, the proud, the people who work for pennies per hour.


[Bustin' dance moves, fracturing a hip, trying to find my car keys]

Carry on!

Terri Ferran


Annette Lyon said...

Bust those moves, Terri! I know firsthand what it means.

So BOOYAH! Celebrate! Woohoo!

CountessLaurie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Someday I will write the book in my head and I hope to know what you are feeling.

I also have low expectations in that department, so I would like a new refrigerator too...


Jennifer K Clark said...

Soooo funny! Congrats! Might as well have some fun and ...make your client pay! Ok that was the little devil on my shoulder speaking.
Good job!

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M-Cat said...

Couldn'! Next time don't gush to the SI, text me first instead, I'll actually piddle a little with excitment for you!

Mae Rae said...

This is FANTASTIC news!

I know that I am late to the party with my congrats but just the same congrats.

FYI, i just piddled a little when I read M-Cat's response.


Barbara said...

My daughter just found your book Finding Faith--someone had borrowed it to her. She does like to read but now she is asking me if I can help her find your next book in the series. She doesn't know there is a 3rd. My question is WHERE OD YOU BUY YOUR BOOKS???????

Terri Ferran said...


I'm glad your daughter enjoyed Finding Faith. The second book is Having Hope. Both can be purchased from my publisher at or at
The third book, Choosing Charity, will be released in 2012.

Merry Christmas!

Wilson said...

when in 2012????

Terri Ferran said...


July 2012

Susan said...

I would have screamed!!!!!! But you didn't call, and now its out.... can we celebrate at Outback? Share the joy, etc. etc. I'm sorry I'm not a blogger yet, and I L:Ove You guys!!! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!