Terry Madden

Rock and Roll Will Never Die, fiction, Issue 35, June 1, 2016


Birthday? April 25, 1958
 
When did you start writing? I started writing when I quit work to stay home with my first child. It took me ten years to write my first novel, now trunked. I turned to screenwriting and won awards, even optioned two screenplays. Then a dry spell set in, and thirteen years later, I started a fantasy novel, Three Wells of the Sea, which was recently released by Digital Fantasy Fiction.
 
When and what and where did you first get published? The first short story I ever wrote won first place in a quarter of the Writers of the Future contest and appears in volume 30 of their anthology. I had written a novel and discovered that the best way to publication was to win this contest. 
 
What themes do you like to write about? I'm quite interested in consciousness and the connection of the individual to the entity of the universe. There is a philosophy batted about today called biocentrism which holds that the universe is a manifestation of the consciousness of those of us who reside in it. This idea intrigues me and my stories often explore facets of this theory. In spite of the fact that my subjects range from rock stars in space to an English teacher who is summoned back to the world he ruled as king, the theme of the evolution of the soul still bubbles to the surface. 
 
Biography
Terry’s tenth grade paper on the evolution of Frankenstein’s monster from tragic construct to boogeyman set her on the path of the weird and wonderful. As an award-winning fiction and screenwriter, Terry has worked with subjects from historical to futuristic and finds inspiration in the classroom where she teaches chemistry and astronomy to high school students. Her favorite question for them. . . If technology could make you immortal, would you choose it?