A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Terry E. Lyle is a prolific author and poet who uses her confessional writing style to grant readers a candid glimpse into her soul. After a near-fatal car accident left her hopeless and disabled, Terry has been fighting her way back and has been using her writing to detail her daily battles. In her latest book, Broken, Terry shares the story of her journey through a gauntlet of drug use, homelessness, abuse, depression and near-death before finding her way back to God.
Over the course of her literary career, Terry has received the Editor’s Choice Award, is a member of the International Society of Poets, was a featured author in the Anthology of Expressions by White Oak Publishers, was a featured author with Eber & Wein Publications, and was featured in a publication called Voices, a poetry collection published by Unique Euphony Publications.
Terry also hosts her own radio segment called Unmasked with Authoress Terry E. Lyle on Blog Talk Radio every Friday at 7:30pm ET.
To learn more about Terry and her work, visit terrylyle.com.
What was your childhood like, and how did it shape who you are today?
My childhood was in a very strict environment because respect, morals, Christian values were a must. It was often said that, “Children should be seen and not heard.”
How did you initially become interested in writing?
I became interested in writing for the world to see after listening to a radio segment with Steve Harvey and he was talking about how God gave each of us a talent, so don’t be jealous of his accomplishments. However, I have always written poems, Dear John letters for other people, and I never realized that I was always known for my ability to write poetry since a young child.
Was the process of writing Broken a cathartic experience for you?
Yes, writing Broken really opened up emotions and dialogue that I thought were gone.
How have you grown as a writer since your earlier works?
I became more in touch with my emotions and, honestly, came in touch with those places that caused me pain, and finally became free of worrying about others’ opinions of me. I just learned to be strong and own my mistakes.
How do you know when a book is finished and ready to be released?
I know when a book is done when internally I feel like I have touched on all the emotions that I need to express because I believe that God lets me know when enough is enough.
What do you enjoy most about hosting your radio show, Unmasked?
What I enjoy the most about my radio show Unmasked is the ability to ask those questions that others think are taboo because I’m a firm believer that once the truth is out then the pain will be decreased.
Who have been some of the most fascinating guests you’ve spoken to on your radio show?
Some of my favorite guests were Chris Jasper from the Isley Brothers, Chad Meeks who said he was abducted by aliens, this lady named Darlene who was a preacher’s wife whose husband gave her — and most of the females in the congregation — HIV.
What would you like to do that you simply haven’t gotten around to yet?
Meeting the right people who can help me launch my book Broken into a movie so I would be able to have enough money to help others in need that can’t get help from other conventional means and also share Jesus on a bigger scope.
What are you working on next?
Working on and looking for a Godly man who is willing to serve God with me and save and bring souls to Christ by the service that we give to those in need.