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Terri Lynn Zaleski

Route 2, Box 994
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, United States


My writing career started off with a bang. Shortly after earning my Bachelor of Arts in English from George Mason University, I was honored with my own humor column on my first submission to the Morning Journal, the largest newspaper in our area. The newspaper published my column twice a week for four years.

Shortly after that, my first screenplay, a pilot script for a murder mystery made it to a producer at Universal Studios for negotiations to be made into a series pilot. I was so naive that I didn't realize how rare and unbelieveable that is.

Then, the reality of the business of writing set in when the project fell through and my agent suggested that I would have more success if I switched from whodunits to end of days- puppy kicking-serial killing-thrillers.

During the last four years, since having my son, I have kept up my writing skills by working as editor-in-chief, and head writer, for a local magazine; and writing, acting, and directing skits and inspirational videos for our church.

I love murder mysteries. I prefer the old-fashioned whodunits in which the fun is in the puzzle of solving the crime.

Since my relationship with my agent disolved, I have written three books in a continuing series - The Joshua Thornton Mysteries.

Joshua Thornton has the perfect family life - until September 2001.

When his wife's sudden death leave Joshua alone to raise his five pre-teen and teenaged children alone, Joshua trades in a brilliant career in Naval law for the cobblestone streets and quiet summer night of his West Virginia hometown. However, Joshua's talent for solving murders prevent him and his family from finding the santuary he seeks for his family. Before they even have time to unpack, Joshua's children find a thirty year old letter that implicates a local pastor in murder.

I am a member of Mystery Writers of American and Malice Domestic, Inc, an organization that supports and encourages the writing of murder mysteries in the style of one of my favorite writers, Agatha Christie. I have read most of her books and hope that someday I may inspire other mystery writers as she has done.

Interests: Life and Murder.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • A Small Case of Murder
  • Other

  • Oakland Today
  • Column One