Terri Blackstock lives in her imagination
all day, crafting books to keep readers
up all night—and she loves it.

Truth-Stained Lies (Zondervan) is the latest suspense
title in a string of successes. Book One
in the Moonlighters Series, the novel follows
three sisters: an investigative blogger, a stay-at-home
mom, and a ne’er do-well taxi driver, who
work together as private investigators to solve
crimes related to their family. “During the Casey
Anthony trial, I was following some investigative
blogs by people who were digging up behind-the-scenes information,” Blackstock explains,
“and often that was stuff that wasn’t allowed in
court. I couldn’t help doing my “What-if?” routine.
What if some angry person turned the tables
on the bloggers? What if they showed them
[how it feels] to be speculated about and judged?”

Each Moonlighters book will follow a different
sister. Truth-Stained Lies zeroes in on former
prosecutor and blogger Cathy Cramer, but
Blackstock admits Holly, Cathy’s party-girl-turned-taxi-driving sister is her favorite. “She’s a
mess,” Blackstock says. “It was important to me
to include her in the series, because I want readers
to know that God isn’t finished with her yet.
He loves the messy people in our lives, and He has
a plan for them. I know Holly’s purpose in this
story, and I’m excited about what I’m going to do
with her. God feels the same way about us. I think
we have a problem in the church, accepting our
prodigals home. I want to challenge Christians
to welcome lost people and prodigals with open
arms, rather than avoiding them or whispering
about them.”

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2013 issue of FamilyFiction Edge digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!

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About The Author

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times and USA Today best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over thirty years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.