About Joseph

Capt. Joseph Terrell

Joseph certainly doesn’t spend all of his time at the Outer Banks huddled over a keyboard, writing away. Naw, there are other things to do, like take a boat down the canal by his house to the Currituck Sound…

Joseph L S.Terrell is the published author of eleven books. The latest is THE LAST BLUE NOON IN MAY. Joseph has six books in the mystery series featuring crime writer Harrison Weaver, set at North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Books in the series are DEAD RIGHT RETURNING, TIDE OF DARKNESS, OVERWASH OF EVIL, NOT OUR KIND OF KILLING and UNDERTOW OF VENGEANCE.While all four are set at the Outer Banks and feature Weaver and his friend SBI Agent T. Ballsford Twiddy, each is a stand-alone novel and do not have to be read in sequence.

Another recent novel is a poignant coming-of-age story of Jonathan Clayton, set in Raleigh, North Carolina, during the closing years of World War II called LEARNING TO SLOW DANCE.

Joseph Terrell's Rock Fish

…and if he’s lucky, catching a nice rock fish, or striped bass, as some folks call them. Good eating!

Joseph has a publishing history that spans more than forty years and includes—of course—fiction, but also true crime, psychology, agri-business, military and government affairs, trade, plus just about everything in between. He has written for newspapers, magazines, radio and television, advertising and public relations. He has won first-place awards for his fiction at the National Press Club’s Short Fiction Contest and elsewhere.

Joseph Terrell Signing

Joseph at a recent book signing at the Outer Banks.

A graduate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was awarded a scholarship to the famed University of Iowa Writers Workshop, but the Korean War interrupted his studies. After service as a Special Agent in the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps, Joseph returned to UNC to pursue graduate studies in journalism. He began his journalism career as a staff writer for United Press International, then went on to The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau covering the Pentagon. Most of his career has been spent in Washington, including a stint as press secretary for the Senate Agriculture Committee; he has also worked for publications in North Carolina and Virginia.

Today Joseph makes his home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he spends much of his time writing the twists and plots for his next novel. You can find his books through his publisher, Bella Rosa Books, or ask for them wherever books are sold. Joseph can be contacted at jlsterrell@aol.com.

Paris is just about Joseph’s most favorite place in the world (aside from North Carolina’s Outer Banks) and one of his most favorite places in Paris is the world famous Shakespeare and Company Bookstore.

Paris is just about Joseph’s most favorite place in the world (aside from North Carolina’s Outer Banks) and one of his most favorite places in Paris is the world famous Shakespeare and Company Bookstore.