Terri Laxton Brooks is a journalist, author and academic, whose first novel, Boomerang Baby, covers the sweep of the tumultuous Baby Boomer generation through the experience of one woman who struggles to change as the world changes around her. During a stay in Hawaii in the 1990s, she confronts the trauma of those Boomer years. Pub Date: TBD
Terri's three prior books are non-fiction: BitterSweet: Surviving and Growing From Loneliness (T.Y. Crowell-now part of Harper Row + Penguin paperback, under name Terri Schultz); Women Can Wait: The Pleasures Of Motherhood After Thirty, (Doubleday/Dolphin, under Terri Schultz); and Words' Worth: Write Well And Prosper (1st edition St. Martin's Press, for trade and education markets, 2nd edition Words Worth: Write Well and Prosper, with Mary Quigley, Waveland Press).
She grew up in Midwestern farm country where she created a high school newspaper called The Webb, which she considers the serendipitous launch of her writing career. While in college she was hired to be a Metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune after graduation and was part of its team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism.
In the 1980s, Terri chaired the organizing committee for the National Writers' Union, as well as the PEN committee that created national standards for authors' access to information from book publishers.
As a freelancer, Terri has published nearly 90 articles for The New York Times, Harper's, Columbia Journalism Review, Ladies Home Journal , Cosmopolitan and others. She was employed for six years—first by NYU Langone Medical Center and next by Weill Cornell Medical Center—to be communications director in their capital campaign offices, where the teams raised a total of more than three billion dollars to support medical research.
In her academic career, she served as journalism professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at NYU (now the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute), and later as dean of the College of Communications at Penn State (now the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications). Terri was a Fulbright scholar to India where she studied the role of the press in a multilingual, multiethnic society. She served from 2002-2006 on the Fulbright board.
Terri is founder, curator and editor of Witness To War, a web archive of untold stories from more than 100 eyewitnesses to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. She plans to publish in 2021, the 20th anniversary of the attack.