Ian Terry has been writing action, fantasy and sci-fi novels for 12 years. When asked about his future career plans he explains, “I just can’t decide. If you ask me what I want to do tomorrow, it won’t be the same. However, I know whatever I do, I want to continue to write fiction, probably as a side job.” Currently, Terry has written one full length novel, Monster Seeker 2: Rise of the Phoenix King, and multiple short stories, including Bad Liar Society and a series called Zombie Warz. All of these stories can be found and purchased on Amazon for Kindle.
In addition to Terry’s passion for penning action stories on paper, he also has a love of writing for the big screen. Terry is currently a junior at Michigan State University pursuing a major in professional writing with a specialization in editing and publishing and a minor in film studies. It was his interest in film writing that inspired Terry to join the MSU student group Telecasters, who produce the undergraduate student-run drama series TURN. These students both write and produce their own 5- to-15-minute-long episodes each month and air them on Youtube. Terry is the head writer for TURN and has even written and directed his own episode called Ghosts. “I started work with TURN when I was a freshman, but didn’t become an integral part until my sophomore year. I really enjoy it,” Terry says.
Terry doesn’t leave all the action to his characters on screen and on paper. He is quite the man of action himself. “I run, I bike and I swim, so one day I thought to myself, ‘Why not do a triathlon?’ and I have been training ever since.” In addition to his triathlon training, Terry has devoted 11 years to learning the martial art of Okinawan-style Sanchin-Ryu Karate, earning a first-degree black belt. When asked if his training helps him channel his characters, Terry says, “I think my karate and triathlon training have helped me develop how my characters act and react in the situations I’ve put them in. Even though the action sequences can get kind of over the top and cartoony, they tend to be rather grounded in reality with how the human body takes damage and pushes stamina and adrenaline, and how the mind deals with trauma, both physical and psychological.”