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Terry McMillan


Bestselling Author

Terry McMillan was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, and discovered her love of literature while shelving books at the local library. She burst onto the literary scene in 1987 with her wildly acclaimed New York Times bestseller Mama, which won the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction award in 1986 and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1987. Terry’s signature humor, wisdom, and warmth made Waiting to Exhale, A Day Late and A Dollar Short, The Interruption of Everything, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Getting to Happy, Disappearing Acts , Who Asked You? and I Almost Forgot About You all New York Times Best Sellers. Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back were made into award-winning major motion pictures that proved huge at the box office, and Disappearing Acts and A Day Late and A Dollar Short were adapted into successful made-for-TV movies. Terry was awarded an Essence Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Beloved by her fans, Terry’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Now Terry is back with It’s Not All Downhill From Here, the story of one woman’s plan to shake herself out of her midlife rut, and maybe, in reinventing herself and embracing the person she wants to be, find a second chance at love. 

Speaking Topics:

It’s Not All Downhill From Here: Change at Any Age
Terry McMillan’s latest novel, It’s Not All Downhill From Here, addresses that challenging moment in life when you feel like giving up and resigning yourself to thinking your best days might just be behind you. Even the strongest amongst us, like McMillan’s protagonist Loretha Curry, struggle with aging, tragedy and change – worst of all, when they all seem to happen around the same time. Drawing on the voices of diverse and powerful women, McMillan weaves together a compelling story of strength and joy in the face of later-in-life challenges, proving that personal empowerment and loving support can see us through the darkest of days into a brighter future than ever imagined. Sure to resonate with anyone who has faced a crossroads in life, this moving talk draws on Loretha’s inspiring journey to show that it is never too late to become who you want to be, that family is worth fighting for and that our best days are yet to come!

• The Mother of Re-invention: An Evening with Terry McMillan
• Aging with Passion: It’s Not All Downhill from Here
• Reinventing Yourself at Any Age
• Owning Your Journey to Better Health
• Overcoming Addiction: A Writer’s Reflections
• The Power of Sisterhood: Be the Author of Your Life
• Speaking from the Heart
• An Evening with Terry McMillan

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