"With a love of literature and history of the land and of its  people, I sometimes think I would like to have been an archeologist. And  I am, in that my uncovering of genealogy has evolved into a type of  archeology in words, that is, telling the story of those who have  already passed through their earth time. Perhaps I am also the Keeper of  the Fire, telling stories about real people in ancestry that are, if  not spoken around a camp fire, read in words that tell what might have  been."


Childhood experiences on the home-place of her  mother's birth in eastern Kentucky gave Terri Robinson insight into both  Appalachian culture as well as culture beyond the holler ... insights  that contributed to her awareness of her own self-identity. Expanding  real ancestors into fictional characters placed in historical context,  Robinson draws on actual events from the early 1800s  to the present.


Born  and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, Terri Robinson graduated from  Marshall University with a BA in English and a Professional Certificate  in Journalism. She pursued a career in teaching American Literature and  Journalism, sponsoring publication of high school yearbooks and a  school news magazine. Both teaching and publishing deepened her love of  history and writing.


Robinson later became immersed in  genealogy, a search that began with her roots in eastern Kentucky and  eventually reached her Wallen ancestor who arrived in Plymouth Colony in  1623. Although Robinson's Miller, McVeigh, Hall, Wallen and Hale roots,  among others, run deep in Kentucky soil, her ancestry originates in  England, Scotland and Ireland before blending with the Cherokee tribe in  America.


 Years of teaching brought her research to life, for no longer were these  just names, dates and places on a page, but part of her own ancestry  and identity, her own pioneer kinfolk. As the research became more  compelling, Robinson knew she had to tell the story of her ancestors and  give voice to their spirits.


Circumstances and responsibilities  have dictated the roads Robinson has traveled during her life journey.  Drawing on her many years as a caregiver, she recently stepped away from  her historic novels to write Riding The Care Go Round. Written for, and  about, caregivers, Robinson often speaks to groups about the needs  of persons working behind the scene's in that role.