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Terry McMillan      

New York Times Best-Selling Author Known for "Waiting to Exhale" & "How Stella Got Her Groove Back"

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. McMillan’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. McMillan was awarded an Essence Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Beloved by her fans, McMillan’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Most recently, McMillan wrote "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.

Speech Topics

The Power of Sisterhood: Be the Author of Your Life

Speaking from the Heart

An Evening with Terry McMillan


Terry McMillan addresses affairs of the heart - Los Angeles Times
"Who Asked You?" is Terry McMillan's eighth book, and it is a corker: a long, smooth, Indian-summer cocktail. For all the racy, scandalous pleasures in books  ...
Terry McMillan's characters wrestle with middle-age dilemmas in ...
Betty Jean Butler is a woman who does too much. By day, she delivers room service at a declining hotel. At home, her husband of 37 years, Lee David, has ...
Book World: Terry McMillan talks about her new novel, 'Who Asked ...
Terry McMillan's new novel, “Who Asked You?,” centers on Betty Jean, a woman in her mid-50s whose problems are threatening to overwhelm her. Her husband ...

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