Terri Barnes is the author of Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life, the editor and coauthor of Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life, and the special projects editor at Elva Resa Publishing.
A well-respected columnist, Terri developed and wrote the weekly Stars and Stripes column Spouse Calls. Appearing in print editions worldwide and online for more than eight years, the column was honored in 2015 by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, winning second place nationally. Her book is a select compilation of those columns. “This book is the story of the people we know and the life we live in the neighborhood of our American military life,” says Terri.
Terri edited and contributed to Stories Around the Table, a collection of essays from more than forty military family members, covering many aspects of military life. Terri’s essay in the book, “First, You’re Gonna Hate It,” is based on her experience living overseas.
At Elva Resa, Terri oversees the development of key partnerships and select books, with a special emphasis on the military community. Most recently, she was the developmental editor for Sacred Spaces: My Journey to the Heart of Military Marriage by Corie Weathers.
Terri continues to be a voice for military spouses and families, through personal stories, incisive interviews, news analysis, and interaction with readers. She has been a member of the Washington, DC, press corps and has contributed to several other books. Her work has appeared in Air Force/Army/Navy Times, The Huffington Post, and Books Make a Difference, as well as newspapers, magazines, and base publications in many of her adopted hometowns around the world. Media appearances include CNN Newsroom, Faith Radio, St Louis Public Radio, and Positive Parenting with Armin Brott.
Terri’s expertise in military life comes from long experience. Her father was a Vietnam veteran and career military man. She married her Air Force husband, Mark, in 1985. They have three children, Will, Jessie, and Wesley, born in military hospitals in Texas, Guam, and Arizona, respectively.
Terri is a cum laude graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she studied journalism. After living in twelve states, two foreign countries, and one U.S. territory, Terri lives in Summerville, SC, which she estimates is her eighteenth hometown as part of a military family.