Author Stories Podcast Episode 994 | Derek McFadden Interview
Today’s author interview guest is Derek McFadden, author of What Death Taught Terrence.
The TV is on, and I’m on the couch, leaning as far back as I can. My heavy, indecisive brown eyes—their lenses blurred ever since my tumultuous, too-soon entrance into the world—flutter between open and shut. I am half-watching half-listening to a football game on a Sunday afternoon. Was that the doorbell?
“Who is it?” I call out, expecting to hear my daughter, Megan’s, voice. These days, she is the one person who visits me. The only person who knows I’m making my home in this little oasis fashioned from wood felled by my own hand.
“Terry, it’s Mom. I’m here to help you move.”
My mom? That’s not possible. She’s…
Wait. To help me move? Oh, God.
I rise from the couch and glance back at my lifeless body.
PRAISE FOR What Death Taught Terrence
“What Death Taught Terrence offers a powerful, painful, and poignant
look at the life of a man rarely encountered in fiction. Derek McFadden’s
writes with an insight few can match.”
— T.F. ALLEN, author of The Night Janitor and The Keeper
“A good story allows the reader to experience life as another person,
and McFadden made me do so on a deeply personal level. If you
like the works of Mitch Albom, I think you’ll find What Death Taught
Terrence a worthy addition to your library and the reading of it a lifeaffirming
— BRADLEY HARPER, Edgar-Award Finalist,
author of A Knife In The Fog and Queen’s Gambit
“In What Death Taught Terrence, Derek McFadden builds a world that
satisfies both our desire for imagination and our need for personal
introspection. I found this (story) immediately immersive, and it stuck
with me long after I finished. McFadden is doing something rare in
today’s fiction—exploring the limits of what we will believe to form a
better understanding of who we are.”
ALEX DOLAN, author of The Euthanist
and The Empress of Tempera
LIFE IS A JOURNEY. SO IS THE AFTERLIFE.
At the end of his life, Terrence McDonald must discover its meaning,
or he’ll be banned from the afterlife forever, and his soul will cease to
and those who love him–on a poignant and
unforgettable journey through a life at once wonderful and harrowing.
Learn what Terrence learns. See what Terrence sees. By this provocative
story’s end, readers may even learn a thing or two about themselves.
Derek McFadden is the author of the novel What Death Taught Terrence, available in February of 2020 wherever fine books are shelved. Other works of note include the well-regarded Prose From A Grandson To A Senior Fellow.
Born with a mild case of cerebral palsy, his is “a voice for those whose voices have yet to be heard,” according to the online publication Audacity Magazine.