Special Agent Will Anderson is counting the days before he transfers from the D.C. Human Rights squad of the FBI, but he’s leaving behind everyone he loves. He is asked to interview a victim of suspected human trafficking, a simple task, but finds himself deeply involved in the case. Social rights activist, Savannah Elliott, has made a fresh start in Washington, D.C., but a routine consultation on a D.C. Human Rights case brings her face to face with a terror from her past. As Will and Savannah struggle to solve the case, they are forced to face choices, some they’ve buried for years. Will their decisions, past and present, bring them love and safety or will they lose everything, including their lives?
The biggest challenge writing this book was the research. Sex trafficking is an inhumane crime that leaves some of its victims scarred for life. I resisted researching that world, thinking the minimal amount of detail would suffice. I soon realized that the world I created without research wasn’t authentic. It lacked the pain, heartbreak and horror associated with sex trafficking. So I researched, prayed and, most of all, cried. I watched videos of traffic victims describe what they’d lived through. I allowed the details to haunt me because it needed to haunt my characters.
Is anything in Captured based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I try to include one real life experience in all of my books. In this book, there is a scene where Will, one of my main characters, is talking to a six-year old boy named Jordan about girls. Jordan tells Will that a little girl in his class gave him her phone number. Jordan shows Will the paper the girl wrote her number on and the number is written in crayon and missing a digit. That happened to my son, who’s middle name is Jordan. Unlike Will, I had a different reaction. I thought it was hilarious.
If you could write in any other genre that you've not previously published a book in, what would it be and why?
I would write sci-fi/fantasy. Something about creating worlds and populating them fascinates me. I am a big Marvel fan and collected comic books when I was younger. I watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Captain America on a regular basis. I actually have a fantasy short story that I wrote in a creative writing class many years ago that occasionally I pull out and reread. I believe it will eventually have its day in the sun.
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading Captured?
I want readers to walk away with the understanding even their smallest actions matter. So often we don't consider the power we have to impact the world. We feel small against the evil and darkness in the world. I want readers to understand that even the smallest light pushes back the darkness. Maybe we can't save the whole world, but if we can improve the life of one person, that is meaningful and important.
What is a hidden talent or favorite pastime that you enjoy that may surprise others?
I knit furiously. I don't know if I would call it a pastime. Sometimes it borders on obsession. I have been known to sit in the back of a church service where no one can see me and knit. I knit in traffic (when my car is at a complete stop). I often have multiple projects going and staged in different places in my house. I love taking a string of yarn a creating something beautiful out of it. It's also very relaxing. A happy afternoon for me is a cup of coffee, an audio book and a knitting project.
About Terri J. Haynes
Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a graphic designer and avid knitter. She loves to read and is storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers in the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives. Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. She holds a certificate in Creative Writing and Masters degree in Theology. Terri is a licensed minister and pastors a church with her Ret. Army husband. She has three children, who beg her not to kill their favorite characters. She lives in Sothern Maryland just outside Washington, DC.