Name Terri Lenee Peake
Where are you from I was born in San Diego in 1962
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc. I grew up with my two brothers and mentally ill mother. I was the middle child and the only girl. I don’t remember actually being a child I became the adult at age 5. By the time I was an adult I had lost both my mother and little brother to suicide. I loved school and thrived having a 3.5 gpa and immersed in Theatre and Choir I knew very early that I wanted to be an actress, my life took a very different turn however when I made my move to Los Angeles in 1981 and became a Penthouse Centerfold as well as Stripping to survive. I was engaged to the owner of the club I worked at while pursuing my acting career. He was Horace McKenna aka Big Mac and he was an ex cop- ex con. After my career took off with Playboy and Penthouse I was able to do a lot of different T.V and modelling gigs as well as movies, no porno though. My Centerfold was October 1987 and I left Mac to travel the country on my new found status. After being gone for 3 months Big Mac was murdered at 6200 Carbon Canyon Road in his gated driveway. It took ten years to solve his case; I was a material witness and knew all the players. During the 8 years I was involved with my gangster fiancé Mac my best friend and former lover was a Compton Police task force Sargent named John R. Baker author of ‘Vice’ who helped to keep me safe .There is so much more to share I better save it.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My new Book is Titled 6200 Carbon Canyon Road- My life as a Penthouse Pet is on Pre sale now for e-book. Print release is slated for March 9th 2015 in honor of the anniversary of Big Mac’s murder 26 years ago Marchhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TUDJXPG/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_awdl_8FH7ub114MV1C 9 1989.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wanted to caution other young women about the real dangers of breast implants, I was advanced the money by Penthouse and didn’t need or want them really but I did want to be a Centerfold, I had 34 DD breasts naturally and even at 25 they had sagged quite a bit and needed a lift, a lift would have left giant scars so they suggested the safe saline new implants so I said ok, I have been sick 18 years my daughter Lilia’s whole life, I had mine removed in 05 and had to go for a second removal of blue nodules in my chest cavitity causing me to be on 3 inhalers and countless medication. I decided after 9 years of all my research that over 400,000 women who had implants also had Fibromyalgia and multiple health issues that maybe I could help someone with my story, Which is all about choices and what we can do to take care of ourselves and our daughters, Girls are getting them earlier and younger, they call them new and improved but the truth is still not being told. I wanted to change that
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In grade school I was told that my reports and writings were good and I should be one.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My two kids, Ernest 25 and a former marine, and Lilia 18 this month
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I call it raw and completely open and honest. I tell my most personal things you can imagine because I felt it was important to be authentic and to do that I had to divulge not so flattering things about my past so I can actually make a difference in the lives of women
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first title was Dying to be a Centerfold which was mine and I literally was.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes so glad you asked. The choices we make when we are young and impulsive can last a lifetime so make sure they are good ones, there are no short cuts, and if you are seeking fame and fortune be careful what you wish for. If you want to perform do it but have a support system. The boogey man isn’t always hiding in the shadows sometimes they are famous, rich, powerful people and you can ruin your life by being to eager to reach for the stars, go to school, learn your craft. You don’t need breast implants to be perfect, sure they look nice but they are poison to our bodies. Love yourself and honor yourself always
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
All of it there is no embellishment
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s my life as a Centerfold, model, and actress.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Well I always liked crime and mystery, Stuart Woods, James Patterson, even Anne Rice, my mentors were my teachers in school. I lived in and out of foster homes so I changed schools and families and that taught me a lot about how to blend into any environment and along with the theatre background I became a survivor.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
With Evil Intent, C.N.Bean and I love it so far.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
My friend wrote a book and I am in it called, ‘Vice’ by John R. Baker aka Rosecrans rick
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I just attended an Oscar- After party with my new publisher and we donated 150 ebooks to the gift bags! That was fun. I also do radio interviews and even Radio theatre, I work part time at Glacier Peak Winery doing wine tasting. I have some film projects as well
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
God. He was with me and never let me walk alone
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No I am still really into the performing and schmoozing side of things it’s in my blood. I have just reinvented myself again
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope it’s the right thing to do
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Well every time I would tell someone about my past life People couldn’t believe the life I had. They seemed to enjoy all the stories of my life at our ranch with the tiger and Black Panther and monkey’s and all the gangster and cop stories.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I can’t really talk about my projects yet contracts going back and forth with a few revisions I will be able to shout from the rooftops. Should be only a couple more days
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
All the stupid things I did and risky behavior it’s embarrassing to expose to my children and friends and family
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I was hooked on Anne Rice and loved Interview with a vampire and all the ones after that, I felt like I was really there.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I have been which is a great sign
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The picture was from my photo album and my Cover design was Kim Barton Fountain Blue publishing
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Losing family members and some friends
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That everyone is an author lol. And if you have implants from the 80’s they should have been removed by now
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be careful don’t pay for services.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I know that it’s not a pretty story but I think it was important to share my experiences with you, and Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
See Spot Run
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I like stupid movies, my favorite was The Jerk with Steve Martin, or Dumb and Dumber. Holidays make me cry, we were very poor and didn’t have food to eat so at the holidays if I even see children or hear Christmas music I get very emotional
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
The Rock I have a huge crush on him
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Don’t want a head stone, I want my ashes to be spread out in flowers, I Want to have a celebration of my life not a sad day
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Acting, singing, personal appearances. I am still a ham, I like to help others and I love singing in church
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Omg I am a news buff after dating a newscaster in L.A. I became hooked, I also like Chopped, and Bravo
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love Mexican food, purple and I love Bruno Mars
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I have done everything I ever set my mind to do there is nothing except maybe a soap opera or reality show
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website?
If so what is it? I am in the process of getting those here are some links to get you started
6200 Carbon Canyon Road- My life as a Penthouse Pet