In addition to writing, Terra has worked as a director with American Indian Health. As a coordinator with a pediatric brain tumor organization, as a director of volunteers with Hospice. As a coordinator with a family exchange program in South Korea. At a youth crisis shelter for homeless teens. As a volunteer with CASA as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for at-risk and foster youth in transition. In schools and within Native Writers' Circle of the Americas mentoring core. 
 
Of Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca, German descent, she is the granddaughter of sharecroppers, with roots in Oklahoma, Colorado and California. She grew up in Compton, California, within a large extended family of cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents, in a banjo and mixedblood fiddle tradition, rich with storytelling and music. 
 
When she is not writing, she is wandering hills and valleys with grandkids and dogs. A devotee of soup-making, long walks, sunrise, sunset and moonlight, she lives on the Central California Coast, and in the Santa Cruz Mountains.