In addition to writing, Terra has worked as a director with American Indian Health and Hospice. As a coordinator with a pediatric brain tumor organization. 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 Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers mentoring core. 
Of Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca, German descent, she is the granddaughter of sharecroppers, with roots in Oklahoma, Colorado and California. She came of age 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’s not writing, she gives readings, and visits book clubs to talk about her books with the people who read them. Or, she is wandering hills and valleys with grandkids and dogs. A devotee of soup-making, long walks, sunrise, sunset and moonlight, she lives with her family on the northern edge of Monterey Bay and in the mountains in Northern California.