An an interview with author Terra Trevor
by Jiae Azad
Terra Trevor is a woman with varied roots. With Cherokee, Delaware, Seneca, and German ancestors occupying a place in her tangled family tree, Terra often felt that she fit in everywhere but also nowhere. Self described as a “rough around the edges mixed blood,” she lacked a neatly packaged identity, which eternally relegated her to a class of “outsider.” And like many of mixed descent but light skin, she grew up encouraged to “wear the face of a woman with light-skin privilege,” and blend in as best she could. However, Terra Trevor is not most people. Instead of complacently relying on her “light-skin privilege,” she embraced her outsider status. And with it, she discovered a gift – her ability to diffuse through cultural barriers. That gift informed her career as an author – she seeks out deep connections with other people and explores race, ethnicity, and culture in many of her works.
Terra grew up in Southeast Los Angeles, near the rough areas of Paramount and South Downey, where mixed-race working class families surrounded her.
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