Terry J. Benton-Walker

Terry J. Benton-Walker is the national bestselling author of Blood Debts, his magical young adult contemporary fantasy debut, which is out now from Tor Teen in the US and Hodderscape in the UK.

Here is some of the praise Terry’s book has received:

Terry J. Benton-Walker’s contemporary fantasy debut, Blood Debts, is “an extravaganza from start to finish” (Chloe Gong) with powerful magical families, intergenerational curses, and deadly drama in New Orleans.

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“A conjuring of magnificence.”—Nic Stone “A force.”—Roseanne A. Brown “An extravaganza.”—Chloe Gong “Powerful.”—Ayana Gray “Sings with hope and rage.”—TJ Klune “An unforgettable thrill ride.”—J. Elle “Steeped in magic.”—Alexis Henderson “Crackles with mystery and ferocity.”—Mark Oshiro

And there’s more to come from Terry, like Alex Wise vs the End of the World, his apocalyptic middle grade contemporary fantasy debut, also coming from Labyrinth Road and Random House Children’s on September 26.

Terry is editing and contributing to The White Guy Dies First, a young adult horror anthology featuring thirteen subversive stories by authors of color that will be releasing Summer 2024 with Tor Teen.

He grew up in rural GA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State. He lives in Atlanta with his husband and son. When he’s not writing, he can be found gaming, eating ice cream, or both. To learn more about Terry, please visit

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