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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Terry Lewis

Terry Lewis served as a trial judge in Tallahassee for 30 years, presiding over a variety of criminal and civil cases. He is now in private practice with the firm of Messer Caparello, focusing on mediation and arbitration.

Terry is also a writer. His first novel, Conflict of Interest, was published in 1997.  He followed that with Privileged Information in 2003, and Delusional in 2013, all of which are legal thrillers. His latest novel, Incognito is an historical thriller set in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776 and revolves around a plot to assassinate key leaders of the Continental Congress. It was honored in 2021 with a book award in three categories by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association: Gold for General Fiction and Mystery/Suspense; Bronze medal for Historical Fiction.

Terry is a past board member of Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, and served on the advisory board for the Florida Book Awards. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Fran, and their Border Collie Mix, Pepper.