Mount Shasta author wins second travel story award

Steve Gerace
From the cover of Mount Shasta author Terry McGhee's collection of stories, "World Travel Tales."

A lot of things happened along the way while Terry McGhee was traveling nearly two million air miles and working in 77 foreign countries during a 35 year career in the high-end electronic security market.

McGhee, now retired and living in Mount Shasta, said he kept notes about his interesting experiences on the pages of yellow lined notebooks. He said he took the notes in hopes of letting his family know what his life was like.

Some of what he did was “proprietary,” McGhee said, and wasn’t supposed to be told.

Some of the stories he could tell are collected in his 2014 self-published second book, “World Travel Tales: The Good, Bad, Ugly, and Humorous, As Experienced by a Globetrotting Business Traveler.”

Two of those stories have won Solas travel story awards the past two years.

McGhee’s “Mugging in Amsterdam” was the gold award winner in the Men’s Travel category on the list of Solas Awards announced March 1.

Another one of the 20 stories in his book, “Zany in Zagreb,” won a 2014 Solas silver award in that same category, which is described as “the best account by a man of a testosterone-fueled encounter on the road.”

McGhee said he “did a lot of technical writing for my job and wrote a lot of short stories” during his career.

He and his wife retired about 10 years ago and moved to Mount Shasta, to the “dream house” they designed and built.

While dealing with heart problems and “laid up for two to three months” in the winter of 2012-13, McGhee said he started writing what became his first self-published book, a whodunit titled “Mystery at Deadfall Lake.”

Now he’s getting started on a sequel to that book, which will feature some of the same characters, including former security and criminal investigator Jake Vincent.

McGhee said he usually writes a couple hours a day, going “in and out of funks and spurts of energy that keep me up until 1 in the morning.”

His books are available in Mount Shasta at Village Books and Alpine Originals.

For more about the Solas Awards, see the website: www.besttravelwriting.com/

More about Terry McGhee can be found at: tmacauthor.blogspot.com