Former soldier turned author launches new book – Victoria News

Terry Groves literally has a writing knack.

“I’ve been writing all my life,” said Groves, a Sooke resident who retired from the Canadian Forces in 2005 as a warrant officer after serving in the army, air force and navy. “I have always enjoyed creating worlds with words and sharing them with readers.”

The variety of experiences and events in his life helped shape his latest book, Down the Tiger’s Throat, a mix of stories that have appeared in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

“This collection represents over 30 years of writing,” he said. “My interests vary, as do the genres of my stories. Horror, drama, comedy, adventure, thriller, there’s something for every adult in this book.

Working with other writers has always been a priority for Groves, a member of the Sooke Writers’ Collective and the Federation of BC Authors.

“I ran a writers group at Duncan for several years,” he said. “We met every week and helped each other. Everyone was thirsty to get better.

This focus on sharing his expertise and enhancing his efforts by working with other writers continued in his involvement with the Sooke Writers Collective. “It’s a great group of like-minded people,” he added. “I’ve had the honor of honing my skills with many authors and giving back by teaching and mentoring where I can.”

Groves will officially launch Down the Tiger’s Throat on June 5 from 2-3 p.m. at the Sooke Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

“It’s hard to get people together in one place in these times of COVID, despite the easing of restrictions,” Groves said. “Individuals maintain their perception of what they are comfortable with, so there will be in-person and remote activities to celebrate the release of this book.”

Copies are available on Amazon in print and Kindle editions or on the Groves website at

Groves’ other works include her novel, The Summer of Grumps, which was published in 2020 and is also available on Amazon. Groves also blogs about what it was like growing up in a large military family.

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Author Terry Groves is hosting the launch of his latest book, Down the Tiger’s Throat, at Sooke Library on June 5. (Contributor – Terry Groves)

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