Terryl W. Elliott is a writer, historian, and poet, whose work has appeared in various local and regional publications. Born in Independence, Missouri, and raised in the small towns of Grain Valley and Blue Springs, Missouri, Elliott spent his childhood on a farm playing with his dog, Old Shep, and his baby brother, Blake. A former encyclopedia salesman, product manager, and purchasing consultant, Elliott owned his own vending business before selling it in 2000 to pursue his dream of writing.
Elliott belongs to numerous Civil War, history, and writing organizations, including the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri, and the William Clarke Quantrill Society. He lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, Sharon, and their dog.