Crutcher and Davis met at Eastern Washington University when they were both undergraduates in the late 1960s. They have been friends ever since. Crutcher learned the mechanics of writing fiction watching Davis map out VISION QUEST when they both lived in Northern California and credits Davis with putting him on the right track as an author. And Davis wrote the first Twayne series biography on Crutcher, as well.
_Terry Trueman calls Terry Davis the "Godfather of YA Literature," at least in the Inland Empire of Washington State. Like Crutcher, Trueman was inspired and assisted by Davis in his early desire to create memorable stories like STUCK IN NEUTRAL. They remain friends, decades later.
Rebecca Fjelland Davis
Once Terry Davis's wife, Rebecca Fjelland Davis is now his close friend and fellow young adult writer. They most recently united to create a pair of stories for GIRL MEETS BOY, a 2012 anthology for Chronicle Books. Rebecca still makes her full-time home in Mankato, MN.
Kelly Milner Halls
Writing about award winning author Chris Crutcher led to establishing a friendship with Davis. He granted her an interview to discuss Crutcher's winning the ALA's Margaret L. Edwards Award while still living in Mankato, full-time, and their common interests let them to a richer experience. Halls edited GIRL MEETS BOY for Chronicle Books.
Long before Patrick Jones was an acclaimed young adult author, he was a YA librarian and determined advocate for teens all over the country and the world. In his Mock Printz study and vote -- for books published prior to the establishment of the YA book award -- IF ROCK AND ROLL WERE A MACHINE was selected as a likely recipient. But the friendship has moved beyond that celebration.
When Alexandria LaFaye worked toward her MA at Minnesota State University, Terry Davis was her thesis advisor. Like so many of his students, Lafaye went on to create award winning books including WORTH, THE STRENGTH OF SAINTS and many others. They still maintain a friendship.