New Book: ‘The Daughter Of A Junkie: A True Love Story’ By Terrinee Gundy

Congrats goes out to Judge Terrinee Gundy! She has launched her very own memoir! She was only five years old but determined never to be anyone’s victim or live a life of excuses. But with a junkie for a daddy, would a young child’s determination be enough?

The Daughter of A Junkie: A True Love Story is a first-hand account of an extraordinary young girl who escapes the ghetto trappings of the underserved and impoverished communities in which she lived. Hellbent on being nobody’s victim and with sheer determination, Terrinee Gundy realizes her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and a judge.

In The Daughter of A Junkie: A True Love Story, Terrinee is shrill and transparent regarding all of the unpredictable dangers she finessed with a junkie for a daddy. She takes you through the slums of the Deep South with near death, appalling experiences that started in kindergarten and continued to “The Promise Land” on the college campus of Clark Atlanta University.

As a memoir romanticizing the unparalleled moments of her family’s struggles, Terrinee is unapologetic about her family’s ghetto love story. Despite her daddy’s drug addiction to crack cocaine for over forty years, she was relentless in defying the odds of a chaotic, dysfunctional environment flooded with drugs, poverty, racism, the police, and an ineffable amount of calamity to reach the highest heights of success in her field.

Like the fictional tales of Dope Fiend by Donald Goins, her story is entertaining, thrilling, yet factual, as well as veracious as recounted through the lens of a highly educated junkie’s daughter. Inspiring to anyone who is faced by drug and addiction problems in the home, Terrinee epitomizes the power of a determined woman who focuses on things that she can control versus things that could otherwise control her.

Raw and palpable, The Daughter of A Junkie: A True Love Story is an inspirational memoir about the power of determination in a dysfunctional relationship, perseverance, and the strength of the human spirit.

Order your copy now and dive into a truthful and ultimately empowering missive about one five-year-old’s determination to live life to the fullest. 

About the Author: 

Terrinee Gundy is a mommy of two amazing children, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a lawyer, a judge and the daughter of a Junkie. Terrinee was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where her daddy’s drug addition to crack cocaine wrecked her family and home life, then she spent challenging years in South Georgia. Despite an early life of constant chaos and dysfunction, Terrinee excelled academically, and ultimately reached her dreams of becoming a family first-time college graduate from Clark Atlanta University, as well as, from the University of Georgia School of Law. The Daughter Of A Junkie: A True Love Story gives a front row seat of Terrinee’s account of navigating through traumatic land mines while growing up in the ghetto that is intertwined with endless love stories. The Daughter Of A Junkie: A True Love Story is Terrinee’s first book. Terrinee resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, MiaMichelle, and son, Kevin.

Upon graduation from law school, Terrinee worked as a state and local tax associate for KPMG and Cox Communications, Inc., respectively. In 2012, she was appointed to the bench of the Magistrate Court of Fulton County in Atlanta, Georgia. As a Magistrate Judge, she participated in several programs related to educating the youth and public about the judicial system. Terrinee served as an adjunct professor for John Marshall Law School,

teaching “Accounting for Lawyers” and “Law Firm Management.” Integrally involved in the community, Terrinee has served and partnered with The Andrew Young Foundation, The King Center, Woodruff Arts Center, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, National Black Arts Festival, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and Year Up Atlanta. first and only female mentor for Judge J. Antonio DelCampo’s Male Intervention Program in DeKalb County, which focused on preventing recidivism by criminal offenders from 18-24 years of age, as well as, a Guardian Ad Litem for children in the Truancy Invention Program. She works closely with the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency intern program, assisting college students with their career paths. She also speaks frequently on various panels and programs geared towards young people and rising professionals. Also, she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In 2013, she was appointed to the bench of the Municipal Court of Atlanta, where she presently presides over the DUI Division. Terrinee previously authored a column in Atlanta Tribune known as “Meet the Judge.” With that, she aimed to recognize and humanize the judges featured by sharing more interesting facts and personal attributes. She was also the editor of The Municipal Quarterly, a newsletter she put out with her staff to highlight more current events, efforts by other legal professionals to serve the community, and the advancement in customer service initiatives at the court. Terrinee remains committed to serving her family and the public far beyond the courtroom.

You can find her book to purchase here 



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