THREE BOOK GIVEAWAY!
Now read on for a look into Teresa's writing life . . .
How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?
What is the genre you write in? Would you explain what it is?
I write in several genres, but my favorite is romantic suspense. Suspense comes easier for me, but everything is better with an element of romance added in. In suspense, the hero is in imminent danger whereas a mystery is usually a puzzle that needs solved. In romantic suspense, the heroine should fall in love, and perhaps trip over a dead body or two along the way.
How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?
Tell us about your new book. What is the spiritual message in it? What can readers expect to get from reading it? How and where can readers buy your book?
I am currently working on a novel that takes place on a remote Ohio farmhouse during the Great Blizzard of 1978. The story explores the spiritual inheritance we leave behind. It is easy to think we are a certain kind of person. But often our words and actions reveal a totally different persona to the world. After we’re gone there are no do-over’s. No second chances to show people our true self.
It is my hope that by reading the book, readers will ask themselves what inheritance they are preparing for the world. What will our loved ones say about us as they gather around our graveside? What about our coworkers or neighbors? Will they remember our generosity and love for God and all his creation? Or will they remember the times we lost our temper over small matters and lied to the boss to stay out of trouble?
Do you ever feel like giving up? Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer. How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through? Who’s inspired you the most?
I think of how most actors and celebrities started out on a level playing field. Some became megastars like Tom Hanks, while others like Peter Scolari—his costar in Bosom Buddies—struggled to find work after a few years in Hollywood. Why do some enjoy incredible success while others are lucky to get a guest appearance in CSI, International Falls?
Let’s face it. A lot of it is dumb luck. Some is connections. Then you have talent, timing, an awesome publicist, hard work, and more dumb luck. Do the non-working actors not consider themselves actors because they aren’t as well known as Kate Hudson? Of course not. They keep working on their craft through the discouraging times as well as when everything seems to fall into place. If you want something bad enough, you’ll do what it takes to achieve it.
I won’t let the fact that I may not become a Tom Hanks keep me from pursuing my dreams.
Would you explain how you “chose” (or were chosen by) a publisher? Do you just go “inny, minny, miny, moe?” Grin. Now, that you’re published, can you sit back and relax from the success you’ve experienced?
Do you mind telling us some of your likes and dislikes? Hobbies, interests? Where would you like to travel if you could?
- dark chocolate,
- shoe sales,
- brand new notebooks,
- movie theater popcorn,
- and Tina Fey.
- spending time with my grandkids,
- walking the dogs,
- and knitting.
Would you give us your blog or webpage so everyone can check it out? Anything else you’d like to share? Promotional information?
Writing a book is hard enough, but letting the world know you wrote a book is a job that never ends.
- Readers are welcome to visit my website http://www.teresaslack.com/ to find out more about me and my books.
- I am woefully behind in posting to my two writing blogs.
- I try to update my Facebook status every day or so. Like everything else writing related, I hope to catch up over the next few weeks.
Thank you so much for visiting today, Teresa. Folks, she's a talented and wonderful writer! Please leave your comment for a chance to win these books!