Theresa is a YA/middle grade writer whose short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies. Her latest story, One Moment, is featured in the From Stage Door Shadows anthology from eMergent Publishing.
Go on, hook us: tell us about My Moment in one sentence.
In the future, girls must compete in beauty pageants to snag husbands and if they fail, the alternatives are anything but pretty.
Do you have a ritual for getting into the writing zone?
On an ideal day, I’ll check e-mail and Facebook before writing and drinking coffee. But that doesn’t happen very often. I’ll squeeze in about 20 minutes during lunch. Between working and bringing the kids to their after school activities, I can’t afford to have a ritual!
Sum up your current work-in-progress in one sentence.
Four sisters discover they’re connected to a prophecy where their best chance of survival is to stay together, if being together doesn’t kill them first.
What kind of characters do you most enjoy writing?
Whether it’s middle grade, young adult, or adult, I like to write a protagonist who’s discovering her place in the world. At first, she attempts to break free of her family, her past. But during her journey, she learns that she gains more by understanding than cutting ties.
What is one thing that your readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I’ve shared so much on my blog, so I don’t know if anything is a secret. I love blush. My favorite blush brand is MAC. Since my sister is a make up artist, she can help me with my obsession add to my collection.
Plotter or pantser? Thoughtful panster
Early bird or night owl? Work and children have forced me to be an early bird
Chocolate: dark, milk or white? White!
Favourite author? JK Rowling
A glass of red wine each night
Thank you for visiting, Theresa! And here’s a bit more information about From Stage Door :
From Stage Door Shadows
Twenty-six authors trade Tiny Dancer’s California-blessed lyrics for the shadowed recesses of stages large and small in From Stage Door Shadows, a speculative fiction homage to the darkness just beyond the limelight of the entertainment industry.
The stories re-introduce the women Bernie Taupin wrote about and Elton John sang about: blue jean baby, LA lady, the band’s seamstress, the music man’s wife and the girl dancing in the sand, along with a stellar cast of musicians, singers, thespians, fans, managers, dancers, DJs, magicians, talent show contestants, stars and has-beens.
From vaudeville to opera, piano bar and street corner, hotel suite and beauty pageant, From Stage Door Shadows is a backstage pass to where dreams of fame, fortune and fulfillment live and die in a heartbeat.
Don’t forget, I’m more than happy to host fellow writers for interviews on my blog every Wednesday, so if you would like to feature, all you have to do is let me know!