Hello Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Theresa Meyers to our sites today.
To say I lead a double life is putting it mildly. Everything about me could be a contradiction.
City girl and country girl: I was the city girl who grew up in a small town, literally. We moved from San Jose, California, where my biggest kick was shopping with my friends and ice-skating at the indoor rink when I was 13, to a 75-acre sheep ranch on the edge of the small town of Sutherlin, Oregon, which had a smaller population for the entire town than the congregation at my church in the Bay area. My high school graduating class was under 100 people.
The writer who was journalist, publicist and novelist: I never intended to either write books or be in public relations, they both sort of happen as an extension of my love of writing. My experience in the publishing industry is varied. I started out writing on the school newspaper in junior high, more as a dare by my boyfriend when I wanted to prove that anything he could do, I could do just as well. From the moment I saw my first article in print, I was hooked. My first short story, “My Mother Unusual in a Normal Sort of Way” was published by Merlin’s Pen in 1987. I wrote for the paper all through high school and into college. Then I worked at a daily newspaper where I became the “messenger of death” from the day editor to the night editor . . .and I was too afraid that the cliché kill the messenger might turn into a reality, so I quit, got married to my high school sweetheart at 19 and started college, focusing on mass communications
I began dabbling with a story in my head, but even after paying for a Writers Digest Course, didn’t manage to finish it and stuck it away. I started work in public relations for a big corporation and then for the largest agency in Arizona. Meanwhile the writing bug wouldn’t shut up. I joined Romance Writers of America in 1993, took out the story that wouldn’t leave me alone, and decided to finish it. Along the way I quit working at the agency because of my daughter’s birth and started magazine freelancing to help make ends meet. Since then, I’ve kept writing more stories.
The mother who would bear children in Arizona, but didn’t raise them there: When my son was born (both of my kids were born at home with a midwife, but that’s another whole story), we lived in Phoenix, Arizona. Not too long after they were born we decided to move back to the Pacific Northwest to raise our kids “back home” where they could stuff their faces with wild blackberries from the yard, play mud babies (no explanation needed, just imagine mud and naked children laughing and rolling in it) and enjoy nature at its finest, even if it does happen to be all cottontail rabbits that eat the vegetable garden.
The Italian American: I’m certainly proud to be an American, but I’m also fiercely aware of my Italian heritage. My grandmother, who’s still alive, kicking and raising hell, grew up in Sicily until she was 14. My father’s entire side of the family didn’t even make it to the USA until the 1900s. Me? I’m the only one on that side of the family with blonde hair and blue eyes, but everyone tells me I’m just like my grandmother; even the cousins in Sicily that I went to see in 2004. I’m planning on going back again, soon, but this time I’m learning how to speak Italian first! There’s nothing like Italy.
From writer to publicist and back again: So how exactly did I go from being a writer to a publicist and back again? I was writing on my books and doing pr on the side for restaurants, small businesses, hotels and the like. A dear friend, (Cherry Adair, love her books) asked me to do some publicity work on her upcoming book and I agreed – but told her, I don’t publicize books. From that one incident, a new business was created. It morphed into Blue Moon Communications, a public relations firm focused on promoting fiction authors, which is best know for getting their clients selected as two of the seven picks of the Kelly Ripa Book Club on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly. (You can find me at my day job at www.bluemooncommunications.com.) Now I work two jobs, publicity and writing the books, well, three if you count being a
Thersa has two new releases were going to help her promote today. The first is her steampunk romance series the LEGEND CHRONICLES. The first book in the series "The Hunter" was released on November 1, 2011. Let's take a look at the book synopsis.
Theresa also has an eBook novella out in her paranormal romance/urban fantasy series SHADOW SISTERS. The first book in the series, "Shadowlander" was also released on November 1, 2011. Let's take a look and see what this book is all about.
Now that we've totally teased you and have you adding these great books to your TBR list, let's get to the interview so we can find out more about the amazing woman behind the books….
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Theresa! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by and talk with us today! We’re so happy to have you with us!
Theresa: Thanks for the invite! It’s always fun to talk with people who love books as much as I do.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We always like to start out by getting to know our guest authors a little bit better.
2) What are some of your hobbies, or things that you each enjoy when you’re not writing or taking care of other author business?
Theresa: I like to bake, paint, read, garden, futz around brushing or riding the horse, read out loud to my kids, volunteer at the school, can homemade jams, veggies, soups--that kind of thing. I also love to sew and usually design my own steampunk costumes. And once a week I try to have tea with my non-writing mommy friends. It’s usually only for an hour or two, but it’s something I really look forward to.
5) What are some of the books you have in your TBR pile right now?
Theresa: Do you seriously have that much room? LOL. I have Scott Westerfeld’s entire Leviathan series to read, my “treat” for finishing the next book is Yasmine Glaenorn’s latest book, Courting Darkness. I’ve got several research books to mull through, and would like to read about half of the books I got at the Authors After Dark conference that are still piled up here!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Now we'd like to ask you more about your books and series:
Right now there are three books and a possible novella scheduled (one for each of the brothers and a novella for their inventor friend Marley Turlock). Originally I’d planned to make the series a nine book arc, with each brother getting three books as the story morphs and changes and the stakes become higher, but that may or may not happen depending on the gods of publishing. We might end up exploring more of the Jackson brothers, or Darkin and female hunters (the boys’ cousins) in later stories. It’s kind of up in the air right now. Reader input matters more than you know!
Currently the eldest brother, Winchester, the lawman, will have his story, THE SLAYER, out in April 2012, and middle brother, Remington, the attorney, will get his story, THE CHOSEN, out in early 2013. I’m hoping Marley’s novella lands somewhere in the middle.
7) How about the SHADOW SISTERS series? Can you please tell us more about this series? How many books are planned for this series and when are their expected release dates?
Theresa: The SHADOW SISTERS is about the O’Connell family of four sisters who can see the fae. They also happen to be the link between our world and theirs, with powers that have always made them feel like freaks, but which can make all the difference of whether the dark fae take over our world, or not. The series will have four stories, one for each sister, and while they all are independent stories, they are also connected too. The release dates are switching around a little right now, because of some fantastic new things Entangled has planned, but it looks like for now the next book SHADOW HUNTER will be out in late 2012 or early 2013. The other books in the series are SHADOW SEEKER and SHADOW LOVER.
8) Do you have any other projects in the works that you can share with us?
9) What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview, but have never been asked? How would you answer?
Theresa: I guess, What’s your personal philosophy of life? I’d have to answer with this quote that I have taped to my wall “Remember: The people who make a difference in life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or the most awards. They are the ones that care.” Passion about what you do, who you are, why you’re here, makes all the difference. I watched two parents (mom and step-father) pass away far too young. It made a very deep impression. Life is short. If you want to do something, don’t make excuses about needing more time, or wanting something different. Find a way. Make it happen. Think about how what you do can impact and make a difference for others. Because there are truly only two things that no one can take away from you – your education and your memories. Make the memories while you can, for you and those around you.
10) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
Theresa: THANK YOU! I’m profoundly blessed to be able to write the stories in my head and share them with people who actually enjoy them. I hope that my writing gives you a moment of entertainment, a space to let your imagination run free and that you find joy in that. As far as I’m concerned, romance is the most amazing, profoundly useful genre on the planet because we exist to bring moments of happiness and joy into the world!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Thank you again Theresa for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. We would love to have you back again in the future to help you promote your new releases.
Theresa: Fantastic! I would be happy to come back again. Thank you, so much, for sharing some time with me.
If you would like to find out more about Theresa and her books, you can visit her at her Website, or her Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads pages.
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