I’m re-launching Writer Wednesday, and am so happy to introduce Teresa Noelle Roberts to you! The first time I met Teresa, it was WAY early in the morning (or WAY late at night) and she was one of my roomies at RWA National Conference. Four of us crammed into one hotel room for several days – and we had a blast.
Here’s Teresa, and here’s the interview!
- What made you decide to write a novel? Because the voices in my head don’t give a choice? The serious answer is that I started dictating stories to my mother before I’d learned to write, got a subscription to Writers’ Digest for my twelfth birthday, and started my first (aborted) novel in junior high. Story-telling is in my blood.
- What genre do you write in, and why? I write romance, erotica, and some fantasy. Cougar’s Courage is an erotic paranormal romance, which combines all three of my favorites.
- Is this a series or standalone book? If a series, what is the name of this series, and how many books/short stories do you have planned? Cougar’s Courage is numbered as book 3 in the Duals and Donovans: The Different series. Confusingly, there are currently 4 published books in the Duals and Donovans world, but one, Fox’s Folly, takes place before the series timeline. I’m currently wrapping up what will be the last book in the series. I may set more books in this world, but the big conflict of the series will wrap up with my WIP so I’ll need to find a new antagonist.
- Where would you live, if you could live anywhere in the world? That’s a tough question. Definitely near the ocean. Possibly coastal Maine, but there’s so much of the world I haven’t seen yet!
- Name 3 simple joys in your life. Sharing daily life with my husband. (He’s hardly simple, though!). Cooking. My big, lazy, loving cats.
- If you could give just one piece of advice to a writer starting out, what would it be? Write, write, take a break to read, then write some more. Lather, rinse, repeat. Education, be it degree programs, workshops, or online classes, is valuable, but nothing beats the act of beating your head against the blank page.
- What do you do when you’re not writing? Do you have a Day Job? When I’m not writing, I’m often cooking, gardening, or doing something else vaguely homesteader-ish. I’m between day jobs at the moment and am loving it far too much. Past day jobs have ranged from field hand at a winery (my favorite ever, though the pay was just above minimum wage) to development/fundraising officer.
- Name one thing your fans would be surprised to learn about you. This crunchy, hands-in-the-dirt woman went through a phase of wearing 4-inch heels and red lipstick no matter what the occasion. I still yearn for sexy heels, but my knees and back will never forgive me for years of abuse, so I stick to flats even when heels would be appropriate. (Still love deep red lipstick, though.)
- Is there anything else you’d like to talk about? To celebrate the release of Cougar’s Courage, I’m running a contest on my blogthe prize is an e-book of Cougar’s Courage and a print copy of the first book in the series, Lions’ Pride. (Or an e-book if the winner is outside the US.) Comments on my blog count as entries, but check my site for details.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Teresa, and best of luck on the novel! Off I go to download…
FIND TERESA HERE:
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0047V74PC
Blurb: Toronto cop Cara Many-Winters Mackenzie is still reeling from her fiancé’s murder when her orderly life takes a turn toward the weird, complete with voices in her head and phantom bleeding wounds.
This violent awakening is the rise of her Different gift—a chaotic, Bugs-Bunny-on-crack magic that she must learn to control before it destroys her. There’s only one place to get help: her mother’s ancestral village, and a mentor who seems to have stepped straight out of the smoke of her erotic dreams.
Cougar Dual Jack Long-Claw reluctantly agrees to take Cara under his wing, though he’d much rather take the beautiful city girl into his bed. As he guides her through a crash course in shamanic magic, sparks fly—some sexy, some snarky. But when an ancient enemy attacks the village, they must work together to hone a magical weapon against certain destruction.
Common sense tells them it’s a terrible time to fall in love. Their spirit guides have other ideas. And shamans who don’t listen to their spirit guides are dead shamans…
Warning: Hot shape-shifting feline hero. Strong but shell-shocked heroine. Snarky, meddling spirit guides. And lots and lots of sex: angry sex, crazy sex, magical sex, and just plain sexy sex.
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Teresa Noelle Roberts started writing stories in kindergarten and she hasn’t stopped yet. A prolific author of short erotica, she’s also a published poet and fantasy writer—but hot paranormals and BDSM-spiced contemporaries are her favorites.
Teresa enjoys belly dance, yoga, medieval re-creation, playing in the ocean, cooking, and growing more vegetables than she and her husband can possibly eat. She shares her home in southern Massachusetts with her husband, a Leo who works in law enforcement, and two overstuffed cats, who deserve their own shout-out as inspirations for her works. She and her husband often plan vacations around food, history, and/or proximity to water. Next up, Rome, Florence, and Venice!
Remember, Teresa has a contest going – check out her page for all the details!
Thank you for asking me all sorts of fun questions, Christine! It’s good to be here.
Thanks so much for the introduction to Teresa and her work! Cougar’s Courage looks great, and Jack Long-Claw quite the hero. Nice to see a Native American hero!
Thank you, Lynne. I decided that logically, cougar dual would appear Native American in their wordside (human) forms and have affinities with various Native American cultures. The lion dual hero in Lions’ Pride appears African or African American. And of course, the kitsune heroine in Fox’s Den looks like Japanese. Well, except for the ears and tail.
“Beating your head against the blank page” – ha! I love it. This is so very true.
I’m still trying to figure out how a piece of paper or a computer screen can leave such bruises. 🙂
Thank you! I really enjoyed this. This was a great break from writing. I’m in the middle of lather, rinse, repeat.
Wow, sounds like a great series. A great interview and how exciting that Writer Wednesday is back!
I hope you decide to check out the series and enjoy it. And I’m excited Writer Wednesday is back because I’ve found some new favorites through it.
Hi Christine & Teresa,
What a great kick-off for the return of Writer Wednesday! Teresa, “Cougar’s Courage” sounds like a terrific story. Of course, you hooked me with the warning!
Thank you! My publisher, Samhain, is famous for “warnings” that serve as recommendations.
Great interview, Christine! And I hear you about the sexy high heels, Teresa – so much love I have for them, so much pain they give me!
“Cougar’s Courage” sounds like a great addition to an exciting series!
I still have a few pairs of heels I can no longer wear but can’t bear to throw out because they’re so pretty. But once the third medical professional told me not to wear anything over a 1 inch heel, I had to start listening.
What a great interview. I always enjoy reading about the real life of new to me authors. I’m a flats and sandals, low-heeled boots gal these days! : )
It makes me sad that my favorite shoes these days are Clarks, the same brand my 80-year-old mother favors. But she’s definitely on to something…very comfy and quite good looking.
Great interview! I’d love to hear about your book and your belly dancing!
Christine – Glad you are reintroducing Writer’s Wednesday!!
Alas, the belly dancing is taking a back seat to other things these days, but I want to start taking classes again. Lately I just dance around the living room. Still fun, but part of the joy is the group of wonderful, wacky women who share the passion for the dance. Do you dance, Charlene?
And yes: thank you, Christine, for bringing back Writer’s Wednesday!
Hi Christine! Hi Teresa! It’s great to meet you! I really enjoyed this interview – you ask awesome questions, Christine. Congratulations on your latest release, Teresa. Cougar’s Courage sounds great! (I actually saw it on the Samhain loop – I’m a newbie there and haven’t introduced myself yet. I have a paranormal romance coming out in July.) Off to visit your blog…
Hi Robin! Congratulations on joining the Samhain team. We’re a good, supportive group. Who’s your editor?
bn100candg at hotmail dot com
Sorry to be replying to everyone late. I got busy with the next Duals and Donovans book and by the time I came up for air, I realized I had NO BRAIN CELLS left and spent the rest of the night watching Babylon 5 episodes on DVD. (Yes, I am a geek and I’m proud of it.)
Teresa, thanks so much for coming out to play, and kickstarting Writer Wednesday. Love you, hon!
It was fun! Love you too, babe!