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Teresa Slack is the author of five novels. Her first novel, STREAMS OF MERCY, won the 2005 Bay Area Independent Publishers Association award for “Best First Fiction”. Her last novel, EVIDENCE OF GRACE, debuted nationwide at #18 according to Christian Retail Magazine. Her years working in early childhood education provided insight into the needs and nuances of young children, which she brings to life in her book A TENDER REED. She and her husband Ralph live in southern Ohio where she is at work on another novel.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. Office converted from a spare bedroom. I’m wearing slipper socks, black sweats, a green turtleneck with a gray sweater over that. An outfit I would never wear in public, even at gunpoint.
Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing? I have so many. Do I have to limit to just one? Of course my wonderful husband Ralph is my biggest encourager and fan. But I have so many others in my life who believe in me. My neighbor Bonnie is so sure I’m one submission away from outselling every other writer alive today. My good friend Tammy who is constantly amazed that I actually finished something I told her I would. My church family is wonderful. They pray for me constantly, lift me up, ask questions, eagerly await the next book, and encourage and support. But the support of my dad means the most. He told me recently he knows I’ll make it big someday. He just hopes he lives long enough to see it.
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, except I wouldn’t want to live without flushing toilets and central air. Elizabeth was so confident in who she was, regardless of the restrictions society put upon her. She was her own person and didn’t compromise to please or fit into a mold. “Lizzie, dearest, your poise, tenacity and wit never ceases to inspire me.”
Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities? It’s no accident my books are littered with loud, bossy, brassy female characters. Everyone in the family is sure they know what inspired A TENDER REED. There may have been a little influence within the family, but the story was simply a product of my imagination. My husband is a big inspiration for my heroes. Occasionally he’ll say something that I can’t wait for my leading man to say. The first kiss between my hero and heroine in REDEMPTION’S SONG is eerily reminiscent to our first kiss.
Did anyone inspire you to write? Nearly every teacher I had since first grade told me I would someday write books. The one who encouraged me the most was my ninth grade English teacher, Cynthia Smith. She recognized something in me after the first or second paper I turned in, and wouldn’t stop pushing me to try harder.
Are you working on any projects right now? I have several novels stewing at various levels of completion. The first in a series of romantic suspense was requested by two publishers at the ACFW conference. It’s called UNLEASHED and is about a woman who runs a doggy daycare. Another one nearly ready to submit to my agent takes place during the Great Blizzard of 1978. During the worst blizzard in Ohio history an old man falls down a flight of stairs in a remote farmhouse and sets in motion a chain of events that will change a family forever.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord) Since I only have one choice I pick Helen Keller. I have always been fascinated by her. She was absolutely amazing. To think she accomplished so much in her life with her limitations it utterly unfathomable. I would ask her what it felt like the first time she realized every object had a name. I would want to know how she learned the meaning and nuances of abstract concepts like beauty, faith, and love. Whenever I think of something I take for granted every day of my life, I think of Helen and imagine what those things must have meant to her.
I would also like to meet James Cameron and ask him what he was thinking when he made AVATAR.
"Michelle is a 33-year-old never married nurse. She lives an uneventful, predictable life, but her calm exterior hides unresolved resentment and emotional insecurity. When Nicole, her irresponsible younger sister, abandons her two children in Michelle’s front yard, she’s forced to recall her own mother’s abandonment of her.
How Michelle faces her childhood demons while building a family with Nicole’s kids offers a thought-provoking examination of family relationships. The author deftly handles Michelle’s spiritual cynicism as she struggles to find acceptance and love.
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