Teddy O’ Malley was born in in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has traveled all over the United States and enjoys learning about new things and other cultures. She has enjoyed studying Spanish, German, and now Italian as well. She dreams of visiting a foreign country. Teddy O’Malley has also worked as a nurse assistant, aiding the disabled and the elderly.
What inspires you to write?
I started writing when I was seven, and I can honestly say that most of my inspiration comes from life itself. I have a big imagination and a love of learning, and I like to combine those things and create stories that I can share with the rest of the world. My characters live in my head. I want to share them with people.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t spend a lot of time creating outlines. It doesn’t really work for me. I do tend to write about a character before I actually write their book. I wrote several random paragraphs about Destiny and Faith that I called “Odds and Ends” before I actually wrote their first book. I feel like it helped their character development a lot. It made them more real to me which makes them more real to the readers. For my photography books I tend to put the photos together and then work from them to create a text.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to each other and to me all the time. Especially Destiny. She is practically my conscience. They talk each other as well, of course! This often gives me ideas for what their next adventure will be. Sometimes my characters will be arguing, and when I go to break it up I just become part of the argument. It gets chaotic.
What advice would you give other writers?
I have three main pieces of advice. Don’t let others tell you what you can and can’t write about. Don’t let them tell you that “writing” isn’t a real job. Don’t ever stop writing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my first book when I realized I didn’t want to lose creative control. It was really important to me that Destiny and Faith look a certain way, which is why I also decided to illustrate the books myself. This was very important to me. I studied the world of traditional publishing a lot, and I just knew it wasn’t the right fit for me. So here I am.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think in the future self-publishing is likely to take over as the main form of publishing if it hasn’t already. Some people might be worried that this is a bad thing, but I think readers will continue to weed out the bad and celebrate the good which means writers who are worthy of recognition will still receive that. I hope that’s the case, anyway.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor
What genres do you write?
Children’s fiction, humor, languages, adventure
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print