About Teece Reeder:
Teece Reeder began writing at a young age. Her love for the written word was inspired by her mother, who was an English teacher and a lover of literature. Teece has been greatly impacted by the works of Hemingway, Sara Teasdale, Poe,Tennyson and Robert Burns.
When she isn’t writing she loves the joy of getting her hands dirty as she nurtures and cultivates her ever growing collection of plants and heirloom flowers. Her greatest accomplishment would be that of her two sons, who also share her passion for self-expression through art in many formats.
Teece Reeder resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised.
What inspires you to write?
The written word has always been my outlet. No matter what emotions I have encountered, I find my peace and resolution in escaping the world amid my own sea of words. Looking back over what I have written gives me strength and it motivates me to share with others so that they too may find peace and inspiration.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Sara Teasdale and her poerty, that was my first dose of true written art. I inhaled her work, and if I reach a slump I go back to her. Hemingway, he has always been beloved in my eyes. I can't forget Poe. My Mother read Poe to me as a child and I couldn't get enough of how brilliant his writings are.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am truly a seat of the pants writer. I never outline! First off, I must be wearing shoes, it's odd but I can't write if I am wearing my normal footwear of flip flops. I suppose it is like putting on my work boots. I spend hours researching names and what they symbolize so that my characters are real in my writing world. I allow them to speak to me, and what they want to say. I make notes in hand written form when I think of a detail or idea, which would account for the mounds of notebooks I have. I had never typed a book, always hand written until a few years. I miss it at times and I will go back to pen and paper to get my creative juices flowing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters speak to me. I usually have ideas but as I am writing, they do more directing than I do. They lead me and normally it will wake me up and I have to hurry to get it all jotted down.
What advice would you give other writers?
First off, never stop writing. EVER! It you hit a wall, then dig a hole and go under, write something almost every day. Journal, anything, just write. Also never stop reading, reading is key to writing, our minds need the stimulation of other authors. Oh and rewrites, they are the devil but I have found that if I plough forward and get it all written, I am pleased, then the task of going back and making it even better is a great feeling.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book many years ago under a pen name was published by a tradtional publisher, and although it was much easier to let them handle everything, I felt left out. Now, after years of try and fail, I am happy to self publish because I am in control of every aspect. New authors, do plenty of research on how to promote, format, how to make yourself stand out and shine.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is being taken over by digital reading. I don't hate it but I do love the feel of a real book in my hands and how it sounds when I turn the page. I feel like massive movement should be made to revert back to a good ol' paper copy, to me nothing is better than handing a book to my sons that I had when I was growing up.
What genres do you write?: inspirational, fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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