Teresa Federici grew up in South Florida, the baby of four kids. She started writing at a young age, and finally got the nerve to inquire about publishing her first novel when she was 35. Eternity was published a year later in 2010. She lives in South Florida with her husband, step-son, and mutt Kensi.
What inspires you to write?
I get inspiration from everything. People arguing on a street corner, a woman perusing fruit in the produce section, a homeless person laying on a sidewalk…I can get inspiration from pretty much anything.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like a quiet room, with my music, and I tend to free-flow; I don’t use outlines very often, but I do build character bios and even build a dossier on the town they’re in. When I do outline, its very vague. I open up a Word Doc, and do a Beginning, Middle, End type of thing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have full conversations in my head with my characters. Some are louder than others, but they all tell me things. Also, that’s how I know I have a good story brewing, when a character won’t stop talking after the original scenario has popped into my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up and keep dreaming big 🙂
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It took me a long time to decide to publish a novel. I’ve written since I was 14 years old, and just decided at the age of 35 to pursue a publisher. I had just finished Eternity, and really felt good about it. I surfed the net for publishing houses that were open to submissions and taking my genre, and sent it off to two (and one agent). I never heard from the agent, the first publishing house turned me down, and the other one accepted the book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that there will keep being a steady increase of indie authors. Amazon, Lulu, Smashwords- they all make it so simple for an author to publish themselves.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romance and Horror
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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