About Teri Riggs:
Teri Riggs was destined to be a writer. As a small girl she didn’t read bedtime stories, she made up her own. Who needed Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs when there were so many great tales bouncing around in her head? When she grew up and became a mother to three little girls, she continued the tradition of making up bedtime stories. On the occasions she chose to tell conventional fairytales, Teri usually gave them a bit of tweaking here and there or added a new ending. Her girls loved it.
After her daughters had the nerve to actually grow up and leave home, Teri discovered she had a passion for writing and jumped right in. It came as no surprise she chose to write mysteries and happily-ever-after’s since that’s the genres she loves to read.
Teri lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, one of her daughters and two dogs that seem to think they rule the world. And some days Teri thinks maybe they do.
Teri still frequently tells herself stories as she falls asleep. The only difference now is she wakes up the next morning and turns her bedtime stories into books.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by life. There are so many stories floating around in my head. Most of the time they are based on something real that I’ve seen or heard while doing normal, everyday stuff.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get to my office between 9 and 10, Monday through Friday. After gathering a coffee or tea I sit in front of my computer and write until 5 or 6. I take time for lunch and play with the occasional grand baby that comes by. I try to avoid social media until the evening. I take a few breaks during the day when my eyes need a rest. I write on weekends if I’m bored or I’m hot with a storyline I don’t want to forget.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Always. Characters have a tendency to lead me in another direction and I’ve learned to follow. They’re usually right!
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up! Don’t let rejection letters or bad reviews get you down. Learn from them instead.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m with Decadent Publishing and love them. I also have several books that are KDP. Self publishing is an adventure and I feel as long as you have a good editor and quality cover art, you can do well. No matter which route you take, you’ve got to market your books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think as long as people love to read, publishing will continue to grow.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Romance, Mystery
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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