Day 18 – Teresa Medeiros: A Day in the Life…

The Magical Life of A Romance Author

Most romance readers grew up with an image of Barbara Cartland reclining on a divan in her British mansion, draped in cartlandsnowy-white fur and sparkling diamonds, and cradling a poodle (with a matching diamond collar) in the crook of her arm as she dictated her novels to her dapper male secretary.  So I thought it would be fun to Celebrate Romance by giving you a glimpse into THIS romance writers’s day…

6:45 AM – Teresa awakens to the sound of animated bluebirds chirping the chorus from “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” outside her window. After a luxurious stretch, she plumps up her pillows and settles back on her 18,000 thread-count pillowcase while she waits for breakfast in bed to arrive.

TRANSLATION: Teresa’s cat Buffy the Mouse Slayer gallops across the bed, making it clear that lollygagging about in bed will not be tolerated. When her efforts to rouse her mistress fail, she enlists the help of Teresa’s other cat Willow Tum-Tum, who pounces on the bed and begins to knead Teresa’s tummy with her paws as if it were a loaf of undercooked bread.BuffyMoney

7:15 AM – Teresa’s maid Fifi arrives with a tray of Eggs Benedict, French toast drenched in 100% real Vermont maple syrup and freshly squeezed orange juice. Teresa settles back on the pillows to enjoy her repast while listening to the soothing strains of Bach and Mozart.

TRANSLATION: Teresa stumbles out of bed and down the stairs to pop two eggs into her Oster Egg Maker since she never learned how to boil eggs in a pan. She wolfs down the eggs and a single piece of wheat toast slathered in Sugar Free jelly while watching fifteen minutes of BREAKING BAD on Netflix.

8:00 AM – Teresa’s twin Swiss trainers Hans and Sven arrive for a rousing hour of Pilates and Yoga, followed by another hour of personal massage, all in the air-conditioned comfort of Teresa’s lavish workout room.

TRANSLATION: Teresa jumps on her bicycle and huffs and puffs her way through a ten mile bike ride in the 95 degree heat. It is a good day. She is only chased by one dog.

 9:30 AM – Teresa summons her personal assistant so she can attend to the most pressing matters of her workday.ShadowsLaceFinal

TRANSLATION: Teresa scoops out the litter boxes.

 10:00 AM – Teresa composes a Facebook update so witty and incisive it makes her Facebook friends weep with joy and her fellow writers weep with envy.

TRANSLATION: Teresa posts a pic of Willow Tum-Tum playing dead on her desk.

10:30 AM – Teresa arrives at her desk, eager to embark upon the joyful task of beginning her writing day.

TRANSLATION: Teresa hops in the car and goes to Starbucks.

11:30 AM – Realizing she has already written three chapters, Teresa retreats to the garden terrace for a lunch of quiche and freshly baked croissants.

TRANSLATION – Realizing she has only written three sentences, Teresa warms up a Morningstar veggie burger in the microwave and spends fifteen…um 45 minutes watching THE WALKING DEAD.

12:15 PM – Teresa skips back into her office, eager to let her imagination take flight once again.

TRANSLATION: Teresa reorganizes her paper clip drawer and calls several of her writer friends to see if they’re writing.

 1:00 PM – Teresa receives a call from her New York agent letting her know that Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler are fighting over the movie rights to GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART.

TRANSLATION: Teresa drifts into a daydream where she receives a call from her New York agent letting her know Hugh TemptationFinalJackman and Gerard Butler are fighting over the movie rights to GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART.

2:05 PM – Teresa dives right into her next chapter, so adrift in inspiration she’s barely aware of the passing minutes.

TRANSLATION: Teresa returns to Starbucks with treat receipt she acquired earlier, which means she can get a Grande drink for only $2.00 since it’s after 2 PM.

 2:30 PM – Teresa takes a break from her manuscript to post a series of increasingly clever tweets.

TRANSLATION: Teresa asks Twitter followers if they like BREAKING BAD or THE WALKING DEAD better and asks them if it’s morally wrong to eat half a watermelon in one sitting. Teresa eats half a watermelon.

 3:00 PM – After three more chapters of her book spill from her flying fingertips, Teresa celebrates the successful end of her workday by snacking on a tray of fresh fruit and cheese and watching some subtitled French films.

TRANSLATION: After realizing she has only written three paragraphs, Teresa glances at her iCal for the first time that day and realizes with a start of horror that she has a blog post due in an hour. She eats the other half of the watermelon.

Recommendations:

I have to recommend a new author I’ve discovered through Amber House Books. Heather Ashby is a Navy veteran who ForgetMeNotFinalwrites amazing military romances in her “Love in the Fleet” series. (Think Suzanne Brockmann-style romance.) Her first two books FORGIVE AND FORGET and FORGET ME NOT are out now with NEVER FORGET (a September 11th-themed book) coming September 12th. Heather is donating half of her royalties to the Fisher House, the organization that provides free housing to military families while their loved ones are being treated for injury or disease. She’s a terrific writer and an equally terrific lady.

I also recently discovered Sheila Williams, a fabulous African-American author who writes about women who take the first steps toward making a new life and frequently find love along the journey. Her DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE ROOF was a pure delight from start to finish.


 

Questions For The Author

 Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

Last year while taking a brief break from writing, I decided to start my own publishing house! After e-pubbing 23 of my own backlist titles in the U.K. and Australia, I fell in love with the process and decided I wanted to do the same thing for other authors—especially authors with wonderful voices who had gotten lost in the New York shuffle. So Amber House Books  ( http://www.amberhousebooks.com ) was born. Since then I’ve published 35 books and I have 15 more in the pipeline. It’s a lot of work, but ever so gratifying to bring these fabulous authors to a brand new audience.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I wanted to be a princess and/or a secret agent, too, but when I was in the 9th grade, I won the short story contest for the entire high school. I’ll never forget typing the words THE END and feeling this incredible sense of completion as if my soul was singing, “THIS! THIS is the work that God made you to do.”

When I was 21, I sat down at my mom’s kitchen counter with a gallon of iced tea and started my very first book LADY OF CONQUEST. I simply wrote the book that I wanted to read. After 21 rejections (and multiple revisions!), I sold the book to Berkley and signed a 3-book contract.

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

I actually read my first Victoria Holt book THE SHIVERING SANDS when I was 7 years old. I absolutely adored it and gave my heart to romance forever. If not for Victoria Holt, I probably wouldn’t be where I was today. I’d love to die like she did—on a cruise ship at the age of 86 while researching my next book.

 Teresa is generously giving away a $35 Amazon gift card. U.S. readers only (enter below – apologies to international friends).


medeirosNew York Times bestseller Teresa Medeiros wrote her first novel at the age of twenty-one, introducing readers to one of the most beloved and versatile voices in romantic fiction. She has appeared on every national bestseller list, including the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly lists and been published in over a dozen languages. Her numerous awards include being a two-time recipient of the Waldenbooks Award for bestselling fiction. In 2013, Teresa started her own publishing company Amber House Books. She makes her home in Kentucky and is never happier than when she has one of her cats (or her husband) in her arms. You can visit her website at www.teresamedeiros.com.

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  • Rochelle

    Ahhh reality versus fantasy. Loved your day calendar! And I love your books. Goodnight Tweetheart would make a beautiful movie as long as they keep all your words in tact. That book was so poignant.

  • Denise Christensen Metcalf

    Love your daily schedule, lol! Almost as much as I love your books. Looking forward to your next release. 🙂

  • Susiecat

    I love your historicals, and Goodnight Tweetheart was one of my first contemporaries (and I loved it too). Please keep writing as all as publishing!

  • cheryl c.

    Thanks for starting my day off with a smile with this post!

  • TrishJ

    If only we could live our fantasy life!! At least you get to write a fantasy life … and we get to read it! Your books have filled my daytime (and sometimes night time) with such glorious stories.

  • Mj

    I remember Barbara Cartland romances, some of the first ones I read. I love your take on her/your life. Your books are amazing, love them.

  • Kylan Alexander

    Love the humor in your fantasy/reality. Made Monday a little better.

  • Sharon Forbes

    I loved reading your A Day In The Life! So very entertaining!

  • Patty Vasquez

    This is hysterical and one of the many reasons you’re one of my favorite authors. I will definitely give your author recommendations a try; thank you for giving them the opportunity to have their words published and read. Eating half a watermelon is not morally wrong; it’s very, very good!

  • Cindy A

    I enjoy the humor in your books. You have a great way with words. I’ve read all my life, too, but I don’t have the gift. Alas! I sure enjoy the reading!!!

  • Fern Martin

    Teresa, you make me laugh every day. Is a Goodnight Tweetheart really going to be made into a movie? I will buy the first ticket! Thank you for giving us all of your wonderful books.

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I have tears from laughing at your post today (while I’m reading this on a quick break from work). I love your books and have really enjoyed reading them over the years. I’m scared to actually put into writing what my day looks like–pretty sure there are a lot of coffee/reading/tv/shopping breaks. Kudos on your publishing house, I think it is absolutely fantastic that you are helping to give other writers a chance to be published! I’ll have to find some books from Amber House Books to check out. Thanks again for all you do and for such a fun and humorous post on a Monday morning….now off to Starbucks with me 😉

  • Debbie Fuller

    You are too funny. Love reading your books and thanks for recommendations

  • Robin K. Carter

    Theresa is My FAVORITE all time author. Her books were the first romance books I had ever read. Thanks for giving me hours of enjoyment!

  • Jackie Veltrop Lycke

    Loved the day in a life a writer. Makes me feel a little better when I procrastinate.

  • heatherzilla

    I love your cat’s names. I fostered a litter of kittens and named after them after BtVS. We ended up adopting Willow (who usually acts like Dark Willow, not sweet loveable Willow) and one of our friends adopted Buffy. Buffy now lives in upstate New York and Willow is still in Coastal Georgia.

  • Angie Frawley

    That’s about how my fantasies..eerrr..days go!!

  • Lauren Jamisln

    I love this post! I think it’s wonderful that you started publishing because I know if you have anything to do with a book it will turn out great! 🙂

  • That’s a great day in the life of an author. It made me laugh. My writing days are remarkably similar. LOL

  • Jennifer Brown-Flavin

    LOVE your humor!! Thanks for the fun read here & especially your books!

  • Mel K.

    I love Teresa! 🙂 This ‘Day in the Life’ interview is awesome. Do you still remember telling me you loved me, Teresa? The e-mail was not intended for me. So cute!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love the day in the life of … You should think about being a writer … bwahahahahaha 😎

  • Cathy Rackowski

    I just adore Teresa Medeiros, who else could speak in code like this and still sound sane? (mind you sane is a relative term!) I mean really, who uses translations as she can and get away with it? LOL, thanks for sharing!

  • Marguerite Guinn

    I loved reading about your “typical” day at work! Humor is so a part of who I am and I appreciate it in others!

  • Joan Varner

    I enjoyed your day. Thank you for sharing. GOODNIGHT TWEETHEART is one of my favorites.

  • Amy-Cook

    Humor and romance are a match made in heaven, which is why I enjoy your offerings so much, Teresa. 🙂

  • mel_t

    funny! A good laugh for a monday morning!

  • clanwilson

    Delightful and witty which is no surprise!

  • Lauren Keating

    These blogs are so funny! What an interesting concept! And I just LOVE the newsletter you send out letting us know about deals on books! I don’t know what I would do without it!

  • Debby

    I’ve enjoyed reading all of the blogs. Such a treat in the middle of a boring work day.

  • Laurla

    Your day doesn’t sound that different from mine, except that while I might get a steady paycheck, even when procrastinating, my end product (when finally complete) will never give me the joy and fulfillment that I’m sure you’re finsihed manuascript will give you 🙂 I envy you doing what you love and have passion for! I enny you the imagination you have as well.

  • Cheri Oggy

    I love the fact that these blog entries are SO entertaining!

  • YuOfOwari22

    This was so funny! Sort of “Inner Mind Theatre vs. Reality”.

  • Mike Bratek

    A smart, yet humorous blog that’s entertaining to read. Thanks!

  • Jeanne

    This is great! I’m always looking for new authors to read and this is a gold mine!

  • Lisa Dalesandro

    Only HALF a watermelon in one sitting? *laughing while surreptitiously sliding watermelon rind under my paper plate*

  • Robbie Bauldree

    Loved reading about your day. Keep up the good work.

  • Karen Krack

    I totally understand the concept of why do things in a leisurely and organized way when you can procrastinate and crunch everything in a race the clock marathon!

  • Joan Marie LoBrutto

    Love reading your blog and love your books. i see your cats don’t let you sleep anymore than my cat does.

  • Joyce Rajnyak Burkhardt

    This was such a fun blog to read. I love your facebook updates too! (I started reading romance novels through my mom’s Barbara Cartland books. What great memories. Thank you!)

  • Bethany Adams

    I loved the post. Makes me feel better about my own writing days. 🙂

  • Adaffern

    Too funny, thanks for the morning laugh.

  • Zarahti

    This is strangely similar to my day as a productive homeschooling parent. 😀
    At least (hopefully) none of your cats lay down between you & your laptop and surreptitiously try to push it off the table with all four feet in the guise of stretching.

  • Darilyn Anne Beal Larsen

    Great post!

  • Pat Babcock

    I look forward to each of your own books and commend you for being a mentor to other authors.

  • Teresa Kusant

    Barbara Cartland, Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney were the authors I grew up reading (introduced to Romance by my grandmother).

  • Fantastic! So humorous and funny!! And don’t give up the hope for Hugh Jackman, I’ll say a little prayer for this!!

  • Carol Smith

    Enjoyed your post!!!

  • Shirley Cochran

    Sounds like a woman after my own heart!

  • Brandi Schrieber Brennan

    I loved your post! I think your original thoughts are what everyone thinks of when they think of a romance writer – all glamorous and living a swept-away lifestyle (I don’t know how else to word it…sorry if the swept-away lifestyle doesn’t make sense!) – but your translations were killer and witty and funny!

  • Mitzi Clark

    Love this post, so funny! The book that hooked me on romances was a Victoria Holt, too–“On the Night of the Seventh Moon”.

  • Margaret Rushton

    I loved reading about the day in the life. Made me smile

  • Hope Stern

    I love these stories and posts because they keep me going strong on my work in progress. Because if you can only get three paragraphs done in hours…the great Teresa M, who writes amazing wonderful books, well, perhaps I will not be so hard on my few paragraphs at a time. You are an amazing woman and I love receiving your updates with Amber House books and reading your blog posts and of course all your wonderful books. Thanks from this very selfish reader.

  • Andrea Torres

    Love reading about your day!

  • Christina VanderClute

    This is a hilarious post! I’m an expert on procrastination, especially when it comes to doing homework…

  • Tracey

    I loved this!

  • Bethany Wond

    This reminded me of Daughtry’s song Cinderella. You should take a listen. It’s funny and sweet! Don’t know how my mind goes off on these tangents so bear with me!

  • alisha woods

    love your helpers

  • Pat

    ROFL!! I absolutely love your humor (as well as all your books).

  • Tracey Parker

    I loved it! One of the reasons why I love her writing and her books, very funny. Oh to have Hugh Jackman calling wanting to be in a movie version….sigh! Very entertaining, unique and funny!

  • Carrie

    Thank you for the laughs. You live such a glamorous life 🙂

  • Katherine Martell

    I have every book you’ve published, and I can’t wait for the next one! Hope your hand heals quickly!!

  • Tammy Nitschke Sokol

    Love love love your books!!!!!

  • Melissa Spencer Feehan

    Very funny! Love the litterbox scooping!

  • Andra Dalton

    Just what I needed to perk me up on this Monday, you always have a way of giving me the giggles!!! Your humor translates from everyday life to your books, making us feel like we are all a bunch of gabby girlfriends, getting together to gossip over coffee!!! Thanks for all the laughs, loveable characters,& fabulous books so that we may have a bit of romance whenever we need it!!! Thanks too for the giveaway opportunity & good luck to all!!! May the fun never end!!!

  • Christy Walton

    Is it always watermelon?

  • Liz C.

    As always, highly entertained!

  • Lynda Dickey

    To be a successful writer an (over)active imagination helps. I am enjoying another day in the mountains hiking and watching birds with my dogs. Or hiding from my boss in my basement cubicle applying for other jobs.

  • Jean Patton

    Made me smile to read about your day, loved the translations

  • Kim Castillo

    Ok, this is the first time EVER that I might be glad to not be your assistant, Teresa! My own 3 litter boxes are enough. 🙂 xoxo

  • Rosie

    Fun read.

  • Cheryl Baranski

    Thank you for sharing. I love it when authors share with us readers.

  • Bpadgett

    As always Teresa your wit is refreshing and contagious, giving this old gal a smile for the day!! Thanks..:-)

  • Ellen Wood

    Seriously funny!! Thanks for the Monday humor!

  • Wynelda- Ann Deaver

    Translations are priceless!

  • Laurel

    LOL. Wonderful wit makes my Monday.

  • Emillie

    Lol! This was great!

  • Debra Holloway

    This is absolutely a great post. I loved it!

  • Michelle Van Riper

    This was cute to read – I remember Barbara Cartland and I thought the same for many years reading her books, then reality hit me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Judy Goodnight

    So much for the glamorous life of the romance author! Thanks for the laughs today.

  • Mickey McCall

    Not sure what part was the funniest – probably all of it! I needed to chuckle, it’s a Monday…!

  • Larrolynn Ward Head

    Love your books! I’ve eaten half a watermelon in one sitting more than once in my life… and not the little baby round ones.

  • LSUReader

    Too funny. Thanks for breaking into your writing day to share with us!

  • Anna-Marie Stewart

    Must not have been a very big watermelon. Now I want one. Again. Thanks for the smiles to start my day.

  • LisaVH

    Your post was hysterical! Just what I needed for my far from glamorous Monday afternoon.

  • Kathy McWherter

    Your post is more fun than most books!

  • Patti Long Wissore

    I laughed all the way thru “your day”. Just finished physical therapy and needed that laugh!

  • JustMe

    I need to borrow some of your procrastination habits..

  • Heather Martin

    Victoria Holt was my first intro to the romance genre, as well. Thanks for the fun.

  • Amy Lazarus

    And all this time I pictured you eating bon bons, drinking Perrier-Jouet and dictating your stories to an assistant while your French Chef whips up a fabulous lunch that will be served to you by your butler as you receive a mani-pedi. Yet another illusion shattered.

  • Debbie Oxier

    Thanks. Would love to win.

  • Deborah Gordon

    Thank you

  • Michelle Van Riper

    This was cute to read – I remember Barbara Cartland and I thought the same for many years reading her books, then reality hit me. Thanks for sharing.

  • Emily Anne Miron-Neilsen

    <3 her books so very much … hope a new one is coming soon 🙂

  • vikkiparman

    I love the translations!. Watermelon is pretty much just water so you can eat all you want.

  • Lesia Chambliss

    Hey, at least watermelon isn’t bad for you. It just makes you walk back and forth from the bathroom more often….lol

  • Susan Wilkinson

    Thanks so much for sharing your day and I got a kick out of the translation of what really happened. That brought back memories mentioning Dame Cartland. I used to have all of her numbered series. The Candlelight books and her series were my first forays into romance.

  • Erin F

    bwhahahaha… Teresa!!! what a fun post!! And eating any amount of watermelon is good for you!!! right?!? And really!!!! Gerard and Hugh!!!! Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing such a fun post!

  • Janet Becker

    This sounds like my day, just substitute practicing for writing, and insert a few students here and there!

  • BookLady

    Thanks for sharing the humorous details of your writing life! At least you only over-indulged on healthy watermelon and not chocolate.

  • Pat B

    Loved your post – now I want Starbucks and half a watermelon.

  • Janice Baxter

    I love you wicked sense of humor! I have a cat, and day dream too! Day dreams are a good thing! Without dreams, they can’t come true now can they!

  • Eleanor Harkins

    I LOVE YOUR HUMOR AND I LOVE YOUR CAT

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  • Ann Gonzalez

    Love your sense of humour!

  • Fran Colley

    *LOL* HILARIOUS! And glad to know it’s not much different than being the struggling writer version…only yours has obvious deadlines…and rabid fans who would not let you get away with this for long. 🙂

  • Gloria Walshver

    Great, Love her posts

  • Susan McGlennan Schwartz

    I LOVED your blog post! LOL ….a life like all of your readers EXCEPT you can write!!

  • Sarah Nicholas

    Thank you for the laugh.

  • Erica Mitchell

    Ha ha. I like the real life translations of her literary genius.

  • Ann Mettert

    She is so funny. Loved the post. 🙂

  • Beverly White

    Thanks. Very funny I couldn’t stop laughing.

  • anne

    Very amusing and fun. Thanks.

  • Tracy Stewart

    Too funny! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Stephanie M.

    Thanks for making me laugh today. I look forward to reading more of your books and trying the ones by Heather Ashby. Time to get to Starbucks. 🙂

  • sally

    Well I can say I was entertaind.

  • Robin in NC

    Teresa you are so funny! You know you’d be bored if you really lived the UNtranslated version of your life! 😉 Thanks for the smiles!

  • EC Raymundo

    It’s nice to read about a day in an author’s life. 😉

  • Ellen Lopes

    I love your 1 pm daydream 🙂

  • Pam P

    Funny and entertaining post, thanks, Teresa. Love your humor, both in your books and just chatting around.

  • ashley

    WOW!!!!!

  • Patricia Cochran

    It’s no wonder your books are such a hit! You are hilarious! Love reading
    your posts!

  • Erica H

    Nothing like the imagination versus reality! It’s nice to think a writer’s life could be glamorous!

  • Elaine Carlini-Davis

    You’ve written dozens of great books, but with your schedule, you must have had a ghost writer. Only kidding. 🙂

  • Peggy Zeissler

    LMBO!!! So funny!!!! 🙂

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    Do you have a Starbucks allowance?!

  • Martha Lawton

    I love your fantasy world – would love to be there myself

  • Barbara E.

    I loved your post Teresa, it sounds like your days are full. 😀 I remember those pictures of Barbara Cartland on her books, and yes, I thought that’s what being an author was like.

  • Jennifer L. Green-Prescott

    What a great article!! Made me laugh and wonder how you get -any- “real” work done!! Wonderful!! 🙂

  • Dawn Miller

    I love the translations. Just a reminder that we all face challenges. 🙂

  • MK

    This is a really funny post- cheers!

  • Jessica Call

    Omg lol so great!! Loving that you shared with us!! Thank you 🙂

  • Sarah Webber

    Your day still seems more fun than mine.

  • Crystal Sebring

    sounds about right 🙂

  • Jessica C. Williams

    I laughed so hard, Teresa. And that’s a whole watermelon! wow.

  • O Norman

    Enjoyed today’s post!

  • Quinn Fforde

    ROFL! That was great. I love that romance and humor go well together.

  • Deb Hinshaw

    AND this is why I love your books. You are so funny! I loved your post today, haha!!! You are one of my auto-buy-authors and I love that you started Amber House Books. Thanks for the updates in your newsletter about upcoming books.

  • Marcy Shuler

    *gasp* What happened to the Bon Bons?? Are you telling me there are no Bon Bons? 😉

  • Lia Sansoucy

    I adore your books. I also love this post because it sounds a lot like my day as (once again) I am a stay home mom. The kids are all in school now and I think I will have so much time to blog or write, and yet…

  • M McSpadden

    Love the translations of your day! Sounds like a lot more fun than my day teaching. =)

  • Jocelyn Long

    I love the way you treat your day.

  • ki pha

    LOL Love you post Teresa! A very thorough daily routine for the writer.

  • Julie

    I love your books, especially Goodnight Tweetheart. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  • Booklady1

    Thanks for sharing your real life. 10 mile bike ride in 95 degree heat!? You’re my contemporary romance novel heroine!

  • Ellen

    What a great “day in the life” summary. Congratulations on your new publishing house. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Nancy Saubert Luebke

    Thanks for sharing your A Day in the Life of thing. I really enjoyed it.

  • M Kuxhaus

    I loved reading about your day! So much fun. Also, The Devil Wore Plaid is one of my favorite books.

  • Marcia Berbeza

    I HATE writing. I had to do a great deal of writing several years ago and I cannot tell you how many games of Mah-Jong and Spider Solitaire were played when I was supposed to be hard at work. God Bless those of you who can stay on task long enough to get something on the page. 😉

  • Valerie Keiser Norris

    Sounds like, if I only had two cats, I could be a famous author, too!

  • Claire Gilless

    you day sounds entertaining and I can tell that humor carries into your books – looking forward to reading more of your work.

  • Sue G.

    You should be a comedy writer! You are too funny! Love your books! Thanks for the nice writeup!

  • sandy h

    Love both versions of your day — altho the first version is a bit more what i’d like as well!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I loved your post!!! I am amazed at all you do between writing, publishing & taking care of those cats. I could never get into reading Barbara Cartland books just because of her photo. I’m sure she wrote some good books, but she scared me with that picture.

  • marthalawson

    I loved, loved the post!! Hilarious!

  • Tin

    Hi, Teresa!

    Thank you for this! May I borrow Hans and Sven? Also, I love that you have a drawer full of paper clips. ^_^

  • Michelle Shemon

    I think we should all be able to pass around Hans and Sven!!!

  • gladysmp

    So funny! I amazed at the number of comments here, but still trying.

  • gladysmp

    Oops! Left a word out.
    So funny. I am amazed at the number of comments here. Congratulations! .

  • Jill Wickenkamp

    Too funny! Thanks for the giggles.

  • kate27

    I can’t remember when I laughed so hard. Wait, I can—a Teresa Medeiros’ facebook post Willow Tum-tum or Buff the Mouse Slayer pictures were optional.

  • Jan Goodard

    Love the post. Don’t have any furry ones of my own but I enjoy the pics you post of yours.

  • Paula Wall

    Your day sounds like mind busy without much to show for it but avoidance.

  • Debbie Glenn Brown

    Love the post!!

  • Nancy Crawford

    At least you live a full fantasy life in your books! Too bad it isn’t reality!

  • Martha B

    Hilarious! Love the description of your writing day complete with (morning) trip to Starbucks and then your return after 2 pm with a treat receipt. Those treat receipts ended on Sunday – BIG sigh.

  • Geraldine Pierson

    i really loved your post. I think I have read every one of Barbara Cartland’s books and I use to have the whole set in paperback until my basement flooded. They got wet and I had to throw them away.

  • Brenda E

    Absolutely love your “day in the life” post – had me laughing right out loud. I also got started reading romance beginning with Victoria Holt’s novels; my first was On the Night of the Seventh Moon, and I was hooked. Had to read all of her books after that – talented lady. I remember I planned to write her my very first ever fan letter, and when I went to the library to get her info, I found out she had already passed on. Talk about being disappointed! I am so thankful all you talented ladies now have Facebook, websites, and join in to do this wonderful once-a-year Read-A-Romance forum so that we can tell you how much we appreciate all that you do. Love your books, Teresa, keep ’em coming.

  • PhyllisC

    I loved the comments. I love Teresa;s stories. Thanks for sharing.

  • monica87

    Love your day in the life post! Really cute. I used to have such a debilitating fear of writing my own stories in school. I don’t know why (I was very shy too). I never really got into writing and reading until high school and college. My very first romance book I read was actually by Eloisa James, your good friend! ;P You Teresa were my second Romance author I discovered. I’ve been hooked to reading ever since. Thanks so much for that! 😉
    -Melody

  • Kenia

    One of my favorites writers abour historical romance!

  • Emmel

    Love the humor, love the fun, and love that somebody else enjoys the $2 refills at Starbucks!

  • choirlady27

    I absolutely love your “day in the life” post. You have a great sense of humor.

  • Winnie Lim

    Great “day in your life” story. Very humorous and imaginative.

  • kb0iew

    Ya know, I like the fantasy about Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler! No wonder I like reading your stories so much!

  • So humorous and funny your post, that I have translated it, so italian readers can have it in our language. You can view it here: http://letturedimari.blogspot.it/2014/08/teresa-medeiros-la-magica-vita-della.html.

    Thank you!!

  • Gretchen

    I loved Victoria Holt too! I remember finding her books in the library and going on to check out every single one of them!

  • Jillian Olsen

    lol I have days where I imagine a better life also

  • Gerri Sutter-Lauzon

    Victoria Holt was one of my first romance writers too! I think I read all of her books. Would that we could all live our fantasy lives. I think that’s why I read…

  • Anna

    I definitely have days where I would prefer to imagine something more glamorous happening.

  • Debbie

    Its funny when I saw Barbara Cartland’s photo on your page it brought back the first book I ever read that got me truly hooked on Romance. It was by Barbara and it was Palamino! One of my good friends had a huge box of romance books and I ended up reading every one, I was 21 at the time (late starter). Naturally I have been hooked ever since.

  • Janet Breton

    Love your story. Sounds like we have a lot in common!

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for sharing your very funny day!

  • Tammy H

    Great post! I love the pictures of your cat. 🙂

  • Robin Greene

    Thanks for the story.

  • Ruckasaurus Rex

    I love your work, and Fisher House is an awesome organization. I think I have seen a Fisher House presence on each stateside base I’ve been stationed at. <3 Thank you for writing!

  • Arleen

    Anyone with such a good sense of humor and a love of cats is set in life. No wonder you’re books are so good.

  • Jocelyn d’Isigny

    Thank you for the enjoyable post and the laughter it generated… made me miss my kitties, tho’…

  • Laurie Skinner Gray

    Thanks for confirming that romance authors lead glamorous lives while writing! Bahahaha! Thanks for putting a smile on my face while reading this : )

  • Cheryl Hogeland

    I totally understand your cats getting you up in the morning. Mine do the same thing. You’d think they would starve if I got 30 more minutes of sleep! Thanks for the fun recap of your day! I love to read and I admire the writers who bring great romance stories to life for us. Thanks so much for all your hard work! 🙂 <3

  • Chelsea B.

    Wow! Your own publishing house! That is absolutely awesome!

  • Glenda

    I’m SO jealous — your cats actually wait until 6:45 to wage the Wake Up War?!?!!?

  • Lani Noda

    Wow what a day!..lol at least you started off with eggs benedict! Yummy

  • donnas

    Hah awesome post. At least you know the cats are happy you wake up because they like, um appreciate, um tolerate you in their house to be their assistant.

  • Gretchen Miller

    Quite funny and very cute

  • clynsg

    Daydreams vs reality!! Never did believe those pictures of Barbara Cartland were the reality of her life! Nice to know someone besides me has litterbox cleaning as a daily chore!

  • I love getting a look at the “glamorous” life of a romance author 🙂 Your translations—love them!—sound like my day with copious amounts of Starbucks. *stares at iCal and all the things*

  • Aimee H

    What a great post – I really loved your description of your day! Especially your workout with Hans and Sven 😉 I’m going to have to go back and check out the pics of Barbara Cartland – I never really paid any attention to them before!

  • michelle fitzsimons

    Lol! Thanks for sharing the glamorous life of a romance writer;-). Have a terrific day!

  • Janie McGaugh

    I love your “productive” day!

  • Lea Ann Patton

    I’m so glad I am not the only one with the morning wake up. Mine however is a beagle in full howl mode, until “Mom” gets up.

  • rebecca moe

    Fantastic post! You had both me and my daughter laughing 🙂

  • Pamby50

    Congrats on starting your own publishing house. I have taken your hints from your newsletter on reading Heather Ashby.

  • Kim Giardina

    I thought perhaps you & I might share personal trainers, but mine are named Hans und Frans…

  • Sarah Gianocaro

    I’m excited to see more ebooks coming out (although I still love real books too). I’m glad that getting books digitized is something you are working on.

  • Theresa Fischer

    Thanks for the laugh! Your book recommendation sounds good, will have to give Heather’s book a try!!

  • Toni Linenberger

    I agree, or Miss Abby and Lincoln agree, the most important task of the day is emptying the litter boxes.

  • Rita Wray

    I love Victoria Holt books. They are a favorite with me and my daughter.

  • Tina B

    Love the way that you describe your day. 🙂
    I would imagine that it takes a lot of discipline to be an author. I would get easily distracted, I think.
    Congrats on your publishing company! Thank you for sharing.

  • JanD

    I like the 2 trips to Starbucks.

  • Julie Nieves

    I go back to Victoria Holt’s books time and again. Thanks for the insight into the crazy (and eventually productive!) life of an author.

  • Kortney

    Cute post! I find myself having those sort of days all the time on the weekends!

  • Ruth

    Quite an adventure starting your own publishing company. Good for your.

  • Damaris

    Twenty-one rejections?? Wow…so glad you were persistent, otherwise I would never had read one of my favorite books…..Yours Until Dawn! Loved it.