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.


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  ( ) 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

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