August 12 – Teri Wilson

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Jeannie Moon is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I write because I’ve always loved books. I’m an only child and grew up with my head in a book almost constantly, so I’ve always been really passionate about reading and stories.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

For three years I volunteered at the Iditarod Trail dog sled in race in Alaska. I was a dog handler at the start of the race, then I was on the dropped dog team and the last time I made the trip, I rode in one of the sleds on the first day of the race. I also participated in the Running of the Reindeer, which is like the running of the bulls in Spain (only way less dangerous). Reindeer chase people through the streets of downtown Anchorage. I love Alaska and tend to think of these experiences as my most courageous, because I’m generally a chicken.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I love the genre so much and I’m very proud to be in an industry that spreads a positive message of hope and love. We need this so much right now, and it’s my favorite thing about being a romance author.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.

One of my favorite romantic moments every year is attending the Harlequin party at the Romance Writers of America conference. It’s a very fancy affair—everyone dresses up and the party is always held at a posh hotel with really over the top desserts and cocktails. The entire setting is just like something out of a Harlequin novel. I think it’s important for people to realize they can have great romantic moments in their lives, whether or not they have a romantic partner.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

I would tell her to be herself. It is so much more fun that trying to fit in any kind of mold.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

 Last year, I wrote a book called Royally Romanov that was a modern-day retelling of Anastasia. This project required more research than any other manuscript I’ve written, but I loved it because the Anastasia story has always fascinated me. The thing that intrigued me most was that after Anastasia’s DNA was finally uncovered, the Russian Orthodox church refused to accept the findings and say it was really Anastasia. I had no idea, but I used this fact as part of my plot.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)  

I’ve written a lot of category-length romance and I think that experience has really helped me learn how to craft  a nice, tight plot. I’m usually really focused on the main two characters. Where my voices give me trouble is typically when I’m trying to finish a book. That’s oftentimes when I want to take time off to write a proposal for a new book. (Shiny new idea syndrome.) Sometimes, I’ll go ahead and write the synopsis so I can get it out of my system and get back to focusing on my current manuscript.

 

If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I adore the UK and Europe, and at some point I’d really love to move to either London or Paris for a few months and write a book set in that city from start to finish. I think I’m drawn to these cities because to me, they feel like the ideal places to set a modern-day fairy tale.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

My favorite experience as a writer has definitely been having my books adapted for film. I’ve had two books made into Hallmark Channel movies, and I helped write a story treatment for a third. Being on set and seeing something I dreamed up in my head become an actual, real thing was a very surreal experience. I loved every minute of it.

 

Teri recommends:

I love Lauren Layne! She writes such great romantic comedy. Her Stiletto and Oxford series are my favorites, as well as her standalone book Walk of Shame.

Lauren Layne   –     https://laurenlayne.com/     –    @Amazon

 

Sophie Kinsella is also a favorite of mine because her voice is just fantastic:

Sophie Kinsella    –    www.sophiekinsella.co.uk    –    @Amazon

 

And I’m currently making my way through Avery Flynn’s backlist because I read her for the first time recently and just adore her work.

Avery Flynn   –    averyflynn.com    –    @Amazon

 


Teri Wilson is the author/creator of the Hallmark Channel Original Movies UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, MARRYING MR. DARCY and THE ART OF US, as well as a fourth Hallmark film currently in development.

She is a double finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novels THE PRINCESS PROBLEM and ROYALLY WED. In 2017, she served as a national judge for the Miss United States pageant in Orlando, Florida, and has since judged in the Miss America system.

Visit her at  www.teriwilson.net   or   Twitter @teriwilsonauthr

 

Buy Teri’s books:

availableon-amazon       availableon-nook    availableon-kobo

 

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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

(more to come…)