Monday, July 7, 2014

Resolutions

Today's special guest is Teri Riggs. Teri 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.


AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

I asked Teri what scares her the most, and here is her response:





In the beginning of my writing career, I probably worried the most about not finishing the book I’d started. I knew nothing about writing. I was a NICU nurse and the extent of my writing was jotting down nursing notes on a patient’s chart. Learning the craft was not a walk in the park either. I am an insatiable reader and had a slight idea of what I needed to do. I took online writing classes taught by authors, bought a few writing for dummies type books, and attended a few writing conferences. It’s over ten years later and I still haven’t conquered the art of writing, but I’m closing in on it. Another ten to twenty years? Maybe.

I worried what people would think about me writing. Would it be a joke to them? Would I look like an idiot? 

My family was the ones who encouraged me to write. Still I decided I wouldn’t share my new insomniac’s overnight activity…until I realized I needed massive tutorials on the computer. I was lucky. No one in the family laughed. They supported my dream more than I thought possible. Soon I told my sisters and a few close friends about my little adventure. Again, I got nothing but best wishes.

When I actually finished my first book, I was ecstatic. I’d done what I set out to do. The book’s premise was good, but the writing was horrible. Naturally I didn’t get any contract offers and it’s floating somewhere out in cyber space. I wrote another book. It sold. Yay me! Then I began to worry again. What if no one bought my book? Then what? Well, the book was selling and three years later, I’m still selling copies. My second published book is selling. I won’t be amassing a fortune, but the books are selling.

I’ll always find something to worry about in my writing. But now I look at my adventures in writing as one big, continuous lesson in learning.


ABOUT THE BOOK


DEA agent Eve Taylor has had her fill of alpha males. When Resolutions’ operative and former lover, Dillon “Mac” McKenna, threatened her hard-earned independence, she ran. On a mission to gather evidence against a Colombian drug-lord, Eve discovers the drug-lord is helping terrorists plan an attack on American soil. Before she can escape with the vital information, she’s captured and comes face to face with her mortality…

As a teen, Mac watched his family fall apart after his mother died doing dangerous U.N. work. The possibility of losing Eve to a mission ignited an overwhelming need to protect her. When he forced her to choose him or her job, she walked away. Two years later, it seems all his nightmares have come true and he’s tasked with rescuing her from a Colombian prison. Mac has never stopped loving Eve, but does he dare risk his heart when he’s so terrified of losing…

On the run, Mac and Eve must learn to trust each other again in order to stay alive.




AN EXCERPT


Occasional bursts of gunfire echoed in the distance as the distorted voices of Mendoza’s men moved closer. The damned monkey started chattering again. She flipped onto her back and forced her breathing and heart rate to slow. The night’s stars faded into the orange-red sky of morning sunrise and a welcomed calm washed over her. For the first time in her life, Eve wished she was still back home in Duncan Falls, Iowa with her four overprotective brothers. The Alpha Four, she called them. They’d be royally pissed if she didn’t somehow get out of this mess.

   Her mind turned to thoughts of Mac, the only man she’d ever loved. Maybe he’d been right after all. Maybe she wasn’t cut out for this line of work. Maybe she did need him. So many maybes.

   Eve closed her eyes and the maybes and darkness took her.




SPECIAL LINKS


Amazon: 


Twitter: @TeriLRiggs


Teri will be giving away a $50 gift card to amazon or Barnes and Noble. Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/05/virtual-book-tour-resolutions-by-teri.html



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8 comments:

Mary Preston said...

It sounds like you got over being scared by actually going for it.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks for visiting us here today, Teri. Your book sounds great. Best of luck with your book tour!

collenga said...

Interesting interview! Thanks for sharing

Rita said...

Great interview, I enjoyed reading it.

bn100 said...

Interesting question

Teri Riggs said...

Thanks for hosting Resolutions today and a special thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment.

Karen H said...

I think too many potentially good, would-be authors are held back from taking that step into publishing for fear of 'what others will think'. That's subjecting yourself to the (perceived) negative influence of other people