Please welcome author Teffanie Thompson to my blog today. Teffanie is the featured author of today.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in Killeen, Texas. Now I’m writing from a farm in St. Lucia where I live with my organic farmer husband. I have a Master’s graduate of Seton Hill University’s, Writing Popular Fiction program and I have written several pictureless stories for children, teens, and ballerinas. My novel, Dirt, was the 2016 recipient of the African American Literary Awards Show – Best Children / Young Adult Award.
My efforts as an educator, writer, and blogger landed me a recent speaking tour in the U.A.E. at the 2018 Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. I have a new novel 1918 is soon forthcoming. I am represented by Mark Falkin.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When not writing, I’m cooking, hula hooping, and watching marathon television.
Do you have a day job?
I’m also an educator. Right now my only day job is writing to include: writing, reading, blogging, and learning more about the craft.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started my first book as a picture book manuscript in 2000. I submitted it as such to my first mentor at Seton Hill. She required that I turn the MS into a novel. I am super thankful that she did. The first draft was finished around 2006. It wasn’t published for another 10 years. I spent the ten years in between self-publishing positive word alphabet books, writing ballets, and blogging.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I write magical realism for kids. I like adding a little bit of magic to real life. I feel like the audience chose me as an educator, and as a parent. I read picture books, MG, and YA. I love the audience.
Where do you get your ideas?
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
That word implies something that I don’t get – blocked. There are times where I just don’t write on the story. There are not times that I don’t write.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
A bit of both, but I am primarily an outline kind of writer.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Too many to name. My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
My first book was pretty well received when I submitted, but the challenge was it didn’t fit the prescribed word count as novel. It is more of a novella.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Not one thing.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Always say yes. School visits work best when writing for children.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
I love, love all of my alphabet books, because they bring me joy. I like that they are self-published.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
My forthcoming book is called 1918. That’s about all I can say write now.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In Dirt, I knew the reader needed to cry to be emotionally attached. Every scene where I had to channel an emotion into words was my favorite to write.
How did you come up with the title?
I’m seeing that I like one name titles, but with Dirt, the title was from the story.
What project are you working on now?
I’m finishing my sophomore title, 1918. Today, I finished a first draft of a YA short story. I would like to submit to my agent within the next couple of weeks.