Today we have author Terri Rochenski here on the blog. Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not playing with toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
Terri is here today talking with us about Sacrificial Oath, part of the Make Believe Anthology, one of two titles she’s had published in the last quarter of 2012. Please help Vampbard welcome Terri toThat’s What I’m Talking About.
Vampbard: Sacrificial Oath is merely a way to whet the readers’ appetite for the world of Vecina, right? We’ll see more of Alsuela and Pedre **pleasesayyes**?
Terri: I’m sorry to say that Sacrificial Oath was finished when I hit the ‘send’ button for submission. I didn’t even think about expanding / adding to Alesuela’s story. But now that you mention it …
Share how Alesuela finally finds true love? How her father almost loses the throne to a neighboring country? Perhaps the Goddess should call them both back to Craesor Mountain. Hmmmmm.
Thanks a lot. Like I don’t have enough on my plate. Hehe.
Vampbard: Um. This could have been a castle in the MUD we played eons ago… and I sense at least one epic quest!
So. I’m a voracious reader. Obviously. 🙂 While being an author is time-consuming, do you feel the need to feed your reader?
Terri: I LOVE to read – fantasy, romance, YA—just about any (fiction) genre as long as the story & writing is good, transporting me to another time & place.
I started out a fan of Laura Ingles Wilder and Chronicles of Narnia. I went through a major fantasy phase, then romance, then I picked one or the other depending on the mood. My newest is YA, but I wouldn’t consider myself a HUGE fan. I get tired of the whole high school bs I was happy to leave behind & the ‘love’ the characters feel they’ll perish without.
Vampbard: How has writing affected your reading?
Terri: Writing and honing my craft has made a huge impact on how I read. It’s hard to turn off my inner editor and just read for enjoyment. Hey … grammatical errors happen, but if a story is poorly written I’ll put it down before finishing the first chapter. That’s not always fair, but let’s be honest. If a story doesn’t draw the reader in & make us HAVE to finish, it hasn’t done its job.
Vampbard: How did you connect with J. Taylor Publishing, and J.A. Belfield to make ‘Make Believe’ a reality?
Terri: I met JAB over at Scribophile, a critique site she used to be involved in. We were in a private circle together, and I don’t remember who, but someone there posted a link to the announcement that J. Taylor Publishing released an antho call based on a picture prompt. I saw the pic, fell in love, and just had to write something for it—without even knowing that JAB was the headliner. Needless to say, when I found out I was THRILLED because I adore her writing.
Vampbard: Any significant WIP or expected publications?
Terri: I’m excited to announce that I signed a 2-book contract with J. Taylor Publishing in mid-December for my fantasy Pool of Souls series.
On December 4, 2012, I had another short story released in a Christmas anthology, Christmas Magic. You can find the blurb on Goodreads HERE.
Other than that, I just finished up a short historical romance that I’ll be submitting before the end of the year to another publisher. Then it’s time to finish up book #2 of Pool of Souls.
Vampbard: One whimsical question: If my life were a movie/song lyric/TV show (pick one), it would be _____________ because …
Terri: Wow that’s a tough question!!! Hmmm
Is there any show about a stay-at-home mom who doesn’t have enough hours in the day, but at the same time wishes bed time happened sooner rather than later? Or perhaps a song about living in a construction zone with 2 little kids & 2 cats?
Vampbard: Hrm. I’m not sure about that show…but I’ll bet you could get in on the ground-floor, writing the pilot!
Terri, thanks so much for stopping by, and congratulations on your contract! May the publishing gods smile upon you in your current and new endeavors!
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For more about Terri’s latest release, Sacrificial Oath, come back later today for Vampbard’s review of the Make Believe Anthology.