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When I was 12 years old and in 8th grade, my English teacher asked our class to write a Christmas poem. So during recess I sat under a tree with a pencil and a note pad and began writing. When the teacher returned our papers, much to my dismay he called me up to his desk and asked me where I had copied it from as he explained what plagerism was to me. I told him I didn't copy it, that I wrote it during recess. He accused me of lying and said he would find out where I copied it from. A few days later, after not being able to locate where he assumed I had gotten it from, he reluctantly gave me an A on my paper. I could tell he still didn't believe me. THAT was my first experience at writing. Did it discourage me? Nah. I went on to take Journalism and English classes all through high school and college. My dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter changed when I got married and had a family to raise. I still wrote over the years and after several short stories and articles I accumulated enough rejection slips to fill a file. One time a major magazine was interested in an article I wrote, but then recinded their offer and gave it to one of their staff who then wrote an article on the same topic. All of this only encouraged me to continue honing my skills and keep writing. Now I have several books and ebooks to my credit and at 77, I still enjoy it. Am I perfect? Not yet, but I'll keep trying.
My name is Teresa Brown and I also write under the pseudonym of Teresa Marotta for my fiction novels. One of the most often questions I am asked is where I get my idea's from and how I write. So this is the skinny.
Here is one example. For my recently published novel, The Grave Tracker, I got my idea from a childhood memory. I grew up relegated with stories of Winnie Ruth Judd's many escapes from the Phoenix Mental Asylum. Her escapes were in the news so many times over the years that it stuck in my mind and I decided to use that as the pivotal point for my character in the novel after he commits a horrendous crime. Then it continues thirteen years later with his escape from the same mental hospital.
When I wrote the novel My Father's Daughter, I couldn't tell you where that came from. Because it's historical I had nothing to base it on, although I have, however, always had an interest in Native American history. I grew up hearing tales of renegade Apache Indians still roaming deep in the Superstition Mountains where people were known to go and never come out again. I've also been to many Pow Wow's in my lifetime, so I suppose that could have been an influence in my decision to write about them.
I find that discovering topics to write about, my life experiences, people I know or observe, and surroundings are almost always the basis for ideas. When I am writing fiction, it's like watching a movie in my head. I see my charcters and imagine them talking and walking about wherever they are. And quite often they veer off the path I had intended them to go and they lead me in another direction. I usually follow where they lead me, although I will steer them back on track along the way. I find it adds to the storyline and who they are as well as building their character in the process. When I write about them, to me, they are real.
When I wrote the Adoption Records Handbook, it developed from my own life experience and that of my sister. In my search for answers, I used methods that were not in any books that I could find so I developed my own. I also worked for a private investigator at one time, and through the network of investigators I met because of him, I learned so much beyond anything I could have learned otherwise. I decided to put all that knowledge into a book to help birth families in their search for answers. I am also a retired paralegal and the knowledge for writing legal forms also aided in how I could help.
The Pregnant Women's Weird Craving Cookbook was written in a very short period of time. It just shows my sometimes quirky sense of humor that just had to be let out. It was a fun little book to write although my garbage disposal saw a lot of action when I was photographing the recipes.
I have 10 great-grandchildren and I write my children's books because of them. I like to see them smile and they are my inspiration.
Thank you for your interest, and if you are an aspiring author I hope I have given you food for thought in your endeavors. Never give up on your dreams no matter what they are!
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