Interview with Teri A. Larison

Published 2016-02-20.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 8 years old. Even then, my ideas were outside the norm.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My Three Demons, a story about a girl who finds her long lost twin. Little did I know how close I was to the truth. Written on notebook paper, it was 20 pages total. Being the professional author I am, I had my mom type it up. I have had the writing bug ever since. I am always working on The Novel and have ideas underway for The Other Novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Details to come...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the story develop, having that eureka moment, when I realize that something I just wrote really works. With most stories, including the one I'm writing now, it seems to just come to me.
What motivated you to write the Better Bladder book?
It started out as a simple journal to track my symptoms. At first, I had no inclination to publish it. But as I improved with the techniques I had discovered and incorporated into my own process, I thought, "other women have to read this!". I become frustrated every time I see another commercial for pelvic mesh lawsuits and overactive bladder. It's relatively easy (just time consuming) to overcome "overactive bladder" for ourselves. I'm hoping that my story will help other women with the same issues.
What is your approach to writing?
I always see the story unfold, as if watching a movie. I don't actually write one scene to the next, however. I have an overall idea/outline of what the story is. I write the beginning, the ending, some scenes in between. Then I go back and write even more scenes in between. Each time, I re-read to see how the story flows until all the scenes are finished and the plot is finished.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at my day job tops the list. I enjoy photography, reading, playing with my cats, and romping around in the forest. I also enjoy listening to music.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction genres including drama, horror, suspense, thriller.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to list.... here's a start, Stephen King (all time favorite), Caleb Carr, Harlen Coben, Rona Jaffee, John Saul, Belva Plain, David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Long ago I had given up on the idea of getting published. Lots of great writers never get discovered. It is too difficult to break into and then it becomes too demanding. When I learned about the indie publishing world, I thought, this is my chance. To do it my way, on my terms, on my schedule. I have total control over it. This is a great way for those of us who enjoy writing and have something worthwhile to say.
Who is the person that encouraged you the most in your writing?
My aunt Pauline. She was more like a grandmother to me. She cared for a lot of people who really needed help. For me, she took me seriously as a writer, even when I was just a kid. When I was about 10 years old, she bought me a notebook to organize my thoughts and ideas and write my stories. No one else even for a second did anything like that for me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is very informative when it comes to self-publishing. Although I haven't sold all that many books on the one title I've published so far, I'm sure that in the years ahead, with actual novels published, I will have more readership.
Last thought....
I dedicated my first book to my grandmother Evelyn. She had given me a keychain as a present one year, and I've never let go of it or its message: "Follow your dreams."
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