Interview with Teresa D. Patterson

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a rural part of Arkansas. I've used my own experiences of being chased by geese in some of my story lines. I can describe a country dirt road because I've actually lived at the end of one.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing at the age of ten. As a fifth grader, I became the most popular writer in my class. The teacher would pass around a sheet of paper with a variety of titles written down. We'd have to select a title, write a story, and read it in front of the class.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Unpretty Secrets and the story behind it is trying to keep a horrible secret buried. Secrets are a bit like lies. You have to keep coming up with different ways to keep them hidden.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's a great deal of hard work, but I love the control I have. When I made up my mind that I could actually do it all myself, that's when I decided to become an indie author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has definitely helped me sell more Ebooks. It's helped with visibility, as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing to me is that I'm able to do it full-time. I love creating interesting characters and being able to entertain, motivate and even inspire readers. It's the best feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans me the world to me. I love my fans. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be able to do this, and for that I appreciate them all the more.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a romance novel, Soul on Fire. It will be released spring of 2014.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm also a freelance proofreader. When I'm not writing, I'm working on helping others to improve their writing. I also have a two year old toddler who keeps me pretty busy chasing after him and tending to his needs. I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm on Facebook and Twitter frequently. I see posts daily about ebooks. If they catch my interest, I'll 1-click them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called A Cry in the Night, and I wrote it during fifth grade.
What is your writing process?
I usually begin with a title and go from there.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a cover designer that I use. However, at times I create my own using a software program called Book Cover Pro.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, but I also read on my Android.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read novels written by other indie authors because I believe in supporting other independent authors. I enjoy a variety of genres.
Published 2013-08-26.
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,640. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,080. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » General
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Janell Has An Attitude
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Unseen Wounds
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,250. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » General
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » General
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,850. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Christian
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What About Your Friends
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,350. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,990. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » African
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Project Queen 2
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Panzina's Passion
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,410. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2010. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
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