Interview with Teresa van Bryce

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking dogs, riding horses or, if it's winter, travelling the southwestern deserts with a fifth wheel.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Book Bub, Book Gorilla and the Fussy Librarian. Blog posts, Twitter, and my best source of all, my mother.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story about a polar bear and her cub. I think the mother bear's name might have been Kavik but that's all I remember about the story.
What is your writing process?
I write character bios and some basic scene ideas. Then I start at the beginning and tell the story. I find it's a bit like reading a novel, only slower and I get to say what happens.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to design a cover that would entice me to pick up the book for a closer look and, at the same time, tells the story in an image.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer is a favourite. She has such a wonderful way of describing the natural world.
Anna Quindlen's Black and Blue. Gripping. I couldn't put it down.
Mary Ann Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I wasn't sure how a book of letters would work for me, but she pulled it off beautifully and I loved it.
Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. Such a sad but wonderful tale.
Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. The romantic in me just loves this story.
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. See reason above.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction - literary, women's, general.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle Paper White
Describe your desk
It's beautiful! A genuine IKEA with a white birch (look) finish, an L-shape and a view into my front yard in the country.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in northern British Columbia near Fort St. John. We lived on 10 acres next to a lake and I think growing up there inspired my love of nature. Place and nature are strong themes in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a pen and form the letters.
What's the story behind your latest book?
One dark and cold February, I fell into a deep funk that I couldn’t seem to climb out of. I wasn’t having fun anymore. I started imagining another life in another place, immersing myself in British period drama, and watching the scenes over and over again. I became absorbed in a fantasy world and actually thought I might be going a little crazy. But then, during a snowy walk out on the prairie with my dog, I had a revelation … I’m not crazy, I’m just a writer! My fantasy world turned into the beginnings of a novel, House of the Blue Sea.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been entrepreneurial, I like to work at my own pace, and I'd worked in design and marketing. Indie publishing seemed like a great fit for me.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a story set on a ranch in Alberta. The heroine is a Vancouver journalist who unexpectedly inherits her grandfather's Alberta horse ranch where she spent a lot of time as a child.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a story with the potential to affect or inspire the person who reads it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Barbara Kingsolver, Anna Quindlen, Anne Tyler, Nicholas Evans, Sarah Gruen
Published 2016-02-12.
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Books by This Author

House of the Blue Sea
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,250. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Following a devastating loss, Sandra Lyall runs south to Mexico seeking solace. She finds refuge in a hotel on the edge of the sea to which she returns each winter to continue the healing. But this year’s stay would be different. When a scruffy Englishman offers to buy one of her paintings, Sandra finds herself torn between her hard-won serenity and her draw to a compelling but risky alternative.