T.L. Mumley (born Teresa Lynn Sullivan) is a former senior marketing analyst in Silicon Valley, a mother, wife and happy homebody. She holds an A.S. in Fashion Merchandising from Lasell, a B.S. in Marketing from MCLA and an MBA from Northeastern. She is currently a Writer Coach for middle school students.
Fueled by dark chocolate and good red wine, she can be found skiing and hiking mountains, walking, writing or doing a downward facing dog while gardening.
Although she will always be a Bostonian at heart, she lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and son.
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Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a young child, I read many magical fairy tales like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Alice in Wonderland. I loved them...yet these are not what come to mind here.
The first story to really have an impact on me was To Kill a Mockingbird, by Lee Harper. I first read it in middle school, and was deeply moved. It was a pivotal message that seemed to take my soul and lift it out of my white privileged upbringing and into a deep humanitarian spirit that stayed with me.
I was born in the early sixties, during a time when racism was put to the test, but still raged unchecked. The lack of morality, and the social injustice of treating blacks as if they are somehow below others, still resonates today within American society.
Today, forty three years later and seeing my own middle-schooler study the book brought the message back to me. I see this book as having much the same message as my debut novel, Masks of Morality. Trying to find your identity and realizing your own society doesn't always tell you the right thing. Of each and every one of us needing to reach deep into our hearts, minds and souls to DO the right thing. The recognition our justice system is still---well, unjust. And to question reality.
How do you approach cover design?
Even though I have over twenty years of marketing experience, the creative end in terms of graphic design was always done by the marcom folks, while I wrote content. LOTS of marketing content! I've taken graphic design courses in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, own the software and play around with it. Yet, still hired a professional to create my final cover design. I did, however, design the concept myself using Adobe's full creative suite, and had my book cover designer (Yocla Designs) use that concept to craft the cover for Masks of Morality. So, although the idea was mine, the real creative flare is that of a professional graphic designer's.
Caryssa holds Silicon Valley close to her heart, the impetus of her career. Which makes it all the more difficult years later to see the technology she promoted to connect people, inevitably isolate them. Including those, she loves most. The stakes are raised when friend Anna discovers symbolic bloody doves traced to secret society behind endless wars and a growing security state.
Caryssa was a high-tech professional obsessed by the lure of power and money. Until her child came and nothing was about her anymore. She and friends make choices dramatically altering lives surrounding issues of human compassion, moral decision and the reality and spiritual costs of American politics. And what might a bloody dove found behind a Sausalito art gallery have to do with all this?