Saoirse O'Mara aka Theresa Berg is a bilingual writer, editor, translator and language teacher. Apart from German and English, both of which languages she speaks fluently, she knows French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch and strives to learn many more languages.
Her motto: Language is more than words; it's magic!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in western Germany and live now close to Berlin, the German capital, in eastern Germany. Although most of my books are written in English, I started out writing in German, my native tongue. My children's book series "Miro the Dragon", which is published under my maiden name Theresa Berg, is originally written in German and then translated into English (and hopefully soon other languages as well), while almost all of my other books are originally written in English.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing back when I realised that those weird shapes could tell stories. My earliest memory of actually writing fiction are from fourth grade when I wrote a short theatre play (and almost got to act it out with some classmates). Or maybe my short--very short--chapters of a story similar to a series by Astrid Lindgren were even earlier. My first finished novel was written when I was twelve. I completely revised it with sixteen, and then stored it away safely in the depths of my harddrive (and the original version in a folder that's still somewhere hidden in my home).