Christopher Teese

Biography

I am a 28 year old author from Conroe, TX.

There is not an easy way to define my work. I'm a very eclectic writer as far as genre is concerned, and I like to try new things in the genres I write rather than sticking solely to previously forged paths.

'The Pit' is rather unique in that it doesn't fit in any specific genre, instead combining elements of psychological dark fantasy with drama. Each book focuses on a different character going through a unique struggle in life characterized by two stories running alongside each other: the first is a fantasy story allegorizing the particular struggle that particular character is going through using the theme of a pit where the characteristics and quality of the pit are unique to each character; the other is set in the 'real world' interpreting the symbolism of the fantasy story in a real world context.

'The Death of Gemini' is a concept poetry book which conveys a story through poems about a socially outcast and lonely teen who becomes obsessed with a celebrity who looks exactly like and has the same name as a character he's been secretly writing since he was 14; the coincidence messes with his head, and he becomes pathologically obsessed with her as the one who might possibly be destined to 'save' him. A series of tragedies and a major betrayal turns his world upside down as he's forced to ask hard questions of what life is all about and what is really worth living for. A novelization called 'Gemini, Dearest...' is coming out later this year.

If I could summarize the main theme of all my works it is this: Life takes us through many struggles and paths, hardships and victories, griefs and elations. Yet no matter how dark things get, the light always shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It's hard to remember for certain, because the first stories I ever wrote were back when I was age seven. I distinctly remember that I wrote a series of stories with a character based off myself who was a detective. They were about as well written as you would expect from a seven year old. Not sure whatever happened to them.
What is your writing process?
I come up with the concept for the story, and then I make an outline. Then I write the story all the way through. I then read through the story three times, editing as I go along. This is the longest editing session (I call it First Edit), as I usually change up and overhaul quite a bit. I then put the story away for a few days to a week and then go back and read through it two more times (Second Edit), making more (smaller) edits as I go through. I put it away for another week or so, and then return and read through/edit one final time (Third Edit) before submitting it for release. I have found it's important to put the book away for periods of time in between the editing sessions because returning to it later on allows me to see it more objectively when I come back and I can keep editing it more effectively. As for outlines, I know some writers don't use them, but I've found I have a hard time doing without them. I get too many ideas in my head as I write, and if I don't have some kind of ordered focus, the story and characters just start going all over the place and it turns into a chaotic mess. So not using outlines doesn't work for me.
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Where to find Christopher Teese online

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Books

The Death of Gemini
Price: Free! Words: 18,600. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
The Death of Gemini is a concept poetry book where the poems, in sequence, tell a story of a lonely, depressed young man who becomes infatuated with a celebrity named 'Gemini,' who in the utmost coincidence has the same name and exact looks as a character he's been writing since a teenager. The coincidence plays at his mind, making him question everything about fate, dreams, and meaning in life.
The Pit 4: The Inverted Pit
Series: The Pit, Series I - Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,750. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
In this re-imagining of the first book, a young man attempts to climb out of a deep pit which represents his despair and search for fulfillment in life. On another plane of existence, a young adult named Christian Anderson pursues a dream he hopes will end the emptiness in his life. When a sudden tragedy shakes his world upside down, his quest for meaning takes an entirely new turn.
The Pit 2: The Boy Who Lived In A Pit
Series: The Pit, Series I - Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 61,320. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A teen celebrity's search for meaning in life is told by two parallel stories running alongside each other, one set in the 'real world,' and an allegorical story about a young boy who grows up living in a pit which symbolizes the unique and different world he grows up in. As he becomes a young adult and the dream life he's living starts coming to an end, he begins to seek greater meaning in life.
The Pit
Series: The Pit, Series I - Book I. Price: Free! Words: 22,320. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A young man tries to climb out of a seemingly endless pit deep within the earth which represents his despair and loneliness. As he climbs, a demonic entity tries to convince him to take own life or give in to his rage to take vengeance on those who put him there.

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  • Memoirs of a Girl Who Loves God on July 17, 2015

    This is a well-done first novel about a teenage girl going through real-life struggles and dealing with self-destructive tendencies, whose views on life and God start to change when she volunteers at a local homeless shelter and begins to be impacted by the people there. It’s realistically written, the characters are memorable and come across as if you’re reading about real people, and although there are a few sad parts (I won’t spoil anything), the story is largely heartwarming and about healing and redemption and leaves you with a good feeling when you’ve finished reading it, especially if you are a person of faith. The story tackles tough questions, such as why there is suffering in the world if there is a loving God, which is incidentally something I’ve spent a lot of time struggling with myself and doing a lot of studying over the years. I felt the questions and responses to them were dealt with very well in this book. The story also manages to respond to these subjects without being preachy or feeling like it has a sole agenda to convert its readers to religion. The love of God is simply shown through the characters, the conversations they have, and the way Krystal begins to change and see the world as the story progresses, which is the way stories like this (and all Christian fiction, really) should be written. All in all, this is a good first novel by an author with a promising future.