Teresa Funke

Biography

Teresa Funke embodies the modern artist/entrepreneur. She is the owner of Teresa Funke & Company and Victory House Press and the award-winning author of six novels for adults and children based on true stories from WWII. She is also a nationwide speaker offering keynotes and presentations and a popular writer’s coach and idea development coach.

Teresa has a degree in history from Boise State University and 21 years of experience as an entrepreneur and community catalyst. Teresa’s innovative programs and boundary-pushing talks prove that she is a true thought leader, in the original meaning of that term; one who challenges us to change our view of how life and business should be led. She lives with her family in Colorado.

Smashwords Interview

Do you write every day?
No, and I make no apologies for that. Many new writers are so intimidated by the ridiculous pressures we put on them. One of those is an old adage that "real" writers write every day. Some do, but just as many don't. To me, writing every day is no different than doing any other job every day. It becomes an obsession. I think writers need to be out in the world living and playing and experiencing in order to understand what it is they need to write. And sometimes an idea or even just a line needs some space in which to develop. But we writers are never far from our work. Even when we are not at our keyboards we are thinking about our stories, talking about them, dreaming about them. In that sense, we ARE working every day.
How long did it take to publish your first book?
My first book, Remember Wake, was a ten-year process. I started out by doing research and interviews and felt fully prepared to write the novel, but when I tried, I realized I had no idea how to write a book. So I backed up and wrote short stories and personal essays for a few years to try and find my voice. After publishing a few of those, I felt ready to tackle the novel again. So just to write the book (and revise it many times) was a seven-year process. I then spent three years trying to get it published. I had an agent for a while, and then some interested editors, and finally I decided to self-publish and had to teach myself how to do that. So it was ten years from the moment I committed to write the book until I held a published copy in my hands.

The second book took 8 years. The children's books, though, now take me only a little over a year. I'm getting faster!
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Where to find Teresa Funke online


Videos

What is a Writer's Coach?
Teresa tells you what to look for in a writer's coach and how to tell if a coach is right for you.

An Open Apology to my Creative Self
If you've been a little too hard on your Creative Self lately, check out this video. Feel encouraged again to embrace your creative energy and the joy it brings to your life.

How to Write a Novel
Watch this short video to learn about my new video course "How to Write Your First Novel!" It's being offered by my partner, Curious.com. I'll share all my best tips to get you started.

Books

Remember Wake
Series: The Teresa Funke Collection. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,660. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » General
Based on a true story. . . December, 1941—Tiny Wake Island is under attack. This compelling novel of World War II tells the true story of the civilian men captured on Wake and enslaved in Japanese prison camps and the women they left behind.
Doing My Part
Series: Home-Front Heroes · The Teresa Funke Collection. Price: Free! Words: 27,150. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other
When Helen Marshall’s mother is hurt and can’t work and her favorite cousin ships off to fight in World War II, Helen takes a job at a war factory to support her family. When she steps up to help a mysterious German immigrant, she realizes the true sacrifices of war.
The No-No Boys
Series: Home-Front Heroes · The Teresa Funke Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,450. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other
Tai Shimoda’s family has lost everything. Like many other Japanese-Americans at the start of World War II, Tai’s family has been forced to leave their home and move to a desolate camp surrounded by barbed wire. When Tai’s brother joins the No-Nos to protest their treatment, Tai must decide where he stands.
Wave Me Good-Bye
Series: Home-Front Heroes · The Teresa Funke Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,290. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other
As the only Jewish girl in her New York neighborhood, Miriam Liebler has a lot on her mind. Her brother will soon join the fight and her Jewish relatives in Europe have simply disappeared. No one understands her worries until she meets Christopher, an orphan whisked to America to escape the deadly bombings in London. Will their friendship survive, though, when trouble brews?
V for Victory
Series: Home-Front Heroes · The Teresa Funke Collection. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,790. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other
Miguel Montoya feels left behind. His older siblings are doing their part for the war effort, but all he’s allowed to do is stock shelves in the family grocery store and watch his little nephew. All of that changes when he meets a wounded veteran who needs his help, and on the day his family needs him most, it is Miguel who must do his part to save his nephew.
Dancing in Combat Boots
Series: The Teresa Funke Collection. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,230. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » General
When the going got tough during World War II, America’s women got going. By the millions, housewives and mothers stepped into factories, offices, hospitals---anywhere capable hands were needed. The eleven fictional stories in this remarkable collection are based on real women whose experiences were at once typical and extraordinary. EVVY Award!
The Sight of You
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A short story selection from Dancing in Combat Boots. A World War II mother steels herself for a reunion with the prisoner-of-war husband she hasn't seen in four years.

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