Gregory Tetrault grew up in Phoenix, New York, a small town north of Syracuse. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Tetrault became a clinical pathologist and directed medical laboratories for twenty years. He started writing novels after he retired. The Jennifer's Magic trilogy was published in 2015. Kassie, Girl Genius, is a contemporary fiction series. The first two novels were published in February 2016. He’s working on a third Kassie novel.
Tell us about your writing over the years?
I completed one short story for myself when I was in my early twenties. It followed the standard sci-fi plot of "young man gets chosen for an adventure" format. It sucked. About ten years ago, during a period of mild mania, I began a short story, “Pretty Penny”, about a girl from a poor family who had a different set of morals than most. She was bright, but she wanted to make a lot of money in the porn business. She progressed from girl in underwear photos to topless teen to nude teen (she used a fake ID) to sex films. I never finished it, which almost certainly is for the best.
I started writing seriously in 2013. I began writing the novel “Trolls’ Triumph,” which is set in our time. The target audience was ten- to fourteen-year-old boys. A small tribe of trolls in the Cascade mountains was starving due to lack of game. Their leader, a troll mage, said they would do better in the wilds of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. They needed food for the trip, a human village was nearby, and… I stalled after villagers were killed and captured.
In 2014 I began the “Jennifer’s Magic” series. I wrote a very rough draft of the first book in nineteen manic days. I settled down and wrote at a more sedate pace. It took me half a year to complete a real draft, and I spent another eight months getting the first book ready for publication. While I worked with the drafts of the Jennifer’s Magic series, I wrote two books in the Kassie series. I hate to spend most of my time editing, though that’s all I’ve been doing for the past few months to prepare the next two “Jennifer’s Magic” books for publication.
At present, I’m trying to decide what to write next. I could finish “Trolls’ Triumph”, work on a third Kassie book, or write something else. If I get manic again, I could do all three.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A desire to write. A low probability of a publisher selecting my books. A hope that more than a few people will buy my ebooks.
Kassie, now 10, holds patents for chemical manufacturing. She becomes a millionaire, and she becomes a target. A very professional group kidnaps Kassie and her roommate and best friend Hermione. They soon escape and become media darlings. Kassie’s relationship with her jealous brother causes worse pain than the tortures during the kidnapping. Kassie finds the lead kidnapper and extracts justice.
Seven-year-old Kassie ignores her teacher and reads junior high school textbooks during class. Her IQ score gets her into the Academy of the Mind, a boarding school far from the family she loves. Kassie soon learns that the Academy is nothing like what she envisioned. It needs fixing, and she’s just the girl to do it.
Seventeen-year-old Jennifer is a genius mage in a world that doesn’t know about magic. Mages are five times more likely to be sociopaths, and mage sociopaths are often violent. Jennifer loses her friend and her boyfriend to evil mages. She learns new magic and captures them. She fights power-hungry mages. She and her apprentice make huge sacrifices to fix a problem that could end mankind.
Teen mage Jennifer and her apprentice Lahni face a vital task in six months. They learn more magic and get pregnant to strengthen their souls. Lahni lacks the romantic love needed for a strong soul, so she and Jennifer become lovers.
Jennifer works to remove a curse that can kill her.
The task changes, and Lahni goes alone. Jennifer must warn the world of a catastrophe that will kill millions.
Teen mage Jennifer captured all evil mages, but she faces new crises. Mage revolutionaries fear Jennifer and kidnap her apprentice to gain leverage. Lahni escapes, and Jennifer captures the revolutionaries. Jealous mages plan to assassinate Jennifer.
After a period of calm, the soul of Jennifer’s best friend contacts her and Lahni. The crucial task given to them will require great sacrifices.
Evil mages torture to death Jennifer’s best friend. Jennifer leads a cadre of apprentices to capture Bad Souls. The cadre runs into a trap, and Jennifer’s boyfriend dies. She becomes catatonic. She recovers but gets cursed by a Bad Soul.
Jennifer discovers different magic and captures all Bad Souls. She meets a girl with the same magic. They become master and apprentice and honorary sisters.