Raised in a military family, Theresa Linden developed a strong patriotism and a sense of adventure. She began writing in grade school and her passion for writing has never waned. Love for faith, family, and freedom inspired her to write the CHASING LIBERTY trilogy, a dystopian story about a future she hopes never becomes a reality. She is also the author of award-winning ROLAND WEST, LONER, first in a series of Catholic teen fiction. A member of the Catholic Writers Guild and the International Writers Association, she balances her time between family, homeschooling, and writing. She lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, their three adopted boys, and a sweet old dog named Rudy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father was in the Coast Guard so we moved every couple of years. This instilled in me a great sense of adventure which has influenced my writing. Some aspects of writing that I love: creating interesting setting details and a plot with twists.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in grade school. My sister and I borrowed characters from our favorite movies and TV shows for our role playing games. This turned into writing stories so we could continue to play using all these characters even while apart...like in school. We took turns writing chapters, leaving them at cliff hangers that the other had to write their way out of. Years later, my father retired from the Coast Guard and I grew up. Flung into the "real" world, I had to get a job and face the hardships of life. The adventure had ended, but soon I realized how to get it back. I needed to write. So I began writing my first complete novel and I haven't stopped writing since.