Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Author Uncovered: Terri Clark (Author Interview)

Hey again guys! As you know, I'm hosting Terri for Terri Clark Week and I'm psyched to be interviewing her! She's a nice author to talk to! Believe me, I've sent her probably 30 emails already! Anyway, here's it the interview. Have fun!

Her books:

Did you always want to become an author?
No, I didn't always know I wanted to be an author. I've always been a writer, it's just what I did, who I was, but it wasn't until I became a stay-at-home mom and found an online writing community that I thought, "you know, I could take this seriously."

Who or what was your inspiration for Sleepless?
Sleepless came together from a few different things. Part of it came from my personal fascination with dreams-- I'm a firm believer that our minds are busy when we sleep and our subconscious is doing a lot more than just worrying over problems or replaying the days events--part of it came from my psychology background, I earned a BA in college and remember how barbaric "treatment" was long ago, and part of it came from a series of articles that ran in my local newspaper. The expose was about violent criminals who pretended insanity so they'd go to a mental hospital instead of jail. A follow-up a year later showed little to nothing had changed and I got so mad I created my villain so I could write that wrong.

What would you do if you were in Trinity's position? If you had her 'gift'?
Initially, I think I'd freak and then I'd do some serious research to find answers and someone who could teach me how to deal with my ability.

How does it feel like, knowing your books are on those bookshelves in a bookstore?
It's incredible! A real dream come true. And I want more than anything to keep getting more books out there with my name on them.

Did you base any of your characters on real people?
Not really. There are parts of me in Trin, but only little bits.

What are your ten, most favorite things?
Hmm. Family is number one and then, in no particular order, chocolate, Supernatural, coffee, books, horror movies, the Goonies, teens, television, fairies and coming up with a wicked cool new book idea (and then pulling it off!).

What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses as a writer?
Wow, no one has asked me that before. I think I'm pretty good at dialogue, I love writing banter, and probably humor and creating a palpable, eery mood. I suck at writing setting, it takes lots of effort on my part and help from my critique partner, and I tend to hurry things along too much in the first go 'round. I've been told I'm a kick butt rewriter, but I'd like to get kick butt first time out.

How did you come up with the name Trinity? It's a little unusual, but I love it nonetheless!
I was actually looking at tattoos and I found the celtic trinity symbol (also called a triquetra). It represents father, son and the holy ghost to some, for others it's mother, crone and maiden and finally, the meaning I best liked, mind, body and spirit. I didn't end up getting that knot, but the word and meaning stuck with me and I thought it was a cool name for a girl struggling to balance her own mind, body and spirit.

Do you have any upcoming books? Do you have anything else you need to say?
I do! I'm doing revisions now on a book called Hollyweird. It's more comedic than Sleepless and will be out in 2011. It's about two girls who win a trip to meet their favorite TV show hunk only to learn he's the son of Satan and the only person who can save them from him is a fallen angel working undercover as his personal assistant.

As for anything else to say...thank you so much for inviting me to your blog! I hope you and your readers will keep in touch and look for updates on my website (terriclarkbooks.com) and my blog (http://terriclark.livejournal.com/).

Terri also wants to have a sequel to Sleepless (which I SOOO want), but her editor isn't letting her publishing it. Let's show the editor that Sleepless is a great book because it is! Do you think I'd be hosting author week with Terri if I didn't like her book? I love it!

Peace, love, and publishers,
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Stormi October 27, 2009 at 7:25 AM  

Great interview! I have never heard of this author before.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) October 27, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

Nice interview, thanks! And Sleepless does osund interesting, I might have to check it out. :)

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