Author Theresa Crater is visiting today to talk about "visionary" fiction. What's that, you ask? Read on! :)
What may I get you to drink, Theresa?
THERESA: I drink English Breakfast tea with a little 2%.
Ally: While I pour my black coffee and fix your tea, perhaps you can show readers your bio, including something unusual you wouldn't normally include.
THERESA: My pleasure.
Something unusual: I've been meditating for 43 years, but I'm still grouchy.
Author contact links:
Facebook: Author page https://www.facebook.com/tlcwrites; other page https://www.facebook.com/theresa.crater
Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2709251-theresa-crater
Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=36835613&trk=hb_tab_pro_top
THERSA: Visionary fiction explores the possibilities of expanded human consciousness, but since that’s not a well-known genre, I usually say paranormal mystery or urban fantasy.
Ally: What was your journey to publication? How long? Did you go traditional, small pub , self pub?
THERESA: It’s been a long and wandering journey, but as Tolkien says, “All who wander are not lost.” I published a couple of short stories and a poem at first, and then much later wrote a first novel. That one was rejected by many places. Then I read Robert McKee’s book Story, and I was suddenly in business. Hampton Roads published my second novel in their visionary fiction category. Under the Stone Paw sold pretty well, but the company got sold. The new CEO cancelled the fiction line just when I’d finished the sequel. Arg!
Self-publishing was still quite rare (and that was really just a few years ago), so I went with a small press. Then a second small press picked up my first book. I put out my third novel, The Star Family, myself because I wasn’t happy with the small presses and didn’t like the other offers I was getting. It’s selling moderately well. I do all the promotion, which is no different from my other two novels that are still with small presses. I’m counting the days to get them back. I love getting to keep all the royalties.
Ally: I assume you have another work in progress. Can you tell us about it?
THERESA: In The Sphinx Chamber, a house collapses on the edge of the Giza Plateau. With the Egyptian Antiquities Department in chaos, Michael Levy investigates the scene. The residents dug a shaft that connects to a maze of underground tunnels. Michael finds small gold statues and lapis jewelry littering the path, then a sealed chamber that could be directly beneath the Sphinx. Could this be the famed Hall of Records from legends? And will he survive if he opens it and reveals its secrets?
As Michael tries to find his way through the maze beneath the Sphinx, his new wife, Anne Le Clair begins to hear whisperings in the night. A voice murmurs, “The time has come. Find my heart.” Anne’s doctor thinks her ill or perhaps suffering a breakdown brought on from the stress of facing her last month of pregnancy with her husband called away to Egypt. But the voice continues, more and more urgent. Anne follows clues left by her great grandfather who as an ambassador to Egypt, but will she find the secret in time?
Ally: I'll be watching for that one. I love stories about Egypt! But back to the questions...What is your favorite way to market your books?
THERESA: Guest blogs like yours, of course. I also belong to two blogging groups, Mysteristas and Café Otherworld. Cons are fun, too, if you can go in with other people on a table.
Ally: I like to finish with a few quick answer questions.
- Where did you last go shopping? A local greenhouse to buy plants for the garden.
- Manicure or pedicure: Pedicure mostly. Did both for my son’s wedding anniversary party. color? Smoky plum
- An item on your bucket list: Travel! Go to Angkor Wat and tour the ancient temples of India. Float down the Rhine and look at the castles. Go to Italy and Paris and look at the art, not to mention eat at great restaurants.
- Home cooking or take out: More take out than I’d like to admit.
- Do you have pets? Cats. A calico queen mouser named Arwen and a Maine Coon sweetheart named Wizzie, an ancient name for Osiris.
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