Thursday, December 1, 2011

Theresa Stillwagon Interview & Giveaway

Theresa's Bio: Theresa Stillwagon has been writing most of her life. Since one of her teachers praised a poem she wrote for a class assignment, she's been putting words together in the hopes of seeing them in print. Not caring if anyone other than herself ever read them. Her dreams came to reality in 2008 when she signed her first writing contract. She's now just signed her fourth one and isn't looking back.

A former resident of the state of Ohio, Theresa now lives in her RV in the sunny city of Savanah, Georgia with her husband of twenty-seven years, Mike, and her two cats, Fred and Barney. She's currently seeking for a job while still hard at work on her next romance.

[Anne] Name one of your favorite books as a child.

[Theresa] I really can't think of one. It's been so long since I've been a child. One book that comes to mind is The Little Engine that Could.

[Anne] Do you have a favorite author?

[Theresa] Not really. I love reading and have a lot of them.

[Anne] Out of all the books you’ve read, which one comes immediately to your mind? If there is a favorite scene you remember, please share.

[Theresa] Salem's Lot. And the scene is the one where the kid is scratching at the other boy's window. I read this many, many years ago, and I still remember how scared I was after reading that scene. Late at night, with the wind blowing, I had scratching at the window. Believe me, I stopped reading.

[Anne] Your favorite vacation spot (whether you have been there or not)?

[Theresa] I love Gettysburg, PA. I've been there a few times, hoping to experience some ghostly residence, but no such luck. Love the place.

[Anne] Which would you rather have: A custom closet or a custom kitchen?

[Theresa] A kitchen, even though I'm not much of a cook. I like shopping for new clothing even less.

[Anne] It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re home alone. What are you wearing? And yes, you must have clothes on.

[Theresa] A comfortable long t-shirt and a pair of green socks.

[Anne] What’s your favorite dish?

[Theresa] Spaghetti.

[Anne] Other than writing, what do you enjoy doing?

[Theresa] Reading, messing around on line, or playing an online game called My Free Farm. It's amazing I get anything done.

[Anne] You’ve just landed a multi-book contract with a major publisher! Which vehicle would we be more likely to see you driving after you’ve collected your huge advance: a Hummer, RV, truck, muscle car, or BMW?

[Theresa] A BMW. A friend had one, and I loved riding in it.

[Anne] What’s your favorite television show? Movie?

[Theresa] NCIS. (Love those guys.) I don't really have a favorite movie. I love The Mummy and Lord of the Rings series, though.

[Anne] You’ve won a talent show! What act did you perform?

[Theresa] I've thought and thought on this and can't come up with anything. I've decided I'm the most untalented person around. I have sung in a choir before, and nobody told me to shut up, so I guess I sang. (With a choir of voices behind me.)

[Anne] Would you rather have the power to be invisible or be able to fly, and why?

[Theresa] I want both but if I have to choose only one I'll say to fly. I'll be able to get places without standing in a long line at the airport. Plus I'll get to my destination quicker.

[Anne] What was one of the most surprising things you learned during your journey to publication?

[Theresa] I think the most surprising thing I learned was that I could actually write. I'd finally found something that I could do reasonably well.

[Anne] What was the most interesting research you did for a book?

[Theresa] I research flying for one of my released books. I enjoyed that.

[Anne] Where do you go when you need to get inspired to write?

[Theresa] Someplace quiet where I can be alone. I can't write with any kind of noise or people around me.

[Anne] Do you have any writing quirks?

[Theresa] Not really. Other than having a pot of coffee nearby, and quietness, I'm fine.

[Anne] What do you think makes a good story?

[Theresa] Well-rounded, real characters and a believable conflict. The more damaged the character the better.

[Anne] What are you working on now?

[Theresa] I'm actually working on two things now. The third book in The Sisters Callaway, A Difficult Choice, and the second book in my paranormal series with Beachwalk Press, The Dressmaker's Dilemma. I can do two at once because they are so different. I'm trying to finish The Dressmaker's Dilemma now.

[Anne] Complete this scene: It was raining. The man came out of nowhere, and before I knew it....

He grabbed me up and twisted me toward the wall. I screamed and fought against his tight hold, kicking the sharp heel of my shoe into his calf. He groaned out my name.

"Didn't I worn you I'd hurt you if you touch me again?"

He groaned again.

I kicked out my foot once again, hard, connecting with his right knee. Pleasure raced through me as he loosened his hold and dropped me to the ground. "That's what you get for not believing me."

Great job, Theresa! I loved your answers. Folks, be sure to comment throughout the month on one of Theresa's posts for the chance to win one of her ebooks.