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Mar 18, 2011








Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer's Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993. In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books. She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car. They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, three cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd puppy, several rabbits, a dozen chickens and an out-of-control herb garden. You can find her online on Twitter, Facebook, at her Web site or blogging with the other Lolitas of STEAMED!



 
Do you have any hobbies?

Oh yeah! I love to sew (right now mostly on my steampunk costumes). I garden, grow my own herbs, cook and bake way too much, can my own veggies, drink tea with my friends, watch movies, ride a horse and a quad and paint.

What do you like to read?
Things with happy endings or great action adventure and research books on history, mythology and lore.

Can you tell us some of your favorite books you’ve read?
Loved Amazonia by James Rollins, all of the Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn, Yasmin Galenorn’s Otherworld series, Cherry Adair’s T-FLAC books.

What are your favorite types of Heroes &/ or heroines?
It depends on what I’m writing! Sometimes I’m loving my ultra smart heroine with a chip on her shoulder and sometimes I like the woman with quiet confidence who’s actions speak louder than she does. For heroes I like them witty and sometimes sarcastic, but underneath it all a heart of gold who would do anything for the heroine

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m the half Sicilian half German progeny of a slightly mad (NASA) scientist and a tea-drinking bibliophile who turned our family dining room into a library. I had a very difficult time learning how to read because I’m dyslexic, but I always loved to tell stories. My mother, who was a teacher, spent a lot of time working with me, but it wasn’t until about fifth grade I really got it. I went to a very tiny high school where there were 400 kids grades 9-12. I went to college getting a degree in Mass Communications then worked in public relations for almost twenty years, from multi-million dollar corporations, for the largest pr agency in Arizona and eventually for myself, opening my own boutique agency focused on fiction authors. I helped two clients get selected for the Kelly Ripa Book Club on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly and all the while kept writing. I’ve lived in California, Oregon, Arizona and Washington, but I’m definitely a West Coast girl. I love the combo of the snow-capped mountains and the ocean. I’m married to my high school sweetheart who took me to the PROM, even though my parents made my little brother sit between us in the back seat of the car. When I’m not writing, I’m volunteering at the school, giving classes online, hanging out with my family, gardening, obsessing about tea and hats, and in general taking care of things around our little mini farm about an hour outside of Seattle.

Fav color
Tanzanite Blue (also known as periwinkle).

Fav Scent
Flying Fox Jasmine shower gel from LUSH.com, OMG, it’s intoxicating.

Fav Flavor
Chocolate (of course!)

Fav shampoo
BIG shampoo from LUSH.com.

Fav movies
STARDUST, Princess Bride, Krull, all the Indiana Jones movies, the Lara Croft movies, all the Back to the Future movies, Wanted, James Bond flicks with Sean Connery/Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan, Lost Boys, John Tucker Must Die.
How did you first get into writing? Has it always been your dream?
I started writing first as a journalist in high school, then went on to work for newspapers and freelance for national magazines. My first novel took shape when I was seventeen and got stuffed under the bed until after college when I joined Romance Writers of America and found an amazing resource of information and encouragement. It only took 20 years, two agents, and several finished books before I ever sold, to become an overnight success! It’s been a dream for a long, long time.JJBC ~ What genre do you write?

I write paranormal romances, steampunk (Victorian set science fiction - mine has a paranormal flair), young adult books, historical romances and occasionally an action adventure.

Do you have any must haves when you sit down to write?
A cup of hot tea with milk and splenda and a keyboard! I hate writing long-hand because my fingers can’t keep up with my thoughts. I also like to have the music playlist for the book I’m working on running in the background and sometimes a scented candle.

Can you tell us how a typical writing day for you is?
I’m usually at my keyboard by 6 am checking email, twittering, answering questions from New York, working on promotion or marketing details or edits and moving my huge fat calico out from in front of my screen so I can see. I work on those things until I have to get the kidlets up and ready for school. Once I’ve taken care of them and fed the horse, chickens, rabbits, cats, and dog, then I grab a cup of tea and head back to the keyboard and work on edits, writing or research until about an hour before lunch. I’ll try to get a half hour of exercise, eat something, then go back to work until three. After that, it’s family time until nine or so. If I’ve got my pages done for the day, I’ll head to bed and read. If not It’s back to work until the pages are done.

What is one thing you think sets you apart from other authors?
On the business side I’ve seen and done everything a New York Times bestseller has done, only standing right behind them as their publicist, so I have a very clear sense of what this industry is and isn’t. On the writing side, it’s the very different worlds I create in the paranormal realm that people comment on most.

Whats the best thing about being an author?
I get to make a difference by doing something I enjoy. Everyone needs a small respite from the real world now and then, and I know a book can sometimes truly be the best medicine when you just need to get away.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
BITCHOK = Butt In Chair Hands On Keyboard. The only way you will make it as a writer is to write. Be persistent. Always look for ways to improve your craft, simplify what you do and be more productive. Always remember that if you want to be treated like a professional, you have to act like a professional from day one. Not everyone is destined to be an author. How do you know if you are? Ask yourself if you could walk away and do something else. If in less than a day you realize you’d be writing anyway, just to keep all that stuff from filling up your head, then you my friend, might be a writer.

Quickies
Pizza or burger ~ Pizza, hello, Italian?
Dress or jeans ~ Jeans
Highlander or vampire ~ Oh, please can I have both?
Fire or water ~ Fire
Up or down ~ Up
Black or white ~ Black, it’s more slimming and doesn’t have to be dry cleaned as often!
Half full or half empty ~ Half-full
Day or night ~ Day
Star trek or star wars ~ Star Wars
Sword or gun ~ Both! Why take chances? Luck favors the prepared.
Eyes or mouth ~ Eyes
Strawberry or cherry ~ Cherry
Old or new ~ Old, preferably Victorian.
High or low ~ High
Shower or bath ~ Bath (the bubble bars from LUSH are incredible, just sayin’)
Paperback or hardback ~ Paperback
Desktop or laptop ~ Desktop
Coke or pepsi ~ Coke with a splash of amaretto please.
Winter or summer ~ Summer
Dog or cat ~ Cats, yeah, baby!




The Truth About Vampires
Harlequin Nocturne - Vampire Romance
March 1, 2011
ISBN-10: 0373618549
ISBN-13: 978-0373618545

Pulling back the veil on a world shrouded in darkness, Theresa Meyers' stunning debut reveals a sinfully handsome vampire whose secret is about to exposed...


All her life Seattle reporter Kristin Reed sought her breakout story. She never thought she'd find it in the crimson lair of a real life creature of the night. Kristin never believed vampires existed—until with dark brooding eyes and a decadent chocolate scent, Dmitri Dionotte called out to her...


Dmitri and his clan's true nature was cloaked in secrecy until a warring vampire order threatened their existence. Kristin was just the woman he needed. She couldn't resist their story...or Dmitri. Her blood pulsed hot and furious when he touched her, and with his kiss, all logic fled. But each night she spent with her vampire lover brought her closer to death and destruction. A death not even an immortal could triumph over.

direct buy link at Harlequin  -  http://www.eharlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=23240&cid=2577
 


Check out Theresa:
http://www.theresameyers.com/

http://www.theresameyers.com/blog/
http://twitter.com/Theresa_Meyers
http://www.facebook.com/TheresaMeyersAuthor
http://www.ageofsteam.wordpress.com/


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*~*Giveaway*~*


Theresa is stopping by to chat with you all today!




AND is giving away

~ a coffee mug filled with chocolates and signed copy of The Truth About Vampires.


*~*US ONLY*~*







**RULES**
- Must ask Theresa a question &/or leave a meaningful comment
- Must leave a valid e-mail (please do not add your complete e-mail. we do not want it picked up by spammers. for Exp: leave DOT instead of . or AT instead of @ )


**Giveaway ends Sun night ( 3-27 ) at Midnight, winners will be chosen and named here in this comments section

19 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

LadyVampire2u March 18, 2011 at 5:23 AM  

Great interview. My question is: Does anyone else in your family write?

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Stacie March 18, 2011 at 8:12 AM  

Hello Theresa!
I think it is cool that you were a publicist for writers before becoming one professionally. I can imagine how that kind of experience would help you as a writer. Until a few months ago I didn't know that writers had to do a majority of their own promotion. Congratulations on your new book!

user1123 AT comcast DOT net

Theresa Meyers March 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

LadyVampire2u - Great question! My mother dabbled in writing, mostly children's books and one romance novel. It remains to be seen if my son will get the bug or not. He's a born storyteller (and can rattle on for 40 min. about whatever story is going on in his head that he's cooked up for his Lego knights or his Star Wars action figures).

tami March 18, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

loved the book and can't wait until the next book comes out. you have the reader on the edge of their set the whole time and that makes it a great book.

Theresa Meyers March 18, 2011 at 9:02 AM  

Hi Stacie - Actually I was a writer before I became a publicist (because I started writing my first novel at 17) then thought I needed a "real" job that involved writing so went into PR out of college. So I guess you could say I've gone back to my roots! Thanks for stopping by.

Theresa Meyers March 18, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

Thanks, Tami! The next book, The Vampire Who Loved Me, will be out in June. They've already got the cover of it up for pre-orders at Amazon this week! Hey, you didn't leave your email. Sure you don't want a chance at the chocolate?

Alexis Morgan March 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM  

*waving* I enjoyed reading your interview. I'm another one who has to listen to music to write. Do you have a different playlist for each book?

Victoria March 18, 2011 at 11:02 AM  

Hi Teresa,

Congrats on your debut. It looks great. Did I read it right, Dmitri smells like chocolate? He must attract women like crazy.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Theresa Meyers March 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

Hi Alexis!!! *waving back* Yes, each book gets it's own playlist kind of based around the characters for that book and their situation.

BLHmistress March 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

I think I know who my fave guy will be if Dimitri smells like chocolate :).

Hi Teresa, What part of the writing process is easy and the hardest for you? How many books will be in this series?

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

Theresa Meyers March 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM  

Hi BLHmistress - The easiest part is asking What if and letting my imagination go nuts. The hard part is editing and revising! Right now I'm contracted for four novels for the Sons of Midnight mini series, but depending on how well the series goes, they might want more! Thanks for stopping by!

Theresa Meyers March 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

Hi Victoria - Yes! You did read it correctly. Dmitri smells like chocolate because my vampires change to suit the most intimate fantasies of their prey. So for Kristin it was chocolate! For some of my other heroines it's other things...

Amber March 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM  

Hey Theresa! You have so much experience with the industry, has it helped you to get published? I love the fact that you worked as a publicist then became an author. What a journey! :) Another question-what made you decide to write paranormal fiction?
P.S. I've just got to read your book now... I can already SMELL Dmitri!!!

Theresa Meyers March 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM  

Hi Amber - I think in some ways being in the industry on the publicist side of things has given me a lot more insight now as a published author, but it didn't help me get published.

I had to go through the grind just like everyone else who's gotten published!

The one thing that has made a difference is when I talk promotions or marketing with my editors they know I'm savvy about what I'm suggesting and they take it more seriously.

I'm also not naive when it comes to what expect as an author. I've been on a NY sponsored book tour (as a publicist)and it's grueling!

As for writing paranormal fiction, I like to read it! Why wouldn't I want to be in a world where folklore can come to life? And my life has always kind of been a bit more paranormal than most. My mom was great about instilling a sense of the magical in the nature around us into my brother and I as kids.

Thanks for stopping by! And you did want a chance at the chocolate, right? You need to leave an email for Jojo to be entered.

Robin K March 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

Hi Theresa and JoJo! Since I cannot enter to win this awesome book from my own post I am stalking around sneaking in entries else where. Sounds like a fantastic read!!!


robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

donnas March 20, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

Sounds like a great book. What was your reaction when you first found out you were going to be published?

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Pam S (pams00),  March 21, 2011 at 8:50 PM  

Hi Theresa fun interview! Demitri sounds yummy - even if he is not chocolate scented I'll take him lol. Love your quickie responses as well - maybe a highland vampire - beth of both worlds sorta thing just sayin ...

Do you have favorite "spots" around the house you like to read/write in?

Pam S
pams00 @ aol.com

Carol L. March 22, 2011 at 7:25 PM  

Loved the interview. Smelling like chocolate, now that's a first :) Love the different traits of your Vampires. How many books do you plan for this series ?
Carol L.
Lucky47 at aol dot com

JoAnna March 26, 2011 at 3:24 PM  

Hi Theresa. Congrats on your debut book! Do all the vampires smell like chocolate or is that just Dmitri's special scent?
beckerjo(at)verizon(dot)net

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