INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TERI POLEN!
Please help me welcome author Teri Polen to Jemsbooks.blog Segment of Interview and Author.
Hi Teri, it’s so nice to have you here today. Please feel free to begin. The spotlight is on you!
Please tell us about yourself.
I’m a young adult writer of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. My first book, Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, was released in December 2016, and my second, The Gemini Connection, a YA sci-fi/thriller was published in June 2018.
jjspina: I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy but have never read all three in one book. Sounds intriguing!
What is your target audience for your book?
As a YA writer, my target audience is readers from age 12-years-old and up. YA books aren’t only for teens–a large percentage of YA readers are over the age of eighteen. One of the book clubs I’m in, Pardon My Youth, is for readers of YA books age 18 and over, and our members ages range from 18 to over 70. Being the mother of sons, the audience I’d love to snag is teen boys, as they seem to read much less than teen girls. Both of my books, as well as the one I’m currently working on, are written from a teen male perspective. That may sound odd, but having sons and being around their friends, it’s what I know.
jjspina: Ooh, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy is quite a combination that is sure to grip teens.
What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
Like most writers, I read, read, and read. My happy place is on a beach under an umbrella, book in hand, and I’m totally content to stay there all day. I also love movies (especially Marvel), yoga, rock/alt-rock music, and weight-lifting.
jjspina: That scenario sounds heavenly to me too but give me some sunscreen, plenty of water and a good book! Love movies, Marvel too!
What would you do if you were not a writer?
I’m convinced I’d be involved with books somehow, whether as an agent, editor, or librarian. Books are my passion.
jjspina: I guess we authors all have books in our blood!
What process do you need in order to write?
Compared to other authors, I feel like I’m on the slow side when it comes to writing. I only work on one project as a time, and don’t have a trunk full of ideas stashed away. After wrapping up one book, it generally takes a few months for another idea to marinate and take hold. I get to know my characters, and usually interview them to get a feel for their likes and dislikes, make a playlist, and spend time on world-building.
jjspina: Whatever works for you, Teri. It sounds like you have a good plan.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Italy is a place I’ve always wanted to visit–not so much the touristy locations, but maybe rent a villa in a smaller town. I have a friend who’s doing exactly that for a month, and the pictures she’s sharing are just beautiful.
jjspina: Now that is the way to learn more about a country – live with the natives, so to speak. I hope you get to do that one day.
What projects are you currently working on?
My current WIP is a young adult sci-fi novel involving genetic engineering, something that’s always fascinated me. I’d never planned to write a series, but I could see this one becoming a duology. I’ll have to see where the characters lead me. Recently, a reader of my first book, Sarah, asked if there would be a sequel. I’d never planned on writing one, but know the direction I’d take it if it becomes a reality. It’s something I’m keeping in mind.
jjspina: This sounds like a fascinating subject to write about, Teri. Best of luck with it and a sequel.
Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Her first novel, Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Visit her online at www.teripolen.com
Thanks again for the interview, Janice!
It was my pleasure, Teri, to get to know you better and your books. I wish you much success with your books and any future endeavors. Please feel free to come back again to share new projects now that you are part of Jemsbooks Blog family.
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