Name

My name is Teresa Waltman, but on Facebook I’m under T.M. Waltman. I have a pseudonym (Reese Jacquez)

Age

 It’s said that if a woman is willing to reveal her age, she’s willing to reveal everything.

Where are you from

 Upland, California

A little about yourself i.e. your education Family life ect

 I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with family friends, and taking walks in the park and at the beach. I love classical and instrumental music, museums, and nature. I like aroma therapy baths with candlelight, soft music, and I listen to music while I read. I enjoy reading a lot. In my spare time, I enjoy playing World of Warcraft.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’ve been doing some rewrites on Allured, getting the manuscript ready to ship out to agents.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing at the age of twelve. I was bored during one summer, and decided to write a play. From there on out, I started my writing career,

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was twenty-four, and wrote my first novel. Now I consider myself a novelist.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

One day, I took a tablet and started writing. Just an idea came to me and I started writing.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Not really. It depends on what type of story I am writing. Half the time it’s narrative, other times it’s written in the first person.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Simply because the title reflects my main character.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. Not to be inhibited by others.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

None of it, it’s all fiction.

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

With Allured, very little. My villain in Allured is based on several people I’ve known all bunched up into one person. Other stories I have started, “Death Howls, and “ The Death of Myra Gray,” have characters centred around people I know, and a few events that have actually happened. So it depends on what story I am telling.  

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would say, Charles Dickens

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Empty Coffin by Gregg Olsen

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Yes, a few

Fiona: What are your current projects?

Edits on Allured

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My life long BFF Diane Davidson

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, I do!

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Absolutely. I’d start all over again, keeping the plot, characters, and change few things. Every writer would change their novel.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I got interested in writing at the age twelve, right after my uncle gave me a book called, Notes to myself. I wrote from that point on.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

That would be giving the cow away. Wait for the novel to be released, you’ll be glad you did.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Flushing out the characters. Other than that, not really.

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Charles Dickens. He describes his characters and scene in such a way that you’re pulled into the story, and believe what is going on.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No, not yet.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

No one, still looking for someone.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

All the distractions.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes. That there are more stories in my head waiting to be born.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just write. After it’s finished put it away for several months, take it out and read through it. And don’t let anyone tell you how your story should go.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Strive to be the very best that you can be. Don’t let anyone tell you that you Can’t!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies

I enjoy baking during the holidays, and playing games when I have the chance.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching

Anything that is paranormal, and supernatural suspense. I enjoy a good chick-flick and comedies.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My favourite food is Mexican, but I enjoy many foods. I don’t have a favourite color anymore, but like many color combinations. (i, e, red, yellow, and black together). As far as music, I enjoy most anything, except for rap.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?

An archaeologist, or nature explorer.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?

http://teresawaltman1965.blogspot.com/