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My name is Teresa Brown and I also write under the pseudonym of Teresa Marotta for my fiction novels. One of the most often questions I am asked is where do I get my idea's from and how I write. So here is the skinny.
Here is one example. For my recently published novel, The Grave Tracker, I got my idea from a childhood memory. I grew up relegated with stories of Winnie Ruth Judd's many escapes from the Phoenix Mental Asylum. That was such a repetitive incident over the years that it stuck in my mind and I decided to use that as the starting point for my character in the novel. It begins with his escape from the same mental hospital although currently it is no longer called an Asylum. When I wrote the novel My Father's Daughter, I couldn't tell you where that came from. Because it's historical I had nothing to base it on, although I have, however, had an interest in Native American history. I grew up hearing tales of renegade Apache Indians still roaming deep in the Superstition Mountains where people were known to go and never come out again. I've also been to many Pow Wow's in my lifetime, so I suppose that could have been an influence in my decision to write about them.
I find that discovering topics to write about, my life experiences, people I know, and surroundings are almost always the basis I build on. I don't actually write about people I've known, but rather what they've accomplished or done in their own lives that add to my resources. When I am writing fiction, it is like watching a movie in my head. I see my charcters and imagine them talking and walking about wherever they are. And quite often they veer off the path I had intended them to go and they lead me in another direction. I always follow where they lead me. I find it adds to the storyline and who they are as well as building their character in the process. When I write about them, they are real.
When I wrote the Adoption Records Handbook, it developed from my own life experience and that of my sister. In my search for answers, I used methods that were not in any books that I could find so I developed my own. I also worked for a private investigator at one time, and through the network of investigators I met because of him, I learned so much beyond anything I could have learned otherwise. I decided to put all that knowledge into a book to help birth families in their search for answers. I am also a retired paralegal and the knowledge for writing legal forms also aided in how I could help them.
The Pregnant Women's Weird Craving Cookbook was written in a very short period of time. It just shows my sometimes quirky sense of humor that just had to be let out. It was a fun little book to write although my garbage disposal saw a lot of action when I was photographing the recipes.
I have 10 great-grandchildren and I write my children's books because of them. I like to see them smile and they are my inspiration.
I can think of no other way to answer my methods of writing so I hope I have quenched your curiosity. Thank you for your interest, and if you are an aspiring author I hope I have given you food for thought in your endeavors. I wish you all the best and hope to see your novels on Amazon someday.
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