This blog covers a lot of territory.
I’ve been drawing since I was 5 and writing stories since I was 12. Publishing was never my dream. A life of adventure was, and fiction was one way to do that. So I put form to my fantasies.
But I didn’t stop there.
I learned to scuba dive, failed wonderfully at snowboarding, tore my ACL kickboxing, was once a ranked racquetball competitor, gained 100 pounds, lost 100 pounds, have practiced nearly every kind of diet possible, became a certified personal trainer, met a ghost, owned rabbits, birds, gerbils, and dogs, competed on bowling and softball teams, learned ancient Greek, had children, led a Catholic ministry, homeschooled my kids, taught chess, and tutored algebra and geometry.
I have seen every episode of every Scooby Doo and Star Trek series, supervised hundreds of kids at recess, completed 3 World Beer Tours at Old Chicago, studied astrology since 1979, and attended a community college, a private liberal arts college, an Ivy League university, and a state university.
I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in classical studies, am a member of Mensa, spent a year as an assistant editor on a Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and the books I read most often are histories of late Rome and the early Church.
I’ve made an income as a graphic designer, weekend supervisor, advertisement designer, illustrator, layout artist, program assistant (2 times), screen print artist, hardware store clerk, web programmer (3 times), database developer (4 times), personal trainer, special education paraeducator (2 times), astrologer, recess supervisor, micropublisher, weekend donut-maker, and novel and short story author. I owned my own fitness studio for seven years.
Currently, I’m writing and illustrating the next book of the Darklaw Saga, publishing Stilicho’s Son, and writing a memoir. I walk with the Dao, am married to a man, date women, follow a carnivore diet, take piano lessons, spend as much time with my kids as they let me, and attend CrossFit 4-5 times a week.
Teresa is drawn to powerful scenes of raw emotion and vignettes laced together with plots as old as the world — ambition, lust, revenge. Everyone is guilty of something. Even the heroes. Ultimately, her interest as an author is to put flesh on the spirit. Questions about love, truth, and healing always follow.
Wuwei, Wuzhi, Wuyu