Be as honest and as diversified, varied and open as possible, but remember that value comes from awareness, and people will find your work valuable if it's real, if you're real. Theresa C. Newbill
Leodegraunce: Theresa, please tell Leodegraunce readers a bit about your background.
Theresa C. Newbill: I'm a former elementary school teacher with a B.S. degree in Psychology and Spanish Literature from Fordham University, and a MSEd degree from Bank Street College. I've always had a great love for poetry and creative writing and remember taking every literature and creative writing class possible back in High School and University. One of my professors and mentor was author Verlyn Klinkenborg, who has been a member of the New York Times editorial board since 1997. His love for the written word inspired me, and I will forever be grateful to him for the gift of awareness that he bestowed upon me. It has opened up a lot of personal doors for me on every level: emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. I find a wonderful release in writing.
Leodegraunce: How long have you been a flash fiction writer and what drew you to the genre?
Theresa C. Newbill: My first love is poetry and will probably always be poetry, but I fell in love with flash fiction not too long ago when I joined a private office on Zoetrope called The Flash Factory. Every week the writers were met with a new challenge, a new topic to write about. The pace was fast, the energy, electric and the writers, excellent, which made for some pretty tough competition, all of which appealed to me. The styles varied from writer to writer and the postcard, prosetry effect of 'sudden fiction' was unique and innovative even if its roots dated back to Lovecraft, Chekhov and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
Theresa C. Newbill: I have written two books: The Magick of Vanilla Chai Tea with a Pinch of Damiana, co-written with author, Kurt Newton. The kindle edition is found HERE. You can pre-order the paperback HERE.
My other book is called, The Open Diary of a Witch, and is also published by Hedge-Witchery Books.
Aside from this, some of my recent publications include: In Space No One Can Hear You Scream, under the name Theresa C. Newbill; Ladies And Gentlemen Of Horror contains my short story, Duality, published under the name Theresa C. Newbill; The Voice of the Bards Anthology, and ABCTales, Issue 19, a beautiful, color page book that I had the pleasure of putting together as editor.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing plans for 2011?
Theresa C. Newbill: I have many projects lined up for 2011-2012...A novel that I am still co-writing with author Kurt Newton called, Claria, a poetry book that I will also be co-writing with author Kurt Newton, one of many, a horror Sci-Fi novel called Two-Three Minutes To Lose Consciousness ~ Five-Ten Minutes To Die, and a very unique book called Outlaw Poets and Spiritists, plus so much more. My mind is constantly swarming with new ideas, just ask Kurt. :)
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
Theresa C. Newbill: I always get asked this question. I guess my main tip is, be aware. Awareness inspires. Awareness on every level possible and imaginable from social to individual; whatever becomes the value and quality of human existence is what fascinates and this is how you make that initial connection with your audience. Be as honest and as diversified, varied and open as possible but remember that value comes from awareness and people will find your work valuable if it's real, if you're real.