Author name: Teri Polen
Genre: Young Adult
Bio: 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. Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, is her first novel. Visit her online at www.teripolen.com
Favorite thing about being a writer: I have a couple of favorite things. I love creating characters in my head, then see them become living, breathing people when I write – they’re real to me, anyway. My characters are like my kids, so to know that a reader embraced them while reading their story and loved them as much as I do makes all the difficult writing days (when I’m pounding my head against the wall) worthwhile.
Biggest challenge as an indie author: Absolutely promotion. My book was published by an indie publisher and I’m fortunate they can provide some promo opportunities, but the majority is on me, so I’m always looking for ways to get the word out and connect with readers.
Favorite book: That’s probably the hardest question I’ve ever been asked, because I love so many books – but I’ll have to name a couple. As an adult who thought YA books were just for young adults, the Harry Potter series taught me otherwise and introduced me to another world (both Hogwarts and YA). That series will forever be at the top of my list. More recently, Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic series – exceptional world-building and characterization. Her creativity astounds me and I’ve been lucky enough to meet her a few times.
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