Hi Teresa, and welcome. I am so glad you could join us here at
To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your
My new book, ONE NIGHT OF SCANDAL, should hit the bookstores around July 29th. It's a sequel to A KISS TO REMEMBER (May 2002) and tells Lottie's story. The last time I saw my heroine, Carlotta Anne Fairleigh, she was a precocious ten-year-old with a passion for tea cakes, Gothic novels, and kittens. I couldn't resist finding out what sort of woman she would grow up to be. SCANDAL begins with Lottie hanging out of a second story window in her beautiful ballgown on the night of her debut into Regency society. She's just discovered that her next door neighbor is the reclusive nobleman society has dubbed the "Murderous Marquess" and can't resist doing a little sleuthing of her own. The first thing I learned was that Lottie was just as capable of getting into mischief at twenty as she was at ten. Before you know it, she's not just writing a Gothic novel. She's living one!
I'm currently working on my next book, which should be out in the summer of 2004. I don’t have a title yet so I'm just calling it "Beauty and the Beast" meets "The Miracle Worker".
Being on the Best Seller list is every writer's dream, no doubt about it. Do you remember what you were doing when you found out the first time you had made the list?
My first major list was probably the Waldenbooks list way back in 1992 when HEATHER AND VELVET came out. Kristin Hannah called to tell me I was #10 on the list and I was pleased as punch. Of course, I thought she meant I was #10 on the romance list, which would have made me the #10 bestselling romance at Waldens. What I didn't realize for almost three days was that I was #10 on the mass market list, which meant I was the #10 bestselling book in the chain!
A KISS TO REMEMBER was the first book to make the top 15 on the New York Times bestseller list. I believe my publisher interrupted my Richard Simmons workout to give me the news. I was squealing louder than Richard!
I read that you play a different piece of music for each book you write. I thought I was the only one did that! What are some songs you listened to for ONE NIGHT OF SCANDAL?
For ONE NIGHT OF SCANDAL, my soundtracks of choice were "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "The Piano". But for Lottie and Hayden's first love scene, it was the delectable song "Eden" by Sarah Brightman from the CD of the same name. I can never listen to that song and look at a piano the same way…grin…
I love that some of your previous heroes are fashioned after real-life actors; the Sir Donald Osmond was classic! Do you still do this? Who are some of the actors that got to play the leading roles recently?
I don't know that I've ever done a hero who didn't have a little Mel Gibson in him! A very laconic Matthew McConaghay was my model for Billy Darling in NOBODY'S DARLING (April 1998). Sean Connery was Conn of the Hundred Battles in my very first book, LADY OF CONQUEST. What happens is that I tend to use that image when I'm starting out, but as the story unfolds, the hero takes on an appearance of his very own in my mind.
What is your least favorite part of the writing process? How about your most favorite part?
The least favorite part would have to be the energy slump you usually hit in the middle of a book. This is when you realize that once again, you're not going to write the perfect book and it won't be the shining, flawless gem you envisioned when you started writing.
My favorite part is the privilege of living the characters' lives right along with them. Their memories become your own. Another favorite part would be finishing the book! Nothing compares to that blissful sense of accomplishment, not even publication.
If a new writer came to you and asked for your advice on how to get published, what would you tell her?
My first advice would be to read, read, read. And don't just read in the genre because if we all do that, we'll only end up cannibalizing each other. Simply reading good fiction will make you a better writer through the process of osmosis. My second piece of advice would be to be willing to educate herself about publishing. There are so many resources out there right now, especially with the internet. You have to be willing to do your homework. I have a page of "Tips for Aspiring Writers" on my webpage right now. And I'd advise any aspiring romance writer to join Romance Writers of America (www.rwanational.org).
The pet gallery on your website is darling! How old are these little cuties? Has Buffy the Mouse Slayer ever left you a mouse at your feet?
Queenie, the matriarch of our family is fourteen right now. Buffy is a year and three months. We originally had four cats for almost thirteen years, but they all got old at the same time and we lost three of them in two years. So Queenie is the only one of the original foursome and now Buffy is transitional kitty. They get along famously despite the age difference. Buffy hasn't left any mice at my feet, but she is particularly enamored of a bell toy that one of my readers from Germany sent me. If we don't take it away from her at night, all we hear is "jingle, jingle, jingle" all night long!
How did you and your husband meet? Was it love at first sight?
We had been attending nursing school together for over a year before we fell in love. We were doing our clinical at the local mental hospital and he came up to me in the canteen one day and said, "Hey, would you like to go see Hall and Oates? I'll pay for the gas if you'll buy the tickets." What can I say? I was swept away by the romance of it all! Actually, it was sort of love at first sight. Eight days after our first date, we both said, "I love you." We'll celebrate our 20th anniversary next year. He is truly the light of my life.
Where is your favorite place to eat out on a hot summer's evening? What about for a romantic occasion?
On a hot summer's evening, I love to go eat BBQ at a local place. Kentucky has the best BBQ in the world. For a romantic occasion, how about crème brulee at Le Cirque in New York City?
Do you eat at your desk while you are writing? Have you ever spilled something on your keyboard or on a finished manuscript?
All writers eat at their desks. I'm most likely to be shaking mini-M&M's out of my keyboard. I've never spilled anything on a finished manuscript. I guard those with my life. They're very rare around here.
How do you describe Teresa Medeiros? How does Teresa Medeiros's husband describe her?
I would describe her as an eternally optimistic realist whose only real requirements for contentment are a good book, a warm cup of Café Vienna, and a cat on her lap.
My husband would describe her as the earthbound angel who gives meaning to his existence, the brightest joy in his darkest day, the hottest spark in his coldest night…oh, wait a minute, wasn't I supposed to help him write that?
I love the picture of you in jeans and bare feet on the home page of your website. What does your favorite pair of shoes look like?
That was my favorite pair of shoes.
Where would you most like to visit?
Heaven. But I'd rather stay.
And lastly, no interview of a writer would be complete without this question: what is your comfort food of choice?
That's an easy one because it hasn't changed since I was five years old—macaroni and cheese! But my tastes have become more sophisticated with age. Now it has to be Velveeta Shells and Cheese, preferably an entire box in one sitting.
Thank you, Teresa, so much for taking time to chat. Best of luck with ONE NIGHT OF SCANDAL—it sounds wonderful!
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