About my work
The smell of books in a library does something for me. When I take a book off the shelf in the library, there is a smell in the pages that promises adventure. As a writer I am looking for the surprise. I want to discover the character you’ve never seen before or the premise so unusual it knocks you back. The fresh word or phrase that yanks you out of your everyday life and plunges you into adventure.
The best thing someone has said about my writing is: “I’ve never encountered a story like this before.” In my work I strive to fulfill the promise of adventure, surprise, and delight that I found in books from my local library’s shelves.
After experimenting with some co-writing with a colleague, we have a new flash story that appeared this month (January) in Factor Four Magazine. “The Last Human on Earth,” a story of what it’s like to be the last person on Earth, who carries memories of all the others who have disappeared. Co-written with author-colleague Kyra Worrell!
About my writing process
Writer are always learning from each other. What time of day to write, whether to write longhand with pen and paper, or using a keyboard on a computer; what you need to start a piece, how to know when you’re done with a story; how to solve problems of description, characterization, dialogue, and story or plot. On my blog I share information and insights into the writing process, along with short excerpts of my work. Theresa Barker- Lab Notes.
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