TL Spencer was born in Lincolnshire (UK) and, as her father was a member of the armed forces, she travelled frequently. As a child, she lived in places such as Reading and Salisbury, taking advantage of being a short drive from the mystical Stonehenge – one of her favourite places.
She was diagnosed with epilepsy while living in Germany aged 11, and turned to writing as a way to cope with her condition. She is now studying at university and hopes one day to become a teacher.
Thank you for joining us today, Terri. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
My full name is Terri-Louise and I am a Leo baby, born on 7 August 1992 and I live in the fabulous seaside town of Cleethorpes – they have the most scrumptious fish’n’chips – in the north of England. I am fascinated by anything paranormal and I adore any kind of animal – even the ugly ones.
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of eleven; writing became a way to cope, a way to vent out my frustration. It was a form of therapy. However, the first time I considered myself a writer and really got bitten by the bug was when I started writing my novel, almost two years ago.
Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?
The YA market is incredibly versatile. It is also more accessible for me as a writer. I am only twenty years old. It would be silly for me to write about adult issues. I haven’t been an adult long enough; the stories would lose their atmosphere.
What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?
Writing on the whole is a challenge; there are deadlines, expectations, editing, plotlines etc. Though, while you are scribbling/typing away, you are not necessarily thinking of all these things, as soon as you finish, they all start to run around in your head. The greatest challenge for me as a writer however, is dialogue. I loathe it; for me it is one of the most difficult things to accomplish.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three www.apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy is a three part novel of magic, love, vampires and betrayal. Three young women discover they are bound together by fate and must band together in order to save the world from darkness.
Inspiration came from many places. There were several authors (JR Ward, Kerrelyn Sparks, JK Rowling) whose books influenced my work but the main ideas came from mythology and religion. The concept of the triple goddesses and ancient prophecies; all these are deeply embedded within Celtic myth.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three is available from over 130 stores including Amazon Kindle, iTunes, Kobo and Nook: www.apostrophebooks.com/books/blood-prophecy
What is up next for you?
After completing my studies at university, I hope to pass on my creative enthusiasm to the younger generation. My immediate plans are to carry on writing!
Do you have anything else to add?
I wish to inspire others who have difficulties, either medical or personal, to achieve their goals. There is always hope, sometimes it’s just harder to see.
Thank you for spending time with us today, Terri. We wish you much success.