As the year was winding down last year, I stumbled on one of the cutest romantic comedies I’ve ever read. Royally Roma was a fun twist on a classic Audrey Hepburn movie, and it was my introduction to author Teri Wilson.
I was thrilled when she agreed to an interview so, without further ado, let’s chat!
Teri, thank you so much for chatting with us today. We are so excited to have you here!
Q1 – Have you always wanted to be an author? If not, do you remember what set you on this path?
I’ve always been a book lover, so becoming an author was always on my radar. I’m an only child, and when I was little, I was very shy. I spent a lot of time reading. A LOT. I remember getting in trouble on a family trip to Hawaii because I was so into the Trixie Belden mystery I was reading that I wouldn’t look out the tour bus window.
Q2 – Bookmarks, dog-eared pages, cover flaps? How do you mark a page when reading?
I use bookmarks. Is it bad that they’re usually my own promo bookmarks?? I can’t help it. I have a great designer friend and she creates the most gorgeous bookmarks. I love them.
Q3 – If you could share a cup of tea (or a good cup of coffee) with any fictional character, who would it be?
Rhett Butler, and it would be something a lot stronger than coffee or tea. He was my very first book boyfriend.
Q4 – I absolutely loved Royally Roma. I have yet to see the Audrey Hepburn movie but, what inspired you to do a retelling of this classic movie?
I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. I love so many of her films. Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday are my favorites. Roman Holiday was the first Audrey film I ever saw. so it’s definitely a sentimental movie for me, and I also love everything royal. Right before I wrote Royally Roma, I went on my first trip to Italy. I watched Roman Holiday on the plan on the way over, and while I was touring Rome, the idea for the book came to me.
Q5 – Describe for us your personal dream library.
It would have to be the library from the castle in Beauty and the Beast.
Q6 – I am definitely an introvert so I love asking this question – do you call yourself an introvert or extravert?
Definitely an extravert. I have a loud laugh, and I love meeting new people.
Q7 – Plotter, pantser, or somewhere in between?
In between. When I start a project, I always have a very clear idea of who the characters are and where the story is set (because I’m very inspired by travel and setting). I also always know how the book will begin, and what will happen at the midpoint and how it will end. The rest gets fleshed out as I go along.
Q8 – On the same note, have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo?
Yes, three times and I’ve never won. Don’t judge me! haha. It seems like I always have a book deadline right before NaNoWriMo starts, so I’ve just pushed myself really hard and I can’t seem to make myself do it again for a deadline that’s not technically real.
Q9 – What is the best (or most memorable) piece of advice someone gave to you when you were just starting out? On the same note, is there a piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors (such as myself)?
I always tell aspiring writers to read a lot, especially in the genre you’re writing. So much that I’ve learned about writing has been through osmosis, just absorbing by reading good books. I’d also say that this is tough business. It can be hard to break in, and even after you’ve got a few published books under your belt, there can still be major setbacks. But if you love it (like I do), stick with it. It’s so worth it in the end. The most memorable piece of advice I ever got was when I met Susan Mallery at my first RWA conference and she told me to drink lots of water. It just seemed so random, but she’s Susan Mallery so I felt compelled to obey.
Q10 – If you hadn’t become an author, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d be engaged to Prince Harry. Kidding . . . maybe. I always wanted to be a ballerina, which is probably why I write a lot of ballerina heroines.
A big thank you to Teri for taking the time to join us today! And, as always, thanks to you – our wonderful readers – for being here! Do you have a favorite Hallmark movie? Let us know in the comments below if you’ve read any of Teri’s books. I have a couple more sitting on my shelf right now, begging to be read 😉 If you liked our interview, consider giving it a share on Pinterest! And, as always, thanks for reading ❤