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I recently had the privilege of meeting author Teresa Posey Carey, and reading her new book, The Creeper. She lives in DeKalb, Texas, hometown of Dan Blocker, aka Hoss Cartwright from the TV series Bonanza.
Teresa writes children’s books that honor God. Taking inspiration from Dr. Seuss, she enjoys creating rhyming stories as well as spending time with family and friends. An animal advocate, she loves all of God’s creatures and believes in treating them properly; that they are deserving of care and protection. She especially loves her own fur babies; Sugar and Missy (dogs) and Dinky and Skittles (cats). She dotes on them shamelessly.
The Creeper, published by Celebrate Lit, is her first book. She and her daughter, Casey, recently co-authored Blossom the Opossum’s Awesome Winter Surprise, which will be released soon. Teresa is also working on a new series of BugHugger stories with bug characters. You can visit the BugHuggers Facebook page with your little ones.
I had the opportunity to ask Teresa some questions and I’d love to share those with you. So sit back with a cup of tea or coffee, maybe a cookie or two, and get to know Teresa.
Okay, The Creeper is your debut book How excited are you?
I am very excited about The Creepers debut! This is my first book and it’s very exciting!
What genre do you write and what made you choose that genre?
I write Children’s Christian rhyming books. I chose that genre because of my love for rhyming verse stories and God’s word. I paired them together to teach children the word in a fun sort of way.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I first knew I wanted to write verse after reading Dr. Suess’ rhyming books to my daughter when she was young. I do believe there was also a little gift of writing in me from God as all my test scores tended to be higher in Literature and the Arts.
Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him/her how they have helped you.
Absolutely, my mentor is my good friend and Christian author, Caryl McAdoo.
She writes historical Christian romance novels and has a total of 48 published books. Caryl has been the most wonderful guide and mentor a person could ask for. Thank you Caryl!
Are your stories well outlined ahead of starting, or do you write for discovery?
Most of my stories are not previously outlined. It’s exciting to see just what God has planned for them and to see them shape up as I go, although Glitter the Kind Little Glowbug is an exception. I did do an outline on that one story.
Who did you dedicate your book to and why?
I dedicated my book, The Creeper, to The Lord Jesus Christ, because without Him in the story it would be incomplete. He brings everything together and was also my c/o Author and Guide in writing.
What are you working on now? Do you have a new story going?
Yes, I’m currently working on several different stories, but the main one is Blossom The Opossums Awesome Winter Surprise, which will release very soon. Beezley the Bee will follow along with Glitter the Kind Little Glowbug, as well as a few more.
What advice would you give an aspiring writer?
I’d tell them to let God take the lead and direct their paths in writing, and always be open to critique; don’t be offended by it. Let the critique help to make their stories the best stories they can possibly be.
Teresa, thank you for being with us and sharing a bit about yourself. I’m excited for your release of The Creeper. I loved it!
Even The Creeper loses things from time to time. How will he recover what he seeks? Find out in rhyme!What begins as a determined search for something important becomes a treasure hunt full of clues and a valuable lesson in searching for that which is lost.Delightful illustrations and endearing rhymes tell a story that teaches subtle lessons in perseverance and diligence.
With fun illustrations, the children in your life are going to love this rhyming book. Everybody loses things, including The Creeper. Author Teresa Posey Carey has an entertaining way of traveling with The Creeper to find what was lost.
Just who is The Creeper? He certainly wasn’t who I thought! And then ending the story with a scripture passage to tie it all together is the cherry on top.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to sharing it with my grandsons.
You can get The Creeper on Amazon in both e-book and print copy. Click here to check it out!