Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat. Sarah is her debut novel and was named a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Here are some fun things about Teri:
Do you have another job other than being a writer?
After ten years in Human Resources, shortly after the birth of my first son, I began working from home as a medical transcriptionist, and still do. My husband travels a good deal with work, for the most part, we've never had family close by, and it allowed me to be home with my sons. It also gives me time to write.
Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel/novella/short story?
Yes. I think most writers come to a point with some or even all of their books where they're stuck, whether they've written themselves into a corner, the ideas aren't flowing, or something just isn't working with their draft. Sometimes it helps to take a break or talk through it with a writing/critique partner.
What inspired you to write?
I've always been a voracious reader from an early age - I think I was born with a book in my hand. On the way to my son's soccer practice one day, an idea for a book popped into my head, and I wrote it. It was horrible, amateurish, and will never see the light of day, but I studied my craft, researched the industry, attended workshops and writing retreats, and kept at it. Learning to write is a journey, not a destination. You always want to improve.
What has been your most successful avenue to get reviews on Amazon?
Without a doubt, NetGalley. If you're a writer, I'd definitely recommend listing your book there, if possible.
Please checkout Teri's Book The Gemini Connection
Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.
On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of Scientific Innovations. To the bitter disappointment of their parents, Evan shows no aptitude or interest in science. As a Mindbender, he travels into the minds of scientists to locate buried memories, connect ideas and concepts, and battle recurring nightmares.
When Simon mysteriously disappears, Evan is plunged into a world of loss and unbearable guilt. For the first time, he can’t ‘feel’ Simon—it’s like he no longer exists. Evan blames himself. No one knows that he ignored his brother’s pleas for help on the night he went missing.
A year later, Simon is still gone. Evan lost his twin, but Tage might have lost its last hope of survival when it’s discovered that Simon’s unfinished project could be its salvation. Evan is determined to find him—somewhere—and bring Simon home. Their unusual connection might be more extraordinary than they know, and the key to locating Simon.
What is your next/latest project?
My newest release is a YA sci-fi/thriller, The Gemini Connection. I've also begun drafting my next book, another YA sci-fi.
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