Interview with debut YA thriller author Teri Polen

My holiday
guest is YA horror/thriller author Teri Polen.
She’s chatting with me about Sarah.  

During her
virtual book tour, Teri will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift
card (winner’s choice) to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a
chance to win, use the form below.
To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops
and enter there, too!
Teri Polen loves horror, sci-fi, and fantasy books and movies.  She fangirls over The Walking Dead, Harry
Potter, and anything Marvel-related.  She
lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.  

Welcome, Teri. Please share a little bit
about your current release.

Sarah is my debut novel and is a YA
horror/thriller with some humor tossed in the mix.

What inspired you to write this book?

enough, the idea for Sarah was
sparked by my cat, Shadow. We’d moved into a new house that had no previous
owners and Shadow would sit at the foot of the stairs leading to the bonus
room, fur bristled up, body tense, and hiss or growl at something we could
never see. It got the wheels spinning about how houses could be haunted when no
one had ever lived in them. We never did find out what freaked out Shadow and
we’re still living in the house. If it’s haunted, the ghosts keep to

Excerpt from Sarah:
Squeezing my eyes tightly shut, I dug deep for the courage to turn and
see if someone – or something – was sitting at the end of the bed. Because I
was warm-natured, the comforter from my knees down had been kicked to the side
and I remembered the cardinal rule of childhood – never leave body parts out
from under the covers because everyone knew the monsters under the bed
considered that fair game. I was wishing I’d carried this rule into my early
adult years, when I felt a feather-light touch on my left calf.

tendrils rushed from my calf to my scalp, the soft touch much cooler than the
room temperature. The parts of my body still beneath the comforter were covered
with goosebumps, but not from the frigid touch of whatever waited for me. It
was time to take action.
Squaring my
jaw and taking a deep breath, I rolled slowly away from the wall, brushing
strands of hair away my face.
And there she was, bright moonlight streaming through her
partially transparent body.
There was
no doubt in my mind who she was. I’d seen her picture in my year book, the
online newspaper, and her face glaring into the camera lens on the video. The
silvery, shimmering ghost of Sarah Butler was sitting at the foot of my bed,
her ebony eyes boring into me.

What exciting story are you working on

My work in
progress is a YA sci-fi/fantasy. It involves twin brothers, portals, and dreams
– that’s really all I can say about it right now. I’ve had to put it on hiatus
due to the release and promotion of Sarah
and I’m really excited about getting back to those characters.

When did you first
consider yourself a writer?
I’ve seen
varying opinions on when someone should consider themselves a writer, but the
one I go with is when you begin writing – it doesn’t have to be a book, it
could be journaling, poetry, blogging, etc. You’re a writer when you write.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I’d love to
write full-time and maybe someday I will, but I’m fortunate that I only work
part time. After several years in the healthcare industry as an employment
manager/recruiter, my first son came along and I began working as a part time
medical transcriptionist at home, which has been a tremendous benefit for our
family. When I finish my transcription hours and between everything else going
on, I’m usually able to find a couple of hours to write. I also have a blog
where I review books from indie authors, NetGalley, Edelweiss, and Penguin
First To Read.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I don’t
know if it’s really interesting, but I usually have Spotify or Pandora playing
and start off with a Diet Coke. It seems to get the blood flow going to the
brain. Chocolate may be involved occasionally. I’ve also taken permanent
possession of my son’s flannel shirt – for some reason I’m more productive when
I wear it. Whatever works, right?

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

Gosh –
that’s hard to remember. I know I wanted to be a veterinarian at one point, but
then realized not all my patients would survive and thought that would be too
depressing. I also wanted to be a waitress – don’t remember why – but that one
came true. Aren’t all moms waitresses in a way? I thought about being a
librarian, but figured I’d probably be fired because all I’d do is read.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I know
horror isn’t at the top of the list for many readers, but Sarah also contains
some humor (reviewers have confirmed this) and I’ve had friends who normally
don’t read horror tell me they enjoyed it. So if horror isn’t your thing, don’t
let that keep you from giving it a try. Thanks so much, Lisa, for having me on
your blog today and helping to promote Sarah!


Thank you for being a guest on my blog!

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18 thoughts on “Interview with debut YA thriller author Teri Polen

  1. Teri Polen says:

    Thanks for letting me drop by and promote Sarah, Lisa! I'll be traveling today, so I'll be checking in when I can – have to do my share of the driving, but when I'm not driving I'm one of the lucky people who doesn't get sick when I read in the car.

    • Teri Polen says:

      It's like Christmas for me when I get to read a fav author's new book before it's released. Right now I'm reading 3 indie author books and loving them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Teri, I remember wanting to be a veterinarian as a kid too, but also thought the same thing…I wouldn't be able to handle it if I lost any patients!

    Congrats on the continuing blog tour. The interviews have been fun, and I'm looking forward diving into your book very soon!

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