What gave you the idea for Cataclysm?
This idea came to me as a child. I was about 10 yrs. old and in the middle of the night I saw two glowing eyes staring at me from the floor. My little heart raced thinking there was a demon in my room. The lighting changed and I saw my very own cat sitting there. My idea came that night and it stayed with me until I was 20 and decided to write the book.
What got you into writing in this genre?
Horror has been my go to read since I was a child. I was always fascinated with death and wanted to be a forensic pathologist, until I learned you had to be a doctor first. Whose got time for that! I grew up reading every horror story I could find and had some amazing concepts of my own that I wanted to write about.
How long have you been writing?
2 ½ yrs – but of course, as all writers, it was my life long dream. I only began when I read my friends biography about being a transgender and realized that if someone is brave enough to share that personal story with the world, I can easily share my fiction.
What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like?
I still have to work a day job, so I write from after dinner to bedtime, everyday if I can. On the weekends, when it’s not hot and sunny, I will write from morning until bedtime. I am really pushing to get out of the daily grind.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?Publishing on Amazon is free!Without knowing that I may never have put myself out there
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
Currently I am proudest of my first sci-fi novel Kept. This was the hardest one to write and I honestly did not think I was going to be able to pull it off. The reason behind that, is the idea for the book was humans trapped on another planet and kept underground without any possessions – none what so ever! I thought about this idea for a year before I even began writing it. How was I going to make a story interesting when the people have nothing to do but try and survive with nothing. I ended up joining Nanowrimo and wrote it a month! It was a grand endeavor and it’s getting rave reviews.
For those who haven’t read any of your stories, what story/book of yours do you think best represents your work and why?
This I can’t answer. Every story is its own entity and every person has their own views, likes and dislikes. I usually ask people what they like to read before I’d recommend one of my own.
What are you doing next?
I’m currently writing two novels one is a sci-fi titled: The Used, which was concepted by my father and I’m telling the tale he wanted to write but was unable to. My Second is a horror, and the incomparable Mar Gar, is creating the cover!
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Keep writing, no matter what, don’t let negative comments stop you. We all have fears and doubts and think we’re not good enough to share with the world, but for every no there is a yes. Be true to your passion and it may take time, but the rewards will come.
Theresa Jacobs believes in magic, fairies, dragons, and ghosts. Yet she trusts science and thinks that aliens know way too much.
Though she still works 9-5 for the man, she has published a horror novel, a Sci-Fi novel, two horror Novellas, many anthologies, children’s books, and poetry. She is also a contributor to 1428elm.com an online horror magazine.
When she is not at work she spends her time, reading, writing, exercising her dog, and binge-watching TV shows, with her longtime partner and fiancé.
She is also a big movie buff and a sci-fi nerd at heart.