Author Spotlight/Character Interview: Theresa McClinton

Posted July 1, 2013 by girlswit in Author Spotlight, Giveaway, Uncategorized / 13 Comments

Bio: A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa started her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and features articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult paranormal romance.

Since then, Theresa has gotten married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and was repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having stepped foot on the soil of over a dozen countries, traveled to sixteen U.S. states—including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, she will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

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Character interview with Tara Weeble, star of Escaping Darkness.
Age: 17
Race: Caucasian/human
Special abilities: None
Me: “Hi everyone. Thanks for joining Tara and I today while we
kick back and hang out. I was lucky enough to be able to steal her away from
Peter for a while and ask her a few questions. So without further
delay—readers, meet Tara. Tara, say hi to your fans.”
Tara: **waves** “Hi
Me: “So, Tara. I have a list of
questions here, and I’m going to ask you a few. Is that okay?”
Tara: “Sure! This should be fun.”
Me: “The first question is, where do you dream of traveling to
and why?”
Tara: “Oh man. I want to go everywhere. Europe is like, my
number one place to travel. Venice has all of those water canals with the
gondolas. The gondoliers wear those stripped outfits with those neckerchiefs.
Peter said he’d take me one day, when everything calmed down and we don’t have
to be looking over our shoulder every two seconds. Then maybe Egypt. I’ve
always wanted to see the pyramids.”
Me: “I’ve been to Europe and Egypt. They are both places I’d
tell anyone to visit! All right, question two. What was the scariest moment of
your life?”
Tara: “When Child Protective Services took me from my house when
I was little. You know, even when you’re a kid, and even if your life pretty
much sucks, your house is all you know. It’s where my bed was, where my
favorite stuffed animal was. I knew all the little noises and tricks to my
house, like how the widows rattled at night from the wind, or that the knobs on
the sink were switched so the hot was cold and the cold was hot. When they
brought me to the orphanage, everyone was really nice. Still, I was scared.”
Me: “I could only image how that would be for a kid. But you probably
have more empathy for others because of your experience.”
Tara: “Yeah, that’s for sure. It’s hard for me to even watch
movies with guys who abuse women or whatever. Peter knows all my little pet
peeves, and he’s so understanding about them.”
Me: “That’s sweet. But after you were rescued, I’m sure you
still had aspirations. What did you want to be when you grew up?”
Tara: “I always kinda wanted to work with animals, but since I
never went to college, I don’t think that will happen. Peter always tells me
it’s never too late, and I may go back to school someday. But until then, I’m
looking into maybe working with kids here in Belize at the local villages. I’d
love to teach them English as a second language. But first I’ll have to learn
Spanish. Renato said he’d teach me.”
Me: “Those are really good goals. Teaching the kids around you
would be a ton of fun, and Renato is totally the guy to go to. He’s really
learned. Let’s see. What other questions do we have here? Oh, how about this
one? What is your favorite meal?”
Tara: “It’s no secret I love food. I love baked chicken and
breakfast foods. And coffee.”
Me: “What do you do to unwind and relax?”
Tara: “When I was at the orphanage I would hang out with Ashley
all the time. The other girls there were so catty and I hated how they all
talked shit about each other behind each other’s backs. I learned really quickly
I couldn’t trust anyone there but Ash, so that’s whom I was always around. Now
that we’re in Belize and Ashley is super busy learning how to manage her
abilities, I hang out with Peter and Renato until she’s free. Renato is pretty
cool for an old guy.”
Me: “Haha! That he is. Do you play any sports?”
Tara: “Not really. I tried soccer in the orphanage but I wasn’t
any good. I would love to try volleyball, though. That looks like fun.”
Me: “If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would
it be?”
Tara: “My mom.”

Me: “Your mom? Why would you apologize to her? Shouldn’t it be
the other way around?”
Tara: “Well, I’m sure her life didn’t turn out how she wanted it
to either. I’ve worked through my issues, but I don’t know where she is or if
she’s okay. I haven’t heard from her since we were separated. Hopefully she’s
doing all right—cleaned up and sober. I’m just sorry her life turned out the
way it did. That’s all.”
Me: “Morning Person? Or Night Person?”
Tara: “Night person, for sure. I’m always groggy and grumpy in
the morning. But I really like the peacefulness of the night and all the sounds
that come along with it. The crickets. The animals in the jungle scampering
through the trees. It’s a cool time to be awake.”
Me: “What would we find under your bed?”
Tara: **blushes** “Probably some dirty clothes and a shoebox of
Me: “Letters? From who?”
Tara: **smiles** “Next question.”
Me: **laughs** “Okay, I’ll leave that one alone. Next question.
What makes you happy?”
Tara: “Being around my new family—Renato, Pete, even Hawa.
Everyone thinks she’s such a bitch, but when you really get to know her, she’s
actually pretty cool. She can ride a horse like a cowgirl and dance to salsa
music like a pro.”
Me: “What’s the next big thing?”
Tara: “You know, that’s a good question. I don’t have anything
planned. Just to be with Peter, keep an eye on Ashley, and start my life. Other
than that, we’ll all have to wait to find out.”
Me: “Awesome. Will do! Well, thanks so much for hanging out with
us today, Tara. It was really fun asking you some of these questions and
getting to know you a little better.”
Tara: “For sure! Thanks for having me!”

Book Overview: When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.

Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.

Probably because they’re not nightmares.

When Ashley’s mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else—she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian—Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.

When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it’s up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince…

Book Overview: She may have spent years in an asylum, but that didn’t make her crazy–just fearless.

Dropped in Moscow with her friends on an impossible mission against underworld forces, Tara is left to her feelings of overwhelming inadequacy. Her boyfriend is a healer, her best friend is “the Guardian,” and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. The only thing she has been able to contribute are her memories, which has left her with nightmares of her time spent at the mercy of the evil Sarian–who everyone has gone to fight.

Alone with her emotions, Tara finds herself falling into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared.

He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground rings of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…

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13 responses to “Author Spotlight/Character Interview: Theresa McClinton

    • You're welcome, Jennifer! They were such a pleasure to work with, and writing the post was a ton of fun. I hope you enjoyed the character interview. Tara is such an amazing person. Hey, she's real to me. 😉

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