Interview and Giveaway with Author Teri Polen

Let me welcome Author Teri Polen for an interview.

I read her book Sarah which I got from NetGalley and let me tell you it was actually a really good read.
If you click on the link you can read my review. What truly pulled me to requesting the book was the
I know, I know, you should never just get a book by its cover but you know sometimes the cover
catches your eye and you just have to read it.
I was very happy and surprised to have the author contact me. I think in all my requesting from
NetGalley I have had maybe two authors contact me.
So I jumped on the chance to interview Mrs. Polen.
Check out her interview and enter into the giveaway that she was kind enough to do.

Below is the blurb for the book with where you can purchase the book from amazon, also add it to
your TBR shelves on Goodreads.

33113495Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.
A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah's death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.
Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn't in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house - but exorcising her isn't that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again. 


1. What made you write Sarah from a teenage boy's point of view? 

    I have two sons, which means I’ve been around them and their friends for years now and overheard their conversations, seen how they interact with girls and each other, etc. But I have a friend who says I’m more of a guy than a girl because of my preference in books, movies, gifts, and my reactions. Given all that, writing from a male perspective comes easier for me. Weird, but true.

2. Do you believe in ghosts?

       Although I’ve never actually seen one, I absolutely believe in them. I think there’s too much evidence out there not to believe, although I think some people are more sensitive to them than others. Makes life a little more interesting, don’t you think?

3. Can you share a bit of your writing process with us?

       I’ll get an idea in my head, but it has to marinate for a while as I figure out the details and develop characters. I wish a fully formed story would smash through the walls of my brain, but evidently my mind isn’t built that way. Sarah didn’t turn out the way I’d originally intended – sometimes the characters dictate the story, but when that happens, it feels more honest to me.

4. Do you have any rituals while writing? 

Such as maybe listening to certain music, eating chocolate, maybe having your favorite socks on?

     I usually have music playing on Spotify or Pandora – I just got an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas and have some big plans for that when I write. Diet Coke and chocolate are usually involved, they get the blood flowing to the brain, along with a flannel shirt I stole from one of my sons. For some reason, I’m more productive when I wear it. No way he’s getting it back.

5. What else is in the works for you?

     I was 25K words into a YA sci-fi/fantasy when I was offered the contract for Sarah, so it’s been on the backburner since last summer, but I’m planning to dive back into that story in the next couple of days. I’m excited about getting reacquainted with those characters.

Fun questions:

1. What is one thing you cannot live without?

My family, of course, but also books. When I see people on planes, in waiting rooms, by the pool – any place where they’re sitting for periods of time, I’ve never understood how they couldn’t be reading. I guess they could be pondering some idea that could change the course of the world, but I need my entertainment.

2. What is your favorite book you could read over and over?

The Harry Potter series – I’ve read it through about four times and it’s what got me started reading YA as an adult.

3. Favorite genre of movie?

I generally prefer fantasy/sci-fi or horror, but my hubby doesn’t care for either, so we usually watch action/adventure and I’ll either see the fantasy and horror by myself, with my sons, or watch it on Netflix.

4. If you could be in a TV show what show would it be?

Wow – that’s a great question. I’d have to say The Walking Dead – my son and I are devout fans of the show. I’d probably never make it as a main character, but I’d love to go to Zombie University and have a dramatic, gory death on the show.

5. What would you do for a Klondike bar? 

I can pass on all the Klondike bars – except for the Reese’s. If you have one of those, I’ll whip out my Ninja stealth skills and take you down – you’ll never see me coming.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Autumn - I'm so glad you enjoyed Sarah!

  2. It's funny, Teri. Most of what I write is from both the male and female lead POV (and sometimes even the villain's), and I have to say, I find the male POV easier to write. As well as a lot more fun! I think it's great you use your kids and their friends as inspiration. My kids' perspectives sometimes help me in my writing, too. They definitely inspired the concepts behind one of my series.

    1. I've definitely gotten some good material from them - lol. And, like you, I've also gotten their perspective on some things in the book. Thanks for stopping by, Staci!

    2. Thank you for stopping by good luck!!

  3. Great to learn more about you and your work, Teri. Fabulous review and interview, Autumn!

  4. Great to learn more about you and your work, Teri. Fabulous review and interview, Autumn!

  5. Hi, Teri! Great interview. I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing process. I loved Sarah, and look forward to discovering more of your books as you release them. And then Echo Dot? I just got one too and started fiddling with it.
    I also have to say I loved Autumn's Klondike Bar question and your answer. Thanks you two for the fun! :)

    1. Thanks, Mae! What have you been doing with your Echo Dot?

    2. Mostly playing music, but I tried out a word game too and that was fun. We have Alexa downstairs and the Echo Dot in my den. Have also pulled up sports stats and weather. I'm still learning all Alexa and the Dot can do.

    3. I am glad you enjoyed the Klondike Bar question. Thank you for stopping by and good luck.

  6. Enjoyed the interview, Teri. I'm with you on the Klondike but for a Dove Bar I hope you will still take Autumn out for me. Thanks for having us Autumn.

    1. I definitely would, John - love Dove's dark chocolate.

    2. I don't think I have had a dove bar yet. I may need to try that. Thank you for stopping by. Good luck.

  7. Great interview! I do love ghost stories. I love Klondike bars, too! @v@ <3

    1. That's two things we have in common, Viv - thanks for dropping by!


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