If Therese Walsh’s name sounds familiar to regular TDW’s visitors, it should. For Therese is the about-to-be debut author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy, due in bookstores and shipped from online retailers on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. A full presentation of the novel is scheduled to be presented here on Monday, October 12th and — though this Fairy Godmother would like nothing more that to tell you all about it now — first let’s get to know Therese.
According to her website bio:
Therese is the co-founder of Writer Unboxed, a blog for writers about the craft and business of genre fiction. Before turning to fiction, she was a researcher and writer for Prevention magazine, and then a freelance writer. She’s had hundreds of articles on nutrition and fitness published in consumer magazines and online.
She has a master’s degree in psychology. Aside from writing, Therese’s favorite things include music, art, crab legs, Whose Line is it Anyway?, dark chocolate, photography, unique movies and novels, people watching, strong Irish tea, and spending time with her husband, two kids and their bouncy Jack Russell in upstate New York.
And now for the revealing of the real Therese Walsh.
How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: A continually evolving quest for the perfect balance.
Family – Writing – Laughter– Music – Friends – Education – Evolution – Chocolate
What is your motto or maxim?
A: Worry about that bridge once you’re precariously balanced atop it.
There are no rules.
How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Being at peace with yourself and the world around you…in a hammock…with a great book in hand.
What’s your greatest fear?
A: That something bad happens to one of my children.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: New Zealand
With whom in history do you most identify?
A: At the moment: Julia Child
Which living person do you most admire?
A: Oh, too many to choose—from Paul Newman to Oprah to President Obama.
What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: I begin many of my sentences with conjunctions. But I like them!
What do you regret most?
A: Maybe I should regret not being a literature major! Really, though, I don’t regret much. Life is a journey, and I’m happy for the road I’ve taken.
If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Calm despite any storm.
What is your greatest achievement?
A: The three things I’ve born that I’m most proud of are my two children and my debut novel.
What’s your best quality?
A: I’m persistent.
What’s your greatest flaw?
A: I’m persistent.
If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I don’t think I’d choose to be another person (devil-you-know rule), but I would choose to be the invisible friend to my childhood self and give her all sorts of guidance.
What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: Oh, boy – maybe that I have dark hair and a witchy nose? I do not cackle but I do brew a mean cider.
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Christopher John Francis Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Joe Montana. I would admit to him that I wore black the day he retired, and then I would offer to shine his shoes.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: The hallway light is always on. It must be a ghost as no human ever owns up to touching the switch—and my dog is too small to be considered a culprit.
What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Three: cooking, taking photographs, coaching kiddos
What’s your fantasy profession?
A: To work with masseuses-in-training, offering my back, neck and shoulders at any time of the day or night for their educational benefit. (So selfless, I know.)
What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Honesty, sense of humor, compassion
If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Wheat salad with lemon dressing and cilantro.
What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: This is almost impossible for me to answer! Here are some I love: King of Birds by R.E.M., Fields of Gold as sung by the late, great Eva Cassidy, I Won by The Sundays, Uninvited by Alanis Morissette, Strings of Love by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Beyond those, things get fuzzy; there are so many great books out there. I recently read a book called The Wishing Box by Dashka Slater that I adored.
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