Terri Clark writes books for teenagers and other children somewhat around my age. I interviewed her, so I got a chance to get to know her and what exactly inspires her writing.
Terri Clark writes books for teenagers and other children somewhat around my age. I interviewed her, so I got a chance to get to know her and what exactly inspires her writing. She told me that she works as a teen librarian at the Smoky Hill library in Centennial and how she does a lot of work with teens.
Some advice for young authors out there like you and I from Terri Clark would be "perseverance, because writing can be a somewhat difficult business at times, and if you just believe in yourself and keep improving your craft," you can achieve whatever it is you want to become. As I was sitting down with her, she discussed with me how it actually took her about 12 years to sell her first book (how's that for perseverance?) and how all of those 12 years, she kept believing in herself and not letting anything get in her way.
She explained how one of her high school teachers was publishing her first romance novels when she was in her class her junior year, which also motivated her to want to become an author. "I really get along with teens, I want to inspire teens to believe in themselves, I often write about misfit characters," and she described to me how she was extremely shy in high school.
She told me how juggling family and her career is a little tricky at times, but she always puts family first, and that they always understand when she's in her home away from home, working on a new piece of work. "When I don't write, I feel a part of me is missing," which just goes to show exactly how dedicated she is to her work.
Although every author has bad reviews at one point or another in their career, they don't let it get them down, and as Terri puts it, "I've just learned to block them, because they're just mean, and not useful whatsoever."
She told me that he kids in the Teen Advisory Group and Bottom of the Inkwell creative writing club inspire her work, and therefore manage to incorporate themselves into her writing as well. Something that Terri Clark has always felt a part of has also been the supernatural, so when she's writing, she'll research using the supernatural as kind of a guideline.
If you wish to read or get to know Terri's writings a little better, or even if you want to meet her, you can go to her creative writing club at the Smoky Hill library in Centennial, or you could also read some of her books that she has: Sleepless, Hollyweird, The Girl Who Was On Fire, Flirtin' With The Monster, or Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.