Monday, July 18, 2016

Welcome Teresa B. Howell to My Blog!

I love being able to introduce new authors. 
Here is my interview with new author, Teresa B. Howell.

Tell us about your journey to publication. 

My journey was a true learning curve. I made a lot of mistakes starting out by listening to people who misrepresented their talents and skills. I began to research diligently and learned not only how to self publish but also how to help others through this process. It took about a year of trial and error but I made it!

What is the takeaway message for the novel? 
The takeaway message is in spite of our title or position, we are all still human and will continuously make mistakes in order to grow.

What inspired you to write the book?
The death of a very close family member started me on this path.  I wrote songs and poetry every once in awhile but I really took writing seriously after my tragedy.  It was very therapeutic and became my inspiration to write other books.

What other authors do you read/recommend? 
I enjoy reading Kimberela Lawson Roby, Alice Walker, and Octavia Butler

Do you have any Advice to any aspiring writers?
Research, research, and more research

About the Author

Much like her book, which is about real life obstacles that detour us from the church and our faith. Teresa B. Howell brings dynamic truth to finding spirituality after realizing you have let the flesh have too much power. Teresa B. Howell is an Exceptional Children’s Director that has two Master Degrees in education and leadership.  She has received numerous awards and accolades in her profession, dedicated to mentoring and teaching students within the school system.  Teresa was born and raised in the church.  She witnessed the good and the not so good while not only attending, but also serving in various capacities in different church organizations.  Teresa decided in July 2015 to put her experiences and observations on paper, and her first novel That Church Life was born.  She aspires to be more than just the average Christian Author, which can be noted in her writing style.  Teresa’s literary path is inspired by her faith, family, and close friends.  She currently lives in Durham, NC with her husband and children.

About the Book

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The Church Gal Crew is leading the way to Salvation at Mt. Zion Holiness Church. Feisty Natalia Freemon is the “head” of the crew. Rebellious and outspoken, she has no problems challenging the church status quo. Years later however, her loss of faith will tragically impact her life.
Michelle Hanks, a country girl from a hardworking farm family is the peacemaker and “soul” of the crew. Although struggling with self-confidence she is wise beyond her years and can’t wait to escape the farm life and find success; even if it costs her soul.
Missy Jones, the “heart” of the crew, has the face of an angel and a voice sent from heaven. A pastor’s daughter raised in the church, Missy loves the ministry and her place in it. But the flesh is tempting, especially when it comes in the form of sexy church musician and Mt. Zion playboy Tommy.
In spite of her dedication to the word, Missy falls hard for Tommy, and then falls out of favor with the church. Trapped in a cycle of relationship abuse, Missy’s world is falling apart until Beanie, a reformed stick-up man turned Deacon, shows her real love. But when tragedy strikes, Missy is torn between the truth, that could jeopardize everything she loves, or a lie that could be her damnation.
These three best friends drift away from each other and the church but come back together through spiritual downfall, relationship crises, drug addiction, and even murder. Just some of the drama you’ll find, in that church life!

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