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Interview: Therese Fowler, Author of Exposure

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Those who have yet to read Therese Fowler are in for an amazing treat.  Her stories are delightful, wonderful and perfect to savour each and every word.  Previous releases from Ms. Fowler include Souvenir and Reunion, as well as her latest release, Exposure

Prior to becoming a full-time author, Therese Fowler had a wide and quite diverse career listing and life experiences, including working in the U.S. Civil Service, managing a clothing store, living in the Philippines, having children, selling real estate, earning a B.A. in sociology, selling used cars, returning to school for her M.F.A. in creative writing, as well as teaching college undergrads about literature and fiction writing — roughly in that order.  Yikes, I’m exhausted just from reading and writing that list!  Ms. Fowler’s books have been published in nine languages and sold worldwide.

Therese Fowler resides in Wake Forest, North Carolina, with her husband, four cats, and four nearly grown sons.

To learn more about Ms. Fowler and her work, please be sure to visit her website.

Please tell us a bit about your book, Exposure: characters, plot, etc.

Exposure is a story about young love, a sexting arrest, and the legal madness that follows for the two families involved. It’s been called “a Romeo and Juliet story for modern times.”

If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?

From Exposure, I’d love to meet Harlan Wilkes after the story’s conclusion and ask him how he feels about the way things resolved.

Do you have any particular habits that you do while writing? Places you write the best, foods, drinks, etc that help set your “writing mood”?

I start my day with a mug of Irish breakfast tea. After that, I’m ready to work almost anywhere I happen to be, as long as it’s free of direct distractions.

What are you reading right now?

I’ve been reading, and re-reading, the manuscript of my next novel — but I have several books I’m eager to get to as soon as I get a chance: Mitchell James Kaplan’s By Fire, By Water, Adrienne McDonnell’s The Doctor and the Diva, and The Promised World by Lisa Tucker, to name a few.

Who are some of your favorite authors and/or books?

I’ll read any book by Ann Patchett or Anna Quindlen.

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Vladimir Nabokov (author of Lolita) tops my list. He was a fascinating person and a first-rate wordsmith. It takes incredible talent to tell a tale of pedophilia and make the pedophile almost sympathetic. Plus, Nabokov and I share a birth date and a sensory-perception condition called synesthesia — though his was far more pronounced than mine.

Okay, here are a few “get to know you better” questions:

Please share with us a favorite memory.

A few years ago, my two sons and I were visiting St. Augustine, Florida’s historic district, when we got caught in a sudden thunderstorm. This was a quick stopover on our way to a family event a few hours away, so we couldn’t wait out the storm; we needed to get back to our car and on the road. So we quickly ducked into a shop where we were able to buy white plastic rain ponchos. We put on the ponchos and then made a run for it — three ghosts laughing while splashing over the cobblestones in the thunder and pouring rain. It was delightful.

What are some of your favorite ways to relax?

I love to get outdoors, even just for a casual walk. Listening to music is great for relaxation too. And there’s nothing like a fantastic film or book to take me out of my own world and make me forget everything else that’s going on in my life.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Hard to pin this down… but I do know it would have to be someplace with mild weather, great food, good culture, and a lot of sunshine. At this stage in my life (I’m about to be an “empty nester”), I want to do a lot of traveling, rather than staying put in any one place.

If you could only read books by one author, who would it be? *I know, this is an inconceivable thought, lol.

Probably Ann Patchett, but she’d have to write faster so I’d have plenty to read!

Share with us a few of your dreams. Also whether they have been fulfilled or are still a work in progress.

I’m living my dream, which was to be a novelist who earned a living from her work. Exposure is my third novel, and I feel as if I’m only just getting started. I’ll be happy if I can keep doing this until my brain refuses to give me new stories to tell.

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

Ruby-red grapefruit martinis, nachos, American Idol (until this season, anyway).

If you could leave the world with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be kind.

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