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Interview with Therese Fowler, Author of Exposure

Therese Fowler is the author of Souvenir and Reunion. She has worked in the U.S. Civil Service, managed a clothing store, lived in the Philippines, had children, sold real estate, earned a B.A. in sociology, sold used cars, returned to school for her M.F.A. in creative writing, and taught college undergrads about literature and fiction writing—roughly in that order. With books published in nine languages and sold worldwide, Fowler writes full-time from her home in Wake Forest, North Carolina, which she shares with her husband, four amiable cats, and four nearly grown-up sons. Her latest book is Exposure: A Novel. You can visit Therese Fowler’s website at www.theresefowler.com.

Q: Thank you for this interview, Therese. Can you tell us what your latest book, Exposure, is all about?

Exposure is a cautionary tale about young love, a sexting-related arrest, and the legal madness that follows for the two families involved.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?

The young lovers are Anthony Winter and Amelia Wilkes. They’re high school seniors who both aspire to careers in Broadway theater. Her father, Harlan Wilkes, doesn’t allow her to date, so the relationship has been kept secret. But Anthony’s mother, Kim Winter, knows about it. She’s a single parent who teaches art and French at the high school both kids attend. Harlan owns and runs an auto-sales “empire.”

Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

My characters are always original creations whose personalities are formed by their histories and circumstances.

Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?

Both, actually. I have to have a road map before I can begin the writing journey, but the mile-by-mile experience of the story gets discovered as I go.

Q: Your book is set in Raleigh and Wake Forest, North Carolina. Can you tell us why you chose this are in particular?

I live in this area, and when the story’s inspiration came to me, I saw the events unfolding here. After I thought it all through, I concluded that yes, the location fit.

Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?

I wouldn’t say “major,” but it is a factor, certainly. This kind of story would unfold differently if it occurred in a very small town, for example, or in a bigger metropolitan locale.

Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?

Amelia’s mother has just arrived home and is hearing about how the police questioned Amelia regarding the “pornographic photos” of Anthony that her father discovered on her computer. Amelia is trying to protect Anthony, who her parents think is preying on her.

Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?

This is in Kim’s point of view, following Anthony’s arrest:

Anthony seemed smaller, sitting here next to her, his limbs drawn in, his shoulders hunched, his lower lip protruding a little, the way it used to whenever he was on the verge of tears. She couldn’t remember when she’d last seen him cry, seen him even on the verge. He was no longer her little boy, no longer a boy at all. He was a young man who could, and had, shared who knew how many kinds of intimacies with a young woman who was no longer her parents’ little girl. How natural this progress was, and yet how cruel it seemed. Why couldn’t they stay young and innocent always?

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Therese. We wish you much success!

Thank you!

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Win Free Books Today!

There are two great book giveaways going on today!

C.W. Gortner is giving away a copy of his latest historical fiction novel, The Last Queen! Stop by Cafe of Dreams, leave a comment, and April will pick a winner! Is that the most beautiful cover you’ve ever seen?

Therese Fowler is giving away a copy of her latest women’s fiction novel, Reunion! Stop by Savvy Verse & Wit, leave a comment, and Serena will also pick a winner! Another beautiful cover from such talented authors!

Hurry, all you have to do is stop by and say hi, shoot the breeze, say hi to the authors, anything your heart desires. And, wait, there’s more!

Every month Pump Up Your Book Promotion chooses someone who has commented to win a free virtual book tour if you’re an author or a $50 gift certificate if you’re not! What do you have to lose???

Stop by, leave your comments on the appropriate blogs, and good luck!

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Getting to Know Therese Fowler, author of REUNION l Q&A + Blog Tour

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I am honored to have as my guest today Therese Fowler, author of Reunion, for which she is touring this month on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion. Because Therese has been put through the wringer answering the same ol’ questions, I thought I’d do something a little different and ask her things not many people would know about her.

Therese FowlerThank you for this interview, Therese. You’re seen all over the web giving interviews and having your book reviewed, so I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to ask you a few questions about Therese, the person. Is that okay?

Therese: That’s a lovely idea!

Let’s start with where were you born and what kind of childhood did you have? Did you come from a small family or large family?

Therese: I’m from a very small Illinois town called Milan (pronounced my-lan) which is on the northwestern edge of the state, not far from the Mississippi River. I’m the third of three kids and the only girl in the family; my brothers, who are less than a year apart in age, are roughly five and six years older than I am. I was an incorrigible tomboy, wore shoes only to school and in winter, and spent my free time roaming the cornfields and forests, often with a favorite comic book or novel to read once I found a perfect spot. I loved to sing, and to make up all sorts of stories to act out with my friends.

Did you show signs of wanting to write as a child?

Therese: I did, though not in the ways you might expect. I didn’t write stories–or if I did, they weren’t significant enough for me to recall now; I wrote lyrics and poems and essays. I loved to craft greeting cards and use calligraphy to write out verse. I didn’t start trying to write fiction until I was in high school, and then it was only single-page scenes, as exercises in an English class. My teachers must have seen the signs, though–many of them encouraged me to write.

As a teenager, were you a late bloomer or ahead of your time?

Therese: Oh, I think people who knew me then would say I was precocious–one of those fifteen-going-on-twenty-five sorts. Inquisitive, stubborn, impatient with all the supposed “rules” in life, ready to get on with things. I was so sure I knew what I was doing that I chose to get married at 18; not the smartest idea. That marriage lasted only twelve years but gave me two fabulous kids, so it’s not all bad.

Did you show signs of wanting to write as a teenager?

Therese: Yes; that’s when I began to recognize that novel-writing was a profession, and the people who were doing it were like rock stars to me. I thought being a novelist would be one of the coolest jobs ever, and got the first glimmer of what would grow into a full-fledged dream to write novels for a living.

Where did you and your family like to travel to on vacations?

Therese: When I was young, my family did a lot of camping–first in a big army-surplus tent, then in a pop-up camper–because we didn’t have the money to travel the way some families did. We mostly went to campgrounds within a few hours of home–northern Illinois and Wisconsin. One of our few non-camping trips was to St. Louis, to go to the Six Flags theme park. And my mom and I traveled to see her sister in Chicago a time or two. The couple of truly exotic trips were the times we drove to Florida to visit my dad’s parents. I fell deeply in love with the state, which may explain why my first two novels feature Florida settings. (Incidentally, my third one, which will be out next year, is set in northern Minnesota.)

As an adult, where do you like to travel?

Therese: I’m open to all kinds of places and experiences, but New York City is a favorite, and I love trips to coastal areas. The beach is always a joy, but I also like to hike or kayak and do some bird-watching. We’re only two hours from the North Carolina coast, so we’ve done a lot of day trips or overnights to places like Bald Head Island and Wrightsville Beach. I’m eager to see the Pacific northwest, and London and Rome are also high on my list of places I want to go.

ReunionIn your book, Reunion, celebrity talk show host Blue Reynolds is the queen of daytime television. Are daytime talk shows a big part of your life in your off time?

Therese: What off time? No, seriously, I don’t watch a lot of TV, daytime or otherwise, but I used to watch a lot of talk shows when I was a teen. Donahue, Sally Jesse Raphael, Oprah Winfrey… And then when my sons were very young and I was home with them, I occasionally caught a talk show–when we weren’t watching Sesame Street, Barney, or Thomas the Tank Engine. We lived in Minnesota then, and there’s not so much to do when it’s twenty degrees below zero! These days, I enjoy the occasional opportunity to watch, say, Ellen or Oprah, if I happen to be somewhere like the car-repair shop or, recently, the E.R. while waiting to have stitches removed.

Therese, you are married with two young sons. How has your family life changed since you became a published author? Is your family supportive?

Therese: Actually, my sons are 15 and 18 now–and they’re entirely supportive of what I do, as is my husband. Not a lot about family life has changed since I was first published, except that we have a good second income now, which means we can do things we couldn’t afford to do in the past.

You have just opened a fortune cookie and it says, “Regenerate your system through diet and exercise. Save the cookies!” Is this fortune cookie meant for you or someone else?

Therese: That cookie is meant for me. Writing full-time is not an especially active occupation, so over the past three years I’ve managed to put on about ten pounds that I really don’t need. I don’t eat much in the way of sweets, so the cookies are safe–but French fries are another story.

What’s one thing you’d like to tell the world about Therese Fowler that no one else knows?

Therese: My husband, who also works from home, does a lot to keep our household running smoothly–cooking, laundry, vacuuming–but what I really love is that when I ask him to, he’ll paint my toenails for me.

Thank you for this interview, Therese. Good luck on the rest of your virtual book tour!

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Here’s what a few kind folks have to say about Therese Fowler’s books:

“I have to say up front that if someone had briefly described this book to me…I’d be expecting a glib, shallow, formulaic story that would feel like a tired retread. Which makes it all the sweeter to say: I loved this book! Following the success of her debut novel, SOUVENIR, Therese Fowler infuses her characters with life, layering them until they could step off the page… Plot points that readers may predict far in advance are totally different from expected (and much better for it). Beautifully written and full of heart, REUNION is a satisfying tale perfect for a weekend escape from real life.”
~Bookreporter.com

“Fowler’s REUNION proves she’s the “Real Deal”. As she did with SOUVENIR, she tells a powerful story about family and love.” ~ Faye Dasen, The Pilot

“Therese Fowler’s sophomore book shows that she just keeps getting better and better… (A) very interesting read indeed, with a satisfying but teasing ending. Fowler is very good at creating multi-dimensional characters that stay with you long after the last page is turned.”
~Tattered Cover Book Store

“(A)n enjoyable, breezy escape.” Booklist

“REUNION is a marvelous look into the life of the celebrities people look up to… This is also a tale of finding love where you least expect it. Ms. Fowler writes such a beautiful story and it is one I hope you will pick up. I do not believe you will be disappointed.” ~Coffee Time Romance 5 CUPS

“Therese Fowler’s REUNION is well-written, engaging, and filled with characters who seem so real their voices echo in the readers’ mind. From the first line of this book, I was completely drawn in.

This is a multi-layered story… I felt fully involved in every step of this heroine’s journey and wanted nothing more than for her to find true happiness. And in turn, to find herself and her place in the world. Poignant and tender, REUNION is a true heart-warmer!” Kay James, Romance Reader at Heart TOP PICK

“I consider REUNION a ‘must read’ and great for book club discussions.” Anna Robinson, Anna’s Book Club

“Lovely… A moving novel that can’t fail to capture your attention and tug at your heartstrings.”
~The Whitehaven News (UK)

“Following her brilliant debut, Souvenir, Therese Fowler’s dazzling new novel will appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Barbara Delinsky.” Books on Tape

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