“Choose Your Mood” – Dr. Theresa Snell
Blaque: On today’s author spotlight, I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Theresa Snell. Welcome.
Dr. Snell: Thank you so much for having me Blaque Diamond.
Blaque: It’s always great to have another author to spotlight on my blog. There are so many authors out there just waiting to be discovered. It looks like you write children’s books. Is that correct?
Dr. Snell: Yes, that is correct.
Blaque: Well, you are the first children’s author I’ve ever featured so far.
Dr. Snell: Wow! I feel honored.
Blaque: I also write children’s stories, but I don’t consider myself a children’s author. I just like to make sure that children are included in the wonderful world of books.
Dr. Snell: Yes, reading is important for any age. The younger the better.
Blaque: I agree. Let’s jump right into it. What inspires you to write?
Dr. Snell: I began writing in response to my eldest child’s need for “one more story” before nap time. I noticed that my stories became his most frequent requests, and he was quite adamant that I not change the details. Writing them became a defense mechanism. After finishing my doctoral research on stress and coping skills, I felt compelled to offer a small trick or technique for kids dealing with frustration, worry, and low self-esteem.
Blaque: What is your favorite season of the year, and why?
Dr. Snell: Despite this year’s massive ragweed invasion, Fall remains my favorite. Though we are turning toward the darkest time of the year, humans choose to fill that time celebrating the past, expressing gratitude for the present, and hoping for the future. There is a magic to the ending of a year and brilliant colors against an otherwise barren landscape.
Blaque: We all have things that rub us the wrong way, so what is your biggest pet peeve?
Dr. Snell: Tardiness. I consider promptness to be a sign of respect and worry when those I care for are late. It is incredibly frustrating to me to make a commitment, to honor it, and then not to have that courtesy reciprocated. As a mother of champion dawdlers, I understand delays, but a text takes only a moment and saves me from looking up at every sound for the person I am counting on.
Blaque: Hmm . . . That is one of my biggest pet peeves as well. What is your favorite holiday, and why?
Dr. Snell: I love Halloween. In my home we explore the history and traditions behind every holiday we celebrate. There is so much hope in Halloween, that the light will chase away the dark. There is a history to the holiday that stretches back the the Celts, which still influences us today. The frivolity of costume shopping and trick or treating is fun and something . . . other than the daily routine. It doesn’t hurt that it is also one holiday without cooking requirements.
Blaque: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Dr. Snell: A writer writes. I hope in five years, I still call myself a writer, a storyteller, a teacher, a less terrible piano player, and a collector of hobbies. There is always a new adventure- even in the mundane.
Blaque: Who has been your biggest supporter on your writing journey?
Dr. Snell: I am imagining my mother and husband battling it out for the title of “biggest supporter” even now with my friends encircling them. I am so blessed in my friendships and family. Once I learned to ask for help, a floodgate opened to me.
Blaque: What kind of child were you growing up?
Dr. Snell: I was a girl of moods. I was an introvert, lost to the written word and a bubbly cheerleader for ten years. My family had an informal list of movies they recommended I avoid to save themselves from the wracking sobs. They probably experienced whiplash when my excitement overflowed and I began speaking too fast to follow. I loved every holiday except Easter, and I only hated that because I am truly dreadful at finding hidden things. I was drawn to theatre-to its drama and its discipline and considered studying it in college before the lure of anthropology, sociology, and psychology drew me in a different direction. I always needed to understand the why behind every action.
Blaque: Do you prefer writing your first drafts on paper, or on the computer? Why?
Dr. Snell: My notes are always handwritten in a notebook. From there I begin scratching out a rough draft. The rough draft is most often translated to computer until I am frustrated by not being able to hold the pages. I print the pages and, sometimes, my first draft.
Blaque: What is your zodiac sign?
Dr. Snell: I am an Aquarius. And boy, am I.
Blaque: I love to hear people’s answers to this question. If you were trapped on a desert island and could bring only one person, who would it be, and why?
Dr. Snell: I would bring my husband on any misadventure. I am the idea lady and he is the get-it-done man. My practical skills are seriously lacking. I can learn anything, but why not bring someone who already knows what to do?
Blaque: LOL. I see your point. If you were offered an all-expense paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
Dr. Snell: How long do I get to stay?! For a quick trip, I would love to visit Alaska. It is something so foreign from my norm. For an expedition, I would want to trek again through Europe. I would love to have more time in Budapest, or the area surrounding Prague.
Blaque: Do you have any other talents besides writing?
Dr. Snell: I draw a little, sing a little, and play a little piano.
Blaque: Is there anything you do a lot of? LOL.
Dr. Snell: I crochet a great deal. I am a collector of hobbies. Last year I had a wood burning kit and a driving, yet unrealized desire to learn to sew. This month I signed up for piano lessons.
Blaque: I see. LOL. I have always wanted to learn to crochet. I used to weave when I was younger, but I have never got the hang of crocheting. As authors, we all have made mistakes that we are not so proud of, what is the worst writing mistake you’ve ever made?
Dr. Snell: The worst writing mistake I have ever made is to stop writing.
Blaque: Wow! That’s a new one. No one has ever said that in response to that question. It’s usually marketing or editing related.
Dr. Snell: I’m sure, but that was definitely my biggest mistake.
Blaque: What is your favorite genre of music?
Dr. Snell: I lose cool points all the time for questions about music. I jam out to country and like to listen to the stories of blue grass. I dance to anything. Kidz bop plays out of my speakers a little too often for my sanity, but I did have my six year old rocking out to Les Miserables this week, so, score!
Blaque: LOL. You still have your cool points with me. My music taste is all over the place. I just like music in general. My IPod is full of everything from Frank Sinatra to Chris Brown. I listen to it all. Music is therapy. If your best friend could describe you in one word, what would it be?
Dr. Snell: I hope my friend would describe me as accepting. I value my friends’ differences and enjoy discussing their passions. I suspect, however, that my sarcastic best friend would describe me as organized since my schedules are a source of much teasing.
Blaque: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Dr. Snell: Enjoy is a weak word for my need to read. I enjoy field trips with my kiddos and other homeschooling families, traveling, movies with magic and wonder, crocheting, dancing, comedy clubs, and local events in my community.
Blaque: It is always an amazing feeling to learn that someone has purchased a book you have written, but how does it make you feel when a reader tells you that they enjoyed reading your book?
Dr. Snell: A compliment, genuinely given, makes me blush still. I feel thrilled when I hear my stories helped get an idea across.
Blaque: What is your goal as an author?
Dr. Snell: My goal as an author is to continue to write. I would like to write words worthy of reading and find an audience who wants to share it with me.
Blaque: If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell him or her?
Dr. Snell: I want to tell my younger self not to worry and not to doubt. I look back and see a girl searching rather than seeing; running rather than being. I am enough as I am, and knowing that has been a gift of adulthood.
Blaque: What has been the hardest hurdle you’ve had to jump over while embarking on your writing journey?
Dr. Snell: As a writer, a huge hurdle has been that I tend to become lost in the big ideas and forget the details, or so lost in the details that I delay the writing.
Blaque: That was such an informative interview. I enjoyed getting to know you, and I’m sure your readers will enjoy it as well.
Dr. Snell: I Thank you so much for having me. I hope they enjoyed getting to know a bit more about me as well.
Blaque: It’s always nice to get to know the person behind the books. Even though we are authors, we are still people all the same.
Dr. Snell: That’s true.
Blaque: So, before we wrap up this session, leave the readers with your contact information so that they can reach out to you.
Dr. Snell: Sure. Readers can visit my website here.
Both of my books are available on Amazon, so purchase your copy. Be sure to leave a review! It is greatly appreciated.
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Blaque: Well, I think that just about does it for me today. Until next time. Happy writing!
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