Author Interview: Teresa Burrell, Writer of ‘The Advocate’

This author interview features Teresa Burrell. Teresa has dedicated her life to helping children in the courtroom and in the classroom and is the author of several novels including ‘The Advocate’ selected from the Book Club Reading List (book review coming soon!).

When did you decide to become a writer?
Writing a novel was something I had always wanted to do, but kept putting it off, mostly because I didn’t know if I could. Finally, I had a court case that inspired me and I realized that I also didn’t know that I couldn’t write. I gave it a shot and I thoroughly enjoyed the process, so I did it six more times.

I wrote the first book more to see if I could do it than anything else. Then I went about seeing if I could get it published just to see if I could. It wasn’t until I got my first publisher that I started to think this might be a new career for me.

How long does it take you to write a book?
The shortest time it took me to write a book was six months. The longest was eleven months. I was practicing law when I wrote my first book and working fourteen to fifteen hours a day, seven days a week. I set my alarm an hour and a half early every morning and got up and wrote. Six months later, I had my first draft.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written seven books in The Advocate Series, and I have one children’s book, Gaspar, the Flatulating Ghost. Each one of my books is a favorite for different reasons. The Advocate is a favorite because it was my first. The second, The Advocate’s Betrayal, was fun to write because the ending had such a fun twist. Some were fun because of the research. They all have a special place for me for different reasons.

What are you working on at the minute? What’s it about? (if relevant)
I’m working on a new series, a spin-off from The Advocate’s Felony. The protagonist is a mysterious man who lives in a cabin in the mountains of Montana. He likes three things, guns, women, and gambling.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing for me is coming up with a plot that hasn’t been done a thousand times. Once I get an idea it seems to just flow.

What is the easiest thing about writing?
When you’re doing something you love to do, it’s usually easy. I love writing and I really enjoy the whole process. I enjoy the writing, the editing, the marketing, the networking–all of it.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I spend most of my spare time with my family when I’m not writing. I’m the last of nine children and I happen to have the best family a person could ask for. They are so supportive and a lot of fun to be around.

I love to travel and this career has allowed me to do that. I spend more time on the road than I do at home.

What book/s are you reading at present?
The third book in Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy, Edge of Eternity.

What is your favorite book and why?
One of my favorite all time books was Gone With the Wind. I read it three or four times when I was young. Then I read it again a couple of years ago and I got a total different perspective. I’ve discovered that my favorite book has more to do with what is going on in my life than the book itself.

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