Wednesday, 10 November 2021

A Slice of Cake With... Teresa E Sargeant

Today I am delighted to have a slice of cake with author Teresa E Sargeant.

Teresa is an author, poet, freelance editor and writer, and journalist who lives in Orlando, Fla., with her family. She has received three awards from state press associations for her work at New Jersey and Central Florida newspapers. 

Among her contributions to print and new media, Teresa’s short stories have been published in the horror-humour anthologies Demonic Wildlife and Demonic Household and the online literary magazines Short Fiction Break and 121 Words

She is the author of the poetry book How Fate’s Confusion Connects, as well as several short story ebooks available on Amazon Kindle. Her favorite writers are Emily Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, and Rod Serling. 

When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, working out, shopping, travelling, photography, volunteering, and daydreaming. 

What kind of books do you write?

Using surrealism and imagery, my writings encapsulate the human spirit, the human heart, the human mind, and the universal experience within brief moments that depict both the characters’ inner and outer conflicts. 

Can you describe your writing why?

To tell stories that, though they may have been told before and have universal themes, are told from my perspective. Also, I write to leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren. 

Share with us your favourite passage from the book you enjoyed writing the most

Here’s an excerpt from The Lucky Devlins, available as part of my short story collection Inner Demons

News that a brain aneurysm caused the death of my father, Chester Devlin, shocked me and my family. However, there was a hollowness in my heart from an emotional disconnect to my father. I couldn't shed a tear yet with some effort, I had to think of some sad memory to get me crying at both the wake and the funeral. So that memory was what had me bawling at both the wake and the funeral, all the while for my father I was an emotional desert while wearing the mask of a bereaved daughter consoling her mother and sister.

You don't have to be physically absent to be considered an absentee parent. My relationship with Dad had been dead long before he died, and he was buried (metaphorically speaking) in the home library of his lakefront house.

Tell us about your latest project

My short story, Healing was published in summer 2021 on the online literary magazine Short Fiction Break! I entered it as part of a contest. The story is about a young woman who goes back home to visit her parents for their 30th wedding anniversary celebration, all the while grappling with her relationship with her mother.
Here’s the link to the short story:

What is your favourite cake?

Chocolate! Specifically, with peanut butter in it, chocolate ganache, or with brownies. 

You can connect with Teresa here:

Join me next week when I will be having a slice of cake with Phil Price. 

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Claire Buss is a multi-genre author and poet, completely addicted to cake. Find out more about her books on her website Join the discussion in her Facebook group Buss's Book Stop. Never miss out on future posts by following me

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