Teresa Slack and RUNAWAY HEART
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About the Book: Running at the first sign of opposition is nothing new to Kyla Parrish. She’s never held onto a relationship for more than a few months, and she’s quit more jobs than most people apply for. Until Will Lachland. He’s the first man who ever made her think of getting serious about something, about putting down roots. He seems like a dream come true, but like every other man she’s ever met, he expects more than she’s willing to give.
Kyla is determined not to end up like her mother with a string of bad relationships and dead end jobs behind her, but she can’t find a balance between trusting someone with her heart and losing control of her life. But she’s tired of running. Running from life and running from love.
A new man and a new life on the farm where she spent her childhood summers seem like the answer to her prayers. But things are never as simple as they seem. Her heart yearns for love and security. Can she find it even though she can’t forget Will? Or is something else, something greater, calling her heart toward home?
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Teresa, what do you love about this book?
Only one thing is a tough choice. I really empathize with Kyla. She came from a broken home and is terrified of perpetuating her experiences on any future family she may have. She has a huge heart but is afraid of exposing it to loss. I love her plain, matter of fact Grandpa Max and his simplistic, yet wise way of looking at the world.
How did you research for your subject?
When I decided to use freshwater shrimp in my setting, it was just a quick Google search. I found a small shrimp farm in a neighboring county and gave the lady a call. She was the inspiration behind the shrimp sale and barbeque Kyla organizes in the book. It was a fun topic to include and hopefully one that will stand out in readers’ minds.
Shrimp farming in Ohio?
Small family owned farms are shrinking or disappearing throughout Ohio. I wanted to explore viable options for farmers looking to create additional income. And of course, I’d never read a book about shrimp farming either. Investigating and learning about it was fun.
Tell us one thing you learned during the writing and publishing process. Books don't get written by sitting around talking about writing. It's work. It takes a lot of time and discipline. Both of those things I don't often have. But any of us can find the time if we want it badly enough.
What do you hope readers will tell others when they finished your book? My vanity hopes they'll tell friends it's the best book they ever read. But other than that... I hope they are encouraged through Kyla journey and want to share that encouragement with others.
Tell us one thing about your heroine that may or may not have come out in the book.
She never told anyone, but she always dreamed of being part of a big family. She’s afraid of making the same mistakes as her parents and hurting any children she might bring into the world. It easier to avoid the whole situation than figure out a way to break the cycle. Though she’ll never admit it, she’s not as courageous as she likes to think
Why did you decide to self-publish?
Life is short. Over the last few years I’d gotten so far away from writing, I didn’t even feel like a writer anymore. I hated that feeling. I don’t want to be a busy person who writes books. I want to be a busy writer. I’m tired of spinning my wheels waiting for something to happen in my writing career. If it’s going to happen, I have to make it happen.
About the Author:
Teresa Slack began creating stories and characters about the time she learned to hold a pencil. Her first novel, Streams of Mercy, won the Bay Area Independent Publishers’ Assn award for Best First Novel. The third book in her Jenna’s Creek Series, Evidence of Grace, debuted nationwide according to Christian Retailing Magazine. Her latest novel is Runaway Heart.
She grew up in rural southern Ohio, which provides the background for much of her writing. Her down-to-earth characters and writing style have endeared her to readers and reviewers alike. Teresa believes people who think nothing ever happens in a small town just aren’t paying attention. She loves writing in many genres, especially suspense, mystery and romance with a touch of humor stirred in. Someday she even hopes to write a historical.