Teri M Brown: Meet the Author Podcast at Indie Book Source
August 9, 2022
Discover Teri M Brown and her writing tonight at 7 p.m. EST on the Meet The Author Podcast at Indie Book Source, hosted by Rob and Joan Carter.
Born in Athens, Greece as an Air Force brat, Teri M Brown came into this world with an imagination full of stories to tell. She now calls the North Carolina coast home, and the peaceful nature of the sea has been a great source of inspiration for her creativity.
Not letting 2020 get the best of her, Teri chose to go on an adventure that changed her outlook on life. She and her husband, Bruce, rode a tandem bicycle across the United States from Astoria, Oregon to Washington DC, successfully raising money for Toys for Tots.
She learned she is stronger than she realized and capable of anything she sets her mind to.
Teri is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author who loves word games, reading, bumming on the beach, taking photos, singing in the shower, hunting for bargains, ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and mentoring others.
A Ukrainian rebel. Three generations of women bearing the consequences. A journey that changes everything.
When Ivanna opens the door to uniformed officers, her tranquil life is torn to pieces – leaving behind a broken woman who must learn to endure cold, starvation, and the memories of a man who died in the quintessential act of betrayal.
Using her thrift, ingenuity, and a bit of luck, she finds a way to survive in Soviet Ukraine, along with her daughter, Yevtsye. But the question remains, will she be strong enough to withstand her daughter’s deceit and the eventual downfall of the nation she has devoted her life to?
Or will the memories of her late husband act as a shadow haunting everyone and everything she loves, including Ionna, the granddaughter that never knew him?
In Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, Teri M Brown explores the tenacity of women, showing that even in grueling circumstances, they can, and do, experience all the good things life has to offer – compassion, joy, love, faith, and wonder.
From Teri M Brown:
My experiences writing this story were both extremely ordinary and highly irregular. Generally, the sparks of inspiration for my works of fiction occur when doing ordinary, everyday things like listening to the lyrics of a song, laughing over a social media meme, or recalling a family story.
Some instinctive intuition resonates with these sparks, fanning them into stories burning to be told. Before my rational side has a chance to take control of the process with character development and detailed outlines, my creative side urges me to the keyboard where I watch the first draft of Chapter One emerge.
Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, however, did not start with a spark, but rather a red-hot coal. During a conversation with a Ukrainian family friend, goosebumps raced up my arms, and even my rational side clearly recognized a story begging for a voice.
Unlike other tales I have created, however, this one did not jump spontaneously onto the page. Instead, it took me three years to figure out how to stay true to her experiences, while at the same time, staying true to the craft of fiction writing.
Although names have been changed and circumstances are of my own creation, the basic premise of the story is true. This is, without a doubt, a case where truth is far more powerful than fiction.