Theresa is a fearless creator of fiction. She writes to edify, illuminate, inspire, uplift, and entertain. She is a raconteur who weaves a spellbinding tapestry of dilemmas, locales, and memorable characters whose encounters with life, in all its seasons, provide a palate-pleasing literary smorgasbord.
Theresa was born in Yakima, WA, and grew up in the Golden State’s fabled San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from Oakland High School, the alma mater of another famous writer – Jack London – Theresa followed in her mother’s footsteps and graduated from Bennett College, the elder of the nation’s two historically black colleges for women, located in Greensboro, North Carolina. A proud second-generation Bennett Belle, her first published freelance piece appeared in the November 1971 edition of the college’s newspaper, the Bennett Banner.
Theresa earned her B.A. in History and completed her Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree at the University of Washington. She embarked on a successful twenty year career as an urban planner in the United States and England. She wrote and self-published her first book, A Taste of Theresa: Musings From My Point of View in 1999. This effort led to the establishment of her own publishing company, Holly Tree Publications, and launched her on the path to her true calling as an author and writer. She describes writing, especially fiction, as her passion and, in the words of the late author, Alice Childress, she affirms that being a belletrist is an act of both love and defiance. Her narratives connect on a deeply personal, yet universal level.
Theresa, and her husband Willie reside in High Point, NC. She is an adjunct professor of communications at Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, NC and is currently working on three upcoming novels. She is an avid reader of biography, history, and politics. She finds a good mystery irresistible. Theresa blogs at www.alwaystheresa.com. Anna May and the Preacher: A collection of short stories, currently in its second printing, is available at Amazon in paperback, and on kindle.