Interview with Theresa Sneed author of Escape

EscapeWUFC author Theresa Sneed released her gripping suspense novel, ESCAPE  this month. Elizabeth doesn’t remember her past. Sheriff Malcolm Snyder finds her wandering the streets of Boston in a daze. He cruelly locks her in his cellar and keeps her captive for five gruesome years. One evening, she escapes with his truck, his money, and his five year old daughter, Sally. Theresa crafts a powerful mystery with unexpected twists that grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let it go, even with the word.

Margaret: Is there a particular event that inspired the writing of ESCAPE? Please tell us about it.

Theresa: Yes. The Fritzl case in Austria where a horrible man kept his daughter captive in his cellar for twenty-four years and fathered seven children by her. That story captivated my attention for the pure horror and shock of it.

Margaret:  Escape is titled as novel 1 in the Sandee Jae Series. I don’t remember seeing that name in the novel. Please explain and when do you anticipate volume 2 to be available for readers?

Theresa: I guess I need to change the series name, because it won’t make sense until the last book. In book three, we are introduced to Sandee Jae. She is the head writer for an online gossip column exclusive to women. If I told you more, it would be a huge spoiler, so better to just alter the series name.

Margaret: What is your favorite genre to write and why?

Theresa: My favorite genre to write is whatever I’m working on at the present. Right now, I’m working on a stand-alone, time-travel called the Salem Witch Haunt. It is about Bess North, a 17 year old student at Danvers High. Because she is the 7th great granddaughter of one of the women hanged as a witch in 1692, she is annoyed with all the media hype and tourism in her town, which used to be Salem Village. Losing her way in the woods, she stumbles upon a quaint, but antiquated village that she thinks is Amish. After the initial shock of discovering where she really is, Salem Village 1692, she sets out on a mission to save her grandmother from the gallows, only to put herself in grave danger.

I have thoroughly researched the historical characters and every possible theory about what happened in Salem Village in 1692. Salem Witch Haunt is a believable story steeped in suspense and intrigue with a touch of sweet romance.

My goal is to release it this Halloween, October 31, 2014, as Halloween, October 31, 2001 was the date that the state of Massachusetts exonerated my own grandmother, Susannah North Martin, 309 years after her hanging.

Margaret: WOW! What an intriguing family history! I look forward to reading Salem Witch Haunt this fall. Thank you for visiting with me and sharing  about what you are writing.

Theresa Sneed’s other published books include:

The No Angel Series: No Angel, Earthbound and Destiny.

Elias of Elderberry (Book 1 in the Sons of Elderberry series.)


Dare Not Blink by Gerald Gillis

GeraldGillisWebsitePhotoGerald Gillis writes about the ruthlessness of upper echelon management with a true voice of experience in Dare Not Blink. The level of tension was equal to John Grisham’s The Firm and Larry Brooks‘ novels.  Though I’ve not worked in that stratosphere or trade, I’ve certainly received the fall out from similar incidents in my profession. Gerald Gillis’ characters are well developed and it was satisfying to see the antagonists receive their just dues. Ethics and loyalty are deeply interwoven into the story. Paige’s Laws of Business add an inspirational element that encourage meditation on life’s important issues.

  • Was there a particular job, incident or individual who inspired the novel Dare Not Blink? Please share that experience if possible.
  • Are Paige’s Business Rules based on a personal journal or some other inspirational materials? Please Share.
  • Your other two novels are based on military experience around Vietnam. Do you plan to do more of that or continue on with the business suspense / thriller genre?
  • Tell us about your current work in progress. What is it about and when do you plan for its release?
  • Who is your favorite author/s? Why?
  • What is your favorite books/s? Why?

Gillis’ book is a business thriller, of which there are relatively few. He is intent upon developing business fiction into a genre.

Gerald Gillis is a native of Decatur, Georgia. He obtained his BBA at the University of Georgia and MBA from the University of Tampa. Gillis served three years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and was employed as an executive in the medical-devices industry for over twenty years. His publication credits include:  Author of the award-winning historical novel Shall Never See So Much, Gold Medal for Historical Fiction (Chronicle) from Military Writers Society of America (MWSA), Reader’s Favorite Bronze Award for Historical Fiction, Book of the Month, Feb. 2011, for the Military Writers Society of America ,Georgia Author of the Year nominee, Diamond Expert Author with Ezine Articles. Gerald Gillis is married and the father of three grown children. He is also an experienced speaker and presenter.