Linda:1. What was your motivation in becoming an author and writer?
What did you do before you were a writer?
Tullan: I have written as long as I remember – notebooks, diaries, poems, dreams, stories, screenplays, children’s books, and thrillers. I love to share my inner life and stories. I have also worked as a private investigator, an actor, a researcher, a tour guide and a dance teacher, among other things.
Teresa: I love reading and stories. My happy place is inside a bookstore where I can get lost for hours. I am a producer for TV and film so I am passionate about storytelling. Writing has always been a way to express myself .
Linda: 2. What motivated or inspired you to write?
Tullan: The need to share my stories and inner life, either through theater, film or writing.
Teresa: I feel like writing is a gateway to the soul. We are all writers and have stories to tell to some degree. My father who passed away three years ago inspired me. He wrote poetry and encouraged me to pursue this dream.
Linda: 3. How did you go about researching for your book?
Tullan: By reading and talking to people. My mother was also a psychotherapist so I learned a lot about psychology from her.
Teresa: we interviewed many experts and read a ton of case studies.
Linda: 4. What are your goals for readers to take away after reading?
Tullan: We would love for people to feel like they are inside Sarah’s mind and in addition to experiencing an exciting story, to be intrigued by the psychological component.
Teresa: the goal is to show that not all is as it seems. We all see people from the outside but everyone has issues and inner turmoil at some point. No one escapes life.
Linda: 5. What is a typical day of your life?
Tullan: I work as a private investigator and I write every day and spend time with my two children.
Teresa: I write as much as I can every morning and then go to work producing TV and film projects. I love cooking and spending time
With my kids and husband.
Linda: 6. What are your hobbies or things you do in your downtime?
Tullan: I love to be outside in nature, to travel, experience culture and to be with my family and friends.
Teresa: I enjoy reading. I always have a book in my bag. The best day is sitting in a park reading maybe a bit like Sarah.
Linda: 7. What can you tell us of any new writing projects that you might have?
Tullan: Teresa and I are working on several ongoing projects, both film and book projects. I am also writing a middle-grade novel set in between New York of today and Renaissance Florence.
Teresa: Tullan and I are busy on our second novel. It’s a thriller about a group of friends who rent a villa in Florence. There is mystery, secrets, and much more. We don’t want to give too much away but we are excited about it.
Linda: 8. What are your favorite genres of books that you like to read?
Tullan: I love thrillers, historical fiction, biographies, literary fiction, and travel literature.
Teresa: I love thrillers, some horror, science fiction, and historical novels. If a book is well written and the plot moves me I will read it.
Linda: 9 What advice can you give to someone that wants to be a writer?
Tullan: Write and read! Find the joy in it and then just write.
Teresa: writing what you love to read is what I find helpful. And know that it is a job and discipline you must embrace.
Linda: 10. If your book were adapted to the screen, what actors, actresses could you envision for the main characters?
Tullan: I have a few favorites in mind but keeping it secret for now!
Teresa: There are quite a few that I think would be amazing. I always envisioned Naomi Watts when writing Sarah. She is vulnerable and beautiful just like Sarah.
Linda: 11. How would you like the readers to connect with you?
Tullan: Through my website – Tullanh.com or instagram Tullanh.
Teresa: they can find me on my website
Teresasorkin.com. I love hearing from the readers and answer all inquiries as soon as I can.
Thank you! Teresa
Thank you! Tullan
Thank you so much, Teresa and Tullan for such a wonderful interview!!!