Teddy O’ Malley was born in in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has traveled all over the United States and enjoys learning about new things and other cultures. She has enjoyed studying Spanish, German, and now Italian as well. She dreams of visiting a foreign country. Teddy O’Malley has also worked as a nurse assistant, aiding the disabled and the elderly.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve always felt compelled to tell stories. The main thing that inspires me to write now is my fans. I love seeing someone smile or laugh while they’re reading one of my stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to wing it, but now I like to outline my books. I don’t have any set system. I make a list of things that are going to happen, what set the story in motion, the big problem, the solution. Then I have an idea of where I’m going when I sit down to write. Occasionally, I will do all the outlining in my head. Then I just sit and type for a few hours.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, yes. I often listen to my characters’ conversations. They can be quite entertaining! I do occasionally talk to them as well. Sometimes they argue. Sometimes we all argue.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author as of right now is Tabitha-Ormiston Smith. I stayed up all night to find out how her book, No Such Thing, ended.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my books so that I could retain creative control. I dd a lot of research on both options and weighed the pros and cons of each before deciding. I’m not against traditional publishing. I just didn’t feel that it was right for me when I started out. It’s something that I would consider in the future, though.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is the way of the future. There are some books that don’t seem to be deserving of being published. That is a con, but that could happen even with traditional publishing. The upside is more niche books and things that a traditional publisher wouldn’t be interested in will be published and find their ways to the readers who want those types of books.
What genres do you write?
Children’s Fiction, Middle Grade, Humor
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook