RE: A Sensible Match (Vintage Romance Publishing,
Novel Combines Best of Both Worlds
do you write both what you know and what you like?
Teryl Cartwright, a resident of Pennsylvania, has tried to
incorporate the two most common pieces of writing advice together
by publishing in different genres. While learning the trade by
publishing children’s curriculum and news articles, she finally
broke into the fiction market with the release of her historical
novel, A Sensible Match by Vintage Romance Publishing.
This Regency romance explores the idea of whether you can pick and
chose whom to love just as people pick and chose their charities,
friends and careers.
“It was important to choose to write about what I
knew—relationships, family and faith,” Teryl said. “That way even
though the story and characters were fictional, many of the
emotions and thoughts were not. By also doing the type of story I
like to read, I stayed motivated to finish it. Researching the
facts that I didn’t know about the time and location of my story
kept my interest and certainly helped my word count too.”
What Teryl didn’t know was how much writing about her book
would be involved after the book was finished. Being an author
meant having versatility in all aspects of writing, not only those
based in the fiction making realm.
In addition to online reviews and interviews, Teryl has started a
website, Myspace and Bebo pages. She had her first podcast
interview with a journalism student in December though she didn’t
even know what a podcast was until six months ago.
“The internet community is more a part of the writing process
than ever. A Sensible Match, my first completed novel, was
actually done for the online National Novel in a Month contest a
few years ago,” Teryl commented. “I thought at the time that
writing fifty thousand words in thirty days was a challenge, but I
found the real contest was in finding a publisher, getting the
book ready for publication and learning how to give book talks and
interviews. I’ve discovered that there is so much more to being a
writer than finishing a book. The nice thing about getting a
novel published is that it leads to other things. My Lenten play,
Good Friday Grace, came out in January from Contemporary
Drama Service and I believe my book helped get me into that
is available at her book signings, online at Amazon and Barnes and
Noble or can be ordered from local bookstores.
“I just feel blessed to have the opportunity to share my book and
then also get the chance to talk about the journey to get it in
print. I really look forward to encouraging others to reach their
goals too, because there is no secret to it, just persistence and