Teresa Richards

YA Author

Teresa Richards writes YA, but loves anything that can be given a unique twist. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, got a degree in Speech Pathology from Brigham Young University, then moved to the east coast for a little adventure. A little adventure turned into a long one, and she spent the next fifteen years living just outside New York City.

Now she's settled somewhere between coasts with her husband and five kids, and has realized that writing is her passion. When Teresa's not writing, she can be found chasing after one of her littles, driving one of her teens around, or hiding in the house with a treat she's not planning to share.

You can connect with Teresa on twitter @BYUtm33,  Facebook  @AuthorTeresaRichards, and Instagram @authorteresarichards.

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The Unofficial Version:

I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. Through writing I can vent, celebrate, imagine, and create. From my earliest days of writing away a bad day in my journal, to my first novel co-written in a spiral notebook with my best friend in eighth grade, writing has always brought me comfort. I'd write all day long if I could, but I've learned my kids get cranky fast when I forget to feed them. Plus, I like spending time with my husband and friends.

So it's okay that I can't write all the time. Living life means connecting with others, and I know my writing is made better because of the time I spend engaging with other people.

Some fun facts about me: 

I grew up in California and I'm a weather snob.

I sing all the time, sometimes without realizing I'm doing so. It drives my family nuts, but they're mostly used to it. When my kids have friends over, however, things get weird.

I love rain, but I hate snow.

My favorite ice cream is Thrifty's Chocolate Malted Crunch (which you can only get in California at the old Thrifty's locations). I would actually fly across the country just to get some, but then my husband would think I was crazy (if he doesn't already).

I play the piano, the organ, and the flute. Writing is my outlet, and the piano is my therapist. 

I'm a BYU grad. My degree is in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, but I spent the past decade or so as a stay-home mom to my five kids.

I love to swim and wish I had a lap pool in my house. Or one of those cool treadmill pools the Olympians train in.

I like scented candles but my kids act like they're asphyxiating whenever I light them.

Like most writers, I love to read. I was that kid reading with a flashlight when my parents thought I was asleep. I enjoy books in all genres except horror (I'm a bit of a wimp and can't handle being scared). Some of my all-time favorite books are The Book Thief, If You Could See Me Now, Ella Minnow Pea, These is My Words, Fablehaven, and Confessions of a Shopaholic. My recent favs include Cinder, Splintered, The Night Circus, and The Raven Boys. 

I love going for drives by myself and cranking up the music. Imagine Dragons, Bastille, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness are some of my favs. And of course anything by Walk the Moon.

I hate cooking. But I bake (and eat) chocolate chip cookies like a boss.

I don't like wearing black. I need color in my life!!