It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Roberta Temes, author of A Good Lie, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days, The Tapping Cure, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis.
About Roberta Temes:
Roberta Temes is a psychotherapist who has practiced in New York City and in New Jersey for decades. She is the award-winning author of many professional books, magazine articles and essays. A Good Lie is her first work of fiction. Dr. Temes lives with her husband in New Jersey and in Florida. She can be reached at www.DrRoberta.com and may be available to Zoom into your book group.
A bride withholds a shocking secret from her new husband.
Could you keep a secret from your daughter forever? Louie plans to.
Is love enough to keep the marriage together?
When a quiet Midwestern family receives flawed medical advice, psychotic post-partum depression is misdiagnosed and catastrophe ensues. Louie attempts to raise Laurie, his daughter, while perpetuating a devastating lie. Laurie, a desperate, lonely New Jersey teenager, connects with a cunning cult leader and a devious psychotherapist, but they are no match for the two strong women who thoughtfully upend societal expectations and provide wisdom and stability. Family relationships are complicated; love shows up in many forms.
Author Interview with Roberta Temes:
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- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I love writing. The process makes me happy and energetic and organizes my thoughts.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Paying for writing classes with excellent, well-published writers was money well spent, as was paying for developmental editing.
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
In a drawer I have plenty of essays and short stories that have never been published; in a computer file I have an unfinished memoir, and in my head I have plans for a book yet to be outlined.
- How many hours a day do you write?
More accurately it’s at night when I do most of my writing. The house is quiet. No phone calls. No doorbells. No household obligations. Just me and my keyboard from about 9 p.m. until my eyes can no longer remain open.
- Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I always wrote – papers, thoughts, ideas, essays, lists – but I didn’t realize I could have a career as a writer until I was in my 30’s. That’s when I finally figured out that not everyone loved to write and not everyone enjoyed writing as much as I.
- Describe your writing space.
I have a huge table in our upstairs loft. It’s a former dining room table, opened to its maximum width and length. I need space.
- What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?
I love meeting my readers, talking to them, answering questions and getting feedback.
- Where can readers purchase your books?
The best place to find my books is Amazon.
- Do you have a library membership?
I love libraries so much that I still have library cards from my childhood. I have current memberships in 4 libraries.
- How many bookshelves are in your house?
Floor to ceiling in many rooms. Fortunately, my husband adores books as much as I do.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Reading, of course.
- Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I don’t watch television. I keep meaning to buy a smart TV but I never want to stop reading or stop writing, so not only do I have no time to shop for a television, I’ll have no time to watch it. My familiarity with popular culture is clearly deficient.
To learn more about Roberta Temes, here’s where you can find her:
- Website: www.DrRoberta.com