Theresa Sneed

Theresa Sneed

Author Theresa Sneed has not only written a plethora of books, but written both fiction and non-fiction.

She is one of the presenters, along with 90 other authors, attending the Payson Book Festival July 20 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

Her “Guide to Writing Your First Book,” includes advice on editing, hiring an editor and dealing with writer’s block.

Another of her non-fiction books is “Facing Mortality,” which was inspired by two events in her own life.

Sneed grew up in rural Maine. She said she remembers living in a house well over a hundred years old. It was there she experienced her first paranormal episode: “I saw a man — all white — face, hair, and clothing — stark white! He was sitting on my sister’s bed.”

This was not frightening to her, but there have been other experiences that she felt were more evil. From these came several spiritual fantasy books, including her “No Angel” series.

Theresa says she is the ninth great-granddaughter of a woman who was hanged as a witch in Salem, Mass. in the 1690s. Theresa calls these stories her Salem Witch Haunt series. Two of these books are “The Salem Witch Haunt” and “Return to Salem.”

Theresa recalls being impressed by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and remembers dreams in which she was flying. These influenced her Elderberry series, which takes place in the magical world of fairies, elves and wizards. Here, a series of books have followed, “The Sons of Elderberry” and “The Wood Fairies of Estraelia.”

“All of my books are clean, sweet, and intense, with no profanity or sexually explicit scenes,” according to her website.

Find more information at paysonbookfestival.org.

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tmcquerrey@payson.com

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