InD'Introduces: Teresa Mathews


TERESA MATHEWS is a Tirgearr Publishing best-selling author. She’s an avid gardener, and an artist with multiple book covers to her credit. After a trip to Richmond, Maine, she discovered another passion—storytelling.
In 2013, Teresa and her family visited Maine to see where her father’s sister had been killed. Murdered years before, her aunt’s death had long been a fascination for the Mathews’ family.
When she returned home, Teresa was unable to shake the surreal experience of visiting Richmond. Captivated by the charming community’s history and magical location on the Kennebec River, she daydreamed about the town where her aunt had lived, worked, and died. Soon she began making notes. Notes turned to pages…pages to chapters. “My protagonist, Callie…” Teresa says, “was my return ticket to Richmond. Callie is years younger than me, pounds lighter, cute, and single, but she was my escape night after night as I created a fictitious world where she lived.”
“The story was easy, but writing…not so much,” Teresa says. “Is this past tense? Is it present tense? Does a comma go here? What does this word really mean? It had been so many years since I’d taken English, I didn’t remember the definition of a dangling modifier! But with lots of help, I learned and relearned.” Now hard at work on her second novel, Teresa is still learning and loving the process. “I’d like to show my son, nieces, and nephews that you’re never too old to accomplish something new.”
A member of the Mobile Writer’s Guild, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association. Along with managing the day to day operations of the family’s wholesale plant nursery, she maintains a busy schedule of writing and volunteering for multiple community projects.
Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son and a menagerie of animals live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white beaches of Fort Morgan, Alabama.
“13 Steps to the Cellar” is her first novel. It’s available on  Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Apple, and Smashwords.