TFA's In the Spotlight: Featuring BORN OF ILLUSION and a Q&A with Teri Brown


I'm back with another TFA feature today! I love featuring authors and their upcoming debuts/releases. Everyone needs to get in the spotlight every once in a while, don't you agree?

Teri Brown
Teri Brown is proud of her two children but coming in a close second is the fact that she parachuted out of a plane and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game.

She is a word scribbler, head banger, math hater, book reader, rule breaker, food fixer, novel writer, kitty keeper, and city slicker. Teri lives with her husband and way too many pets in Portland, Oregon.


Captain America: Pitch your novel, BORN OF ILLUSION in a tweet. If you're new to electronics, a tweet consists of 140 characters, typed on a keyboard much like a typewriter, only smaller.

Teri Brown: Is teen magician Anna Van Housen really Houdini's Daughter or is it just an illusion?

Captain America: BORN OF ILLUSION takes place in a time before WWII, around the time when I was born. What inspired you to write a historical fiction in the 1920's?

Teri Brown: I am a reincarnated flapper. No really. Actually, I'm kidding. (I think.)

And I love the twenties. I mean, who doesn't love the twenties? Mobsters, prohibition, jazz and bathtub gin. Sounds like a good time to me. And the clothes, oh my god, the clothes! So chic.


Captain America: Ah, the 1920's were incredible. Ahem. Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of BORN OF ILLUSION?

Teri Brown: No, but my opening line was moved further back in the book and I thought it was one of the best openers ever! "I was thirteen the first time I broke my mother out of jail…"

Captain America: We YAvengers love hearing the tales of an author's journey to publication, can you tell us a little bit about your journey to getting BORN OF ILLUSION published?

Teri Brown: My first YA was published back in 208 by Simon Pulse it took five years and three agents for me to sell again. The amazing Mollie Glick knew exactly what to do for Houdini's Daughter, as we were calling it back then. We got several offers on the book and after talking to both editors and a lengthy convoy with my agent I decided to go with Balzer+Bray. I am so glad I did!

Captain America: Give us the three:

-Items on your desk right now

Teri Brown: My cell phone, a cup of coffee and a gorgeous 10 pack of highlighters. (I love office supplies.)

-Snacks you're craving right now:

Teri Brown: Dove raspberry chocolate nuggets, peanuts and smoked almonds.

-Marvel Superheroes you love:

Teri Brown: Spiderman, Wolverine, Captain America.

A word about Word Woman…I used to lead a teen book club at a community center for a nonprofit. One of the teens drew this for me:)




Captain America: I have a feeling you don't mean that. But thanks for joining us! Now, here's a little bit about Ms Brown's novel, BORN OF ILLUSION, which releases on June 11th, 2013 from HarperTeen.

Born Of Illusion 

Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?

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1 comment:

  1. Hehe...Wolverine is really cool. Great interview! And I love the used-to-be-first-line. That's enough to make me need a copy of this book.

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