Teresa's short fiction has been published in various anthologies, including The Bridport Prize 2009 and The Willesden Herald Short Story Prize 2011. Most recently she was a runner up in The Guardian Summer Reads competition. She works at a University as a notetaker and in a cinema bar to keep the money coming in. She's 30.
Well, if I can get over the jealously that she is HALF my age, and has a lifetime of brilliant writing ahead of her - I shall continue...
Teresa asked me to write a letter to myself just before I started writing. Isn't that just a stunning idea?! It happened to be 2002 when I first saw the light - so it's a neat ten years... my goodness.
But there you are - a very honest letter to me 2002 version, from me 2012 version!
Huge thanks to Teresa for being such a sport - we've met a couple of times, and if this lady isn't going places as a writer I will eat my headgear.
But please don't take my word for it - take a look at last year's Guardian , their Guardian Summer Reads Competition, where she was runner up with 'Things Which Are Not True'.
The judge, Jon McGregor said, "The voice here - funny, sad, true - is a very strong one."
Here is 'Things Which Are Not True' - enjoy.