Three Times A Charm with Theresa Kay

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love introducing my readers to new authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry.

Today’s guest is author, Theresa Kay. Thanks for joining us, Theresa. Please tell us a little about you.

When I was a kid, I was a bit of an oddball. I preferred books to television, was never really up to date on the latest music, and I liked hanging out in my room with whatever cast of fictional characters inhabited the book I was currently reading. This early love for reading also created an early love for writing. I penned my first story at age seven or eight and I wrote through most of my school age years.

Then, for a while, life got in the way and I put aside my hopes of becoming a writer. It wasn’t until 2010 when I got my first Kindle and started reading indie books that I started thinking that maybe my dream was still possible. After a few NaNoWriMo challenges (50k words in 30 days), I finally put together something that I thought was at least revisable. That project, after a lot of invaluable help and encouragement from my writing group, became Broken Skies.

I’m a member of the Rebel Writers ( and I live in central Virginia with my husband, two kids, two dogs and one cat. By day, I’m a full-time paralegal and my evenings and weekends are spent squeezing writing time in between carting kids around and reading almost anything I can get my hands on.

 We’d love to hear more about Broken Skies.

My first novel, Broken Skies, is a YA sci-fi story with a dystopian undertone. It tells the story of Jax Mitchell, a seventeen-year-old girl living in post-apocalyptic Virginia who must rescue her twin brother when he’s kidnapped by aliens. It’s the first book in a planned trilogy and the second book, Fractured Suns, is expected to be published in September.

I also have another project in the works called Bright Beyond. It’s an NA sci-fi serial that will tell the story of Eva Braebel, a stasis-shocked pilot who wakes up when the transport ship she’s on crash land on an unknown planet. Dark Expanse, a prequel short story to this series is available on Amazon now and the first episode of Bright Beyond is expected to be published in June.

I recommend my book to readers who like:
The Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Partials by Dan Wells

Ooo, those recs sure get my attention! I’ll definitely be checking out Broken Skies! Okay, now the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

  • Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.

The first three books that come to mind are: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, a perfect blend of romance and historical fiction with just a hint of sci-fi…and it has Jamie Fraser. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, gorgeous, lyrical writing filled with amazing imagery. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, a unique YA fantasy with intriguing characters and a Russian twist. (OMG – Jamie!)

  • Top 3 tools of the trade you couldn’t live without.

Scrivener, Spotify, and an ergonomic keyboard.

  • Top 3 leisure activities.

Reading. Binge watching Netflix. Hiking.

Where can our tech savvy readers find more about you and your book?

Blog (co-op with other authors):  

Theresa, it was lovely to have you on this week’s Three Times A Charm. Best of luck to you and Broken Skies.


GUESTS WELCOME!  I am always looking for guests for Three Times A Charm. If you are an author, illustrator or book reviewer, an agent or an editor. If you have something related to children’s publishing that you’d like people to know about, feel free to contact me about a future appearance.


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