Perhaps being born in Okinawa, Japan back on September 7th, 1970 foreshadowed the international lifestyle that I would eventually lead after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. Armed with my double major degrees in Biology and Mass Communications, I left my comfort zone of life in the United States to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in the East African country of Tanzania.
I taught biology and math in Mwanza at Nganza Secondary School and West African dance after school. Fully aware that I’d immersed myself in a life-altering experience, I wrote extensively in twelve legal pads that I had brought with me. Without a plethora of time-saving devices, I ironically had a tremendous amount of time on my hands to write, read and observe the world around me. I wrote very long, descriptive letters to my friends and family about my experiences and only a few short stories, most of which I lost along my travels.
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ALEXA: What's up next for you, Teresa?
The Adventures of Infinity and Negativa is the second novel that I’m working on. It’s about a creative, mathematically-inclined waitress, Nuru, who’s lost her zest for life. As Nuru attempts to think her way out of her dead-end situation, she daydreams about certain aspects of her life, using fraternal twin math characters, Infinity and Negativa, to play out the mathematical consequences of her situations.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Teresa! I've enjoyed getting to know you better. Good luck with both books!