Interview: Teera de Fonseka

Teera de Fonseka is a mother, a grandmother, and a writer living in Los Angeles, California. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing and walking her dog, Tigger. Writing especially has become a hobby for Teera in recent years, as she has worked to publish her memoirs. She loves to spend her days, as she puts it, “writing her heart out.”

Writing has brought Teera a great deal of peace and she wants to encourage others to write their hearts out too. She hopes that her story can touch and inspire others. After having had a chance to tell her tale, Teera wants to keep helping people. She finds inspiration in the talent that she sees in the people around her. She wants to encourage these people to do everything that they can with these talents, and to live up to their potential; to trust in God’s plan for them.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?

I was born in Srilanka, studied at the convent of Our lady of Victories, continued at Good Shepherd Convent , finished my senior year at St.Ignatius of Loyola college.

I was employed by Brown’s Group of Companies from 1963 until I fled for the United States in 1980.

Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?

Teera Cover - FrontMy book- Teera.

I want to tell the world  ‘No matter what you go through in life DONT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, DON’T EVER LET THE CHILD IN YOU LEAVE.’ I AM  SO GRATEFUL TO GOD  FOR NOT ALLOWING ANY MEAN BONES IN ME. Even the turbulence can be positive; such grace can help us see a silver line as we encounter the hurdles along the way. “Change would not come without a struggle” per author ADOLPHUS WARD.

Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

My writing goals are to fulfill the desire for expression.

What’s next for me is the follow up of my story.  The title – DIVINE CONNECTIONS with the subtitle I HAD TO BREAK A BONE TO MEET HER. I continue my story in honor of an amazingly beautiful girl, I consider her more of an Angel of mercy. She gave me hope at a crucial time of my life. The negative outlook at the time I had broken a bone put me in distress. I doubted that the bone would ever heal and I would be unable to have the use of my right arm again. I was in excruciating pain when she looked straight into my eyes, smiled and said ‘Teera breaking a bone is not the end, it is only a turning point in your life.’ Her uplifting words gave me Hope. I met her at the doctor’s office waiting room that morning. Her name is Kate. Her positive words inspired me and I woke up early next morning, put a pillow under my broken arm and started writing with a new attitude. The moment I changed my focus my arm got better and better. In time the bone healed, and within a few months I attended a wedding and joyfully danced the night away. I felt like I was on top of the world. A friend watched me dancing and jokingly said with a big smile ‘Teera are you sure you broke a bone’? That reminded me of a quote from MATTIE STEPANEK  “PLAY AFTER EVERY STORM” and I did. Kate amazingly happened to be a brilliant writer. She very generously and graciously guided Patrick and I to move forward with confidence. It was a very confusing time for us as we were dealing with certain unforeseen challenges.

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

I have read so many interesting books but I sure hold on to the book JUST PEACE written by 13 year old Mattie Stepanak with president Jimmy Carter. Mattie passed away in 2004 at 14, affected by a rare and fatal neuromuscular disease. He made a difference before he died. There are two more books that stay close to my heart. One, I came across recently is THE WRITINGS ON THE WALL. peace at the Berlin wall.  written by Terry Tillman and GOD LOVES AN UNMADE BED. spirituality for imperfect written by Fr.Tom Allender SJ with Don Fisher, the founder of Lifes Journey Ministry.

Any type of writing ritual you have?

I don’t have any rituals when it comes to my writing. I write whenever inspiration compels me. I want my writing to be natural and unforced.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

When I am not writing, I like to read, take long walks and watch inspirational TV programs. I also listen to spiritual leaders like Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. They have brought a positive energy in to my life. Additionally, I love listening to music and volunteer where ever my help is needed. I used to multitask, but these days I have learned to slowdown and do one thing at a time.

What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?

I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to do something I love doing. I enjoy writing very much and found writing to be a great hobby to keep the mind alert. It is a great way to meditate, search the heart and soul.

In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

I don’t have a tool to measure the success of a writer but I am convinced that a writer must have the courage to tell the truth, be ready to be silly but cleaver and some who is willingly open to learn the simple and effective tools to complete the project  with joy.

Where can we learn more about you?

You may learn more about me on my website WWW.TEERASLIFEJOURNEY.COM

Anything else you’d like to add?

I can honestly say that finally life makes sense.

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About Teera: A Life of Hope and Fulfillment

Teera’s life was beautiful. Having grown up in the splendor of a beachside paradise, Teera settled down in a good home with the love of her life and their two gorgeous children. Filled with love, joy, and a promising future, Teera’s world was nearly perfect, until the night her husband was violently murdered while the two of them lay in bed sleeping. The assailant intended to kill her too, but Teera survived. Devastated by loss and disfigured from a gruesome facial wound, her infants still to care for, Teera learned to endure and to carry on. Yet the murder was only the beginning. It would be years before Teera escaped the turmoil she faced in Sri Lanka, finding refuge for her family in a far away land. This is Teera’s life of hope and fulfillment, a declaration of faith and of love. Honest, inspiring and heart-rending, Teera’s is an incredible saga set against an enchanting tropical landscape tainted by bloodshed and betrayal.

 

Book Information

Paperback: 234 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 22, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1502309599

ISBN-13: 978-1502309594

Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

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2 Comments on "Interview: Teera de Fonseka"

  1. Teera must be a very special type of person to have been able to pick herself up and move on after such a dramatic and tragic event; many other people would most probably have given up.

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    Cherie Reply:

    I agree. What an amazing story.

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  2. Isn’t Teera amazing? I don’t know if I could have had her spirit and endurance to recover from such tragedy. She is an incredible person.

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