Emma Darcy Award winning author of forty-plus titles.
…an author I’ll pick up simply because her name is on the cover.
Kristi Ahlers, Amazon.com
…reminded me of why I fell in love with reading in the first place.
M.M. Gwynn, eBookConnections
…touches the heart and makes you feel everything.
Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance
…writes books which deserve a place on keeper shelves everywhere!
Julie Bonello, ECataRomance Reviews
I have been writing and publishing romances since 1999 when I sold my first two books in the same week (after six years of flogging my work to editors who didn’t recognize the staggering genius within). Many of the books I’ve released so far have been romantic suspense under my own name. I’ve also squeezed in the odd contemporary and historical romance or two. For a brief stint, I wrote paranormal and urban fantasy romances under the name Teal Ceagh – more on that below.
On March 8, 2011, I went indie. After thirty-five novels published with legacy publishers, I turned to self-publishing, and released the paranormal/urban fantasy romance, Blood Knot, under my real name.
In the future, I will write a lot more paranormal romances and urban fantasy romances, and quite a few more romantic suspense novels. If you want to find a particular type of book I write, regardless of the name I write (wrote) it under, your best bet is to jump to the Books By Category page, and check the Genre section. There, you’ll find all the books for each type of genre I write grouped together with no confusion over pen names.
When I tell people I’ve been writing since I was 14 they tend to look at me a little oddly, but it’s quite true. I fell in love with Harrison Ford and Star Wars at the exact same moment, and wrote the unofficial sequel in the following year. Of course, I had Han Solo and Leia falling in love long before the sequel came along, and in much more satisfying fashion than George Lucas ever managed.
What I didn’t realize at the time, and not for another twenty years or so, was that I had been writing fanfic, possibly the first of its kind.
On a completely off-topic side-note, I used to lie awake at night, listening to the Star Wars soundtrack on my record player, and re-playing the movie in my head, fantasizing about how wonderful it would be to somehow be able to play the movie at home, whenever I wanted. Eight years later I saw my first Beta cassette player. It was the size of a small suitcase and weighed 45 pounds. A few years after that I got to buy my first VHS movie – Star Wars. That was a reflective moment in my life.
However, while things have clearly changed over the years since my first bad attempt at getting a hero and heroine together on paper, two things have not. I’m still writing romances, and I’m still throwing my hero and heroine through a fair imitation of hell while they’re sorting their feelings for each other out — the essence of romantic suspense.
But hey, here’s the boring stuff: I’m Australian, although I live in Canada. I still have the accent, although I’ve been here over a decade now. And I still have trouble remembering it’s a hood, not a bonnet and stuff like that — you’d be amazed how hard-wired culture really is. It calcifies internally, I think. But the mountains here are stupendous, so I think I’ll stick around. Besides, my husband is kinda cute. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention? I met him on the Internet back when it was a few HTML pages and a couple of bulletin boards or two, and me and the kids (three of us) packed up and moved here.
The kids are no longer really kids any more. They’re both taller than me now, but I didn’t say that aloud, okay? I’d still like them to think I’m the boss for a while longer, at least.
About Teal Ceagh
Teal Ceagh was created in mid-2009 to allow me to write wildly different types of erotic romances for Ellora’s Cave and market them without disrupting my already established readers there. Teal Ceagh wrote the hottest of MMF ménage paranormal romance and urban fantasies that Ellora’s Cave have to offer, and that’s a pretty extreme jump from the erotic MF romantic suspense I was writing then. I didn’t want my established readers to get whiplash.
Lots of people ask about the name, Teal Ceagh.
Actually, it’s still really my name. It’s my intials: TLC. If you pronounce them, you’re saying Teal Ceagh. “Ceagh” is pronounced “see” and it’s Irish.
As of March 2011, both Teal Ceagh and Tracy retired from writing erotic paranormal and urban fantasy romances for Ellora’s Cave.