About Me

Hi there! My pen name is Therese J. Roberts and I'm a Catholic author and entrepreneur. I decided to pursue writing as a career because I love stories. Stories have a special way of sticking with you and inspiring you throughout the years long after you have read them. I love brainstorming ideas for books. I always have part of a story in my head and can't wait to share them with readers! To be a writer is a chance to be creative and set up characters who triumph against all odds to inspire our own lives to be just as heroic.

Every writer has their source of inspiration and influence. There is not one author who doesn't hold another author up as their hero. There is always someone who gives us the courage to embark on our own dreams because they gave the example first. That person may be simply our example or they may actually influence the way we write or what we write about. For myself, St. Robert Southwell is the reason I became a writer. I had never even heard of this poet saint until I decided to write my senior thesis on him in college. Southwell was a priest in Elizabethan England, who was martyred simply for being a priest and providing Holy Mass and the Sacraments for the suffering Catholics in England. He stealthily avoided all priest hunters for six years in London, an impossible task, until he was captured because of betrayal, which led to his martyrdom at Tyburn. Southwell's writings were distributed secretly to the Catholics through his hidden printing press. His works kept the Faith alive during the persecutions, and his talent rivaled those of his time like Shakespeare. Southwell's life inspired me because he used his gift of writing to compose literature that would inspire readers throughout history. Be sure to read his poem "A Child My Choice" here which is one of my favorites.

I was blessed with the opportunity of traveling to England on a pilgrimage to visit the sites of the English martyrs. It was an unforgettable experience and one that was in a sense life-changing for me. For although I have always loved to write, it wasn't until Southwell that I considered pursuing writing full time. While in England visiting all the holy sites, I realized that God gives each person specific gifts that are meant to be used for His glory. We cannot waste these talents. Southwell made me realize that being an author is a way of life that can lead to holiness. I knew then and there I would be a writer to try to bring readers to God.

You can view my novels on both Amazon and Etsy in paperback or digital formats. I usually write two books each year and my titles so far include The Story of a Sailor, The Amanda Case Files No. 1: Old Manor Mystery, The Christmas Picture, and The Amanda Case Files No. 2: Hospital Mystery with more books to come in 2017!

In the words of St. Francis de Sales (patron saint of writers), "Be who you are and be that well." Pursue your dreams and follow your heart, becoming a saint in the process!
                                                                             ~ Therese

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