If you are reading this, then I can only assume you want to know more about me and this blog. Let us get the formalities out of the way.

My name is Teresa Grabs (aka The Haunted Wordsmith). First and foremost, I am “mom” to a teenager who loves to drive me insane with anime, computer games, and his homework, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. In addition to being “mom,” I am a writer, book reviewer, movie watcher, and supporter of others. I recently earned my PhD in Public Policy and Administration (you can read my dissertation here).  I am active on Twitter and WordPress, and recently joined NetGalley and Goodreads. You can find my independently published works on Amazon.

I currently maintain two blogs on WordPress that are always fine-tuning themselves.

  • Creative writing, nonfiction writing, and daily writing prompts are posted on this site.
  • Book reviews, reading lists, and promotions are posted here.

Both sites are family friendly as I do not generally read or write “graphic” works, but rather prefer works that allow for the reader’s imagination to fill in the gaps.

I am a fan of children’s, MG, and YA, although I do enjoy many “adult” authors as well.


27 thoughts on “About

  1. Ha Ha it is nice to know that there are others out there who talk to themselves. I do it constantly. (If you do it in the grocery store whilst down a crowded aisle, you will soon have that aisle all to yourself.) 🙂

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  2. Good question….I am not the greatest looking person in the world. I used to write under my name (with my name as the site name) but stopped. One reason was because it just seemed really weird ( I don’t really like drawing attention to myself) and because my name is a subject/verb that can produce some very strange (porn) Google results. I feel bad for my son because I wasn’t thinking ahead when I named him (his monogram is RAG…yeah, I’m cruel).

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  3. Hi! This is Tom (TJ) Darby from the Ale81Inn. Thanks for coming by to visit and giving us the like and follow. We are still under development, but we are a collection of freelancers with some history in other forums. I hope you’ll keep abreast of our developments as we grow. We feature a variety of voices, but we are predominantly of a sub-cultural flavor.

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  4. First I appreciate the post because I have not done an about myself yet. Also there is so much we have in common. I’m that much more interested in the details and look forward to reading more. As far as what to be when one grows up.. mine has always been writer. Now that I’m 40 I decided I’d better write now. So I put a post in response to first Friday, you commented and therefore legitimized me as a writer. Thank you and I look forward to more of your work.

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  5. Ok. The link to your book on Amazon is not working, I was gonna check it out.
    I like your About Page, I never could find the question you were commenting on when you said, “Good Question” but don’t be so hard on yourself.

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    1. Thanks for telling me about the link…I was fixing a few things today and it got messed up. It’s working now. The comment you are referring to was in response to a guy purged from my blog (on my end at least) that was asking why I don’t have a picture of myself on my blog.

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    1. When the image changes, it’s because I have a featured image in the post. Only those who actually visit my site see that…lol. The buttons are easy to add…it is just a custom html image. WP allows anything on free sites as long as it is not a script.

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    1. I listen to myself all the time…I’m usually the only one who does…lol. My teenage son has selective hearing loss. I can talk myself into good moods, bad moods, save my life, save other’s life, but usually I just entertain myself and come up with stories to tell others. I would be able to write much more, and much faster if I could get one of those speaking to typing programs. There was an apostrophe there because I am an idiot and no one bothered to tell me that there was a goof. They happen to the best of people though. Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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  6. Hi Wordsmith! My daughter, featured occasionally in my Blog as The Girl, is an almost-13 year-old violinist who loves school a little less as a 7th-grader than she did as a 6th and who is into EVERYthing. She’s on student council, plays in the strings orchestra, is a Junior Thespian, is in the choir, and is now an alternate on the volleyball team. They keep us busy, don’t they? How long has your son been playing?

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    1. My son’s been playing since 6th grade but had introductory lessons in 3rd grade before we moved here. He just started high school and is in the select orchestra with juniors and seniors while all the other freshman are in the regular orchestra. No one believed him until the music teacher told them…lol. He’s not really an active guy, but he is on the high school scholar’s bowl team, honors classes, orchestra, anime club, card game club, and now for some reason (junior girls) wants to go to all the dances…lol

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  7. Oops. Hello apologies for my rudeness for the earlier day. I’m argumentative, go figure! Also could tell you knew economics, no hard feelings. By the way dropped in to ask a question:-
    Are you a person who gets angry quickly?
    And what are your methods to calm yourself down?


    1. You weren’t rude. We don’t agree is all. I don’t get angry at much, perturbed yes, but not angry. That comes with the territory of being an adult and a parent. As far as knowing economics…yes, I do. As as well as business and politics. My advice is to separate emotion from thought. Rather than accepting what is felt emotionally (especially in politics or business) ask what is logical and reasonable. Those two things bring clarity. Clarity is required in all aspects of life.

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      1. Thank you for your sharing your thoughts. I do worry if the problem lies with the thoughts being generated due to emotional stimuli that makes it harder for, most if not all of us, to invest heavily in discussions which regretfully becomes arguments.

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  8. Awesome! I’m excited to read more. I have a full time job and raising three girls… 10, 11, 17. They’re into drumming and leggo sets, school band and choir. Currently editing a novel I have been working on for three years now. Hope to publish it soon. Had a November deadline but as I have a full time job and other things… freaking life just gets in the way sometimes.

    Love your blog. Inspirational! Hugs!

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