Created in 2018, The Haunted Wordsmith is an online multi-genre writing playground filled with botched poetry, microfiction, flash fiction, short stories, and current works-in-progress by Teresa Grabs.
The only thing certain about this blog is that nothing is certain.
I always had an active imagination and spent many days and nights creating stories with my friends as a child in Aberdeen, Maryland. When I was eight, my parents divorced and we (my mother, older brother, and myself) moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. There, my creativity was not as welcome. Many of my stories were horror-filled tales but each had a slight twist at the end. In elementary school, teachers often remarked that “I needed help” because of what I wrote or failed me because it was “disturbing” or “vile” and several commented that I “was going to hell.” I often wish my mother or I had collected my writing, but that would have resulted in “clutter” and “useless junk.”
Sometime around sixth grade, I stopped writing anything that was not required for school (and even then many times I simply would not complete the assignment). When I did participate, teachers often accused me of plagiarizing or having my mother write it. None of my teachers wanted to believe that I was capable of anything other than what they thought a poor kid living in a wealthy suburb should be capable of doing.
After years of dealing with teachers thinking I am less than capable of anything, I left school at sixteen and worked full-time. My career path has been as varied as my interests. From housekeeping and roofing to nonprofit development and animal caretaking, I have enjoyed a plethora of experiences.
When my son was born, I could not be a hypocrite and returned to school. In ten years, I earned an Associate Degree in General Studies, two Bachelor Degrees, two Masters Degrees, and a PhD in Public Policy. My return to education also saw a return to my roots in creative writing.
Now, I am a full-time writer and freelance editor.
Five Things About Me
- I have hiked the Appalachian Trail and all around Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and the Grand Tetons.
- I can read and write in five languages (English, French, German, Russian, and Latin) — I don’t like speaking languages other than English because I butcher it too much.
- I am a Twilight Zone fan.
- In addition to reading, writing, and hiking, I love genealogy, movies, politics, environmental behavior, economics, learning, and gardening.
- I love strategy games.