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Teresa Toten

Biography

Teresa Toten

Teresa’s earliest and most fervent ambition was to grow up and take her rightful place among the other mermaids. When cruel and insensitive adults crushed that dream by insisting that mermaids did not exist, Teresa settled on the more mature aspiration of becoming an intergalactic astronaut. Then she realized that math would likely be involved. So, in the end, Teresa went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto where she got a BA and then an MA in Political Economy taking great care not to take a single English or Creative Writing class. The only thing Teresa knew for sure was that she was never ever going to be a writer. That would be silly, fanciful and well, unrealistic. 

In the very beginning and in first of many moves, Teresa arrived in Canada from Zagreb, Croatia when she was 13 days old. She liked what she saw and decided to stay. Although she mainly grew up in Toronto, Teresa moved at least 17 different times. She has lived in Delhi Ontario, Montreal, Ottawa and New York. Throughout all of these moves the only constants in her life were Mama, books and an increasingly well-developed sense of how to make friends --- fast.

As soon as Teresa graduated from U of T she married Ken and hightailed it to Montreal. There she wrote and broadcast a few on air pieces for Radio Canada International, which gave her an appetite for world domination so she moved to Ottawa to begin by taking over the Canadian Federal Government. Unsuspecting semi-powerful people gave Teresa fascinating jobs that she had no business doing including working on a Royal Commission on Conditions of Foreign Service, helping to build the new National Gallery and the Museum of Civilization, and toiling at the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security. Once Teresa sorted out Canadian culture and world peace, the Totens moved back to Toronto in order to make two brilliant and beautiful daughters, Sasha and Nikki.

Teresa Toten

Books by Teresa Toten

by Teresa Toten - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Kate O’Brien's whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of, but she's determined to change that.  As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already befriended the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he becomes especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal --- and can’t afford to ignore.

by Teresa Toten - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction
Adam Spencer Ross is almost fifteen, and he’s got his hands full confronting the everyday problems that come with having divorced parents and a stepsibling. Add to that his obsessive-compulsive disorder and it’s just about impossible for him to imagine ever falling in love. Adam’s life changes, however, the instant he meets Robyn Plummer: he is hopelessly, desperately drawn to her. But is it possible to have a normal relationship when your life is anything but?