I believe that storytelling is an essential part of human nature, whether we realize it or not. It’s at the heart of everything, all the way back to hieroglyphs on cave walls.
Early on, I discovered the beauty of fictional friends. The mouse that ran up the clock, Junie B. Jones, and Harry Potter were among my earliest besties, and all taught me that I never have to be lonely. I started writing when I was very young. My credentials include a series of now-torn-up short stories that I deemed too stupid for human eyes, moody poems about becoming a teenager and wanting to hang onto my youth that I wrote in junior high, half of a time-travel novel entitled Werp that, at the time, I believed was literary gold, pretentiously verbose school essays, and one entire journal that I successfully filled with dramatic ramblings throughout my teens. I’m amazed by the capacity of words, specifically their ability to leave me a sobbing mess at two in the morning (Suzanne Collins, I’m looking at you) or inflate my heart with a first love that I’ve never experienced. I’ve admired authors for years, but it never occurred to me that I could be one of them. I sought out more career paths than I can remember, and changed my major four times before graduating from Arizona State with a BA in Liberal Studies and half a novel. I self-published my first book, Bewilderments of the Eyes, June 8, 2016 and haven’t looked back. I like to experiment with other styles and genres of writing while I work on my next fictional novel.
Theresa Sopko has long believed in the transformative, essential power of storytelling. She began writing almost as soon as she was capable of grasping a pencil. A graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, her debut novel, “Bewilderment of the Eyes,” has received a warm response from critics, readers and fellow authors. Sopko describes her purpose this way: “I want to share my stories, and connected with others’ stories. I want to explore the worlds inside my head and always have characters to fall in love with.”