ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TERESE J. MASON PIERRE has been writing stories since the age of eight, but never thought about publishing her work until age thirteen. Her personal writing repertoire includes fantasy, YA, adventure and romance genres. In the past, Terese has blogged for NOW HEAR THIS, a Toronto-based literacy program established by the Descant Arts and Letters Foundations, writing about topics such as influences and styles of bestselling authors and the writer’s life.
Although Terese is interested in writing, she plans to become a physician in the long term. She is interested in obstetrics, pediatrics and internal medicine. In 2012, she completed the University of Toronto Summer Mentorship Program in the Health Sciences, a program targeted towards high school students of African, Native American and/or low socioeconomic status who are interested in the health sciences field. Most recently, she was appointed President of the Summer Mentorship Program Alumni Society, which strives to maintain the bonds formed between current SMP students, alumni and medical professionals. Furthermore, Terese is a student member of the Black Physicians Association of Ontario.
Throughout secondary school, Terese has received awards for English, Music, Mathematics, Religious Studies and Physical Education. As a trumpet player with the band, she has played with the Cadets, at the Toronto Distillery and at various retirement homes. Terese, who currently attends the prestigious University of Toronto is studying Bioethics, English, and the History and Philosophy of Science; she also volunteers at Mount Sinai Hospital in the obstetrics department.
Terese is passionate about creative writing and constantly works towards providing resources to youth who are interested in writing. She also edits YA prose, poetry and essays. Recently, she accompanied the award-winning author Emily Pohl-Weary at the Koffler Gallery, Toronto, to start a youth writing workshop called True Lies. Terese is currently a nonvoting member of the Hart House Library and Literary Committee at the University of Toronto and co-coordinates the Writers Co-Op.
Terese is a member of the Editorial Youth Advisory Board of the Toronto Public Library, where, along with other youth, she reviews submissions for the library’s Young Voices magazine, which publishes prose, poetry and artwork from youth aged 12-19. Click here for the Young Voices submissions page. Terese has also conducted author interviews for the library's Teen Blog.
Terese was born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. She resides with her mother and brother in Downsview, Ontario, Canada. She plays the trumpet, flute and guitar, and enjoys reading, psychology, music, giving advice and asking questions. She is a member of two choirs and a writing group at the University of Toronto and the North York Central Library, respectively.
Since the age of sixteen, Terese has published short stories and poems, in addition to The Shadow Twins. Check out the Works page for a list of her publishing credits.
The Shadow Twins is Terese’s first published, full-length novel.