An archive of Therese’s posts can be found HERE.
Editorial director Therese Walsh co-founded Writer Unboxed with Kathleen Bolton in 2006.
Therese pens unconventional coming-of-age novels. Her stories, dark and whimsical, feature twentysomething female protagonists who struggle to move beyond past tragedies in order to secure more hopeful futures.
THE MOON SISTERS earned starred reviews from both Booklist and Library Journal, and was named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal and Book Riot. Her debut, THE LAST WILL OF MOIRA LEAHY, was named one of January Magazine’s best books of 2009, was nominated for a RITA for Best First Book, and was a TARGET Breakout Book.
Therese was the architect and editor of AUTHOR IN PROGRESS (Writer’s Digest, 2016), a book about the key milestones a writer hits when writing a novel, with practical tips on how to reach those milestones while clearing psychological hurdles along the way. The book, a symphonic group effort, features fresh essays by ~50 Writer Unboxed contributors and industry pros.
Therese also orchestrated the first live gathering of the WU community in 2014 in Salem, MA—part UNtraditional conference, part intensive craft event, part networking affair—and very much enjoys picking up the baton every 2-3 years for an encore. (Learn more about the WRITER UNBOXED UNCONFERENCE here.)
Therese founded the women’s fiction chapter of RWA in 2008; and was an early advisor for Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA), where she enjoys membership.
She was a researcher and writer for Prevention magazine before she became a freelancer. She’s had hundreds of articles on nutrition and fitness published in consumer magazines and online, but she loves her fiction best of all–directing the lives of made-up people and stamping around in a puddle of theme.
Her favorite things include music, flash fiction, poetry, art, crab legs, Whose Line is it Anyway?, dark chocolate, photography, unique movies and novels, people watching and strong Irish tea. She has a master’s degree in psychology.