1. How did you come up with the premise of Hell’s Game?
I grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas, and I had always heard stories about the Gateway to Hell in Stull, Kansas. For years, I had been trying to write a story that could incorporate the Gateway and a prank gone wrong, and recently, I finally merged that idea with the idea of a bizarre, high-stakes game of nightmares.
2. If you could describe HELL'S GAME in three words, what words would you choose?
Action-packed. Suspenseful. Scary.
3. Who are your favorite writers?
I’ve been really inspired by John L’Heuruex, Stephen King, Suzanne Collins, L.J. Smith, R.L. Stine, Ellen Raskin, Nick Hornby, J.K. Rowling and Patrick Marber.
4. What is your favorite scene in HELL’S GAME?
HELL’S GAME follows a group of popular teenagers who are forced to play a high-stakes game in Hell after they play a horrific prank on the school nerd. As the group moves from level to level in the game, the settings intensify, and each level is a manifestation of one of the seven deadly sins. The first level of the game, gluttony, has one of my favorite characters, a pompous troll who tries to get the group to join her in a disgusting feast. I don’t want to give too much away, but what happens will make you squirm!
5. List three things that people might not know about you.
1) On an episode of Disney XD’s “Zeke and Luther,” there is a life-size cardboard cutout of me at a birthday party.
2) I have a cat named, Paige Turner.
3) I appear as a movie and television reviewer on the website www.justseenit.com.
6. What audience will like HELL’S GAME?
If you like horror, you will like HELL’S GAME, but the book will also appeal to anyone who likes young adult action stories.
7. Where can we find more information about you or HELL’S GAME?
Hell’s Game on Amazon
About the author:
Teresa Lo was born and raised in Coffeyville, Kansas, population of 10,000 and home of the Interstate Fair and Rodeo and the legendary Dalton Gang. Her Chinese-American family was one of three Asian families in their conservative, Midwest town, and they ran the popular China Garden restaurant, which Teresa worked at from ages twelve to eighteen.
After high school, she attended the University of Kansas, where she earned a B.A. in History. She was a graduate of the honors program, a 2007-2008 Woman of Distinction, and founder of the T.Lo Club, an organization devoted to eating cookies. During her senior year of college, she was a research intern at The Late Show with David Letterman, where she gained her first hands-on experience in television.
In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she majored in screenwriting. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in May of 2009, and her scripts have placed in several major writing contests. Most recently, she won the Grand Prize in the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenplay Contest, and she also placed two other scripts in the finals, a rare accomplishment. That same year, her drama script The Physicist also was a finalist for the prestigious 2010 Bluecat Screenplay Contest.
Her produced film credit “Angel’s Bread,” a short directed by Lea Dizon and produced by Pia Chikiamco and Mahsa Moayeri, won the Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Honolulu Film Festival 2010. In October of 2009, she was a participant of the NAMIC Fall Writer’s Workshop, a competitive writing workshop that accepts twenty members. Her short story “Guilt,” a murder mystery, was published in the Comma, Splice Literary Journal in 2006, and she has contributed to Examiner.com, Yahoo.com, The Hollywood Reporter, USC’s SCA website, and The University Daily Kansan. In 2011, Bart Enigma Books released her first collection of short stories Realities and later The Other Side. Both are available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Currently, she is a cast member on the film and television review website, Just Seen It.