New York born illustrator and writer, Teresa Flavin was inspired by her love of Renaissance paintings, labyrinths, old maps, Scottish castles and mystery stories when she wrote her first critically acclaimed fantasy-adventure novel, 'The Blackhope Enigma' (Templar Publishing, 2010).
Aimed at 10 to 14 year-olds and with a strong art theme, 'The Blackhope Enigma' was short-listed for a Scottish Children's Book Award, the West Sussex Children's Book Award, the Leeds Book Award and long-listed for the Branford-Boase. Candlewick Press published 'The Blackhope Enigma' in the USA and in 2011 it was a Junior Library Guild Selection. The Bookseller called it "an impressive debut" and the School Library Journal said, "recommended for lovers of mythology and monsters, mystery and magic."
Its sequel, The Crimson Shard (Templar, 2011), is a gripping time travel adventure to the underworld of 18th century London, involving art forgery, alchemy and bodysnatching. The Scotsman said, "Flavin is an accomplished writer using an unusual background against which to develop her characters and unfold an intelligent, captivating story". The Crimson Shard is another Junior Library Guild Selection and Kirkus Reviews said, "The characters are richly drawn and the pace brisk… A gripping continuation."
Teresa is currently working on 'The Shadow Lantern', the final book in The Blackhope Enigma trilogy, which will be published by Templar in 2013.
Moving from the USA to live in Scotland was a huge creative influence for the former art college instructor and amateur radio DJ. For Teresa, Scotland's mysterious landscape, rich mythology and dramatic history provide endless fascination and material for stories and artwork. She undertakes talks and workshops in schools and libraries around the UK and she has been invited to book festivals from the Hebrides to Cheltenham and most points in between!
When she is not writing or illustrating, Teresa makes paintings and hand-made books, hikes in the Scottish hills and walks every labyrinth she can find.