Therese Anne Fowler (pronounced ta-reece) is the third child and only daughter of a couple who raised their children in Milan, Illinois. An avowed tomboy as a child, Therese thwarted her grandmother’s determined attempts to dress her in frills–and, to further her point, insisted on playing baseball despite her town having a perfectly good girls’ softball league. Thanks to the implementation of Title IX legislation and her father’s willingness to fight on her behalf, Therese became one of the first girls in the U.S. to play Little League baseball.

Her passion for baseball was exceeded only by her love of books. A reader since age four, she often abused her library privileges by keeping favorite books out just a little too long. When domestic troubles led to unpleasant upheaval during her adolescence, the Rock Island Public Library became her refuge.

After a too-early first marriage and a stint as the single mother of two terrific (now grown-up) sons, she went on to earn a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and then an MFA in creative writing. Though her short fiction has won some acclaim and she has contributed essays to publications internationally, she is, at heart, a novelist. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages and is published around the world. Z is currently in production as an original dramatic series for Amazon Studios starring Christina Ricci, with Killer Films producing.

Therese has been a visiting professor at North Carolina State University and occasionally teaches fiction writing at conferences and workshops. She is now at work on a new novel about the Vanderbilts.

(photo by Tom Clark)