Teresa Grodi is a talented writer who is starting to make her mark on the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Combining her passionate wisdom about a variety of topics, such as frugal wedding planning and the Catholic faith, with a fresh narrative voice, she offers an assortment of informative, easy-to-read articles.
Teresa and I met through our involvement at our university parish, where we later both stayed on as campus missionaries. During the year we spent as coworkers and roommates, I had the pleasure of reading a draft of her Master’s thesis on the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, the subject of one of her latest articles (which, incidentally, was quite a success!). When I was drawn into her descriptive story telling and engaging narrative style even though I am not a fan of history, I knew she had incredible promise as a writer.
It is my pleasure to introduce her to the Associated Content from Yahoo! community through the following interview and to encourage you to check out her work.
What inspired you to begin writing for the Yahoo! Contributor Network?
I really liked the idea of being able to share money-saving tips and the like. After a while I began noticing that I could write pretty good reviews of services, because of my 10-year history in customer service. My Master’s degree in history has helped me to produce well-researched articles.
From what do you draw your inspiration for your articles?
Everyday life, especially things that really get my attention and therefore I am able to ponder beyond just the initial observation.
What is your history as a writer?
Writing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. In high school, I fell in love with history and, as I made it my major in college, I began to truly appreciate and thrive on letting the evidence tell the story. Getting my undergraduate and graduate degrees in history (with a minor in political science) meant lots of formal writing, nearly 100 pages per class. My Master’s produced the first professional history on the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
How would you describe your writing style?
I prefer to write in non-fiction narrative (again, letting the research tell the story with minimal interference from the author). However, I have been honing my opinion style as an Associated Content writer.
Which article are you most proud of so far? Why?
It’s a tie: “Medjugorje Visionary Vicka on Ireland’s the ‘Late Late Show'” due to the fact that this is the topic of my professional research. However, “Tips for Creating a Wedding Registry” comes from the experience of planning my own wedding, so it has a special place in my heart!
What do you hope to get out of being part of the Yahoo! Contributor Network?
I am excited to have more experience as a writer. As a Catholic Church historian, I am very excited to use my training to create helpful articles for fellow Catholics and other history buffs.
What do you do when you’re not writing for the Yahoo! Contributor Network?
I’m currently a stay-at-home wife, who works part-time from home for her family’s web design business. I love volunteering at my church and learning more about my faith!