Interview with Tessa Dale

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching a story with people you care about unfold and being with them every step of the way.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're my support, if they love the story, that means I'm connecting with them and letting them care about the characters as well.
What are you working on next?
The next in the series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Agatha Christie, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Christine Feehan, and Shakespeare.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
For the most part, just the fact that I get to get out of bed. I am ever thankful for my life and the people in it and all the little things that make the day brighter. I am very blessed to be where I am.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I am going to school, walking a dog, helping to take care of 14 cats, helping friends and family and being there for them and planning my wedding.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a teenage horror about a haunted flute. Whatever song it played, its victims would die in that way. I had it playing "The Ants Go Marching One By One," and two teenagers watching a movie died by being eaten by ants. I was in fifth grade at the time and it was suggested that I get some counseling.
What is your writing process?
I used to just write hap-hazardly, but, taking a screenwriting class, I pulled from the book, "How to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method" by Viki King to help with a book and it has helped tremendously. She suggests to write the first draft with your heart. Your heart knows what it wants and what to do, so just belt your heart out on the pages and when it is all done, go back and us your head. Your head can take the story of your heart and refine it and make it a work of art. Also, I make sure I write for at least thirty minutes a day- usually continuing to write for longer than that amount of time. And a tip I've found, if you have the problem I do where you're writing your story and suddenly, you think of another story and are excited with the new one and disinterested with the old one, write your idea down using bullet points. This helps you come back to the idea and then go back to the story you're currently working on.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. It was quite good. I still love it.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask my very best friend to help me out. She's an amazing artist and I always give her credit and give her a cut of my earnings.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Time Machine, it is very interesting to see what H. G. Wells thought the future would look like, The Spider's Web, amazing book by Agatha Christie, it's a classic game of "hide the body until after my husbands very important meeting with very important political peo- where's the body!?!?!?!?!?!?!?" Water Bound, my favorite type of romance, steamy, action packed and involves the supernatural, Journey To The Centre of the Earth, to quote one of my teachers, it "is the most boring and most interesting book." and Twelfth Night, I LOVE me some Sir Andrews! Super funny play and Sir Andrew is so adorable and cute!
Published 2014-02-19.
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Books by This Author

Book One: Watcher
Series: Ancient Souls, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,930. Language: American English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
After a traumatic incident four years ago, Cady Ardel walked away from her duty as a Watcher, protector of the innocent. Suddenly, she is thrust into a new job protecting Noah Lawson, a werewolf who is about to become Alpha of his pack. Soon, he is determined to convince Cady that she isn't destined to be alone forever and his gentle love for her just may be the answer after all.