Interview with Tessa Melendez

How do you approach cover design?
I consider what the story is about and what I want to reveal to the reader in the cover, if anything at all. I consider what might catch a reader's eye if they were to be looking for a book to read and factor it all into the design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are: The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare because of the fact that it's Supernatural/fiction also because of the interesting ways she puts the plots together. 13 to Life By Shannon Delany because it's a different take on werewolves and their contact with humans.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that looks interesting or catches my eye. I love fiction and supernatural because you can never really know what will happen next.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Delaware, but it never really influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at twelve years old when I was in middle school, all because of a project in English class where we had to write a short scary story. A lot of people liked my story so, I began to love writing after that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I got the idea for my latest book when I was rereading Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas. I was in the middle of reading it, my mom braiding my hair, when I got this idea of a little girl whose father attempted to kill her. She was saved by a famous assassin who took her in... and it went on from there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
(I don't know what an indie author is) I was motivated by the "applause" I received for the story I wrote in seventh grade and the fact that stories are the things that come smoothly to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing to me is the silence and solidarity of it. I don't feel like I need to depend on anyone when I do it. I can sit alone in my room in silence and simply have a notebook and pencil in hand, I'll have image(s) come to mind and immediately start writing. The story will fill the silence as I write it. I love it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Cassandra Clare, Shannon Delany, Thomas E. Sneigoski, Rick Riordan, Laini Taylor, Sarah J. Maas.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The possibility that I might get to work towards finishing a story or that maybe something great might happen, the knowledge that I have to work or go to school or get something done.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time at school, doing school sports, reading, drawing, discovering new music.
What is your writing process?
It's all based off of what I see in my head.
Published 2016-06-14.
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