Interview with Tessa Bertoldi

What are you working on next?
I'm participating in Camp NaNoWriMo to finish another 40,000 words on my story, Capria.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne McCaffrey, hands down!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a modern day Mrs. Winchester. While I don't believe my house is inhabited by evil spirits, I have so many improvement and fix-it projects going on I sometimes feel like they will never end. It would be nice if it was someone else at the end of the hammer, but it keeps me busy!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first story, there were too many. The Velvet Room, a Scholastic Book, had a great impact on me. A young girl can escape and read and not play sports, it was very attractive to me.
How do you approach cover design?
I've done book covers for others and graphic design is part of my technical writing life. I plan on vetting my designs with my professional support group. I will hire a professional cover designer, if my focus group of editors and agents recommend. A cover can make or break your book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Ship Who Sang, Anne McCaffrey: Science Fiction and a story of a deeply intimate and romantic relationship that can never involve physical touch. The best of love, distilled.
Anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs, because it's Burroughs!
Anything by Alan Dean Foster, especially Pip & Flinx; who doesn't like a snake who has your back and can spit deadly venom?
Dinosaurs, aliens and space, on my!
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get my hands on and not blow my budget. I've been known to read sci fi in the morning, history for lunch, and have dinner with a how to only to fall asleep with a good sci fi fantasy! I try to balance that out with a little Bible reading for wisdom.
I read, a lot.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Guilty, I have 5. I gave away the Kobo and Sony and currently favor the Samsung Nook.
Describe your desk
I suffer from too much to do and not enough time. I find that the desk that is working best for me now is a portable sewing machine table. It is very sturdy, holds my laptop and has enough room for one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper. That means no clutter and no distractions. I can move the table anywhere, even to the patio to enjoy the great Cali weather. The desk even has gone camping with me!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a native Californian and can boast that I have been to every Mission on the El Camino Real. California is a long state with many different climates, eco systems,diverse cultures and people. I can go to any park, observe people and come back with a new alien race!
When did you first start writing?
When I could hold a pencil and spell, of course, no one wanted to read it then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The destroyers have raided Capria for everything that could be carried away, including people. Capria's hidden children have grown up and they're pissed, they are coming for their parents! Everything changes, embrace the change or it will crush you.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I first met Mark Coker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. He was a quiet man, until he began to speak about the indie market. He backed up his pitch with statistics and multiple success stories. I am impressed with his ethics and enthusiasm and each year Smashwords has a presence at the SFO WC, the story gets better and better for indie's. I also met Bella Andre at the same conference and was impressed with her breakout million dollar success. Why not?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my thoughts and words in print is great, having someone actually read (and like) them is even better. I love to share and have way too many words trapped inside.
Published 2016-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Choice Events
Price: Free! Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Inspirational
This short story deals with the choices we make and the events surrounding them as seen through the eyes of the Archangel Michael.
The Most Important Prep
Price: Free! Words: 3,310. Language: American English. Published: August 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Exercise, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
You Are the Most Important Prep for Your Survival, By A Woman Living in Earthquake & Wildfire Land, A short story (3,000 words) about my personal discovery following an employer mandated disaster drill. A one mile walk changed my outlook on personal fitness and began my weight loss and fitness trek gaining ground on a more sustainable lifestyle. Second edition includes Post Atlas Fire data.