Friday, October 31, 2008
Q&A with Tessa Radley!!!!
Today, let's give a warm welcome to Tessa Radley!
She has a series with Silhouette Desire out called The Saxon Brides. The first book is called Mistaken Mistress and is out in Oct, followed by Spaniard's Seduction and Pregnancy Proposal.
Sit back and get to know Tessa!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
That's a hard question! LOL. Deep down I think I always wanted to be a writer. But it took me a loooong time to admit it to myself. First I went to university and majored in English Literature…then I worked for years as a lawyer, then I had kids…and finally I decided I wanted to be a writer. I'd always loved, loved, loved reading. So I'm a reader first, writer second. I spent my childhood buried in books. My mom was a journalist and later a writer. I saw first hand what a tough career it could be—she got up at 4 am every morning, for goodness sake! I struggle to wake at 6—I need daylight, I could NEVER be a vampire.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Everywhere. Looking at paintings in art galleries. Walking on the beach. Watching people talking on the sidelines of my sons' soccer games. Flipping through magazines…sometimes reading an article about someone can spark a 'what if…' moment. What if someone in that situation were to meet a guy who….and off I go.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
It's not so much interesting as frustrating...but I take a long time to settle down to write. Yet once I get into the guts of the first draft I can't stop. I HAVE to write through to the end of the draft. I tend to became a bit of a recluse…I burn meals because I'm not concentrating, and my kids know this is a great time to ask for the world because I'm likely to say "mm"—which they take as yes. At this stage all I am thinking about 24/7 is the characters in my book…and getting to the end of the story.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I love research…so I learn new stuff every day. Fascinating stuff. At times I can get bogged down in all that wonderful detail about wine or hawks or the winds that blow around the Greek Islands. Recently I read about how ice wine (which I'd never heard of!) is made from frozen grapes—of course I had to buy the wine to taste it after that. But I've also learned that sometimes it's better to research superficially first, then write my first draft, then go back and check the fine details. Otherwise I'd never find time to write…
What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Presents authors Robyn Donald and Daphne Clair were simply wonderful. I'd read—and loved—their books for years and when I met them I discovered that they were incredibly generous in giving advice, they run a writing course that I attended several times and both of them taught me so much. And it was at the Kara School of Writing that I met my writing group who are an inspiration to me every day—Abby Gaines and Karina Bliss write for Superromance and Sandra Hyatt has just been bought by Silhouette Desire, so we've been doing lots of celebrating.
What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They think it's absolutely cool!
What’s coming up next for you writing wise?
I've got a new mini-series THE SAXON BRIDES starting in October which is set at a winery run by the Saxon family. In the first book, MISTAKEN MISTRESS, Alyssa Blake gatecrashes the annual masked ball at Saxon Folly to find the man she's been seeking for years…Joshua Saxon, the oldest Saxon son, is the man who stands between Alyssa and her dream. The next two books in the mini-series SPANIARD'S SEDUCTION and PREGNANCY PROPOSAL come out later in the year. You can visit www.tessaradley.com for excerpts and more details.