A New Year, A New Book Author Interview – Tessa McFionn

tessaHere is my author interview with the talented Tessa McFionn for the A New Year – A New Book Event. I hope you enjoy reading the interview as much as I did and thank you Tessa for doing the interview with me. Her book being featured is Spirit Bound so make sure to grab your copy.

What is one goal that you have set for yourself in this year?
One goal is to complete my current projects. If I do, that will mean four books ready for this year. Wish me luck! I’m about two-thirds finished with two and one done. So, I think I can get them all wrapped.

What is the biggest pros and cons to the new year for you not only as an author but as an individual as well?
Wow. I think the biggest pro is now I have a bit more experience in the author world, so I feel not like such a newbie. I know I still have tons more to learn, but I feel like I know more what to expect. As for cons, still working on how to clone myself to get all the aspects of my life playing on the same jungle gym. It’s not easy trying to juggle a full-time day job plus trying to create a full-time author career. Doing what I can but there are times when things get overwhelming.

What is one book written by another author that you feel a connection with and often find yourself rereading it?
Oh, that’s a long list. One book I’ve reread numerous times is Cloak and Dagger by Sherrilyn Kenyon. She is definitely one of my inspirations, as well as a trusted friend. I think the funny thing is that this particular book is not what I write (it’s the only M/M she’s written) but the characters are so wonderful, I revisit them whenever I need a boost.

Do you have any special type of writing process in order to ensure things go smoothly?
Ugh. The only process I have consists of headphones and a virtual cone of silence. Lol. As of now, my writing space is the corner of the couch in my living room, so not a whole lot of privacy there. But I do try to keep the distractions down and just let the muse take control.

What is one thing that readers can expect to find when reading your books?
I’d like to think I’ve created a fresh take on the paranormal genre. No vampires or shifters. The hero is just that: a hero. I like the idea of sword wielding heroes with snarky sidekicks. My heroines are strong and independent women who just happen to get one too many curveballs thrown their direction. I guess I’m a believer in the notion that bad things are gonna happen, but keeping your wits, a good sense of humor, and a trusty blade, on hand will allow you to get through anything.

What is one realization that most authors typically start out not knowing but find out later once they have been an author long enough?
LOL! Oh, still learning so many of these. I think the main one is the fact that it takes time for people to actually read a book. It’s not like watching a movie and two hours later, everyone’s raving about it. Patience is a necessary virtue, and being nice is key.

What is your favorite season and why?
Autumn, without a doubt. It’s because I’m a Halloween fan. Okay, so fanatic might be a better term. I love the holiday so much that my husband and I have a haunt that goes up in our front yard for the past five years and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. I love the cool weather, the changing colors. Yeah, I know, living in Southern California, this means the palm trees go from green to greenish brown, but it’s a start.

Did you do anything exciting to ring in the New Year?
Actually, this year was different. My husband is a New Year’s Eve baby, so we normally have a pub crawl with friends. But this year, he got the holiday crud, so no giant party. Instead, the two of us went to a nice dinner then saw “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” again. Quiet, but tons of fun, nonetheless.

Can you describe the type of author that you are in three words?
LOL! And not crazy, scatterbrained and bonkers? In that case, I’ll go with authentic, inventive and compassionate.

Do you belong to any specific writing groups that help to push you even when you don’t feel like continuing?
YES! I am a proud member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and I’m even the treasurer of our local chapter. These ladies, and gentlemen, are just inspirational. It’s nice to have someone to talk shop with others and get ideas and support. And I feel extremely fortunate to have such amazing supporters, beta readers and friends on Facebook who keep me going.

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