Here is my author interview with Tessa McFionn for the The All-Inclusive Multi Genre Author Book Bazaar Event. We will be highlighting her books Spirit Fall and Spirit Bound. If you have yet to read any of these books or anything by this talented author make sure to check them all out today!
What is the toughest hurdle that you have faced since becoming an author and what can others do to avoid it?
For me, it’s keeping positive when things slow down. I opted to try the traditional route, and there are times when you have long silences from your editor or publisher. That’s when you just need to knuckle down and keep working.
Have you ever connected with another author or reader that has become part of the support system that we all as authors need to push forward even when we find it tough to do so?
Oh, there are way too many to even begin to count. I attended a convention earlier this month and had the chance to network and meet so many authors and new readers. But I have several friends who I have been absolute anchors for me. They keep me grounded and uplifted at the same time.
Do you have a favorite item or bookmark that you use when reading physical books and if so what does it look like?
I have so many bookmarks. I actually have a drawer full of them. Right now, I have a silly crotched bookworm that I made for my mom when I was a kid. It holds a special place for me, as she passed almost one year ago.
What is your most current release or do you have one coming up in the near future that you can share with us?
Well, I have two projects to discuss. My third book in the Guardians series, tentatively titled Spirit Song, has been contracted and I’m waiting for my edits. Also, I pitched my sci-fi trilogy, The Rise of the Stria, at my earlier mentioned convention and now, it’s a matter of waiting to hear back from the agents.
What is the highest word count that you have ever completed in one sitting?
LOL! I wish I could say it was something ginormous, but I only get stolen moments to write. I think the most I’ve been able to do was 6,000 in a three-hour setting.
If you wrote a book series that everyone fell in love with and you had written the last book would you create some type of spin off if the fans wanted it or would you just leave it be?
Wow. That’s a really interesting question. I guess it would all depend on if I had more stories for the characters. I know that some of my readers are dying for one certain character’s story.
What is your favorite platform for selling your books and why?
Right now, the best selling is Amazon, but I have to say that I love my physical covers. So even though it’s not the most successful, I’d have to say it’s my books on CreateSpace.
What is one thing that you would say is high on your bucket list that you hope to one day do?
Oh, this one is easy. I’m a huge Disney fanatic. My buckelt list would be to see all the Disney parks around the world. As of now, I’m at…well, just Disneyland, but you have to start somewhere, right?
Do you find it difficult to juggle being an author with everything else that life throws at you and how do you manage it all?
Dear God, yes! I have a full time job, do outside choreographic and directorial projects, and then I try to squeeze writing, my writing group of which I am the treasurer, and I have a husband and friends that like to see me every once in a while. Sleep sometimes gets pushed aside, but it’s what you do. Also, I pretend like it’s cool!
How important do you think the cover is to helping sell the books that you write?
OMG! Tremendously! At the convention, I was so honored to have NYT best selling authors ask about my book because they saw the cover. I know for me, I am drawn in by design and colors, and an intriguing cover will get me to pick up a book that I might have passed on.