1 - How did you get interested in the topic that’s featured in your book?
My e-book novella, The Wolfen Lover (Amira Press) tells the story of the forbidden love between a vampire princess and a Wolfen creature. The magical Wolfen tribe are wolves by night, and human by day. They are the natural enemies of the vampires who inhabit their area.
I have always enjoyed reading about vampire lore and magical things. It’s amazing how much vampire and shifter fiction there is out there, and the way it continues to fascinate, decade after decade.
2 - Tell us a bit about your background. What have you done in the past that relates to your book and that topic?
I’ve written stories and poetry throughout my life. I’m experimented with different genres, and I find I have an affinity for grown-up fairy tales. I write for magazines and I freelance full-time, so I’ve honed my writing skills in a variety of ways.
3 - What advice would you give to someone who is interested in your topic?
Try to be different. With e-books, I notice that many of them seem similar, whether they are paranormal or not. It’s important to understand the genre, but also to keep your sense of self as a writer. Finding your own voice is more satisfying than imitation.
4 - What do you see as the benefit to participating in groups and organizations? My first thought would be networking opportunities and the chance for personal and business growth. What are your reasons?
There are great benefits from joining on-line reader and writer groups. For example, I’m a part of the CoffeeTime Romance website, and they feature a full message board, author chats, and honest reviews. They gave The Wolfen Lover a great review, and that made me very happy. It’s nice to be a part of groups where everyone is interested in the same things. Networking is vital for a writer.
5 - Who is the ideal person to read your book? If each person that reads this was going to recommend your book to one person, what sort of person would they want to chose?
The ideal reader for The Wolfen Lover is looking for sensual romance with an otherworldly element. Someone who enjoys adult fairy tales with real longing and passion between the two main characters will enjoy my story.
6 - What do you think ignites a person’s creativity?
I have a lot of drive to be a writer. It seems to just be there, and I don’t have to force myself to write stories. I think life’s experiences, such as relationships and hardships, bring out character and depth that comes through in a person’s writing.
7 - What have you found to be the biggest stumbling block for people who want to start writing?
Just the publishing business…it’s a jungle out there! There is lot for a new, naïve writer to learn about getting published and who they should work with. Arm yourself with knowledge before you sign a contract. You can never do too much research into a company. Luckily, Amira Press are one of the good ones. Working with them has been a pleasure.
8 - How would you suggest they can overcome that?
You can go online and check out companies. Then, you’ll know who is legit, and you won’t waste valuable time. Look into BBB rankings and things like that. Once you’re confident, just keep submitting your work. Listen carefully to any criticism, but don’t let it change your whole style as a writer. It’s best to be yourself and do what feels right to you.
9 - What do you find is the biggest motivator for people to succeed? Is it money, security, desire for fame or something else?
I suppose the desire for recognition does factor in, but it’s a quiet kind of desire. I want people to read what I write and like it a lot.
10 - Who is the “perfect” person to read your book?
Women who love books like The Mists Of Avalon or The Other Boleyn Girl may appreciate my writing style. I love those books and I try to write intelligent, meaningful stories that resonate with the reader.
11 - Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Please visit www.amirapress.com and search for Tessa Lane! You can read free excerpts and my review from Coffeetime Romance & More. Thanks!