It's Mention Monday and we are happy to have
Tessa Stokes, author of
The Seven Spell Saga (5 books to date)
The Ruthin Trilogy (2 books to date)
Stone Kisses a stand alone and Newly Published novel!
here with us today!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Do you work another job when you are not writing?
I work in community education project delivery.
What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
I hope I can have more than one as it really is a tie between, watching movies, or reading, unless I am off visiting a castle or an ancient site. I live near quite a few.
What is your favorite color? Why?
It’s blue. I like it because the sight of blue makes me feel happy. I guess it reminds me of summer skies and sea, water in general and it just feels right.
What is your favorite season? Why?
I really love Spring because all the new blossom is out, and the trees have just started unfurling their leaves. There are lambs around in the fields where I live springing about looking gorgeous. The forest I live opposite is going green again. Everything seems hopeful and fresh. Daffodils grow wild in the roadside too where I live and there are trees full of pink and white magnolias if it’s quite a warm start to Spring
If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?
I’m in the country I want to be in after living in many places during my life. I guess I would like to be nearer the ocean, perhaps somewhere along the Devon or Cornwall south coast.
If you could have any car, what would it be?
Well that’s hard to choose but I think I would have to choose the biggest blackest Jeep Wrangler Safari hard top.
Tell us about your writing:
How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
I have always been writing but not fiction. I would write copy, advertising, educational curriculum and brochures for projects, training programs and academic stuff. Then I started writing fiction; stories which I had in my head for years and had wanted to write but never had the confidence. It’s suddenly like this; why the hell don’t you just write them Tessa? I asked myself and so I did.
It often feels like every hour there is. Weekends and nights, holidays anytime I can get LOL
Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
I just write all the time when I have that time. Recently I write more in the night J because it’s more peaceful and I just inhabit my own little world.
Is there some place special you like to be when you write?
I generally write in a room which has this massive window where I can see the forest and rural fields over the road. It’s very inspirational and changes with the seasons. Sometimes the farmer is out there working in the night with his machinery lit up like a UFO. There are hares, deer, pheasants, all kinds of other birds depending on the time of year. Lots of Red Kites , which are a bird of prey and they call to each other as they look for food.
Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
I have all kinds of thing going on but seem to tune it out. TV, music and then silence. I just don’t know what’s going on when I am ‘in my writing’ so to speak. Hours go by and I realize I missed a documentary I wanted to see or The Vampire Diaries LOL or the CD has been finished for hours. J
Tell us about your book:
I have chosen to tell you about the very latest release although the second volume of The Ruthin Trilogy is not that long published.
Stone Kisses is a romance, it’s a genre blend of fantasy and romance.
A young woman living alone, working at her graphic design business has not had a man in her life for a long time and really feels lonely. She looks around her and sees only couples and she ends up longing for love or at least kisses.
Some distance away, left over from ancient times are two gods. They have a game they like to play and Stella our heroine gets caught up in it.
What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?
Stone Kisses and it’s stand alone
It took me about five months all up to write. The idea came to me when I was visiting a stately home and wandered into a particularly spooky part of the garden. It’s not a spooky story it’s full on romance, paranormal romance I suppose, although I have trouble deciding what my genre blends should really be called.
Your other work:
Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?
I am currently working on book six in The Seven Spell Saga and the third book in The Ruthin Trilogy keeps urging me to add to the notes I have already made.
I also have another romance buzzing in my head as a stand alone.
Where can readers connect with you?
Where can we buy your books?
My books are available on KOBO and iBooks, Xin Xii