Here is my author interview with Tessa McFionn for the The Multi Genre, Multi Day Themed Author Event – Paranormal Day. We will be featuring her book Spirit Song (book three of The Guardian Series) so make sure to grab your copy today! Book one includes Spirit Fall, Spirit Bound and now Spirit Song.
What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I have always loved anything that skirts reality. When I was growing up, my mother used to read to me and my brother every night. I’m sure that’s when my love of reading started, but she read more than just The Cat in the Hat. She introduced me to Tolkein, Stoker, and Clarke. After that, I discovered Anne Rice and the rest is history. Also, being a comic book nerd playing D&D didn’t hurt either. So, when I finally sat down to write my first novel, the idea of not including magic and supernatural elements was unfathomable.
How many books do you currently have out and which one would you recommend new readers start with?
At this moment, I have three out in my paranormal series, The Guardian Warriors. Since there is a bit of world building layered on top of our modern society, I would suggest new readers starting out with the first book, Spirit Fall. You get a good flavor of the world, plus a little of my own home town of San Diego.
Do you enjoy reading paranormal books as much as you like to write them?
I do! There are so many times I wish I didn’t have to deal with my day job so I could split my waking hours between reading and writing. But no such luck. I love to see how other authors create believeable worlds and memorable characters. It also helps to inspire me when I’m stuck.
If you could co-write a new paranormal book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Oh damn. That’s such a tough question. Honestly, I would love to co-write with Sherrilyn Kenyon. Along with Christine Feehan, she was one of the first authors who introduced me into paranormal romance. I devour her books as soon as they come out. I love the worlds she’s created and her characters are so phenomenal. It would be a dream come true.
How do you think you have grown as an author from the time when you first started until now?
Wow. Well, first I needed to learn some rules. I know, most authors will tell you there are no rules, but they lie! There are basic rules and it took me a few tries to get them down. Plus, learning that sometimes less is more has changed the word counts on my recent projects. I find myself spending more time trying to get the words right the first time so the edit process goes quicker.
If you had to describe the life of an author in three words what would you choose?
Blessedly beautiful torture! Ok, so maybe not the best words, but I think they’re accurate.
Do you have any recent literary news that you would like to share with us?
I have a couple bits actually. First, the third book in my series, Spirit Song, is now available in paperback with a new cover. So excited and I love the new art. I also have a short story that will be appearing in an anthology scheduled for release later this fall. And, if that wasn’t enough, my sci-fi series has been picked up by a new publisher and I will be sharing news about that release as soon as I have more details. Looks like 2017 is going to be a busy year.
How long on average does it take you from start to finish to release a new book?
Ugh. Sadly, it takes me about a year. I am working to cut down that time, but working full time tends to cut into my writing plans. Since I’m a teacher, that does mean I have summers to knuckle down and just word.
What book or books do you plan on promoting during your paranormal themed day takeover?
I plan on giving lots of love to my most recent release, Spirit Song. I just love my reluctant Guardian and want to spread some love for Bastian.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice when it came to being an author what would you say and why?
Fight on. There are going to be days when you lose the contest, get the rejection letter from the agent, and hear about a friend’s amazing success all within a five minute span of time. Allow yourself time to feel, but don’t get stuck. Shrug off the losses and the no’s, and always congratulate your fellow authors. It can’t rain all the time and remember, people are waiting for your next story.