Please welcome Tessa Brookfield to Genuine Jenn for this weeks Author Spotlight Saturday! I recently reviewed Tessa's first book called Blinders Off you can check out my review of Blinders Off and pick up your copy today! Tessa is also a fellow Canadian!
First off, thank you for having me Jenn. I am married with two teenage children at home and a stepson that is away serving in the Canadian Military. I work a full time job, taxi my children around and write every spare minute I get. I write Romance – Contemporary and Romantic Suspense, all with a definite steam factor.
When was your first book published?
Blinders Off, a contemporary romance, was my debut novel and was published by Devine Destinies (a footprint of eXtasy books) April 1, 2014.
Are you currently working on anything?
Yes, I currently have two projects on the go that are both Romantic Suspense.
Why did you decide to become an Author?
Writing was always something I thought about for many years. As I started to get older I started thinking about it more and finally decided to give it shot. I set myself a goal, which was, to have at least one book published before the time I turned forty. I’m not forty yet and by the time I get there I will have had two published and a third shortly after. It is what hard work and extreme determination got me. Writing is what I love to do and what I want to continue doing.
Who and what inspired you to write?
For the who: When I think about this question, the one person that stands out is my mom. Growing up she always told me, “You can do anything you set your mind to.” That has stuck with me and has definitely kept me pushing forward as embarked on this journey.
For the what: I find music quite often tends to inspire me.
When you are writing do you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?
I don’t listen to music while I’m writing, but certain songs that I hear get me thinking about potential scenes. Quite often you will find references to certain songs in my work. I like to listen to current pop.
Who is your favorite character in your books?
Hmmm…I would have to say Tiffany, who is in a project I’m currently working on. She has to overcome some significant emotional obstacles and has been my biggest challenge. She really controls the direction of the story and I have found myself having to take some long breaks from her story when I have tried to change direction. She continues to become a strong willed determined character that keeps me on my toes. She is my favorite because I love a challenge and I can’t wait to see where she will take the story.
Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?
If I do, not intentionally. I’m sure at some point it’s bound to happen, if it hasn’t already.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s a tough one. One that sticks out to me is The Notebook.
Tell us in one sentence why we should read your books.
Everything is worth giving a try at least once. :)
List your books that are available:Blinders Off
Trapped Inside – July 2014
It All Leads To This – August 2014
Where can people connect with you?
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