Please give a warm welcome to author Tessa Dawn. Dawn is the author of Blood Destiny, a book I gave my highest rating to. She has been nice enough to answer some questions today and to give away a copy of Blood Destiny.
TD: I’m just a huge vampire-fiction fan who gets to do what she loves full time.
OBVB: When did you make the decision to become a writer?
TD: I don’t think it was ever a decision. I began writing as soon as I could hold a pencil, and I never stopped.
OBVB: Are there any authors that inspired you?
TD: Not specifically. I just loved books and everything about them from as far back as I can remember.
OBVB: Who are you favorite authors? Any contemporary favorites?
TD: The first series I truly fell in love with was Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean Auel. In terms of contemporary favorites, I enjoy Anne Bishop, JR Ward, and Christine Feehan – just to name a few.
OBVB: Do you have a routine when you write or do you write whenever possible?
TD: I write whenever possible! :)
OBVB: Can you tell us a bit about The Blood Curse Vampire series?
TD: The series is unique due to its emphasis on the history, origin, and culture of the Vampyr race: My vamps are not undead humans who have been “made” by other vampires. They are the descendants of celestial gods and humans who mated long ago, and following the Curse (a punishment their race received for sacrificing their females to the edge of extinction), they were turned into the immortal beings they are today. They are born that way.
OBVB: I finished Blood Destiny last month and not to kiss up or anything, but this truly is one of the best books I have read. The book is full of horror and gore and the vampires are actually scary. Where did the idea for the series come from? Was it your intention to make the book so dark?
TD: Once, I figured out the history and culture of the vamps, I had to come up with a plausible explanation for such a dark, infinite, and severe curse. Long ago, I watched a documentary about a brilliant society who started sacrificing females to the gods to gain power; ultimately, they went extinct. (Can you say, “Duh!” :) ) However, it was so powerful (and disturbing) that I knew I wanted to use it for my series. And yes, the genre I prefer is “Dark Fantasy,” so the exploration of shadow is a huge part of what I write. Oh, and thank you so much for your positive review!
OBVB: Which was easier for you, coming up with the story or coming up with the characters?
TD: The basic idea of the story came first. From that, the characters emerged one by one.
OBVB: Were there any challenges when writing this book or did you just know where it was going off the back?
TD: Haha! That’s really very funny (smiles). There are always challenges (at least for me).However, I did know where it was going from the beginning. Usually, when writing a story, I feel the emotion first – kind of like seeing (more like “feeling”) a climactic scene or struggle, and then I work backward to design a plot that takes me to that emotional place. The challenge is: The characters have minds and intentions of their own and choose to go in completely different directions. It always surprises people to hear that character-driven authors don’t choose many of the scenes and outcomes in their books. The characters do.
OBVB: How did you celebrate when your book was published?
TD: I was so tired by then that it hardly seemed real. I did have a wonderful book release party where I signed autographs until my hands hurt and met some of the most wonderful people imaginable.
OBVB: I really enjoy the cover, did you have a say in how it came together?
TD: Yes, I was lucky. There was actually a completely different cover at first (it was nice but didn’t really fit the story), but then the book was moved to another cover artist and I was able to provide input.
OBVB: When writing Blood Destiny, were there any models/actors you imagined as your characters?
TD: No. I used some characteristics from people I know and made the rest up.
OBVB: I love your characters, especially Marquis. Do you have a character who is a favorite? Anyone that was the most fun to write?
TD: This is the most popular interview question asked; unfortunately, I decided to keep my favorite vamp a secret early on (in order to avoid influencing readers) – and also because I intend to make a contest out of guessing based on clues at some point. :) But yes, I have a definite favorite. In terms of the most fun to write: Braden and Marquis.
|eBook will be out on July 15th!!!|
TD: Sure, the book will pick up where the first one left off by telling Marquis’s story. There will be a lot of twists and turns, so it’s not at all predictable. Readers will see their favorite characters again, and the plot will delve much deeper into the lives, culture, and world of the Dark Ones. Blood Awakening will be coming out this summer so stay tuned!
OBVB: Is there anything you are working on now that you can share with us?
TD: The rough draft of the third book in the series is done, so I’m starting the long, arduous process of editing. I’ve also etched out the first chapter of book four and can’t wait to dive into it.
OBVB: For any aspiring authors like me, do you have any advice to give us beginners? Anything for the fans?
TD: Learn all that you can about the craft (the boring stuff such as punctuation, sentence-structure, and grammar are so paramount that I cannot emphasize them enough) and then follow your heart. Don’t listen too much to statistics or what works for others. In a room full of fifty-people, there are fifty different opinions: The one that matters is yours! Know WHY you write, and stay true to that purpose.
OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond!
TD: You’re so welcome. Thanks so much for having me.
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For more info about the author:
Tessa Dawn grew up in Colorado where she developed a deep affinity for the Rocky Mountains. After graduating with a degree in psychology, she worked for several years in criminal justice and mental health before returning to get her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management.
Tessa began writing as a child and composed her first full-length novel at the age of eleven. Her first published works were in the areas of poetry and education. She currently lives in the suburbs with her two children and “one very crazy cat” but hopes to someday move to the country where she can own horses and a German Shepherd.
Writing is her bliss.
*Info from Dawn's website
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One lucky reader will be given a paperback copy of Tessa Dawn's Blood Destiny (The Blood Curse #1)
*To enter all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address
*Winner will be chosen randomly by random.org
*Contest ends July 15th
*Contest ends July 15th
*Please be 18 or older, this book is quite graphic
*Open to US residents only (No P.O. Boxes)
*Open to US residents only (No P.O. Boxes)