An Interview With Tessa Dare

By HRL Admin

When we started planning this site, we reached out to Tessa Dare’s assistant, Kelly Oakes, to arrange this interview. But unfortunately, we haven’t been able to get back in touch since we set it up. We know she’s been dealing with some health problems and that comes before anything. So, first and foremost, we wish Kelly well. Perhaps we will be able to revisit this in the future, but we’re going to wait for her to come back to us when she is ready.

In the meantime, below are the questions we wanted to ask Tessa. Perhaps they can engage us in a discussion in the comments.

  1. How do you come up with such awesome and hilarious dialogue? Are you just naturally hilarious?
  2. A Week To Be Wicked is a fan favorite in our group. What do you think sets this book apart from the rest?
  3. One of my favorite novellas ever is Beauty and the Blacksmith. What made you want to feature a working class hero?
  4. Do you have any input on who does the recordings for your audiobooks?
  5. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
  6. Do you outline all the books/characters in a series ahead of time or does it just come organically after each book is written?
  7. How do you balance writing with family? When the muse is firing on all cylinders, how do you prevent from neglecting kids and spouses? Some of our members are struggling with this.
  8. Do you have a tour schedule we can follow?
  9. Does music help your imagination when you write? Do you have a playlist you use? If so, what’s on it?
  10. Any Duchess Will Do is another group favorite. Something that people like about you is that you don’t think twice about mixing the aristocracy with the lower class. Is this intentional?
  11. A question from one of our memeber’s: In A Week to Be Wicked, Colin makes up various “fictional tales” throughout the book. My immediate impression was that there is always a kernel, or more, of truth in each of these stories, and if those parts are true , they serve to reveal Colin’s true feelings for Minerva. Each one in turn kind of gets referenced later as sort of proof. Like he is never actually lying because he spins a tale based on something that is true, but he’s very creative about it. I haven’t seen anyone else mention this, so I’d like to know if it’s intentional or just me. Would those stories be a spin off for a new book?
  12. Your hero’s get injured a lot…in bed. Out of pure curiosity, why are there so many sex injuries?
  13. Will you ever write a book about Evan Gramercy, introduced in A Lady By Midnight?
  14. We see this debate come up a lot and we’ve found A Week to Be Wicked on book lists for both alpha and beta heroes. Do you consider Colin to be an alpha or beta hero?
  15. You write a lot of adorable and silly animals into your books. Where do these ideas come from? Do you have an animal background or just a fondness for them?
  16. Where do you find your inspiration for your delightfully eccentric characters?

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