Please welcome Tessa Bailey to the virtual offices today. She is celebrating the release of Protecting What’s His, the first in her Line of Duty series. After we chat with Tessa, you can enter for your chance to win a copy of Protecting What’s His!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Tessa Bailey] Hot-and-bothered stay-at-home-mom turned writer, Brooklynite, foodie and hopeless romantic.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Protecting What’s His?
[Tessa Bailey] “To steal or not to steal?” is the opening line of the book. Ginger, our mostly fearless heroine is deciding whether or not to steal fifty-thousand dollars from her passed-out stripper mother. Ultimately, she decides to take the cash (and her little sister, Willa) on the run to Chicago. She thinks she’s gotten away with it until she meets homicide cop and sexy new neighbor, Lieutenant Derek Tyler.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Tessa Bailey] I like a heroine who is a little bad. And a lot impulsive. I came up with Ginger, a fast-talking country girl, as a character first. Then I gave her an important and difficult choice to make at the beginning of the book. I built the story based on that decision. Of course, I needed someone to counteract Ginger’s personality, so I came up with Derek, the sharp, young lieutenant with a need to control. Watching him as he tries to control wild child Ginger makes for a very entertaining story!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Ginger?
[Tessa Bailey] Provocative, Willful, Vulnerable
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Derek had a theme song, what would it be?
[Tessa Bailey] “Play with Fire” by the Rolling Stones
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Ginger is never without.
[Tessa Bailey ] Cowboy boots and Dolly Parton witticisms
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Derek’s bathroom?
[Tessa Bailey] A loofah, volumizing hair gel, decorative soaps.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Derek’s greatest regret?
[Tessa Bailey] He’s not the regretful type – although that might change throughout the book
[Manga Maniac Cafe ] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Tessa Bailey] I have a group of friends who inspire a lot of the female relationships in my book. They are opinionated and swear like sailors. A lot of the time, I’ll ask myself, what would so-and-so say here? I was encouraged to write female characters who speak with more honesty after reading Tara Sivec’s Seduction in Snacks. I adore that book. The characters remind me of my friends.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Tessa Bailey] Silence, gummy bears and warm socks.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Tessa Bailey] On Dublin Street by Samantha Young.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Tessa Bailey] When I was fourteen, I was at a boring family reunion in Maine. I found an old, beat-up copy of “Hidden Fires” by Sandra Brown in my grandmother’s suitcase. It was my first romance novel and I never looked back.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Tessa Bailey] My website is www.tessabailey.com
Follow me on Twitter @mstessabailey
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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