Guest Author: Tessa Dare
Today’s guest is a NYT and USA Today best selling
author who writes fabulous Regency romances which are not only provide her
readers with a wonderful emotional journey but also have sparkling wit and deep
sensuality between her strong characters. Possibly one of the things that sets
her aside from other writers in this genre is her penchant for writing heroines
with “unladylike” pursuits for the time period—such as beer-making and
paleontology. (Photo credit: Jenn LeBlanc for Studio Smexy.)
I am the proud owner of every one of her titles in her
Spindle Cove Series and Castles Ever After Series. Somehow I missed the Stud
Club Trilogy and I now have her Girl Meets Duke series on my wish list. (Just
not enough hours in the day/night!!)
Being such a huge fan, I’m only sorry that
my commitments at this year’s Booklovers Convention in New Orleans meant that I
couldn’t meet her in person. I’m hoping that will happen at the Booklovers
Convention next year in Nashville, or when I finally get to take up the
invitation to the Romance Retreat!
A huge welcome to Tessa Dare who joins us from
you so much for being on the blog today. Firstly can you tell us about your
third book in the Girl Meets Duke Series The Wallflower Wager (release date
August 13th) and whether it posed any particular challenges to you?
Wallflower Wager pairs Penny, a soft-hearted animal rescuer, with Gabe, a
ruthless self-made man who has no patience for animals whatsoever. He’s taken
ownership of the house next to hers and wants to flip it for a profit — but who
will pay top prices to live next to a parrot, a goat, an otter, a Highland
steer, a two-legged dog, and… you get the picture. Penny agrees to say goodbye
to some of the animals, but only if Gabe helps her find them loving homes. And
since Gabe grew up poor and shivering in the London slums, a loving home is
something he wouldn’t recognize if it sneezed on him. It’s a classic “opposites
attract” pairing. Regency lady with bad boy, idealist vs realist,
Slytherin/Hufflepuff. Basically all the yummiest tropes with plenty of humor
and heat in the mix.
As for challenges—both Penny and Gabe have traumatic experiences in their
pasts. Without getting into details, Penny’s story was particularly wrenching
and difficult to write.
Oh gosh! I can just imagine the hilarity of having all
those animals! I think my writing schedule is going to have to wait a tad while
I catch up on this series!!
I know you’re a librarian by
training, so I’m guessing you’ve had a life-long love of books. Can you share
your writing journey with us—your road to publication?
As for challenges—both Penny and Gabe have traumatic experiences in their pasts. Without getting into details, Penny’s story was particularly wrenching and difficult to write.
I always wanted to be a writer, but I
thought I lacked the talent or discipline to complete full-length books. I also
had the hurdle of never wanting anyone to read my writing, which is pretty
antithetical to publication, by definition. Then when I was pregnant with my
second kid, I began writing Pride and Prejudice fanfiction online. That environment
allowed me to develop my skills, forced me to write a longish work to
completion, and got me over the fear of letting other people read my writing.
It wasn’t long before I started writing original Regency romances, and 13 years
later, here I am.
Thank goodness you put your work out there! I wonder how many other brilliant authors are still waiting to take the leap.
You’ve had so many successes, but is there one moment
that stands out most in your writing career?
Wow, a single moment… I
think I would say winning the RITA award in 2012, because not only was it a
tremendous honor, but the awards ceremony was close to my hometown. My husband
and lots of my local friends were there to celebrate with me. Also, I wore a
sparkly dress and false eyelashes and felt extremely glamorous!
Yep! That sounds like a stand out moment!
If you could choose any three of your titles to be made into a movie, which would you choose?
I would love to see the Spindle Cove books made into a series! The books have a cute seaside-village setting and a cast of characters whose stories intertwine and evolve throughout the years. And I would love to see what a director could do with Colin and Minerva’s wild road trip in A Week to be Wicked!
I love the Spindle Cove series!
Could you share with us something about your next writing project?
Right now I’m working on
book four in the Girl Meets Duke series, which will be titled THE BRIDE BET and
come out in 2020. If you’ve read the other GMD books, you know this will be
Nicola’s story. Nicola is a both a crazy-good baker and a mad scientist in her
father’s footsteps. Her current project is improving an early form of the
electric battery. She never expected to marry, nor wanted to, except that she
kinda-sorta got engaged anyway years ago, to a man who’s now a duke. They
haven’t seen each other in years, and when he shows up expecting her to make
good on the engagement, let’s just say there’s more than one kind of
Thank you for joining me today!
Thank you so much for having me. I’m
There are so many wonderful books written by Tessa. If
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I hope you’ll all join me again next Saturday for another interview with a fabulous guest author.
Until then, Happy Reading!