Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Exploring Tessa Stockton's World

Welcome to today's featured author, Tessa Stockton!

Congratulations on your latest book, The Unspeakable. Is there a story behind your book?

Besides the fact that I have a keen interest in the topic of forgiveness, as well as political psychology, I think due to my Jewish-German background (I was born with a past), I went on an exploration of human rights over the years, and was politically active. I kept coming to the same conclusion. That is, things aren’t always what they seem. There are some pretty gray areas out there in the world’s dealings that don’t have cookie-cutter answers. In spite of human nature’s tendency to seek only earthly justice, there’s a crucial spiritual aspect. It often gets overlooked because, admittedly, the process isn’t comfortable or easy. Sometimes you have to dig deep. Even in the most unscrupulous events, underneath the layers of human condition, what would Jesus say?

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

Well, almost any of them. I get sort of stagnant if I feel like I have to stick to only one. Political intrigue, suspense, fantasy, romance, inspirational, historical—I’m passionate about each of them, equally—as a writer and a reader. I’ve always embraced diversity, so when it was suggested early on that I pick only one genre and run with it, I just about ran from writing. But then I thought, wait a minute, I am who I am and I write what I write. I don’t have to worry about the rest of it. It’s in the hands of Providence. I really enjoy what I do, now, after that realization. Before, I was trying to fit into someone else’s mold and it didn’t work, not to mention, it took the fun out of it.

Also, I’ve been advised that I should use a pseudonym for every genre in which I write—but that’s just crazy. Who has that kind of time? I work carefully, joyfully, and according to how God directs me. That’s not to say that I don’t listen to constructive criticism or advice, I do, but I weigh everything cautiously—because every person has an opinion, and it is oh-so-individual.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

Ice Dancer’s Hold, a fantasy romance eNovella, part of The Brother’s Keep series. It’s an unusual look at genocide in a very make-believe world, and has a few twists that took even me my surprise. It’s not yet released though (there are three eNovellas scheduled ahead of it), so I’m not at liberty to go into much detail at this point. Still, it might be my most shocking work yet. I do so like those shock factors…

Here’s the blurb, just for the fun of it:

A beautiful slave named Sasha holds the hidden power to destroy Master Kilian once and for all, along with his reign of terror. Instead, she openly sacrifices herself, silencing her own authority, deep within his arctic fortress. The question is, why? Now, among the confusion, evil prevails.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?

Oh, goodness, Computer. It’s speedy, and I believe in producing a lot of words, getting a lot of stories out. Having said that, my house it littered with sticky notes. I think, we writers, to the observer, border insanity. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but ideas come often throughout the day—it doesn’t matter what I’m doing—where I have regular conversations between characters in my head that, somehow, without my immediate knowledge, get vocalized. When that happens, I have to write the exchanges or notions down. Otherwise, I’ll forget them. I happen to be a clean freak, but for some reason the sticky notes linger until I’m done with them, that is, transcribe them into my manuscript that’s on that awesome computer.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?

Oh yeah. In fact, I’m finishing up something now that I started, almost completed, several years ago. I tend to venture outside the box. I don’t care for boxes. Yet, I didn’t have the courage to propagate this title until now. It’s a paranormal romance set in the dance world, as I used to dance professionally. The paranormal aspect comes from the fact that, in fiction, anything can be allegorized. It is an inspirational paranormal romance. Yep.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

A gazillion. Really only four or five, but it sometimes feels like a gazillion. I like it that way, though. Love the nature of challenge.

What are your five favorite words?

Mellifluous. Strike. Rapture. Cunning. Exquisite. None of which are used that often in my novels!

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

At this time, as I’m answering these questions, it’s, Wind’s Aria, an inspirational/allegorical fantasy romance eNovella, the first of The Brother’s Keep series that I’ve already mentioned. Due out sometime in January/February 2013. The release date is yet tentative. You’ll meet a very important subject in the story named Lily of the Valley.

This is what it’s about in a short summary:

Elected as the Songstress, Aria takes her place on the sacred platform to sing before every dawn. As long as she does so, peace and abundant life belong to her people. One morning, amidst a strange wind that brings with it a curse in its eerie howl, Aria loses her ability to make music. But the encroaching death that transpires isn’t her biggest tragedy. It’s that she adores the cause of her blunder, for he’s a magnificent winged creature who’s stolen more than her voice.

Tessa’s Parting Words:

Who said forgiveness was easy?

Connect with Tessa Stockton:


The Unspeakable: 

When a furtive conflict is pitted between violent leftist guerrillas and a rightwing paramilitary group in Colombia, a North American woman mistakenly gets caught in the middle.

“I spent four months, one week and two days in a clandestine prison referred to as The Water Cave. Every day I stared hell in the face, and each day I wanted to die. I don’t want to share too much too quickly. To understand fully, you must join hands with me, fasten your heart to mine, and course through my book. Stumble over the incomprehensible human rights journey with me. I’ve pondered it to the brink of questionable sanity, and it is the only way. It’s the only way to explain. I suppose I should consider myself lucky I survived at all—for many did not—yet, perplexingly so, that’s not the premise of this narrative.

He altered my life, marked me forever.
But it’s not how you might imagine.
This is a story involving Horacio Botello, my torturer known as Puma.”

The Unspeakable is available at:


Barnes & Noble

Wings ePress

Tessa Stockton is giving away a copy of The UnspeakableTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


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ann said...

Would like to enter for the book. It sounds very interesting and a good one for me to read

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Anonymous said...

I would like to win this book. Maxie mac262@me.com

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Tessa Stockton said...

Thank you The Barn Door Book Loft for the feature. It's a delight to have been here for a second time.

Sharon A. Lavy said...

We are delighted to have you back, Tessa.

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