I am so honoured to interview Tessa Emily Hall, an amazing author who has released not one, but two books this year!
Today, we will celebrate just one of them, Fallen Leaves with an interview,.
1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?
I technically started “writing” when I was three (more like dictating stories to my mom); however, it wasn’t until I was fifteen that I started to pursue writing as a career. That year I enrolled in an online school so I could fit creative writing into my schedule. I enrolled in a creative writing course through my school, signed up for Christian Writers Guild, and studied the craft as much as I could. That’s also the year that I wrote the first version of PURPLE MOON, my debut novel (and the first book in this series!).
2. What is Fallen Leaves about?
FALLEN LEAVES is the sequel to PURPLE MOON. It follows the journey of 16-year-old artist, Selena, as she searches for her dad and brother in hopes of her family being reunited after eight years. But can she handle the truth she uncovers that might threaten these dreams?
3. What inspired Fallen Leaves?
After I wrote PURPLE MOON, I knew Selena’s journey wasn’t finished. I needed to find out what happened in the next season of her life in Lake Lure–whether she would make it into the arts school and if her mom would recover in rehab. Readers were especially interested in knowing if Selena would reunite with her dad and brother. So, I set out to write this book with these questions in mind.
FALLEN LEAVES follows Selena’s journey throughout the fall (if you haven’t caught on to that already!). 😉 She grows in her faith, struggles to overcome anxiety, makes new friends, participates in an art contest, and goes on a quest to find her dad and brother in hopes of her family becoming whole once again.
4. Who is the book for?
The book is geared toward teens ages 13 – 18, but I don’t see why adults wouldn’t find it interesting, too!
5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?
I hope readers can grasp the truth that God sees them and cares about every single detail of their lives. Each season has been orchestrated by Him. Even the dark seasons that we walk through have a purpose, and God can transform them into good to prepare us for a future that only He can see.
6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?
My first book, PURPLE MOON, follows the first installment of Selena’s journey. Readers can find that book on Amazon or other online retailers.
UNWRITTEN MELODY was my second novel and is a standalone contemporary YA inspirational romance. Readers can find that on Amazon or other online retailers as well.
My third book, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, is my first nonfiction devotional for teens (released just a few weeks ago!). This book can be found on Amazon, online retailers, and brick and mortar bookstores everywhere.
7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Young adult fiction will always be my favorite genre, I believe. I love that it explores the transition period of teens’ lives and the angst that comes with those years. =) There’s also a raw authenticity that one can find in YA fiction that other genres seem to lack.
I do enjoy other genres too, though. My favorites are probably Christian speculative and contemporary women’s fiction, including romance. (A few of my favorite authors in these genres include Karen Kingsbury, Francine Rivers, James L. Rubart, and Rachel Hauck. Love their books!)
8. What is your favourite part of autumn?
What is there not to love about autumn? =) My favorite part about this season is probably the fall foliage and cool weather. I live in South Carolina, where summers are often unbearable and temperatures sometimes tease 100 degrees. There are days when I step outside and can’t grasp a full breath because of the thick humidity! So, once September rolls around, I’m already celebrating the entrance of fall. (Even though the weather here doesn’t usually catch up with the season until late October…)
9. Where can we connect with you?
Readers can find me across all social media platforms at @TessaEmilyHall — however, my favorite platforms to hang out at are probably Instagram and Twitter. Readers can also connect with me by signing up for my mailing list at www.TessaEmilyHall.com. (Free gift card giveaways are held every month for newsletter subscribers!) =)
10. What tips you have for young aspiring writers?
I always advise aspiring writers to do three things: read, research, and write. Read as many books as you can–both within your genre and outside of your genre. Research the industry and the craft of writing. Stay up-to-date on what’s selling. Understand how the publishing process works. Research marketing, too, so you can be aware of what you can do now to build your platform. And finally, write! There are so many people I’ve met who have dreamt of writing a book their entire life, yet they never make time to devote to writing. Either that or they can never finish a project. Sure it might seem daunting at first, but if you can make it a priority, that’s when you’ll start to see progress. Even 500 words every week is better than nothing!
Thank you so much Tessa for coming here today. And if any of you guys are interested in her books, I seriously recommend that you read them. They are amazing!