Q&A With Tessa Bailey!
Hi Tessa and welcome to Talking Books Blog!
Thank you so much for having me!
Can you tell us a bit about your new book Unfixable...
Unfixable is the story of Willa. Some readers might remember her from my previous book, Protecting What’s His. She was the heroine, Ginger’s, younger sister. She’s all grown up now (nineteen) and travelling to Ireland to escape a bad break up and revive the no-bullshit girl she used to be. An Irish Formula One driver named Shane owns the inn where she’ll be living for a month and he throws a major wrench in her plans to keep everyone at arm’s length.
Between Shane or Willa – Due to their previous painful memories, both Shane and Willa were emotionally closed off with almost everyone, which in turn made their characters headstrong and sometimes prone to confrontations. Which character was more difficult to express or get their story across and why?
Definitely Shane. We didn’t see the story from his POV, only Willa’s. So while I can explain Willa’s closed off nature through her thoughts, I can’t do that for Shane. I had to find a way to bring him across through his actions instead. In the ways he cared for her family or did things to make Willa happy.
So many wonderful characters in this book – Shane, Willa, Faith, Kitty, Patrick, Brian and even Olga, all with their own set of challenges – Which character was your favourite to write in this book and why?
Apart from Shane and Willa who will always be my favorite in the book, I really enjoyed writing Shane’s sister, Faith. She came to me fully-formed, her character so clear in my head, I felt I already knew her. She was so fun to write.
What inspires you most to write?
I don’t have any choice. If I didn’t let the stories out of my head, I would probably end up in a straitjacket. LOL. Writing is something I need to do, like a compulsion. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my family. Writing is the only talent I have and the fact that I can use it to support them is a great stroke of luck.
What is your all time favourite book that you have read?
I don’t know! That’s such a hard question to answer. I love anything by Kresley Cole. I would have to say one of the best books I’ve read in a long time is Lothaire. I didn’t move until I’d finished it. I would say that is easily one of my all time favorite books. If we’re talking about non-romance, I’m a huge Denis Johnson fan.
Who is your all time favourite Author?
It’s probably a toss up between Julie Garwood and Kresley Cole. Garwood was kind of my introduction to romance at a very young age, so they are comfort reads that I’ve easily read 5-6 times each. As for Kresley Cole, I know I can count on her for big, dirty alpha males and a huge dose of humor. She never lets me down.
What is your favourite book quote?
Again, very hard to answer. But this is one from Lothaire that I find incredibly romantic and shows what a dominant/protecting male should be. “The Enemy of Old f…..g sighed. Dear gods, it’d finally happened to him. Happiness. Then his own fangs sharpened. I will kill anyone who tries to take this feeling away from me.”
What is the most challenging aspect of writing in general?
Discipline. There will inevitably be days where you don’t have the energy to emote on the page. You’re feeling blank. But you have deadlines, you have people relying on you, so you get off your ass and do it! LOL. Another difficult aspect would be taking editorial notes you don’t necessarily agree with.
What’s your favourite music to write to?
I need something mellow, but inspiring at the same time. I find myself listening to The National or Radiohead pretty frequently. Something I can tune out, but it’s also seeping in, giving me ideas.
Can you discuss any new projects that you are working on?
Yes! I have a wedding continuity book releasing on June 9th! It’s called Baiting the Maid of Honor. Myself and three other authors (Samanthe Beck, Katee Robert and Diane Albert) wrote books taking place at the wedding of the year. My story is about Reed, a broody SWAT commander who falls for Julie, the sunshiney ex-sorority girl. It’s a fun/hot read J.
About The Author
Thank you for your interest in my books! I’m Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I’ve decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.
I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I’m still finding it, little by little. Thank you for being a part of it.
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Release Date: 14 April 2014
He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.
Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.
Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.
But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?
Unfixable by Tessa Bailey is nothing short of a five star read! As soon as I started this book I just knew I was in for one emotional read and yes that’s just what I got.
Willa Peet whom we met in Tessa Bailey’s previous book, Protecting What’s His, book one of A Line Of Duty Series. She flees to Dublin. Escaping from the break-up of her two year relationship with Evan.
Enter Shane Claymore, hot as sin and rugged to boot, with his own set of problems who with his strong persona, leaves no room for argument. Anyone of us who has read about Willa Peet’s character knows she’s wont cave to anyone – especially someone who tries to come across as intimidating or controlling or challenging.
The Airport scene was absolutely hilarious between Shane and Willa and sparks fly in more ways than one right from the start.
Both Shane and Willa have volatile, strong personalities in their own right and neither backs away from a challenge of any sort.
With a broken heart already, Willa isn’t looking for a relationship of any kind, but soon befriends most of the characters in this book, which throws her for a loop.
Shane “gets” Willa. Understands her and challenges her, while at the same time, respecting her and respecting her boundaries.
So many likeable characters in this story – Shane and Willa of course as well as Kitty – Shane’s wonderful quirky Mother, Faith – Shane’s happy go-lucky sister as well as Orla, and initially questionable characters Patrick and Brian who on first impression are not what they seem, all put together in this book make for one heart-stopping, fun-loving, emotional ever loving read!
The Author nails the descriptives of the characters, the scenes and their interactions within the story to perfection. No writing in this book could be faulted.
I cannot recommend this book enough!
5 Star read!
*ARC Received from the Publisher for an honest review.
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