Thank you to Krista Ames for hosting me on your blog today. Tessa had an absolute ball answering your interview questions for her. Krista writes contemporary romance and has a cowboy one (yummy) published with Decadent Publishing. She also runs promos and tours for authors with “Bridging the Gap Promotions.”
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This is for Tessa Calitz, my heroine
How did you first meet your writer?
We met years ago when she was very green. She forgot about me for a while because she couldn’t really touch my soul properly, but then she learned some things and was able to reach deep into my psyche.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Never. I’ve always been fascinated by stories but never considered my story was worth it, but after I read the book, I realized that maybe people could identify with the struggles I’d been through.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
The romance of course. If it weren’t for Ryan’s romantic side, I probably would have landed up very lonely.
Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
My author took a while to admit my secret yearnings for a baby of my own. She didn’t want to reveal those secrets, but it was good she did so the readers could understand why I pushed Ryan away so much.
What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Paint. I love to sketch and paint. It takes me into another world, and I love seeing something come to life on a blank canvas or paper.
Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Initially, no, I would have preferred woman’s fiction because I didn’t think I needed romance in my life, but in the end, I can see she chose the best genre for my heart.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
When we look back on the struggles we go through, we sometimes wish we could rewrite the stupid mistakes we’ve made, but in the end, they help us to discover who we are and who we are meant to be, so, no, I don’t think I’d change a thing.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Well, if I answer that, you may figure out the ending so I’m going to keep my mouth shut.
What do you do for a living?
I run my own art gallery and paint landscapes. I also paint clock faces.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is to grow old alone without kids and a family.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
I like an oversized T-shirt and socks. Nothing else.
What is your most prized possession?
My easel. It’s imported and cost a fortune but it was well worth the effort of getting it here.
Did you have a pet as a child? What happened to it? How did you feel about that?
I had a yellow lab and he took me for walks. Seriously, I couldn’t keep up with him, but he kept me company as it was often lonely with just Mom and I.
What are you proudest of?
I went back to college again even after I’d been working a while – changed careers from a clerk to artist, and I’m so glad I took that step and followed my heart. It was hard to work part time and study but now I’ve got my own art gallery.
What is something no one knows about you? Why do you keep it a secret? And what would happen if everyone found out about it?
I paint mother and child pictures which I stash into my cupboard. I also buy baby magazines whenever I see a new one on the shelf. No one sees them because I don’t want anyone to know how obsessed I am about having a kid even though I’m single. They would probably think I’m this crazy woman if they found out.
What do you find most appealing in men/women?
I like a man who is sure of himself and where he’s going in life.
What do you find most unappealing in men/women?
Someone who lacks commitment and stickability.
What do you like most about where you live?
I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. I love the busyness, the good array of shops and entertainment, and being able to drive to just about any activity I can think of except for the beach which is highly overrated anyway.
What word makes you the happiest?
What turns you on?
Often what turns me on has nothing to do with my inner aspirations. Often it’s when a man has a rough, imperfect look and does impulsive things.
What turns you off?
What other profession would you like to try?
I’d like to run an orphanage one day – help out kids without parents and give them love and a home.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m a night owl. Often my best painting times are late at night when the world is silent.
Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo, what would it be and where? If not, what if you had to?
I’d been wanting to get one for years but never plucked up the courage to until Ryan took me to get one in the book. I haven’t look back and have gotten about three others since. I’m an artist so I like to design my own.
What do you admire about your parents?
I admire my mother the most. She looked after me as a single mom and always had time for me even though she was so busy working and keeping the home in order.
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Seven years earlier, a young and serious Tessa Calitz wrote a letter to free spirit Ryan le Roux promising her undying love. As time passed she forgot about that letter...but Ryan did not.
When he walks back into her life, Tessa is in a relationship and busy setting up her art gallery in Johannesburg. She has plans to start a family, and the arrival of Ryan throws her for a spin. He is the worst thing that could happen to her dream of stability...or is he?
When everything she clung to starts to crumble, Ryan is right beside her to inspire her to greater things. But her compulsion for having marriage and children on her terms alone pushes Ryan away--until she falls in love with an orphaned baby.
What can Ryan do to make Tessa realize that being with him is what her heart has longed for all along?
Here's a trailer of the book for a foretaste: Dragonfly Moments Book Trailer
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