I love the featured indie authors section of my blog where I get to interview indie authors and hear about the exciting and creative things that writers are up to. This week I’d like to welcome Tessa Stokes to the blog. Tessa is the author of The Ruthin Trilogy, The Seven Spell Saga, and more. Tessa has me envious of some of her travels (read on to find out where she was in 2011).
Tell us about The Seven Spell Saga:
Chloe McGarry moves from her home in California, to a village and estate in England steeped in history and mystery. She has never been lucky in love, and to her surprise she meets not one, but two lovely guys. They are both interested in her and become her dearest friends. She falls in love with both of them and they both fall in love with her.
One of them, Tristan is especially enigmatic. He has been keeping a secret for eight hundred years, and as Chloe forms a relationship with him, she helps him unravel his heritage. There are dangers around every corner as her other love, Oliver is mistaken for Tristan by an ancient family of Magi bent on collecting a debt owed to them by Sir Edmund Dearing, Tristan’s father.
The three, Tristan, Chloe, and Oliver, brought together by danger and adventure as well as love, become firm friends. Life goes on around the estate, but the magic that has followed Tristan all of his life continues to threaten his very existence.
The romantic adventure has many twists and turns, ordinary life is peppered with magic, time travel, and love.
The first three books are told from Chloe’s point of view but as she matures and time passes more voices are added. Sprinkled with magical moments, danger, mystery, surprise, The Sealed Door is the first book in the series of four where we hear the voice of other characters besides Chloe. The Seven Spell Saga takes a different turn here. The Task, book five, provides different endings for readers to choose from, but the author’s cut provides for the story in book six, Bartholomew Pike’s Spell Book.
The Seven Spell Saga is suitable for 17/18 – upwards readers.
What about the storyline makes this different from other urban fantasy novels?
I like to think it’s the characters. Tristan Dearing and the nature of his character. He has lived having to change the language he speaks, his clothes, his work, and home for so long.
Chloe McGarry does so much growing up in the three years that the book series spans, and she provides the urban and reality side of the story with her family and ordinary friends. The genre mix of reality and fantasy is closely woven, so that readers really get to know the characters and hopefully live in the story with them.
What do you like most about writing – what do you hate?
I love to create characters. All their emotions and mannerisms are so interesting to formulate, and they take over too after a while. I would say often the characters change the content of the story from when I first had an idea by the way they develop.
I also love telling a story.
Marketing for me has to be the part I dislike. It’s so time-consuming and difficult.
What’s your best piece of marketing advice for the indie author?
LOL since that’s what I dislike most I hope my advice is sound. Look for places where your readers may be and go there, to blogs, reader book club websites, interact and be accessible to readers via Facebook and Twitter. Often readers do want to tell you something about the books and I like that when it happens.
Tell us one interesting thing you did in 2011:
I love to visit castles and old places. I went on a little road trip and took in a gorgeous little abbey, Tewksbury Abbey. It’s full of really old effigies and Norman tomb canopies. The whole place is a delight.
Bartholomew Pike’s Spell Book: The Seven Spell Saga book six:
Book Six follows on from the author’s cut in Book five.
New characters emerge, and a surprise is in store for Chloe McGarry, and her two companions Tristan Dearing, and Oliver Tarrant.
The three friends and lovers find themselves embroiled in yet another adventure, this time indirectly caused by the time travel portal on the Dearing estate.
Tristan and Oliver are both in love with Chloe, and she reciprocates. A young woman seeking out Tristan for help arrives on the Dearing estate; her message is about the young knight Gaston. Gaston is in trouble, held captive, and being tortured.
They must attempt a rescue. What can go wrong?
Magic has always followed Tristan Dearing around, his lover Chloe has caught the habit, and now so has the lovely Oliver Tarrant.
In the attic of Tristan’s reacquired house in the White Witch woods they find a cache of antiques. Where have they come from and why does Oliver feel an affinity with them?
Already the trio has found their special abilities evolving, and now Oliver, with his love for technology suddenly finds himself with as much magic surrounding him as Tristan.
In this enchanting continuation of The Seven Spell Saga the romance between the characters takes new turns.
They find new directions for their lives, which have been so changed over the last three years by their meeting.
They try to settle down to use the special abilities they have received from their blood bond with the enigmatic, immortal knight Tristan Dearing.
Does fate let them?
Sample Bartholomew Pike’s Spell Book: The Seven Spell Saga Book six:
Tristan stopped crunching his ice cube and moved a little closer to us.
“The attic I started on is full of weird stuff, more than antiques, sort of artifacts”.
“Artifacts” Oliver said in a questioning way. Tristan looked around as if he didn’t want anyone else to hear.
“Yes, things that seem to have mysterious auras. Not your usual antiques; strangely carved cups and bowls for instance”. Tristan lowered his voice.
Oliver grinned at me and I smiled a little. The things must be strange for Tristan to act like this; he’d seen some sights in his lifetime.
“Come on Tristan, even for you this sounds a little weird, mysterious auras”. Oliver was amused and grinning again, he leaned back a little in his chair and took the glass of ice-cold water in his hands to roll it across his palms.
“Why did we have to meet here Tristan?” I asked him because we could have met at my place or his.
“Oh that’s because I had flowers to deliver, and this was on the way back, and I wanted to check the library too. You know this branch has a special section on lost and endangered languages”. He smiled at me.
“I didn’t know, but it sounds intriguing. Come on Tristan you are being especially enigmatic”, I said smiling more at him because he looked so intense and I sent him a thought. He smiled then since I had effectively sent him a kiss and he drank his orange juice.
Oliver leaned over and gave him a gentle shove. “What else? Just cups and bowls? The whole attic is full of them?” He was grinning, and as the waiter passed he gestured to him, and we ordered more spring water and juice with ice.
Oliver sent me a thought. Chloe, we could still be at my place in the cool of my room and I could still be kissing you.
I glanced at him lovingly, but did not reply.
“Not full up as in up to the beams. I mean there are lots, and there are other things, lots of other things, patterned blankets, and bead curtains that make music, strange music. I’m not kidding you two I felt very peculiar when I touched the things, and the music could only be described as haunting. I’m not faint-hearted as you must know, but I’d rather not be on my own when I next go up there”.
Tristan was sincere and I was surprised. He was a knight and had all kinds of experiences, not to mention the magic that had surrounded him all his life and so it was strange he would feel like this.
“That’s odd Tristan” I said to comfort him. “You have seen and done so much. What do you mean by auras?”
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Tessa Stokes has lived in many places in the world because of her work, but currently resides in the United Kingdom where she was born.
She writes character driven stories, which are a genre blend of urban fantasy, paranormal romance and real life. Her books are heavily romantic.