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Monday, September 19, 2011

ABA AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH TESSA WANTON WITH GIVEAWAY

Kiki: What is your favorite genre to read in, and what is it about that genre that attracts you to it? If you like a specific mix of genres, please state that particular combination.

Tessa: Considering my chosen genre to write, it may surprise my readers that my favourite genre to read is sci-fi. Whether it is serious like Arthur C Clarke, or comedy like Douglas Adams, I just enjoy the endless possibilities that sci-fi can provide, absolutely nothing is impossible.

Kiki: What is your favorite author to read in that genre, and why? Also, please tell me a little about the best book by that author you have read.

Tessa: Oh my – this is difficult, now it’s a toss up between Philip K Dick and Isaac Asimov, and I think I’m going to have to go with Isaac Asimov. Mainly because his short story anthology ‘Robot Visions’ was the first sci-fi book I read as a teenager, and it’s this book that I choose as his best work. This book showcases what I consider to be his best ideas, summarizing the ‘Three laws of robotics’ and exploring them in different short stories. They may appear to be cast iron laws to protect humans from their creations, but then, life is never as straight forward as that is it?

Kiki: Do you have a Favorite Book of All Time? Of course, please tell us what about that book makes it your favorite.

Tessa: Definitely it has to be ‘An Equal Music’ by Vikram Seth. I know it isn’t sci-fi, but it is simply the only book I have read from a genre other than sci-fi that has stuck with me and moved me to such emotional depth that I felt bereft when I finished it. The book describes love lost and potentially regained with such a heart wrenching twist. I often wonder if it’ll have a lesser effect every time I re-read it, but that feeling in the pit of my stomach never disappears.

Kiki: What is the best book you read last month, and would you recommend it to a friend?

Tessa: Last month I read ‘Still Missing’ by Chevy Stevens. It was a real page turner, uncomfortable to read in many ways, but I just had to know what happened in the end. I would recommend it to a friend, however I would add caution as the story might be sensitive to some readers.

Kiki: What are your reading habits like? For example, how many books do you read on average in a week, what format do you prefer to read in, what time of day do you read, and what setting is ideal for you to get lost in that book?

Tessa: I generally read a book a week whilst commuting to and from work. My daily commute is around 90 minutes by train, morning and evening and having a book means I can escape to another world. Until recently I only read in paperback format, but I received a Kindle for my birthday and find the flexibility of having so many books to choose from really freeing. It might even entice me further away from my love affair with sci-fi! My ideal setting to get lost in a book is peace and quiet, away from the busy world, warm and snuggled up with some quiet music playing in the background.

Kiki: If pressed, could you choose a favorite from the books you have written? Why is it your favorite?

Tessa: To date, I had only written snippets of ideas, always lacking the courage to complete them, and then The Training of Tess came along. I couldn’t stop writing and even now, I have completed a substantial amount of my second novella in the series. My namesake has a lot more experiences lined up for her, darker and more emotional even to her initial training.

Kiki: How do you become inspired to write?

Tessa: I had always considered that I would like to write sci-fi stories as I loved the genre so much, but I found that I was more inspired for my own writing by emotions and the inner workings of people’s thoughts and feelings. My inspiration comes to me now through conversations with my close friends, discussing and detailing situations that I and they would like to experience for themselves, and in some cases I draw on my own experiences.

Kiki: What part of the story do you think is your strength to write?

Tessa: I feel that my strengths lie in writing something that is realistic, for instance I have been asked more than once if I wrote ‘The Training of Tess’ autobiographically. I will admit that when I write, I like to completely absorb myself in the main character, however, I think I’ll just have to leave the what if’s on that particular question to the reader to decide.

Kiki: Please share with ABA readers something I did not think to ask you about.

Tessa: As well as loving reading and writing, I have a huge passion for music. I’m a classically trained composer and at my happiest when I am creating art, whether that be musically or literary.
  
Tessa Wanton
~I am a new writer, exploring the deep emotional and sensual connections within BDSM relationships. As with much in life, not everything is always as it appears, and I look to challenge readers' perceptions as to what a loving relationship can really be.~ 

Twitter @DesireDarkly

NAUGHTY NIGHTS PRESS IS PROUD TO PRESENT…
The alluring talents of Tessa Wanton, making her writing debut with “THE TRAINING OF TESS” A sensual, erotic foray into the world of BDSM.

Synopsis:
Tess had always been fascinated with the Dominant submissive lifestyle, and she was – she felt, a very submissive person.  In her real life people knew her as a feisty, headstrong and passionate woman; no one would ever have described her as submissive.  But then she had learned over time that being submissive didn’t mean she had to be a doormat, it meant to her that she wanted to hand over her control, her welfare, her safety, to someone else.  Throughout her life she had maintained an iron grip on her personal control, organized to the extreme in her work and home life, highly respected in her profession as a Personal Assistant, so used to controlling others to ensure success.   But what she truly wanted deep down inside, was a man who could take her to that special place of freedom she had heard and read so much about, to experience true freedom within her mind.

She had signed up to a lifestyle website to learn more about what it was to attain this   ‘sub-space’ she had heard about.  Peppering her profile with photographs she felt were ‘artistic’, and writing a personal passage about who she was had attracted plenty of admirers, but no one she had particularly connected with.  She wasn’t looking to find a soul mate, or even a playmate, just someone to discuss her thoughts and passions and desires with.   It was out of the blue that a message had dropped into her inbox. 

This intriguingly daring and fiery novella describes three encounters experienced by a young woman, who, whilst fascinated by BDSM throughout her life, had not had the courage or opportunity to experiment in the scene, until now...

THE TRAINING OF TESS is due for release September 30th 2011 in e-book format.

Excerpt:

Tessa fidgeted nervously as she smoothed the wrinkles from her figure-hugging pencil skirt. Shifting her gaze from the countryside rushing by, she glanced impatiently at her phone again; nothing. The last words she had read that morning from Him had been today is the day Tessa. She had scrolled up and down the list of messages she had received from Him countless times as she had sat there, double-checking and triple-checking to ensure that she would fulfill His instructions exactly. You will catch the 10:13 train to London, Victoria and alight when I tell you. You will then go to the front of the station and take the nearest taxi. Tell him to take you to Court Road. When you arrive there you will see two post boxes. Get out of the car, pay him and await instructions.
An involuntary shiver ran the full length of her spine as she sat on the train, waiting, anxious for that message. She perched on the edge of the seat, waiting for each stop, knowing she might have to dash for the door to make sure she didn’t miss the stop. Suddenly, her phone vibrated in her trembling hand. Now it said and with that Tessa stood and moved to the door. She appraised her reflection in the glass of the door – green satin blouse, black cardigan, black pencil skirt, sheer black nylons and her comfortable black slip on patent heels. He had requested she wear her turquoise underwear for their meeting, so Tessa had thought that accessorizing her flame red hair with a forest green blouse would also please Him. She had an insatiable need to please this man like nothing she had ever felt before.
He had crashed headlong into her life some three weeks earlier. Tessa had always been fascinated with the Dominant/submissive lifestyle, and she was – she felt, a very submissive person. In her real life people knew her as a feisty, headstrong and passionate woman; no one would ever have described her as submissive. But then she had learned over time, that being submissive didn’t mean she had to be a doormat, it meant to her that she wanted to hand over her control, her welfare, her safety, to someone else. Throughout her life she had maintained an iron grip on her personal control, organized to the extreme in her work and home life, highly respected in her profession as a Personal Assistant, so used to controlling others to ensure success. But what she truly wanted deep down inside, was a man who could take her to that special place of freedom she had heard and read so much about. To experience true freedom within her mind.
She had signed up to a BDSM lifestyle website to learn more about what it was to attain this ‘sub-space’ she had heard about. Peppering her profile with photographs she felt were ‘artistic’, and writing a personal passage about who she was had attracted plenty of admirers, but no one she had particularly connected with. She wasn’t looking to find a soul mate, or even a playmate, just someone to discuss her thoughts and passions and desires with. It was out of the blue that a message had dropped into her inbox. He handled each conversation they had with courtesy and interest, drawing more and more information out of her without her even realizing. Or maybe she did and she was already walking towards this man instinctively, already feeling the urge to please Him in any way He desired. She couldn’t place when her thoughts turned to Him entirely- it wasn’t long after they had started talking. He had even managed to find out where she worked, and after a few days of messaging back and forth, He called her anonymously at her desk. He had used a fake name to convince reception to pass Him through to her, and when He spoke, He had teased her with His low voice pressed to her ear. “Imagine this voice Tessa, speaking in your ear in person, knowing that whatever I say next, you must submit without question...” At that point Tessa felt the intense pangs of fear and panic that she had been hunted down so easily, what else did this man know about her in but a few days? She did not even know His name.
Two days later she met Him for the first time. She had just had a difficult meeting in the city and had been dropped off at the local car pool to collect her car when she had been pressed firmly against her door from behind.
“Hello Tessa” He had breathed in her ear, “I suggest you get in my car.” Near paralyzed with fear she turned slowly and looked straight into intense sparkling brown eyes, flecked with green, there was no way she would deny Him, all of her life-long fantasies were coming true. They had gone to a local park, where He had run His hands over her shaking body, entwined His fingers in her hair and pulled her to His lips where they kissed deeply and passionately, her body melting further with each kiss and caress. His hands were so gentle, but firm enough to know that there really was no escape. He worked over her clothed body, gradually relaxing her until He slipped His hand under her top and slid His fingers inside the lacy material of her bra, slowly releasing her right breast. Her heaving chest betrayed her fear and lust, a deep red flush creeping across her as He leaned in and sucked her nipple deep into His mouth. She moaned loudly, eyes closing and arching her back to push into Him, taking her so close to the edge of climax then instinctively stopping His exploration of her body. Pulling away from her, He held her gaze, fingers once more tightly wrapped in her hair.
“I am going to enjoy you,” He uttered as she gasped to regain her composure. Every word He spoke to her was like a lightning bolt straight to her sex. Deep and powerful, she had to know more about Him whatever the cost.



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21 comments:

  1. Excellent interview ladies.
    Brilliant and insightful responses Tessa.

    Don't forget The Training of Tess is out now on Amazon, Smashwords and aRE. Buy your copy now :-D

    *bites n kisses*

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  2. Fabulous interview Tessa and Kiki- And congrats Tessa- you're moving on up in the publishing world- whoot!

    Dawne P

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  3. Excellent interview ladies!
    And Vampirique took the words right from my mouth. Lol

    Oh and readers, I have to mention that Ms. Tessa is working on book two in this series so you will get to enjoy her experiences alongside her as she delves deeper into more, deeper aspects of the D/s relationship begun in The Training Of Tess.

    Described as one reader as "Fresh, different & exciting" don't miss out on more to come in the near future!
    Published of course by none other then Naughty Nights Press!

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  4. Great interview! and love the excerpt :) Sounds like a great book. Much luck with it!

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  5. Great interview. Sounds like a very interesting book ;-)
    -Dawn Doyle aka dawnmomoffour
    thedoyle6@rogers.com

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  6. Thank you for the really kind comments from you all :-) it's not easy being interviewed, you always worry you'll come across as a complete nightmare!

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  7. Love the interview and the excerpt, I shall have to get Tessa's book once it's released

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  8. Excellent interview. I love that your favorite genre isn't the genre you write in! Sci-fi is way cool! Based off the blurb and excerpt I will definitely be waiting the release of The Training of Tess!!

    Heaven Liegh Eldeen
    thedemonside@gmail.com

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  9. Ahhhhh! Well, the book is released now! It was released early, all the details are on my blog, it's available on Kindle and Smashwords :-)

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  10. Great Interview! But, I loved the excerpt ;)

    Abby

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  11. Great interview. This book is getting added to my TBR list.

    Patricia
    panthers.ravens@yahoo.com

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  12. Thanks Abby and Patricia :-) and when you do read it, please drop by my blog or catch up with me on Twitter and Facebook and let me know what you think, good or bad, I can't improve if I don't know what I do wrong!!!! But of course, I really hope you enjoy!!!

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  13. Excellent interview, fellow sci-fi reader here branching out tentatively. Love reading and conducting interviews, you get to learn so much about other writers. As for music? Aren't you just a wonderful woman with fingers in many creative pies! Keep up the good work!
    deaalmon@live.com.au

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  14. Brilliant Interview, I love finding out about the authors behind the books.

    Sci-fi books are brilliant!!!

    It looks like I have a little bit in common with Tess Oh my!!!

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  15. wow, great excerpt! the cover is beautiful too. i can hardly wait to read the rest of the book and see what happens next.

    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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  16. Wonderful interview, Tessa and great excerpt. And I see the book is released early! I adore the cover. Can't wait to read. :-)


    Fiona
    fiona_archer@hotmail.com

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  17. Wow thank you all again for such wonderful comments :-) I'm grinning like a cheshire cat :-D I can't wait to see which one of you wins, and... Tells me what you think!! It's not a typical story, but, it might just surprise you!

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  18. Love your excerpt. Very sensuous. Sci Fi & Fantasy are my favorites also. I encourage you to bring your writing into the genre. You would be successful.

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  19. Found it! And loved the interview and the unexpected reading interests. Excerpt is intriguing, too!

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  20. Congratulation to Heaven Liegh Eldeen on their comment.

    A pdf copy of The Training of Tess has been emailed out to you from Naughty Nights Press.

    Happy Reading!

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  21. WOOOHHOOOOOO!Thank you so much! I am so stoked! I can't wait to read it!!

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