Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Tresser: My name is Tresser Henderson and I’m in my forties.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Tresser: I’m from a small town in VA. I grew up on a farm. Most people find that hard to believe when they meet me. My grandmother was a tobacco farmer. We also grew corn, wheat, vegetables, and fruit. So I learned what hard work was at an early age.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Tresser: I graduated from high school and went on to get an Associates Degree in Computer Medical Administration. I married my high school sweetheart. We’ve been together 27 years and married 17. We have 3 beautiful children. I’m blessed to have both of my parents in my life who are still married til this day. And I’m the oldest. I have a younger brother and sister.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Tresser: Latest news? Wow. I’m all over the place with things I’m doing. That’s the problem. Right now I’m working on a book I’m trying to hopefully release this year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Since the age of sixteen, I always thought I could write a book due to the drama I saw with extended family members like cousins, aunts, and uncles. Some of it was hilarious. I even told my mother this but she told me I better not ever write a book about our family. She didn’t know then she was putting a fire/gift I had at the time and I did as she asked never writing. Flash forward about twelve years later, I was stuck in a job hoping to move forward trying to get this higher paying job, which I was passed over four times for. Every person that got hired, I trained, yet I was not good enough to get the job. I literally lost it when the 4th person got hired and he’d only been in the position for six months or so. I cursed my boss out. I packed my things and was going to quit. A new boss named Kenneth Greene was taking over my department and he pulled me in his office telling me that in order to do his job, he needed my help due to my knowledge. He told me I got passed over because I was too good in my position and they couldn’t’ afford to lose me. Sucked right. Held back for being good at what I did. He told me he didn’t see me there forever and he asked me what was something I’ve always wanted to do. I told him write. He asked me to write him something and bring it back the next day. I typed like six pages and took it to him the next morning. I actually tossed it on his desk and walked out. He called me an hour later to talk to me. Leaning, forward, elbows to his knees, and hands clasped he said “This is your God Given Talent.” Those words changed my life. So what turned out to be a tragic event not getting this job I wanted so bad, God used to push me into my gift. My mother still thinks he was my angel.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Tresser: I’m just getting comfortable being called a writer/author. I see this as doing something I love.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Tresser: I HATED reading. That was until I came across a book called “The Coldest Winter Ever” by Sister Souljah. I read that book in 3 days. I didn’t think reading could be so fun and exciting. The next book I read was “Addicted” by Zane. Then “Casting the First Stone” by Kimberla Lawson Roby. Then “God’s Gift to Women” by Michael Baisden. Then “So You Call Yourself A Man” By Carl Weber. I listed these because these were the top five books that helped push me to do what I do now. Of course, there has been so many more books that have been absolutely amazing that I’ve read but these were my start.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Tresser: How can you get back at your cheating boyfriend, sleep with his best friend. That’s how I came up with “My Man’s Best Friend” And this didn’t happen to me by the way.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Tresser: I was placed in the category of Urban Renaissance. I definitely don’t do street fiction or love stories. I like to write real life things you can possibly see happening. The issues I’m having is carving my own lane, trying to think of something no one has done and if they have, write it in a way you know it’s a Tresser Henderson book.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Tresser: I want most of it to feel realistic. Like the last question, I want people to be able to relate. Now the contents can be things I’ve witness and/or experienced to be honest. I take it from there to add whatever else comes to me my mind.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Tresser: Not really. Everybody has relationship issues, family issues, issues with their children or church etc. So I don’t have to travel for that.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Tresser: My books out now, the publishing company had someone do them. Four out of five of them I got to give the okay. I’m in the process of doing my own.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Tresser: Sometimes, especially now that my writing style is growing. I do want lessons learned from my writing and everything is not always a happy ending.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Tresser: One author that has captured my attention is Ivy Simone. I don’t get alot of opportunity to read because I’m always writing but I’ve ready a few of her books. I have most, if not all of them on my tablet to read. I like her style. She gets me locked into her books. She amazing.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Tresser: Denise Kelley, A.K.A. D.A. Kelley has been very supportive. She’s someone who can say something that pushes me to want to go forward and not quit when I get discouraged. She too is an author. She writes Christian books which are great. Her spirit is always that of speaking life into everything. Now please understand, I don’t surround myself with individuals who are dream killers. I have many friends who have supported me since day one. But you asked for one and I gave you Denise because I talk with her the most and she understands the struggle at times.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Tresser: I want it to be. I’m praying it will be for me one day. It would be a dream to get paid WELL doing what I love to do because it doesn’t feel like work.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Tresser: Yes. But I’m that girl who will read a chapter of my book a hundred times and will always find something to change about it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Tresser: Yes, that I have gotten better at my craft. And also, just because you are a plus size woman doesn’t mean you can’t find love, especially with yourself.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Tresser: For “My Man’s Best Friend” Sanaa Lathan. “Big Girls Drama” Octavia Spencer.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Tresser: Just write. Don’t worry about corrections, punctuation, alignment. Just let the words flow out on the paper. You can go back and tweak it later.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Tresser: Thank you. You didn’t have to take a chance on little old me but you did and I’m truly grateful.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Tresser: I don’t read much. What I do is listen to books? That’s been my thing for a while and I’m listening to “I’m Doin Me 2” by Anna Black.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Tresser: “The Coldest Winter Ever” by Sister Souljah
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Tresser: My family. They make me laugh the hardest but there are the ones who will bring me to tears.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Tresser: Tyler Perry, hands down. I’m a fan, not only because of what he’s accomplished but also where he came from and the hard work it took for him to get where he is today. My dream is to work with him one day on more than one project.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Tresser: Sewing. I love to sew but easy things. LOL
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Tresser: All the Law and Order, CSI’s,and Love and Hiphop. I love Scandal, Power, Empire, Criminal Minds, Have and Have Nots, Too Close to Home, If Loving You Is Wrong, etc. Can you tell I love watching TV? It’s the only time I don’t have to think. I can get enthralled without my man racing all the time about what I could be doing.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Tresser: I love Wings and Ice cream but not together. My Color is grey and music is R&B like Jill Scott, Mary J, K. Michelle, Usher, Keyshia Cole Etc.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Tresser: Motivational Speaking.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Tresser: A Dreamer. A Giver. And Loved.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Tresser: I’m working on that as we speak. With the transition I’m going into, things are in the works.
Website: currently going to update: http://tresserhenderson.com/