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?
Tena Stetler , A woman never tells her actual age. LOL
Fiona: Where are you from?
Tena: Colorado in the United States
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have and overactive imagination, which led to my writing my first vampire romance novel as a tween to the chagrin of my mom and delight of my friends After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, I decided to live my dream of pursuing a publishing career. My debut novel became a best seller three month after its release date. Since them several of my novels have won awards and contests.
With the Rocky Mountains outside my window, I sit at my computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. My books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Well, okay there are a few companion animals to round out the tales. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in my books.
Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When I’m not writing, I spend time kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find me curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I’m really excited about An Angel’s Unintentional Entanglement . It was released August 6, 2018, to four and five star reviews. Buy link: http://a.co/agG8vn2
Amazon buy link for all my books: https://www.amazon.com/Tena-Stetler/e/B014E0PEPM/
Upcoming; A Magic Redemption (fifth book in A Demon’s Witch Series) is in production with a tentative release date scheduled December, 2018.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Probably around seven or eight years old. I used to write stories to give to my friends for their birthdays and Christmas.
I read Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew books. Who didn’t? But when I didn’t like the ending or some event in the book, I’d rewrite it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
This is a hard question. I think I’ve always considered myself a writer, but not a serious get published writer until four years ago.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was down sized from my job and decided it was now or never. I’d written books and left them in a file on my computer. So I pulled them out, polished and submitted A Demon’s Witch. A few weeks later The Wild Rose Press offered me a contact. Eight books later, I’m still with them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It just came to me, as most my titles do.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Yep, I’m a diehard panster. (Write by the seat of my pants.) I write my scenes, chapters and even books out of order. Somehow in the end they all come together. I write Paranormal Romance. It’s popularity waxes and wanes, but I have to write what I love and from the heart. I’m excited to be working on my first cozy mystery, which will have some magic in it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Nope my books are not not realistic although my characters whether demon, witch, vampire, shapeshifter, faery or other, all have jobs and go about their daily lives a lot like we do. But they are hiding in plan sight.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
A several of my books are set in places (State and National Parks) that I’ve visited. Other than that I use the internet to visit places I never been or sometimes I do travel to a destination I want to write about.
I’ve included a few things in my writing from acquaintances and from people watching.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kristian Norris. She does a fantastic job. I explain what I envision and she gets it right every time.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My characters all for the most part have a moral compass. I write paranormal romance to encourage my readers to leave their ordinary world behind, be swept away into a romantic fantasy with a touch of mystery and suspense. A world they’ll never want to leave. LOL
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?
New author by that do you mean new to me? That would be Linda Howard the series that includes Troubler Maker and Woman Left Behind. My favorite writer would be Molly Harper. I love her humor and snark.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The Wild Rose Press and my editor, Lill.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I left my day job four years ago.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, comma splices are a pain in my rear. But I’m learning to stop doing that.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Depending on which book.
Chris Helmsworth – A Warlock’s Secrets
Jason Mamoa – A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance
or Joe Manganielo An Angle’s Unintentional Entanglement
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up your dreams
Always write from the heart. (If you don’t your readers will know)
This is a tough industry. NEVER tear someone else down to make yourself feel better.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so glad you enjoy my books and hope that you find them entertaining and able to relieve your everyday stress if for only a few hours.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Woman Left Behind – Linda Howard
and Between the Shadows
I rarely read one book at a time.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
One of the Trixie Beldon series.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love snarky characters, they make me laugh. I don’t like sad books or movies so I don’t read or watch them.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Nora Roberts I’d like to ask her what actions has she taken that has made her successful.
Jason Mamoa –(Aquaman) – obvious reasons.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Hiking, camping, kayaking, and baking
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The mystery series in Hallmark channel
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Oh, Pizza is my favorite food group. LOL
Music Rock N Roll of course
Purple and red (Not necessarily together. LOL)
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Photography or graphic art
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I go camping with my family, my dog (Mystic Reign), parrot (Taco) and box turtle (Sammie) whose been with us going on 50 years.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She lived her dream.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Authors’ Secret’s Blog – http://www.tenastetler.com/category/authors-secrets-blog/
My Say What Blog – http://www.tenastetler.com/category/my-say-what-blog/
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/tenastetler.author
Twitter Page: http://www.twitter.com/TenaStetler
The Wild Rose Press: http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/1264_tena-stetler
Tribber – http://triberr.com/TenaStetler
Author of A Demon’s Witch
An Angel’s Unintentional Entanglement
A Magic Redemption Dec 2018
Armen Pogharian said:
Best of luck with your fifth Demon’s Witch book – may every Christmas stocking be stuffed with a copy.
Tena Stetler (@TenaStetler) said:
Wow Armen, thank you for the kind words and wishes. I hope you find one in your stocking too!