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.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Colorado in the United States
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
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 she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn. Visit Tena’s website at tenastetler.com where you’ll find links to all of her books, blog and pictures of recent travels and setting of her books.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a wonderful Christmas in July Sale going on 99 cents for two of my best selling books A WITCH’S JOURNEY and A WARLOCK’S SECRETS. Also MYSTIC MAPLES was released in May. A time travel adventure you’ll love.
I also have monthly sales on my books. So watch for them.
Links to my books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tena-Stetler/e/B014E0PEPM
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
It seems I’ve always written stories since I learned to read and write. I have an over-active imagination so ideas spun through my mind at an early age.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess I’ve always considered myself a writer but when I decided to seek publication for one of my manuscripts, I actually said it out loud.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
During my youth I spent a lot of time at roller rinks even competed for a few years. During this time my skating partner, Ken, was a hairdresser and absolutely hated the summer 1969 hit Big Bruce, about a gay hairdresser. One day that song came up in conversation while my husband I and were talking about the music industry, both being former DJ’s. I said what if the hairdresser was an alpha male, Demon Overlord of the Western Hemisphere that owned a salon in Washington DC? That’s how A Demon’s Witch was born.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The story was about a Demon Overlord, He fell in love with a powerful witch even though her brother was his enforcer. A major complication. So it became A Demon’s Witch.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Not really. I write by the seat of my pants, so I never know what is going to happen until it does. I write my chapters as they come to mind, which usually is out of order but somehow the story always comes together.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Paranormal Romance is fantasy, but the events of real life sometimes spur those stories. Like the song and a salon.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Several of my books contain places I’ve travelled to before the book was in process.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
For me crafting a romance is all about RESPECT, TRUST and LOVE with a bit of mystery and suspense sprinkled in. Most of my characters are of the paranormal persuasion. I want to create a memorable love story with spice and adventure. Characters that will grab hold of your heart and hang on long after you’ve read the last word and closed the book with a satisfied sigh. Behind the scenes is much more than you’d imagine.
Also I want to whisk my readers away from their ordinary lives, into a magical romantic fantasy with a touch of mystery and suspense that they’ll never want to leave.
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?
I love Molly Harper’s books. I like her wit and her characters snarky dialog. The books make you laugh out loud will entertaining you with a great story.
Deborah Harkness is another. Her ability to wrap you in a story is fantastic.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Pikes Peak Writers
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I do.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes and no. My latest book is Mystic Maples, part of the multi-author Deerbourn Inn Series. I love the story as it is the publisher required it be under 40,000 words. But I would have loved to expand the story. So… a sequel is in the works set in Scotland!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, it’s hard to write a book in under 40,000 words. LOL
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Jason Momoa and Molly Caitlyn Quinn
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up. Write from the heart. Because if you don’t your readers will know.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Always take time to enjoy a good fantasy and I appreciate each and every one of you.
I love to hear from readers.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Demon Forget Me.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Other than the learning to read books as a child. It would be one of the Nancy Drew or Trixie Beldon books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
People watching and their antics makes me laugh. Cry would be how mean people can be.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She never quit.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
You can find me here.
My Say What Blog – http://www.tenastetler.com/category/my-say-what-blog/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tenastetler.author
Twitter Page: https://www.twitter.com/TenaStetler
The Wild Rose Press: http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/1264_tena-stetler
Tribber – http://triberr.com/TenaStetler
Amazon Authors page USA: http://www.amazon.com/author/tenastetler