Before we start, how have you and your loved ones been during this COVID-19 time?
We’ve been doing a lot of binge-watching of tv shows and reading. My teenagers went back to online school just last week, so they’ve been busy. My routine hasn’t changed too much, other than I can’t go to the gym. It’s a little strange having everyone home all the time but it’s nice at the same time. My husband is a little sick of working from home at this point.
Please tell us a little about yourself: Do you have a nick-name? Where are you from? What do you write? Tell us something about yourself that makes you, you. :-)
I’m from a small town in southern Oregon and grew up swimming in the river and going to the drive-in movies. I don’t have a nickname, really, other than my dad calls me Baby Tess. I’m fifty years old, but I guess he still sees me as his little girl.
I write emotional small-town sagas that are have romance, family drama, mystery/suspense, all guaranteed to make you feel. Hometowns and heartstrings is my tagline and that pretty sums up my books. Several of my books are historical, but they have the same, feel-good vibe.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I started out writing when I was a drama student at USC. I originally thought I would focus on playwriting, but it became pretty obvious that I wanted to write Women’s Fiction and Romance instead. My first novel was published by a small press back in 2011. I’m now writing my 24th novel. There are some novellas thrown in the mix as well. It’s been a crazy and wonderful ride.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I’m working on the tenth and final Cliffside Bay novel right now. The second in my new series, Emerson Pass comes out on May 19th.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Probably coming up with a new and fresh premise. There are only so many tropes and stories in the world. Coming up with a unique spin is hard.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
For my historical novels, I read non-fiction books to learn about the era. For my contemporaries, it depends on the story and characters. If they have a profession, for example, that I don’t know about, I’ll read about it or ask people questions.
Which of your own books is your favorite?
I’m pretty fond of The School Mistress of Emerson Pass, which is the first in the historical series, Emerson Pass. It’s just pure feel good stuff. A love story, cute kids and set in beautiful Colorado in 1910.
What are some of your favorite comfort foods?
I love potatoes in any form. Sadly, I don’t eat them often because they love to fatten my waistline.
Which of your own characters is your favorite?
I love Charlotte from Blue Ink because no matter what happens, she keeps on swimming. I love Quinn from Emerson Pass because she’s brave and passionate about education and children.
What hobbies do you have?
I’m not much of a hobbyist because I spend so much of my time writing. However, I love to read (duh), watch tv or movies, talk long walks, listen to podcasts and exercise.
As a child, what did you do to keep yourself busy during vacation time?
We lived in the country, so my mom was always sending us outside to play. I made elaborate playhouse areas with scraps of wood or whatever I could find. I made mud cakes (for real) and brought my dolls out to live in my make-believe houses. This is weird but we had this old pioneer wagon in our front yard, and I used to make the neighbor kids play Little House on the Prairie. I read a ton and would rather have done that than anything in the world. That’s still the case!
What shows (or movies) have you been watching on Netflix/Hulu/Prime? Anything you’d recommend?
We just finished the most recent seasons of Bosch and Ozark. Both awesome.
City, suburb, or small-town?
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
In this time of COVID-19, books, movies, or shows?
Alpha, beta, or both?
Romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, or historical?
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime?
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Leather, lace, or silk?
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Novels, novellas, or short stories?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Against the wall.
Biceps, abs, or buns?
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Come join me on Facebook in my fan group, Patio Chat with Tess Thompson to read my serial, Love in Isolation about a couple who fall in love while quarantined. It’s sort of “You’ve Got Mail” meets “Bridget Jones Diary”.
The School Mistress
April 1, 2020
American Historical ~ Frontier & Pioneer
How easily can an open heart unlock the door to happily-ever-after?
When Miss Quinn Cooper arrives in Emerson Pass, Colorado, her entire life is packed into one small suitcase. Her family is depending upon her for their survival back home in Boston, and the self-appointed mayor of the rugged mountain community is counting on Miss Cooper to prove herself a fitting teacher for the entire town.
Lord Alexander Barnes is determined to bring a bit of English civility to the wild terrain of Emerson Pass. Using his own resources, the widower and father of five builds a schoolhouse and recruits a young teacher from the east, and all is well until necessity forces the lovely, young newcomer to also take a room in the Barnes’ home.
While the five Barnes children are sure the new schoolmarm is the perfect woman for their lonely father, and the duo have been forced together by every possible circumstance, the threat of violence upon the untamed town makes any hope of a budding romance seem unwise. But as Lord Barnes and Miss Cooper persist in their efforts to bring progress to the closed-minded locals, their own hearts may be unable to resist the chance to experience something as fresh and exhilarating as the unsettled mountain territory.
The first installment of USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson's historical romance series brings a touch of whimsy and an extra dash of mystery to Edwardian romance. Readers will fall in love with the courageous Miss Cooper and swoon for the magnanimous English Lord as they struggle to save their exciting new world at the turn of the 20th Century.
More About Tess
Tess Thompson Romance...hometowns and heartstrings. USA Today Bestselling author Tess Thompson writes small-town romances and historical fiction. She started her writing career in fourth grade when she wrote a story about an orphan who opened a pizza restaurant. Oddly enough, her first novel, "Riversong" is about an adult orphan who opens a restaurant. Clearly, she's been obsessed with food and words for a long time now. With a degree from the University of Southern California in theatre, she’s spent her adult life studying story, word craft, and character. Since 2011, she’s published 20 novels and 3 novellas. Most days she spends at her desk chasing her daily word count or rewriting a terrible first draft. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats. Yes, that's four kids and five cats. Tess loves to hear from you. Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org