Thursday, December 12, 2013

Purple Moon Blog Tour {GIVEAWAY!}

Hey guys!  Today I'm really excited to be part of the Purple Moon Christmas blog tour.  Purple Moon is a book by Tessa Emily Hall.  Here's a little bit about the book:

Selena's life isn't turning out to be the fairy tale she imagined as a kid. That hope seemed to vanish long ago when her dad kicked her and her mom out of the house. This summer might finally hold the chance of a new beginning for Selena ... but having to live with her snobby cousin in Lake Lure, NC while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab wasn't how Selena was planning on spending her summer. She soon begins to wonder why she committed to give up her "bad habits" for this.

Things don't seem too bad, though. Especially when Selena gains the attention of the cute neighbor next door. But when her best friend back home in Brooklyn desperately needs her, a secret that's been hidden from Selena for years is revealed, and when she becomes a target for one of her cousin's nasty pranks, she finds herself having to face the scars from her past and the memories that come along with them. Will she follow her mom's example in running away, or trust that God still has a fairy tale life written just for her?



Onto the author interview, but first, a little background on Tessa.

Tessa Emily Hall is a 20-year-old author of Purple Moon, her YA Christian fiction novel to be published September 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is also the editor over the faith department for Temperance Magazine, a column writer for Whole Magazine, a contributing writer for More To Be, as well as the PR for God of Moses Entertainment. Other than writing, Tessa enjoys acting, music, Starbucks, and her Teacup Shih Tzu—who is named Brewer after a character in her book, as well as her love for coffee.

 How much did you write before your wrote Purple Moon?  

I wrote all the time growing up. Before I could read, when I was 3-years-old, I would tell my mom stories and she would write them down for me. I eventually began writing several “books” in my childhood, which continued throughout my teen years.

 How did you get published?  

It all started when I was fourteen and decided to switch to an online schooling in order to pursue writing. I took a Christian Writers Guild squire course, as well as a creative writing class through my school, to learn more about the craft. I also studied several books on the writing craft, followed writing-related blogs, and read books in the genre I write.

I wrote the first version of “Purple Moon” when I was 15, then changed the title, as well as the plot, when I completed the book at 16-years-old. I was 16 when I attended my first writing conference (Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference), which is where I met my publisher. After showing much interest my book, he asked to send him the next chapters. He eventually offered me a contract, which I didn’t sign until several months later, after much prayer and consideration.

Since I was continuing to learn more about the writing craft, I wanted to revise “Purple Moon” a few times before I sent it to my editor. Being the patient man that my publisher is, he was completely fine with this. (One of the many perks of having your first book published by an indie publisher.)

In the summer of 2012, I forced the perfectionist in me to let go and send the manuscript to my editor. “Purple Moon” was then published a year later—September 24th, 2013.


  Do you feel publishing as a teen is harder?  What have you done to conquer that?  

At first, writing a book didn’t come as naturally to me as it did to more experienced writers. I had to study the craft constantly by reading books on the subject, as well as following blogs in the industry. The only thing I don’t necessarily enjoy about publishing as teen is being looked down on by some adults in the industry. There are many professionals who feel as if teenagers are only published because their age.

Of course, I understand where they’re coming from. But I guess I just don’t enjoy the preconception that some adults have given me, without reading my writing first. Sure, other teens may want to be published for popularity—but many teens, such as myself, only wanted to pursue writing simply because it’s a huge desire.

It was also to sacrifice a lot of teen experience—such as attending public school in grades 9th – 11th, or hanging out with my friends on the weekends—in order to pursue writing. But anything worth having is worth making sacrifices for. And although there were many hard aspects of getting published as a teen, it was definitely worth it. =)

 What is your favorite and/or least favorite part of writing?  

Favorite: I love the freedom of being able to create a story from my imagination—and, in the process, minister to others. I also love expressing myself through writing and incorporating some of my own experiences into my stories. Of course, being able to work from home or at a coffee shop is pretty nice too. =)

Least favorite: I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my writing—so after I complete a book and go back to read it, I begin to have several doubts about the story and my writing. So I guess self-doubt is my least favorite part about writing. I want the story to be the best it can be, which puts a lot of pressure on me. Writing a good book is hard work, and I don’t want to settle for writing a mediocre story.

 What is once piece of advice you'd give to teen writers hoping to get published?

Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of reaching your dream. When I was fourteen, I emailed a best-selling author and asked if she had any advice for an aspiring author. She told me that she wouldn’t recommend that I puruse writing, only because it was hard work and very unlikely to find success.

Although she was right, I do not think either of those facts should hold anyone back from pursuing publication. Of course, I respected her advice, but I obviously did not follow it. Yes, writing is hard work. But since when has any career ever been easy? And yes, it is unlikely for a writer to be published. But I did. And so did all of the authors who wrote all of your favorite books.

I certainly wouldn’t have found a publisher had I followed the author’s advice. No, writing isn’t going to be all fun and games—however, if your passion is big enough, then none of that will matter. People may try to discourage you and tell you that it’s unlikely, or that your work isn’t good enough, or that the pay isn’t good, or even that writing isn’t a real job. Ignore all of those voices, especially if it is your own.

Don’t let anyone—including yourself—keep you from reaching you dreams.


 Tessa Emily Hall has also graciously offered to give away an e-copy of Purple Moon to one lucky commenter.  To enter the giveaway, you must
1) Leave a comment
2) Include your e-mail address in the comment
3) Be a follower of Inklined
4) Bonus Entry*  Leave the link to your Goodreads list with Purble Moon marked as To-Read
5) Bonus Entry* Leave the link to a tweet about this giveaway

Giveaway closes at 11:59 PM EST Monday the 16th.

Thanks so much, Tessa, for coming here today!  And thank you guys for reading.

2 comments:

  1. Ohhh, enter me in! Tessa Emily Hall's story is so inspiring to me. I would love to be published while I'm still a teen. A lot of the time I doubt my writing and wonder if its good enough. My writing style is different and more old fashioned sounding than most books and I find myself comparing to other peoples writing even though we write differently.

    Writing is definitely hard work! I never imagined it would be so difficult to press through writers block or to find research material. I've really learned a lot about writing in the last four months.

    Thanks for the post! And by the way, I do follow Inklined.

    HisPrincesshc@aol.com

    HP

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