Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
What would you do if the mystery to your mother’s death lay with your employer?
After years of unanswered questions, Mishka Vald sets out to uncover the skhodka’s involvement in her past. What she doesn’t expect is to join forces with men who push her to become a double-agent and confirm her future. While hunting down leads, the ruthless assassin realizes a life in the shadows is the only way for her to protect those she loves.
For Mishka, forbidden love is worth the pain when it comes to Eddie Harper, a military man turned cop. Her affection waivers when duty comes first and she joins forces with an elite Russian soldier, Alexei Petrovich. With a blackmailer threatening her school love, she seeks refuge with a fellow assassin, Nickolas Volkov. And when pushed too far, she’s ushered to a secure location…and straight into the arms of mysterious handyman, Dylan Kain. As the pieces fall into place, their mangled order reveals each man’s true intention. Whose deceit can she accept and whose will obliterate her?
All roads lead back to the woman she thought dead—her mother. Now, as weddings are crashed and alliances tested, Mishka uncovers a deadly game and the players involved. Her heart, once unable to budge, is thrust into action, but which man can keep her soul intact?
Happy Saturday everyone! I have a fabulous interview with Author Tessa Robertson to share today.
1. What’s a typical writing day for you look like? Describe your perfect writing environment.
For me, writing happens when I least suspect it. Sometimes, it’s while I’m at my day job (shh don’t tell) and other times it’s right before I go to bed at night. My perfect environment is a light rainstorm outside while I sit on my favorite chaise by the window. Of course, writing wouldn’t be complete without my two cats and two dogs on my lap somehow.
2. How did you get started writing? Was it something that you’ve always loved?
I’ve always been interested in creating stories ever since I was a child. As the youngest child for six years, it wasn’t uncommon for me to play outside by myself with imaginary characters and go on great adventures. When I was seventeen, I wrote my first full length novel. I didn’t get serious about writing as a profession until a few years ago.
3. Who are your favorite writers/inspirations?
I absolutely love Jane Austen’s works. There’s so much spirit in her works that led me to strive to write something memorable. I also love Maya Banks and her Scottish series because who doesn’t love a man in a kilt?
4. Anything you can tell us about upcoming projects?
I am in the process of writing my sequel to Assassin By Day. I hope to have it completed and to the publisher by fall. I also have another book I’d like to bring to Crooked Cat, but it needs editing. Lots and lots of it.
5. Normally how do you develop plots/characters? Brief us on your process.
Typically, I start to write what I feel. At times, the characters come from personal experience or the result of people watching. I try to include characteristics different from your normal characters so they’re more like life. Sometimes, that means pushing the envelope. For Assassin By Day, I didn’t plot much until I went back through to edit. The plot charts helped me tie the plots and relationships together and keep tabs on what I wanted the next few books to look like.
6. Favorite character from one of your own novels?
Definitely Mishka Vald. She’s a kickass assassin who’s been through hell, but somehow still finds room in her heart to love.
7. Preferred method for readers to contact you?
I’m very active on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, so I would go there first. I also have a website readers can subscribe to get news about upcoming events and my blog insights. https://authortessarobertson.wordpress.com/
8. On average, how long does it take you to write a book?
Assassin By Day took about two months to write, but much longer to edit since I changed quite a few things along the way. On average, from pen to final product, I’d estimate a good 4-5 months if I’m just working on that project. That doesn’t happen too often, though.
10. Which one of your characters do you relate to the most?
I’m going to go with Mishka again. I created her to be a combination of myself and I can relate to a few situations she goes through in the book. I don’t want to give away too many details, but she’s my spirit animal in many ways.
11. If writing wasn’t your career what would you be doing?
Well, right now I’m only writing part-time. I’d love to be full-time someday. When I’m not writing, I work as a paralegal at a law firm. Criminal cases are my favorite.
12. What’s the best compliment that you’ve received about your work?
The best compliment thus far is ‘I couldn’t put it down and lost sleep to finish the book’.
Huge thanks to Tessa for joining me today! ❤️