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The Two Minute Interview: Author Tena Stetler

Please join me in welcoming Tena Stetler to my blog to talk about her latest release, A Demon’s Witch – A paranormal romance. I’m already excited to learn more about it!

I want to know more. Who is Tena Stetler?

Tena: Tena Stetler, Author, Dreamer and Fantasy Creator

Fantasy Creator sounds fun. What’s your book about?

Tena: Bruce, a demon overlord is attracted to a powerful witch, Angie, that breezes into his salon one rainy afternoon. The problem is she’s little sister of Bruce’s long time enforcer/assassin, Tristian. When he finds out about the romance all Hell breaks loose.

I feel the ground shaking beneath my feet! When is the moment that matters most/turning point in your book?

Tena: When Angie’s brother discovers the romance between his little sister and his boss the Demon Overlord. Then they are forced to work together to save her.

Sounds serious, all right. Where is the setting?

Tena: The story begins in a upscale hair salon in Washington DC, then travels to the surrounding areas until they flee to Tahiti.

From DC to Tahiti – a wild ride! How did you come to write this book?

Tena: Started with a discussion about a rock song that was popular in 1964 about a hairdresser and became a ‘what if’ game. What if the hairdresser was a demon overlord in Washington DC with his finger on the pulse of the DC’s power players. What if a powerful witch spun his world. You get the picture.

I sure do and it is an intriguing one. Which character is your fave?

Tena: I love my hero, Bruce, heroine, Angie, but Willow, the heroine’s best friend has become my fave. She’s a fairy, you know, and will stop at nothing to protect Angie.

I have a soft spot for fairies. :) Why should I (or any reader) read your lovely creation?

Tena: To be transported from reality to a place of magic and romance. Where paranormal characters touch our deepest, and sometimes darkest desires while using their abilities to obtain happily ever after.

And that’s exactly what good books do to the reader: transport. Thanks so much for joining me today, Tena!

About Tena:

With the Majestic Rocky Mountains just outside my window, I sit at my computer with Vampires, Demons, Witches, Faeries and a variety of paranormal creatures gathered around telling me their stories! I am an author of Paranormal Romance Suspense novels and currently working on a Cozy Mystery with magic spark. The everyday world is mundane, but sprinkle a little magic and you have fantastic.

Colorado is home. I share my life with a wonderful husband of many moons, our brilliant Chow Chow, a terribly spoiled companion parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle. We enjoy hiking, biking and camping, also love water sports including kayaking and whitewater rafting, especially on the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge.

Another passion of mine is reading a good novel. You can find me any winter evening curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

While growing up if I didn’t like the ending of a book, I’d rewrite it, which led to writing my own books. To the chagrin of my mother and delight of my friends, I wrote my first vampire romance before I was thirteen. Now, after years of working as a Paralegal and then an Office and IT Manager, I am a freelance writer and author of fiction novels.

Buy Links:

Amazon

The Wild Rose Press

Learn more about Tena here.

Book Signing: Newbie Prep

There is something thrilling, terrifying and somewhat off-putting about a debut author’s debut book signing. At least for this author.
Thrilling because it’s a dream come true. Terrifying because it’s an unknown. And off-putting because I’d rather be writing. Terror and off-putting feelings should be shoved aside – buzz-kills are NOT permitted on such a red letter day.

I’d attended a few book signings first hand and read of my Sisters in Crime experiences, and realized that advance preparation would be my salve. To prepare for my home town bookstore appearance, I:

– Contacted the local newspaper to request an interview. To my delight, a wonderful, nearly full page piece appeared days before my event and proved the biggest factor in promoting my appearance;
– Provided a press release to the bookstore who sent out an email to their customer list. This mailing was the second successful promo tactic, as those who could not attend ordered copies. I was asked to leave five signed copies at the store;
– Sent 100-200 postcards/letters to local residents announcing the signing. The physical result was negligible. However, this may have stimulated sales (I hope); and
– Memorized a short presentation about how I came to write my novel in case an impromptu speech was in order.

I brought along treats (my heroine snacks on mini jelly donuts in my novel), bookmarks, and postcards. After a few deep breathing exercises, a reality check that involved a lot of pinching and cheek-slapping (my own thankfully), I was ready to roll.

Wisdom dictates early arrival, say twenty to thirty minutes before showtime. Channeling Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, mathematics, strength, war strategy, and arts & crafts (I’d say most of my bases were covered here), I arrived nearly an hour before start-time. With all that talent channeled, I had work to do. With staff help, I placed myself just outside the front store entry. A spot that faced the only major street in the little village rural town where I lived.

And little by little, people came, ate donuts and bought books. I had a ball!

TIPS:
– Ask your venue if snacks are okay
– Check with your post office for the most efficient, economical way to send postcards announcing your book and the signing
– Smile
– Move around. If there was down time around my table, I strolled, bookmarks in hand, and stopped to talk to passers-by, handed out bookmarks, waved to cars, and visited the nearby Farmers’ Market.
– Above all else, have fun! It’s the law of attraction. Who doesn’t want to be around someone who is thoroughly enjoying herself?

Character Studies

While in the middle of writing my novel, I took a writing course that encouraged writers to know their characters. Really know each one, not just the heroes and heroines, but all those that came in contact with them. I took pen to paper and wrote until I had a strong sense of each personality, a little of their history, and their vision for the future. These character studies enhanced my understanding and sense of what each would do in any given situation. It also helped fine tune the voices in my head.

It’s been nearly a month since the launch of my novel, and I’ve noticed that one of my secondary characters is a standout for readers and reviewers: Gweneveera Bankhead, or Veera, for short. Veera is one of my favorite characters to write because her voice speaks loudly in my head. Veera wrote her own bio. I’d like to share it with you:

My name is Veera. I lived with my dad in Long Beach and went to Long Beach State. It took me six years to graduate, but I did it. When I was a teenager, one of my heroes was Queen Latifah. It seems like there ain’t nothing she can’t do. I want to be like that. A lot of folks tell me I look like her. We’re both tall, chocolate, cute, have a positive attitude and lots of bubbly personality. It’s hard for people not to like us. I don’t know for a fact, but she seems like she’s got brains. I’ve got smarts too, though I can’t sing a note and don’t dance too good. I always wanted to be in a position where I could get respect and help people. I thought about law enforcement, but I don’t want to go shooting anybody. I’ve been thinking I should be some kind of negotiator. You know, the types that talks folks out of blowin’ up a bank or killin’ innocent people. But I wasn’t sure how to get that kind of job so I decided to go to law school instead and work security during the day. I picked Newport Beach ‘cause it’s kind of a glamorous place and I like glam. Plus, I want to hang out with a different kind of people than I was used to growing up. Smarter people. I figure most rich people are smart. Plus, one of my dad’s friends offered me the job. It was either that or be a bouncer at Bobo’s in Santa Ana. That wasn’t happening.

I didn’t know that Veera lived with her dad in Long Beach or that she had high ambitions…until she told me so.