Q&A with Tessa Bailey, Avon Books author
Can't wait for our Avon Books 75th Anniversary Event? Check out our Q&A with author Tessa Bailey who will be at the event on Friday, October 28th at 7pm!
1) How did you come to write contemporary romance?
I was helping my parents and grandmother clean up their homes in Queens after Super Storm Sandy. While crossing the street, I saw a police officer directing traffic. He was surly, abrupt and very attractive. My husband happened to be out of work because of the storm, so I had someone home to watch my daughter while I scrambled to write this police officer’s book. It’s called Protecting What’s His. Who knows—If a duke had been directing traffic that day, maybe I’d be writing historical.
2) What are you currently reading?
I’m reading The Trespasser by Tana French. She writes these thriller/murder mysteries that take place in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve read almost all her books, but I’m reading this oneright now specifically because I’m writing an Irish character. Her books get me in the rhythm of the Dublin-ese.
3) Do you have a personal favorite book of all time? If so, can you share it and tell us why?
I’ve been talking about this book non-stop, but I can’t remember ever having enjoyed a book more than The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. It’s a swoony, beautiful enemies to lovers book that hits every single note. I really can’t recommend it enough.
4) What’s next? Any upcoming book projects in the works that you can tell us about?
In fall 2017, Avon is publishing my new adult police academy series. It’s set in New York City and it’s all out sexy fun. The boys are earnest and confused, but also capable and focused (not to mention hot). The women give them hell. What’s not to love?
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.
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