Today we’re chatting with Theresa Hissong. Theresa and I met in a group dedicated to rock star romance. We’re both lovers of rock music, so there’s lots to relate to there. I haven’t read any of Theresa’s work yet, but per her recommendation, I’m going to pick up a copy of Fully Loaded! I hope you do, too.
About Theresa, the author:
Tell us about your books/series:
My rockstar series, Fatal Cross Live! follows the band Fatal Cross after they have cleaned up their life and are back on the road, living their dreams and meeting the woman who will own their hearts.
My vampire books are one of the first books I ever wrote. The Warriors of the Krieger series follows ancient warriors who are the police force for the vampires in the fictional town of Port Royal. Vampires are known by the humans and somewhat accepted. The two book available are Blood & Roses and Blood at Stake
Werepanthers are the sexy black cats that prowl in my series, Rise of the Pride. The pride has recently been outed to the humans and they are learning to live amongst them. The story follows these shifters as they meet their mates and try to keep everyone in their small Mississippi town safe from their enemies.
You can find all of my books on Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, and more!
What genre(s) do you write in?
I write contemporary and paranormal romance. My contemporary romance books are all about rock stars and my paranormal books feature werepanters and vampires in separate series’.
Are any of your books your favorite?
They all hold a special place in my heart. I don’t think I could ever pick a favorite.
Where do you get your inspiration from? How do you come up with your characters and stories?
For my rocker books, I attend a ton of concerts! I’ve been known to travel up to 800 miles to see a show that I want to check off my bucket list. In the last three years, I have met and become friends with some real life rock stars and they are always willing to answer any questions I might have when I’m researching for a book.
I can relate. I attended a rock festival earlier this year and came home with TONS of ideas to implement into a few rock star romance books. That and inspiration for new stories! ~ Jennifer
Are there any characters you love more than others? Why?
That answer varies from time to time. Right now, I am totally in love with my panthers in the Rise of the Pride series. This is a new series and I’m finding myself drawn to them more so than any other characters.
Any characters you hate? Why?
Only the villains, but they get their due. Ha!
If you had to choose just one of your characters to party with, who would you pick?
Oh, that one is easy! Donovan Milano from my book, Fully Loaded. I wrote that book for
the charity Star Treatments. The founder of the charity is rockstar bassist, Matt DiRito and also a great friend. I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like, but when we do get a chance to cross paths, it’s always a wonderful time.
I looked up this organization, and wow! What they do is absolutely amazing! It’s definitely an organization I would support and you should check it out by clicking on the link above. ~ Jennifer
Are there any pieces of you in your books?
I tell everyone that each character has something of myself in each one. It’s for the fans to find out what that is.
Which of your books would you recommend to a new reader?
I would start with Fully Loaded. It is a stand-alone book and 50% of the proceeds go toward charity. Plus, I kind of love that book!
Why and when did you start writing?
In 2008, I was a military wife who’d just sent her husband to Iraq for the third time. The deployment was going to be almost 10 months and I was tossing around ideas to burn the time with my best friend. She suggested I try to write a book. I laughed and laughed and laughed.
That night after the kids went to bed, I started thinking about what she’d said and then I thought “Why not?” I ended up writing a story with all of my friends as paranormal creatures and finished that book in about four months.
After I read what I’d written, I caught the bug. I started another book and wrote that one by the time my husband returned home. That book was my favorite and I sat on it for almost five years before I decided to publish it. It is my very first book and is called “Blood & Roses” and it’s free everywhere.
I ended up closing my computer for awhile and didn’t think about writing again until the next deployment about a year later. As time went on, I only wrote for fun, but never had anything concrete.
A few months before my husband retired from the military, I had an idea for a rockstar book and began writing again.
I haven’t looked back since. It has been 3 years and I have no intention of stopping. As long as I have a story inside me, I will continue to write, because I truly believe I have found my calling in life.
What’s the most difficult part of being a writer?
As a new writer, it’s self-doubt and being your own worst critic. After you are published, it’s getting your name out there. The long hours spent doing all of the behind the scenes stuff can take a toll, but in the end, when the readers send you beautiful emails and letters, saying how much they love your work, it’s worth all of the tears and stress.
I can completely relate to this. I am my own worst critic! And you are absolutely right, the messages from readers make all the ups and downs worth it. It’s an amazing experience. ~ Jennifer
What’s the best advice you’ve received as an author?
Write, write, and write!
Do you have any quirky writing habits?
No, I don’t think so. Maybe, that I have to listen to music with headphones only and it MUST be blaring! Like so loud that it forces me into the zone.
How do you handle writer’s block?
I heard something recently that I tried and it worked! I was told to close my eyes and pretend I am my character. Take a walk, being them. See what they see. Where are they going? What do they see? What is going on around them? Who do they see along their way?
That little bit of advice helped me out of a three week writer’s block on my last book.
Do you have a current WIP, upcoming release, or other exciting book news you’d like to talk about?
I just sent book 2 in my Rise of the Pride series off to my editor. The release date for “Winter” will be August 2nd! I’m so excited!
About Theresa, the person:
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love to fish and if I am not writing, you will usually find me at a lake with a lawn chair and a cold drink.
Farthest place you’ve traveled from home?
Being military, our home was wherever we were sent. We were never stationed overseas, but I would have to say that the furthest place was when we were stationed in Florida and took a 6 day trip to Forks, Washington to geek out over Twilight. It was the best trip ever!
Favorite…Food? Color? Place? Movie? TV show? Song? Band? Etc…
Oh, wow! Food = Fried Chicken…Color = Red…Place = The Olympic Peninsula in Washington State…Movie = Underworld…TV Show= I haven’t watched TV in so long, I couldn’t even name anything…Band = Pop Evil
Any weird collections?
I used to collect movie scripts from vampire movies/TV shows (Twilight Saga & Vampire Diaries Pilot Episode)
I eat way too many pickles! Haha!
What is something you’d like the book community to know about you as a person?
My fans are always telling me about concerts they are going to attend. Reason why? Because, if they are close and I can get away, I will meet them and be their concert buddy!
Other than that…I am just me.
I’m so excited Theresa stopped by and I loved learning a little more about her. As an author, it’s always fun to see what you have in common with other authors, and also what you can learn from them. Thanks so much for the interview, Theresa!
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