Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Author Spotlight: Tessa Gratton, Author of Blood Magic

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to welcome author, Tessa Gratton for a guest post!

WHAT TESSA DOES WHEN SHE ISN’T WRITING

- sleeps
- hangs upside down off of her bed
- walks her dog
- paces
- watches TV (preferably Criminal Minds or Lie to Me or FullMetal Alchemist)
- pretends she is a Fire Bender
- looks for new music
- goes dragon hunting
- listens to the wind
- stares at her computer
- reads
- reads
- reads
- hangs upside down again
- sleeps
- considers putting away the Christmas decorations
- folds laundry
- goes to the bakery for fresh rye bread
- sits in a coffee shop
- plays with eyeshadow
- memorizes poetry (preferably Shakespeare)
- travels to exotic places such as Wales or Australia or her mom’s house
- tries new food
- invents a new drink to name after her book

The thing about all the above things… they’re all about writing, too. Everything I do is about writing, even if I’m not sitting at my computer typing away. Watching TV teaches me about characters and stories. Reading obviously does. Memorizing poetry helps me understand the rhythm and flow of my own language. Hanging upside down re-arranges my internal organs for a while and shakes loose my imagination. And the BEST thing I can do for my writing is to have ADVENTURES. I travel, read crazy things, eat food I’ve never eaten before, meet new people. I get up from my desk and experience life.

If I want to meet a dragon, I go out and find where one might live. If I want to write about magic, I pretend for an afternoon that I’m a wizard hiding in plain sight. If I want to write about love, I jump off a cliff (or just stand there at the edge, feeling the hard wind and imagine what it would feel like to give myself over to the empty air).

Writing isn’t only what I do… it’s everything I do. And everything I do informs my stories. It gives me little details that ground my wild, magical stories in a reality everyone can understand and share.

In other words, when I’m not writing… I’m still writing.


TESSA GRATTON has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. She was too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. You can visit Tessa at tessagratton.com.
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3 comments:

  1. Absolutely lovely interview. It is so nice to read about an author who is so absolutely passionate about her craft!

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  2. I love this guest post!! And Blood Magic sounds soo good!

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  3. I love the interview! I need to get my hands on this book. Don't be a stranger; stop by my blog and say hi! I'm not sure if we're fellow followers, but I follow you!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

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