Today, we have an interview with Tess Thompson, the author of Blue Midnight.
What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
Some of it is very autobiographical. Writing the truth is hard and easy at the same time.
Which of your characters can you relate to the most?
In this book Blythe Heywood. She's a divorced mother of two starting over, just like me. She's also artistic but put her dreams on hold when she had children, which I did for years as well.
Which part of the book was the easiest to write?
The scenes with Bythe's little girls. I used my childrens's personalities and dialogue almost exactly.
Which actors would play the main characters in the movie version of the book?
I imagined Diane Lane and a lesser known actor named Chip Esten for Blythe and Kevan. Chip Esten plays Deacon on the show "Nashville" and he's one of the sexiest and most interesting actors around, in my opinion. The little girls could be played by my daughters!
Which songs would be on the soundtrack of the movie version of the book?
I have to confess I challenged my long time friend and self-confessed "best musical taste of anyone we know", Eric Hansen and he came up with the perfect soundtrack. I'm hoping the act of doing so will land us a movie deal. Here they are:
The Woman Who Got Away – JJ Cale
Bygones (Won’t Go) Nick Lowe
I Wish It Would Rain – Nanci Griffith
Ten Degrees and Getting Colder – Nanci Grifftith
Brave Mountaineer – Gordon Lightfoot
People Gonna Talk – James Hunter
You Turn Me I’m a Radio – Joni Mitchell
In My Hour of Darkness – Gram Parsons
Burn That Candle – Emmylou Harris
Airline to Heaven – Billy Bragg
Blythe describes some of the first music she fell in love with as Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot
Any future books in the works?
My first historical fiction, Duet for Three Hands, will be released by the end of the year. I'm writing Riversnow and the sequel to Blue Midnightas we speak. We'll put them both out in 2015.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tess Thompson is a mother before all else, and a writer after that. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. After honing her craft in theater with a prize-winning play titled My Lady’s Hand, her heart was called to a different storytelling medium: the great American novel.
But, as she recently said to a friend, "Well, maybe not 'great' but certainly American."
The first of these, Riversong (Booktrope Editions), went on to become #1 on Barnes and Noble’s Nook Book chart in October 2011. Two years after its release, readership of Riversong continues to grow, spending weeks in the top 100 Kindle bestsellers; it’s known amongst her friends and family as “the little book that could.”
Caramel and Magnolias, the first in the Legley Bay Collection was released in the fall of 2012. In May of 2013 Tess released the sequel to Riversong called Riverbend and the third in the collection, Riverstar, in August 2013. Tea and Primroses, the second in the Legley Bay Collection was released February 16, 2014. The first in the Blue Mountain Collection, Blue Midnight was released June 30, 2014.
She's currently working on her first historical fiction, Duet For Three Hands, which will be released December 2014.
Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, ages 11 and 8, the loves of her life.
Although currently single, Tess has not given up on finding a love story of her own. Until her prince arrives, she's content creating what she hopes are epic, page-turning love stories with a little suspense and mystery for additional spice. She writes in her home office six days a week, sipping countless cups of herbal tea, with two naughty but adorable kittens, (Christmas presents for her daughters) Mittens and Midnight, at her feet. But hopefully said Prince arrives soon to save her from becoming a bitter, crazy cat lady. Did she mention how adorable the kittens are?
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
“If you change your mind, here’s this.” Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under a star-scattered Idaho sky. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years. Then she left, returning to her fiancé, the wedding she’d committed to, and the secure life she’d yearned for since she was a little girl.
Thirteen years later, her husband leaves Blythe for his young associate. Devastated, she’s unable to imagine the next chapter of her life as she packs her family’s belongings to move across town. Unexpectedly, she finds the forgotten slip of paper bearing Finn’s phone number in the back of a drawer.
Hadn’t she tossed it years before as a newlywed, when she vowed to be the perfect wife and mother? Apparently not. Here it remained. Her road not taken.
Facing three weeks without her young daughters, Blythe sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him.
What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain challenges everything she thought she knew and is the very last thing she expected. Within days, her life changes forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied.
The first book of the Blue Mountain Collection, laced with Thompson’s lovable but complex characters, “Blue Midnight” is a mature love story about second chances, family, and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.
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