Friday, February 24, 2012

Welcome Writer Tess Morrison!

I've been treated to a real special post today from my friend and fellow Wisconsite writer Tess Morrison, who recently had a new release come out from The Wild Rose Press! Whoo Hoo! Please give her a warm welcome, and while you're at it, check out Kissing Livvy!
I am so honored to have been invited to AJ’s Tattered Pages.  AJ and I share a common background as we’re both from the same hometown in northern Wisconsin, where I still live.  It seems every place I have visited has a flavor all its own and that can certainly be said for our neck of the woods.  The people are the best you can find and to top it off we are surrounded by beautiful forests, crisp, clear lakes and flowages, and charming farms tucked into the rolling hills.  I am inspired by what is around me every day!
‘Kissing Livvy’ was a joy to create.  With this book I allowed myself the freedom to let my characters blossom into people that are just plain fun.  People that know me always seem to want to know who inspired my characters.  I know my family feels as though they come under scrutiny because of this.  Usually I have to tell my readers that the characters are always a composite of how one person speaks, another’s behavior, another’s physical appearance, and so on.  But there is one I cannot deny.  Grandma Nell in ‘Kissing Livvy’ is my maternal grandmother.  No doubt about it.
My Grandma, her name was Frances or Frannie, was wonderful, but what a character!  I think she comes through loud and clear as Jesse Tully’s grandma.  Writing her scenes was like having my grandma sitting right next to me.  Thanks, Gram!
I am currently changing gears a bit and trying my hand at a piece of women’s fiction.  The title is ‘Eye on the Sparrow’.  It is a multi-generational saga about a family thrown off course by remains found in the back forty.  I will keep you posted as to whether this is a go or not.  So far, it’s been a challenge.  But whether or not I have success with ‘Eye on the Sparrow’ or not, romance is too deeply embedded in my heart to be replaced.  Romantic stories are where I can be funny and let loose all those steamy fantasies of mine.  Please feel free to visit me at my website at tessmorrison.com.  Oh, and if you do, you’ll find the recipe for the cookies the Tully family raves about in ‘Kissing Livvy’.
Here's the Blurb:
After an environmental protest goes awry, Livvy Sherman finds herself abandoned on Jesse Tully’s logging job.  Taming the Tully men (and women) proves quite the wild ride.  Jesse’s got his hands full with a struggling business, a cantankerous father, a troubled teenager, and a crabby grandma.  Now he’s got this hippy-dippy protestor thrown into the mix.  What more could go wrong?
AJ, thanks again for having me.  All the best to you.
My pleasure to have you here, Tess!
XO AJOX

11 comments:

AJ Nuest said...

Hi Tess! Thanks so much for being here at Tattered Pages today! I love the cover for Kissing Livvy and am completely THRILLED to share the day with you. Yay! Go PF! :-)

Vonnie Davis said...

I love when family is interwoven into a romance, often adding a dash of comic releif or a dose of wisdom. Much luck to you with your new project. Writing is such fun, isn't it?

AJ Nuest said...

I know I always say this, but Vonnie, I just love ya to BITS! Thanks for stopping by, hon. You're the best! MWAH!

Diana Layne said...

Don't you love grandmas? Both of mine are gone now, but I'm one myself, we're expecting our second grandbaby next month. I look forward to being a "character" myself. Good Luck with Kissing Livvy and your new project!

W. Lynn Chantale said...

Hello Ladies. Well Just enough of Kissing Livvy to whet my appetite. Congrats on the new release Tess and good luck with your future project.

Calisa Rhose said...

I almost missed this one for a short morning of writing- that's getting shorter by the blog!- but I couldn't resist. So happy! Hi Tess! I'm a small town gal too, here in Oklahoma. Love them. Your book sounds wonderful and is definitely on my tbr stack!

Thanks AJ- you have a way of finding all the gems!

Isabella Macotte said...

Such a lovely link to your family history. It's great when a writer can infuse a story with a personal touch. Love the blurb! Definately a book I'll read.

Alison H. said...

Good morning, Tess and AJ! Tess, I love that you used your grandma for inspiration. Mine was a fabulous character, too, and I based my hero's grandmother on her in my last manuscript. Good luck with Kissing Livvy. It sounds fantastic!

AJ Nuest said...

You know, you ladies are just awesome. Thank you SO much for stopping by to visit with us today. I love my Roses. *sniff, sniff*

Jannine Gallant said...

I also have a fiesty grandma, as does my heroine in A Deadly Love (waiting on the release date.) Isn't it wonderful we can find inspiration in our family! Great to meet you, Tess.

Nancy Jardine said...

Your new release sounds great, Tess. They say write what you know about, and what better than family - it can give plenty of ideas for writing.