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!