- Tenaya is Happily Married With 2 Wonderful sons.
- She is an Advocate for Autism Awareness and also Domestic Violence
- Tenaya currently lives in Missouri (USA)
- Her favourite past times besides writing are gardening, indie & foreign films and listens to moody music!
So Tenaya Some Quick Questions……….
When and why did you begin writing?
I liked writing stories as a young child, but it wasn’t until my oldest son was diagnosed with Autism that I began to write seriously. I just really needed an emotional outlet at that time, and I became dependant on my daily writing.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It was so long ago, I can’t remember. I began writing BLUE ASPEN when I was fifteen or sixteen.
How did you come up with the title?
I had a number of titles for my first book. BLUE ASPEN was a last minute choice before publication and it had to do with the aspen trees in Durango, CO and blue is a main colour theme throughout the story.
Did you learn anything from writing your first book and what was it?
I learned tons of things, but I’d say the biggest was that I had the ability to complete a full-length novel. I’d always struggled with finishing things, even short stories. So, I didn’t think I had it in me. It was empowering to learn otherwise. I knew if I did it once, I could do it again.
Who designs your covers?
I designed BLUE ASPEN’s cover. Wicked Cover Designs is responsible for FORBIDDEN FOREST, FOREST FIRE, and THE SLAYER’S WIFE. The cover for VERDANT was created by Erica Doucesse, and I’ve hired her to do the rest of my Regia covers.
Are there messages in your novels that you want your readers to grasp?
Sort of. I mean there are messages, but I don’t want anyone to feel or grasp anything in particular. I think what each person takes away from a book is exactly right.
How much of your books are realistic?
Nothing in regards to setting. I really want my character’s actions and personalities to be realistic.
Are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It depends. If I have an experience that might mirror something a character is going through, I use it. I’m speaking of emotional response, of course, given that everything I write is fantasy. 🙂
What books have most influenced your life most?
As far as fiction goes, I’d have to say THE DARKANGEL by Meredith Ann Pierce, because it was the book that taught me to love reading. Without having picked that book up, I don’t believe I’d be an author.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
My grandfather. He never wrote anything down, but he was a great storyteller. He’s gone now, but he was really sharp and witty. He believed in my creative ability.
Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Ugh! I have so many favourites. But, I think to best answer this question, I’d say Tanith Lee. I don’t always like what she writes, but she has this amazing ability to never be predictable.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf. 378 pages of freaky goodness. It was really different.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Dawn Metcalf and Deborah Bickmore.
What are your current projects?
I’m writing the third full-length novel in the Legends of Regia, DARK SOUL.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Take risks with your plots, and trust your gut.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I have the best readers! I love you, guys! I hope you all enjoy VERDANT, and will continue to journey to Regia with me in DARK SOUL! 🙂
Thank you Tenaya, Make Sure You Check Out Our Review On Verdant (Legends of Regia) which has been Crowned as July 2014’s Featured Fantasy Review. Also visit her website for further updates on all of her novels.