Hello and welcome Tessa Wanton to my site. She/He has so graciously agreed to be interviewed.
So lets begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are?
Hi Sam, thanks for speaking to me – so a little about myself? Well, I am a new writer, I’ve had lots of ideas and a burning urge to write for a very long time, but only took the plunge very recently. In my early years, I trained at University to be a composer, and creating art has always been the biggest part of who I am. In recent years I went back to singing in small groups. For me, picking up a piece of music, working with the other members of the choir to produce something exquisite in the shortest time possible is just so alluring for me. You know when it’s right when your audience just completely get sucked in to the moment you’ve created. In a nutshell, I live for music, writing, reading and keeping in touch with good friends, old and new, and living life for every second I’m given. SC: It is lovely to know a bit more about you.
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?
I’ve always loved to day dream and constantly have stories running through my head, and when earlier this year I was made redundant, I had lots of time on my hands when I wasn’t applying or interviewing for jobs. I started to research into different topics that I’d always been fascinated with, and stories started to shout at me that they needed to be written. Tess began her journey, and my next WIP also commenced in parallel.
SC: At least you are having an opportunity to work with your craft
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
My first experience is very recent so I can remember exactly how it happened! I had a ghost account on a lifestyle website, and I started to post snippets of ‘The Training of Tess’ testing out my ideas and just enjoying the process, thinking nothing more of it. I garnered a number of positive comments and Gina from Naughty Nights Press commented on a few of my instalments and suggested I finish up the story and submit it to them for consideration. Completely knocked off my feet by the thought, I couldn’t believe that anyone might want to read my stories, let alone think about parting with money for it however little that might be. I almost chickened out, but in a moment of madness I polished the story, added some more depth to the characters and flung it out to it’s fate. I had never been so terrified, I waited for the ‘thanks but no thanks’ or ‘hmmmmmm nice try, have you thought about keeping your day job?’, but much to my delight, the acceptance and contract came through quickly. What’s more the release date was also quick, so for the past few months I’ve been a ridiculously over excited nightmare!
SC: You have made me chuckle. This was a wonderful acceptance. Gina is a lovely woman.
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from?
My current release is ‘The Training of Tess’ and it can be purchased from 30th September 2011 from Amazon and Smashwords. The book is an exploration of a young woman who has always been fascinated with the world of BDSM, needing, craving, yearning to know more about what it means to be submissive. I wanted the book to connect with the readers on an emotional level, to identify with Tess and her Master and to feel like they are there with them. The BDSM lifestyle is not just about bruising and beating and degradation, there is such a deep connection which is made between a Master and their submissive. Care and love forms strongly in many partnerships because of the trust that is essential to fully immerse oneself in the training and experiences shared. It’s quite funny though, because so many who have read it have asked me if it is autobiographical. I’m still undecided whether to tell the truth, or just leave the reader guessing! Now – is that cruel? *laughs*
SC: Sounds fantastic.
5) What are you currently writing?
Currently I’m writing the second instalment of Tessa’s adventures, and also finishing off the WIP that I mentioned earlier. It’s still BDSM but definitely with a different twist to which I’m hoping my readers will enjoy.
6) What inspires you most when you write?
Inspiration for me comes from turning an idea which has attracted me over and over in my head, looking at it from all different perspectives, trying to spot something which might not be obvious at first. Trying to figure out what it was that caught my attention in the first place. I like to make people think – there really is nothing better than that moment when a revelation pops into your head and there’s that ‘OMG’ moment that you’ve figured out the answer for yourself. I live for that moment, that questioning, that ‘what if?’, and I hope I can do that for my readers too.
SC: Love it when that happens.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
Well, I can honestly say that I’ve had a fantastic experience with my publishers Naughty Nights Press, and although I’ve not experienced any other publishers, if they’ll keep taking my work I see no reason to move on. They’ve been fantastically supportive, and seem to have the same level of ridiculously fizzy enthusiasm about the whole process that I have! The community they’ve introduced me to has opened a whole new world of fantastic writers to me, and so many wonderful new friends who now form part of my every day life. I think I’ve been incredibly lucky as I’ve heard some horror stories, but in my case, it’s like a dream come true.
8) What are you reading now?
My current read is ‘Consider Phlebas’ by Iain M Banks. I love sci-fi, always have, and I’d always meant to read Iain M Banks but for some reason hadn’t. My Dad recommended it, so as I had been bought a Kindle for my birthday, I downloaded it and read it on my daily commute. I’m glad it’s a long series as I tend to devour books at a rate of knots.
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
Oooh now you’re asking. I’m not sure there’s enough space for me to describe all of them, but I love mint choc chip ice cream, Chill DAB radio when I’m relaxing, hot baths with so much scented bath oil it takes extreme care to exit the bath for fear of slipping, incense sticks, Mathmos Lamps (I have rather a lot…) and shoes. Of all types and styles. I cannot get enough of shoes. And nail varnish. Hmm the more I think the more I could state, but I love life, so guilty pleasures? Why save them for special occasions, spoil yourself now! That sounds terribly indulgent doesn’t it?
SC: You’re a writer, you could always call it research lol
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
I would say that although it is easy to doubt yourself, you have to keep plugging away. Even with comments which seem nasty and negative, look for the positive and realise that there is always something that could be used for good, and prove them wrong. Life is one huge learning experience and as long as you’re learning then there will be improvement and progress. Just keep going, make sure that your voice is heard and reaches the audience that’s waiting patiently to hear what you have to say.
This is for you to talk more about yourself, leave your blogging details, site details and generally promote yourself.
I am quite active in the social media scene because I love to keep in touch with people – the best resource that is out there for researching real life experiences. Please look me up and say hi, although the time differences around the world sometimes mean I can’t talk in real time, I’ll always reply eventually if you’re patient!
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The Training of Tess by Tessa Wanton
Tessa fidgeted nervously as she smoothed the wrinkles from her figure-hugging pencil skirt. Shifting her gaze from the countryside rushing by, she glanced impatiently at her phone again; nothing. The last words she had read that morning from Him had been today is the day Tessa. She had scrolled up and down the list of messages she had received from Him countless times as she had sat there, double-checking and triple-checking to ensure that she would fulfill His instructions exactly. You will catch the 10:13 train to London, Victoria and alight when I tell you. You will then go to the front of the station and take the nearest taxi. Tell him to take you to Court Road. When you arrive there you will see two post boxes. Get out of the car, pay him and await instructions.
An involuntary shiver ran the full length of her spine as she sat on the train, waiting, anxious for that message. She perched on the edge of the seat, waiting for each stop, knowing she might have to dash for the door to make sure she didn’t miss the stop. Suddenly, her phone vibrated in her trembling hand. Now it said and with that Tessa stood and moved to the door. She appraised her reflection in the glass of the door – green satin blouse, black cardigan, black pencil skirt, sheer black nylons and her comfortable black slip on patent heels. He had requested she wear her turquoise underwear for their meeting, so Tessa had thought that accessorizing her flame red hair with a forest green blouse would also please Him. She had an insatiable need to please this man like nothing she had ever felt before.
He had crashed headlong into her life some three weeks earlier. Tessa had always been fascinated with the Dominant/submissive lifestyle, and she was – she felt, a very submissive person. In her real life people knew her as a feisty, headstrong and passionate woman; no one would ever have described her as submissive. But then she had learned over time, that being submissive didn’t mean she had to be a doormat, it meant to her that she wanted to hand over her control, her welfare, her safety, to someone else. Throughout her life she had maintained an iron grip on her personal control, organized to the extreme in her work and home life, highly respected in her profession as a Personal Assistant, so used to controlling others to ensure success. But what she truly wanted deep down inside, was a man who could take her to that special place of freedom she had heard and read so much about. To experience true freedom within her mind.
She had signed up to a BDSM lifestyle website to learn more about what it was to attain this ‘sub-space’ she had heard about. Peppering her profile with photographs she felt were ‘artistic’, and writing a personal passage about who she was had attracted plenty of admirers, but no one she had particularly connected with. She wasn’t looking to find a soul mate, or even a playmate, just someone to discuss her thoughts and passions and desires with. It was out of the blue that a message had dropped into her inbox. He handled each conversation they had with courtesy and interest, drawing more and more information out of her without her even realizing. Or maybe she did and she was already walking towards this man instinctively, already feeling the urge to please Him in any way He desired. She couldn’t place when her thoughts turned to Him entirely- it wasn’t long after they had started talking. He had even managed to find out where she worked, and after a few days of messaging back and forth, He called her anonymously at her desk. He had used a fake name to convince reception to pass Him through to her, and when He spoke, He had teased her with His low voice pressed to her ear. “Imagine this voice Tessa, speaking in your ear in person, knowing that whatever I say next, you must submit without question…” At that point Tessa felt the intense pangs of fear and panic that she had been hunted down so easily, what else did this man know about her in but a few days? She did not even know His name.
Two days later she met Him for the first time. She had just had a difficult meeting in the city and had been dropped off at the local car pool to collect her car when she had been pressed firmly against her door from behind.
“Hello Tessa” He had breathed in her ear, “I suggest you get in my car.” Near paralyzed with fear she turned slowly and looked straight into intense sparkling brown eyes, flecked with green, there was no way she would deny Him, all of her life-long fantasies were coming true. They had gone to a local park, where He had run His hands over her shaking body, entwined His fingers in her hair and pulled her to His lips where they kissed deeply and passionately, her body melting further with each kiss and caress. His hands were so gentle, but firm enough to know that there really was no escape. He worked over her clothed body, gradually relaxing her until He slipped His hand under her top and slid His fingers inside the lacy material of her bra, slowly releasing her right breast. Her heaving chest betrayed her fear and lust, a deep red flush creeping across her as He leaned in and sucked her nipple deep into His mouth. She moaned loudly, eyes closing and arching her back to push into Him, taking her so close to the edge of climax then instinctively stopping His exploration of her body. Pulling away from her, He held her gaze, fingers once more tightly wrapped in her hair.
“I am going to enjoy you,” He uttered as she gasped to regain her composure. Every word He spoke to her was like a lightning bolt straight to her sex. Deep and powerful, she had to know more about Him whatever the cost.