You haven’t met Tess Hilmo yet? Well, let me fix that for you.
She’s a writer! Tess is currently revising her Middle Grade novel, With A Name Like Love, so her agent can begin submitting it. Her blog is all about her journey to publication. The agent is a new addition to her adventure. After you read the interview you can read the words of Tess for yourself at http://tesshilmo.blogspot.com/.
Amber: How did you find out about Book Blogger Appreciation Week?
Tess: A thoughtful and sneaky writing friend nominated my blog for an award. I still don’t know who it was but will take this opportunity to give a shout out of thanks.
Amber: Do you have one or two books about writing that you recommend to all of your writing friends?
Tess: There are so many wonderful craft books out there and, honestly, I have friends who write in all genres so it is hard to choose one that is applicable to everyone. My favorite instruction has come from conferences and from reading other writing blogs. That is one of the best parts about blogging, we all share our ideas and insights and help one another stumble along this path toward publication.
Amber: A lot of published authors advise reading as a way to learn how to write. Are there any authors or genres you like to read?
Tess: I read all things Middle Grade. If you are unaware, Middle Grade fiction encompasses ages 7-13. Great novels such as The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Island of the Blue Dolphins and even the earlier Harry Potterbooks are considered Middle Grade. Some of my favorite Middle Grade authors include (but are not limited to) Kate DiCamillo, Patricia Reilly Giff and Richard Peck.
Amber: Looking at your blog I found out you’ve spent six years sitting in your chair and writing. Getting the writing done is often the hardest part about writing. Do you write novels and short stories?
Tess: I write middle grade novels. I have written three novels, but the blurb for my novel currently on submission is:
With A Name Like Love is a middle grade murder mystery set in Binder, Arkansas. In the early summer days of 1957, Ollie’s daddy pulls their green and gold teardrop trailer into town with the intent of offering a three day revival.
On their very first day, Ollie meets a boy whose mother is in jail for murdering his father – and who asserts her innocence. But, even if Ollie were to believe the boy, could she convince her daddy to stay long enough to help him? And, if the Love family did stay, how could two thirteen year olds free a woman who has admitted to the crime and signed a full confession?
If you want to take a peek, I have a book trailer up on my blog for this particular novel.
Amber: This is the year you became represented by an agent. Is it anything like you imagined?
Tess: It’s wonderful to have someone who believes in your work and who has the ability to help you toward the goal of publication. Steven Chudney is my agent and he is fantastic. He is communicative, insightful and encouraging. Acquiring representation has been a true blessing. But, it has also been a lot of work. The saying goes no rest for the weary, but I think it should be no rest for the aspiring author!
Amber: What is your favorite tomato salsa recipe? (I am up to my ears in friends’ tomatoes and could use a good recipe.)
Tess: I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you 😉