Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Trouble With Tessa

THE TROUBLE WITH TESSA by Laniey Bancroft 
Paperback: 320 page
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

At thirty-five, Erin Sanders has resigned herself to a single, childless lifestyle. Then dynamic Tanner walks into her office and proposes that she pretend to date him in order to assess the mental well-being of Tessa, his orphaned niece. Erin falls hard and fast for the man. As an added bonus, she and the delightful Tessa come to adore each other. But like all things too good to be true, she discovers her perfect stud may be a perfectly deceptive dud.

Lainey Bancroft
Humorous, Hot, From the Heart Romance!

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  1. Lainey Bancroft joins us for this session of Lost in a Good Book at Between the Pages. The Trouble with Tessa is one romantic novel she wrote and released recently. Participants on Lainey's section have a chance to win choice of one copy from her four releases, autographed!! Thank you Lainey.

  2. The Trouble with Tessa was right up my preference alley. In my research about Lainey Bancroft, by investigating her website and publisher, I learned she's won a slug of awards for her work. Check it all out with the links in this section!

  3. Thanks for the fantastic intro, Annette! =)

    So glad you enjoyed 'The Trouble With Tessa'. I've had terrific feedback from readers so far and that makes this all worthwhile.

  4. Hi Lainey, so happy to have you as one of our guest authors. And what a pleasure to have for discussion your story, The Trouble With Tessa. So our readers can get to know you better, I have a few questions to get us started.
    1. In your opinion, what is the hardest part of writing a novel? Why?
    2. What is your writing routine?

  5. Lainey..Where do you get your inspiration from?


  6. Hi, Lynda. Thanks for hosting such a great blog!

    I'd have to say the most difficult part of writing a novel for me is the final polish. The first draft of a story usually just SPILLS out of me. The next revision phase is every bit as fun because I enjoy getting to know my characters more deeply and clarifying their tale. By the time I get to the final stage, I often know them TOO well and it's difficult for me to catch those sneaky little typos etc. That's why I'm lucky to have awesome beta readers and a great editor!

    Routine? What is this routine you speak of? lol
    I wish! I have all the usual house-wife trappings--dogs, cats, teenagers, aging/ailing parents and a home based business--so my routine tends to be 'squeeze in writing whenever I can'!

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  8. Hi, Nini! (Yes...I did somehow delete myself oops)

    Wow, way to hit me with a tough question fresh out of the gate!

    I guess it would be lame to say I get my inspiration from EVERYTHING...but it would also be true. Ideas pop up from random newspaper or magazine articles, from snippets of news on the radio, from conversations overheard in lines at the grocery store...all over.

    The women's fiction novel I'm currently agent shopping began with a "what if..." after hearing a snippet from an old Dr. Hook song, 'The Eyes of Lucy Jordan' and just grew from there

  9. Hi Lainey!

    Thought I'd pop in and say Howdy-Do!! The Trouble With Tessa definitely sounds like a sure-to-please-read. I love a heartfelt story with a twist. :)

    I'm right there with you on the writing schedule. Instead of teens, I have toddlers, but someone old me if I can survive toddlerhood that I would be able to hand the teen years. Here's hoping! LOL Congrats on all your many successes!

  10. Welcome Sarah! Thanks for stopping in.

    Yep, if you make it through the preschool years you're laughing. I NEVER got any writing done when my kids were that small. Teenagers present a different set of challenges, but at least you can tell them to 'beat it' and shut the office door on them every now and again without worrying that they'll vacuum all the water out of the toilet or give the cat a new hairstyle. :0

  11. Hi, Lainey. I write by the seat of my pants, although, I usually have an outline in my head of main events that I work toward when I am writing. I was just wondering how your books come to fruition. Do you outline your story on paper and then follow it?

  12. Hi Lainey! I'm currently reading Tessa and find your wonderful wit coming right through your work. :-)

    I love that your current novel idea came from a song!

  13. I noticed from the information on the above blog post that you write with humor. How difficult is it to incorporate humor into a story? Does it come naturally, or do you have to make it happen?

  14. Hi, Zequeatta. Like you, I have a basic outline in my head--the high and low points I know I need to include for the character arc--beyond that, I just follow the characters where they lead!

    More fun that way (plus, I'm really bad about following anything...even my own rules and outlines) ;-)

  15. LK! Thanks. I'm so glad you're enjoying Tessa so far. =)

    Music--particularly clever lyrics--have inspired me quite a few times. As I'm sure you understand with the musical influences you have in your novels. =)

  16. Hi, Anonymous.

    I don't write slap stick style comedy, more just tongue'n'cheek, gentle sarcasm. I'd have to say the majority of humor emerges naturally from the unique observations my characters make and their snappy dialogue exchanges.

    Truthfully, any time I've TRIED to inject more humor, I personally find it falls a little flat--or obvious--for lack of a better explanation. Letting the characters exhibit their quirks naturally is just a more comfortable fit for me.

    Great question, thanks for popping in!

  17. The story pulls you in right away and it's a really good read. The writing is really really good. The story and characters are great. There are no confusing pov switches. The story moves forward with only enough fluff to make it interesting.

  18. Lainey's Blog, connection thru her website, is fun. Its worth checking out. Lainey, where'd the idea for this novel come from? And I don't particularly like chocolate either...neither does my grandmother!

  19. Lainey, It's a beautiful morning in Northeast Texas, I hope it's beautiful where you are also.

    I completely agree with your comment on writing humor. It either comes naturally to a writer or it doesn't. And you can always tell, in the reading, which writers are forcing it.

    Here is a couple more questions for you.
    1. You have some great characters in THE TROUBLE WITH TESSA, is writing one particular character easier than another?
    2. From reading your work, I think I already know the answer to this next question. Do you 'see' or 'think' your scenes? Personally, I think you do both, but with one more element. I think you 'feel' your scenes. Can you elaborate for us?

  20. Hi, Lainey!
    Sounds like you've got another winner on your hands with TTWT. Like you and some of the others, I tend to write by the seat of my pants, though I usually start a romance by focusing on some aspect of a woman's life that makes her different. Not different in the macro sense but not the normal grow up, find a guy, and take the plunge kind of romance, if you know what I mean.
    Like THE TROUBLE WITH TESSA, a late twenties 'left at the starting gate' kind of girl was the launch pad for one of my books that turned out well.
    What are some of the other ideas you have for future romances?
    Pat Dale

  21. Thanks for all the positive feedback, Annette! It's always great to hear when you've hit the right notes in a story.

    I took a very circuitous route writing The Trouble with Tessa. I always like to inject 'reality' in my books and the original idea sprouted when I had several friends dealing with step parent situations. In the first draft, Erin was a confirmed single, soured on the idea of dealing with a mixed family after her experiences with her family couselling practice. When I headed into the second draft, I didn't think the story at enough oomph. A few neat twists presented themselves and I just ran with them.

    Thankfully, I've had numerous readers tell me they never saw the last couple plot twists coming. It is very, VERY cool to be able to surprise an avid reader! =)

  22. Morning, Lynda! Glad your corner of the world is pretty today. I know parts of Texas were hit with some extreme weather. We had our first snowfall yesterday--unusually late for Ontario--and it is cold but nice and bright here today. I do love the warm weather, but I'm Canadian born and raised so I enjoy a crisp winter day and a trek through the snow as well.

    Thanks! So gratifying when another author 'believes' in your characters! I almost always begin with a 'narrator' character the other characters play off. The MC comes easiest, but the others all form as the story unwinds so I wouldn't say any one is more difficult to write than another.

    You're very perceptive. All of the above! I think, see, then feel the story--to the point where it plays like a movie in my head. I step into the role of each character as I move from scene to scene and using all senses mentally walk myself through what I think that character's perception would be of a given situation.

  23. Welcome, Pat. Thanks! I know exactly what you mean! Different in a 'larger than life' without crossing that line to being way too far out of a readers realm of reality can be tricky. Sounds like you've got a handle on it. Kudos. I'll have to check out your books.

    Right now I'm putting the final polish on a novella for a Wild Rose Press, Last Rose of Summer anthology. My character wanted to be an ordinary suburban housewife and mother, but circumstances forced her to live under an assumed name for a number of years. I'm also about a third of the way into what I hope will be the first of a series with elements of suspense and a love triangle. Fun stuff so far!

  24. Before I head off to work, I wanted to tell readers that this book has great, great writing. I couldn't put it down and that says a lot for me. If this novel is any indication of other Lainey Bancroft books, it's no wonder she's won some awards. Good job.

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  26. Hi Lainey,

    What a pleasure it was to have you with us for these last three days. But before you slip away, I have a couple more questions.

    1.What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?
    2.Name one scene that you've written that you go back to re-read often because you like it so much.

  27. Annette, you're wonderful. Thank you so much!

    Lynda, my pleasure! And wow, tough questions.
    Honestly, I can't think of anything I wish I'd been asked in an interview. I guess I've just been blessed with clever interviewers. ;-)

    Now, a scene I reread...that's a great interview question! I'd have to say the scene I revisit most often is the 'disclosure' conversation between Erin and Tanner in 'The Trouble With Tessa'. Both characters had SO much emotionally invested in this scene that I wrote and rewrote it a number of times to work in all the nuances of what it meant to the characters and the people around them.

    I'd love to share a portion. Unfortunately, that would be a 'spoiler' because that one conversation changed the life of every single character in the book. I think it provides a nice window into how the actions of one person can impact every other person around them. I just...yeah, I love that scene. Luckily, my editor agreed and so far readers have too!

  28. Great Job on this book, Lainey. Wishing you much success on your writing.