I want to welcome my cool writerly blogging friend, Tess Hilmo. We were pals in our early blogging days. She’s one of my first followers. Bless her! And I have learned a lot from her in the past couple years. Her book, With a Name Like Love debuted on my birthday. Thanks for that Tess! HA!What made you decide to become a writer? I’ve always loved reading and literature but it wasn’t until I was put on 30 weeks bed rest with my second child that I started to write. I had so much time and was tired of the television so I turned to books and began writing stories. That child is now 12 years old!
Will you ever or have you considered writing a sequel to With a Name Like Love? No, I think it would take away from the charm of this story.
Was Ollie based on you or anyone from your life? A little bit of myself, I think. Ollie longs for a stable home. Growing up, I had a single mom who bought and sold real estate. We lived in ten different homes by the time I was 14! So, in that way, my wants aligned with Ollie’s. The name comes from a distant relative on my father’s side.
How did you come up with the name Binder? Real town? Not a real town, but a real law firm! I was taking a break from writing and heard a TV commercial for a local law firm, “Binder and Binder.” The name stuck in my head and so I made it into a town.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading the most? Anything middle grade!
Who are your favorite characters from With a Name Like Love? Jimmy is by far my favorite character. He is in a terrible mess. His mother is in jail for killing his horribly abusive father and yet he never once questions her innocence or his own self worth. He believes in himself so deeply. That kid is amazing.
What are your tips for aspiring novelists? Believe!!! And, some advice I heard was that writing is not a race, it is a marathon and there is room for all of us at the finish line.
What are you working on right now? Divulge my secrets? Hmmmm….ok! I am working on another middle grade story. It is set in Wyoming, modern day and has a fun cowboy flare to it. It has been a blast to write!
Tess, I have loved having you here. I truly wish you great success and I am one of your biggest cheerleaders. Everyone go buy Tess’s book, With a name Like Love. It’s awesome. Just look at that cover! Wouldn't you pick this book up if you were browsing?Tess is having a humongous giveaway over at her place. Head over, ASAP! Tess's place and visit her awesome website too.
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