Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Interview with Tessa Emily Hall

Today, we have a fellow author with us! Please welcome Tessa Emily Hall, author of Purple MoonEnjoy her interview and don't forget to check out her links! 

Tessa is giving away an ecopy of Purple Moon! Enter the giveaway on the sidebar of the blog. Contest will last one week.

Welcome to Word Painters, Tessa! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thanks for having me, Alicia! 

I am twenty years old and enjoy writing, coffee, and acting. My debut YA Christian fiction novel, PURPLE MOON, was recently published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. I also write articles for More to Be and Whole Magazine, and am currently working with Favoron Productions in their casting and writing departments. I also own a blog, Christ is Write, where I post writing tips, teen devotions, book reviews, and more.

Can you give us the story behind your book?

I wrote PURPLE MOON when I was sixteen years old. I wanted to write a story that could relate to what many teenagers were going through--broken families, peer pressure, addictions, insecurity, anxiety, etc.--in a way that could minister and perhaps bring healing to their lives. However, I didn't want to come across as preachy. I simply wanted to write a character-driven novel which was initially inspired by the skit that many churches have performed to the song "Everything" by Lifehouse.

I incorporated much of my own teen experience into the story as well, so it was nice being able to express myself through my protagonist, Selena. I gave her many of my own qualities, too. For example: she's passionate, a dreamer, an artist, somewhat of an introvert, has the same style as I do, a romantic, and likes coffee a little bit too much. =)

What is Purple Moon about?

PURPLE MOON is about a 16-year-old girl, Selena Taylor, who is forced to spend the summer with her wealthy aunt and uncle while her mom is in rehab. Along the way, she is re-introduced to a childhood friend, is having to ignore her snobby cousin's remarks, and is trying to take a break from her "bad habits" just like her mom. Selena is hoping that this summer will finally bring the new beginning she has been searching for--however, she soon realizes that it is not quite that easy. 

What is your favorite part about being an author?

I love having the opportunity to show God's love and redemption through the stories He gives me to write. I love having an outlet to express myself and create something--such as a town, person, school, or even a new world--that you wish could be real. I love witnessing the transformation of a simple story idea develop to an actual book. There are also several more perks to being a writer, such as: working from home or a coffee shop while sipping on coffee and listening to music, hearing from readers, writing a blog, and finding bits of inspiration in just about everything. I could probably go on and on, actually. =)

Anything else you would like to share?

Don't let anyone or anything get in the way of reaching your dream. When I was fourteen, I emailed a best-selling author asking if she had advice for an aspiring author. She told me that she wouldn't recommend that I pursue writing, only because it was hard work and unlikely to find success. Although she was right, I do not think either of those facts should hold anyone back. Of course, I respected the author's advice, but I obviously didn't follow it. Yes, writing is hard work. But since when has any career ever been easy? And yes, it is unlikely for a writer to be published. But I did. And so did all of the authors who wrote all of your favorite books. If your passion is big enough, nothing else will matter. Don't let anyone--including yourself--keep you from reaching your dreams. =)

Tessa Emily Hall is a 20-year-old who has been telling stories since before she could read. Her first YA Christian novel, Purple Moon, was published fall, 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She also writes a teen column for Whole Magazine, is a contributing writer for More To Be, and is the Casting Coordinator/Writer for Favoron Productions. Other than writing, Tessa enjoys acting, youth ministry, coffee, music, and her Teacup Shih Tzu—who is named Brewer after a character in her book, as well as her love for coffee. She resides in South Carolina and is currently studying to earn her degree in Communications.

You can find PURPLE MOON on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads.

Twitter: @tessaemilyhall
Facebook: tessa.h16
Pinterest: tessaemilyhall

Thank you for joining us today, Tessa!


  1. I have read Purple Moon and it is wonderful. Keep up the good work, Tessa!

  2. It sounds fantastic! How long did it take to write?

    1. Thank you! I wrote the first version of it when I was 15, although it was a completely different story and title. I then changed the plot elements and wrote the first draft of PURPLE MOON when I was 16. Although I received a contract for it when I was 16 as well, I continued postponing the release date because I wanted to work on it a bit more. I finally sent the finished manuscript to my editor when I was 18. =)

  3. Purple Moon sounds like a wonderful book, I'll love to read it.

  4. Yay! I have been wanting to read this book!! Enjoyed the interview.

  5. Loved the interview, great job! Can't wait to read the book!

  6. I just started following your blog Alicia!

    ~Emma Rich

  7. Purple Moon looks like a really good book! :D

  8. I'mg glad you do not follow that author's advise, Tessa. :) Purple Moon sounds brilliant!

  9. I'm hoping to get Purple Moon soon, Tessa! Can't wait to read it! :D

  10. Sounds like a great book! How did you meet Alicia?

    1. Thank you! I met her through the blogosphere, actually. It's always nice to meet other young, Christian authors! =)


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