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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Tessa Gratton (Author of Blood Magic)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

TESSA GRATTON has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. She was too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. You can visit Tessa at

BLOOD MAGIC will hit shelves May 24, 2011!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
The Cretaceous Period, baby! I’d see myself some dinosaurs. Because they are awesome.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Two teens, magic, blood, kissing, and mayhem.
Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
My favorite book is BEAUTY by Robin McKinley. It’s been my favorite since I was about 9 or 10 years old. It taught me about stories and magic and love. Does it get better than that? NOPE. My favorite fictional crush… wow that’s tough. I think right now it’s a toss up between Andevai in Kate Elliot’s COLD MAGIC and Catcher from Carrie Ryan’s DEAD-TOSSED WAVES.

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
Howl from Diana Wynne Jones’s HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE. Because then I’d be a total bad-@ss wizard. And being a wizard is a life’s goal.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
Obviously someone totally unknown, so that the movie of my life could build her career.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
Guts of a Writer – it’s my blog title, too, and it’s a pun about bravery and intestines, which is what my writing career has been about. Finding ways to be brave, and spilling blood onto the page.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
A search for magic and monsters.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
I have a BLOOD MAGIC companion novel coming out in April 2012, titled THE BLOOD KEEPER, and an anthology of short stories and writing ephemera I collaborated on with Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff in 2012. I’m very excited about both!

Thanks for stopping by Tessa!

For more information about Tessa Gratton and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. Thanks for having me, Tina!

    I just wanted to note that since this interview, the title of my companion novel changed to: THE BLOOD KEEPER.


  2. In all the author interviews I have seen on this fantastic blog, your answer for an actress to play you in a movie is the best one yet!

  3. Can't wait to read Tessa's book. I love that she's always wanted to be a wizard. Me too!

  4. Hearing a lot of good things about this book! Love the cover too!

  5. I totally love Tessa! Great interview questions and the answers were fun!
    She wants to see herself a dinosaur. ME TO! lol.

  6. Thanks for doing an interview. I love learning about authors. I had to snicker at the part where you said you would like to see some dinosaurs.

  7. Catcher from The Dead-Tossed Waves! Clearly Tess has great taste! I'm definitely excited about the short stories antho and companion novel (and I haven't even read Blood Magic!).

    Thanks for the awesome interview!

  8. I like the title of the Biography question! Good interview!


  9. I completely agree with Catcher, for obvious reasons.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com ;)

  10. I love the cover for this. Really different. Must go look up the book on amazon now :)

  11. Great interview. I like your biography and blog title - Guts of a Writer, sounds kind of gory, but brave too.

  12. I totally fell in love with Catcher!! Great character!

    Rachel Leigh
    TheOneRing111 at gmail dot com

  13. I love your description in 7 words or less. They always intrigue me!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  14. How exciting about the companion book. That was news to me. Being a dog lover, I'm curious to know what what breed your "mutant dog" is. LOL.

  15. Great interview. The 7 words or less question is always my favorite.

  16. Thanks for the interview. I always love reading Tessa's short stories on Merry Sisters of Fate.

  17. Great interview. Off to add to my wishlist.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  18. I met her at Kidlit Con and she seemed awesome and fun. Thanks for the interview. I always enjoy yours - especially how they describe their book in 7 words.

  19. I loved the interview so good this book sounds so good can't wait to read it!


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