(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories. Of people. Of life. Of adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
She is the kind of author whose books I actually want to own. It’s not just enough to check them out from the library or have them on my kindle. I need actual copies in my library. As I mentioned a while ago in a review of one of her books, that’s one way I know a good author, I
need want the books! So I was really excited when I found out she would be doing an interview!
It’s amazing to see all that she has accomplished as a writer in such a short period of time. I feel like this confirms what I’ve been saying 🙂 That’s she is an amazing and gifted writer! Just check out her bio:
Tessa was voted “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.
Hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never have imagined 5 years ago?
Five years ago, being published was a mere dream. Yet here I am, having just finished my third novel, Harvest of Gold, which will come out in July 2013. I spent so many years of my life wishing to be a writer, and doing little about it. Finally, one New Year’s Eve as I was praying, I felt a sense of urgency. It seemed to me that if I delayed any longer, I would miss my opportunity. That was the week I began writing Pearl in the Sand, my first novel, based on the story of Rahab, which was published in 2010.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would become a Christian much sooner!
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
I’m not sure that I could choose one. I tend to find happiness in small things. For example, this summer I attended a conference where the worship time was so rich, I thought I would burst. Falling in love with Jesus was a season of profound joy, in spite of the fact that I faced many difficulties at the time. Landing a desired job in Christian service, buying my first home, writing my first book, receiving that first contract. Life offers so many unforgettable moments of happiness.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
That their worth is not in what they achieve or how much they own or what they look like. Their true identity lies in the love of a glorious God who wants to be their Father.