Wind’s Aria is a fantasy romance with a good vs. evil premise amidst the bloom of first love.
In Wind’s Aria, the heroine is a singer. Were you a singer and why did you choose such an unusual occupation for her?
I had classical voice training back in the day—at the same time I trained in dance. I was also playing clarinet in a regional symphony orchestra and in a Klezmer band. My schedule grew overwhelming and I had to make some decisions, narrow my focus. I chose dance, rather, it chose me. There was a conflict of interest at home in that my mother, a professional classical vocalist, and my father, a jazz musician and also once an int’l ballroom competitor, tried to persuade me—lovingly—in one direction or another. The pull was aggravating, but things settled once I made up my mind. I had a wonderful and unique career in dance, but I’ll always love opera and musical theater. Music and the arts emerge often in my stories because of the influence. That was my entire life from childhood to when I retired and began writing fiction. It’s not that I intend to include musical elements; it’s just very natural for me.
The series Wind’s Aria belongs to seems drawn from mythology. Was there a particular story that inspired your novel?
Wind’s Aria, in particular, was inspired by Song of Songs 2. Each novella in the series has a different influence, however. I read everything under the sun, but I find Song of Songs as well as Proverbs books that stretch the mind with wisdom and massage the heart with passion and love.
A general plot or outline may linger in my mind. I might have a gist of what the story is about and in what direction it should go. But, I’m somebody who likes to ride the wave of creativity and see where it takes me. In that manner, I discover a lot of surprises along the way. I like surprises.
What was the funniest thing you learned about your hero/heroine from writing their story?
When the tranquil and trained singer gets verklempt she stutters.
Which of your characters is most like you and which is least like you?
Currently, I’d say I’m probably most like Aria’s horse, Dunjra! I’m least like the serpent. He’s a bad dude and wants to harm everybody. I don’t want to harm a single soul and even if I did want to I couldn’t hurt a fly.
Can you describe your office or where you normally write?
My desk is an upright wood hutch that’s very handsome and has a lot of drawers and cubbies that hold knickknacks and supplies, which I think is cool. One wall is completely floor-to-ceiling bookshelves full of books. A split white chair rail around the room contains a decorative strip of wallpaper between in dark green, gold, and burgundy leaves of autumn, my favorite season. The upper walls are painted in pastel sage, the lower walls in a medium sage. I have a burgundy leather couch that’s meant for me to sit on or relax and muse, but it’s now dominated by my pets who have assumed from day one that it was always meant for them. Selected artwork is all framed in antiqued black. It’s a lovely room and the one I’ve spent the most time on, because it’s the room I spend the most time in. The rest of the house…eh!
Which came first the plot or the characters?
That’s a toss up. I think it was a marriage of the two from the get-go.
Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a scene or chapter? How did you overcome it?
Occasionally. Taking a timeout and listening to selected music most often remedies that problem.
What is the wackiest thing that’s ever happened to you since you started writing?
I’m a deep waters kind of gal. I’m not sure that wacky is a regular part of my vocabulary, although it probably should be! I take myself too seriously. That’s pretty wacky.
Where can readers find out more about your wonderful books?
Readers can visit my website where I provide all the information and links—more than anyone could possibly want I’m sure! : ) www.TessaStockton.com
Elected as the Songstress, Aria takes her place on the sacred platform to sing before every dawn. As long as she does so, peace and abundant life belong to her people. One morning, amidst a strange wind that brings with it a curse in its eerie howl, Aria loses her ability to make music. But the encroaching death that transpires isn’t her biggest tragedy. It’s that she adores the cause of her blunder, for he’s a magnificent winged creature who’s stolen more than her voice.
A former choreographer, dancer, and musician, Tessa Stockton now writes romance and intrigue novels in a variety of genres.
Buy Links – Wind’s Aria:
Soul Mate Publishing: http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/winds-aria/