How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a young woman. It wasn’t until 2006 that I started writing seriously. About that time, I made a commitment to write every day, even if it was only for an hour. I had a three-year-old and an infant, so it was hard to find time, but I did it. Now that my kids are older, I have a lot of time to work. I’ve increased my amount of time writing and still try and write every day if I can. It’s like exercise. Creating a consistent habit is key to keeping your writing muscles strong.
Is this book part of a series?
Yes, Riversnow is the fourth book in the River Valley Series.
What did you find the most challenging about writing your book?
The most difficult aspect of Riversnow was writing about the sexual assault. I wanted to treat the assault and aftermath with sensitivity, knowing how many real women have had to endure the same violence as my character.
Which aspect of writing do you enjoy the most?
I like writing the second draft best. The first draft is always hard—facing the empty page—but once I have something to work with, I love to fiddle and rewrite.
Do you have any works in progress?
Yes, I’m currently writing the first draft of Riverstorm, the fifth in the River Valley Series.
About The Book
Author: Tess Thompson
Genre: Romantic Supsense
Genevieve Banks is beautiful and successful – and one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses.
While filming opposite Hollywood’s heartthrob Stefan Spencer in River Valley, Genevieve and Stefan form a deep friendship. He wants to take their relationship to the next level, but a violent incident from Genevieve’s past has made her feel intimacy is an impossibility.
When her closely guarded secret is revealed, Genevieve is forced into a decision: Stay silent and let others suffer or bravely confront her violent past and the man who hurt her.
In this fourth installment of the bestselling River Valley Series, author Tess Thompson explores themes of community, friendship and love.
Tess Thompson is a bestselling novelist of romantic suspense. She’s also a Zumba dancing queen, though the wearing of the crown is reserved for invitation-only appearances. Recently she’s participated in obstacle course races, the hardest of which was the Spartan Beast in Sun Peaks, British Columbia. It was an awful experience that will soon be included in a novel. There was running. And climbing a mountain. And obstacles, like walls and crawling under barbed wire. She is not the running or obstacle queen.
Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she’s lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she’s gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.
She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her brand new husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that’s four kids, three of whom are teenagers, and five cats. Pray for her.