Coffee With Characters with Tessa Micah Bell

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?

Hi, I’m Tessa Micah Bell. I come from a messed up family that set me on the road to a messed up childhood and adolescence, so in adulthood I’m kind of messed up. When you meet me in my first book, A Secret to the Grave, I’m twenty-five and I meet the man who I end up marrying. Unfortunately we’re both kind of messed up so by the time our story ends two and a half years later in Forgotten we have really managed to make a mess of our lives. Sorry if my answers are a little short, I don’t really like talking about myself so I don’t know why Jane signed me up for this thing.

1. Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

A Secret to the Grave is about one of the many mistakes that I’ve made in the past that got other people hurt. I try to fix things on my own and for some reason people seem to think that’s not a good idea. I don’t know why, I’m perfectly capable of taking care of my own messes. I did get to meet Parker though, so one good thing came out of that book. The rest of our books are about us trying to make our lives work. I’m stubborn, keep secrets, and don’t want anyone to take care of me, and Parker has white knight syndrome, so sometimes our relationship gets kind of crazy.

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2. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

*shrugs uncomfortably* My eyes I guess. People seem to like them. They’re kind of blue and kind of green with some specs of yellow in the middle. And my hair because its naturally white blonde and a huge curly mess. Although its not a physical feature the thing most people would probably say is the most distinguishable thing about me is my IQ is 178.

3. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

No, I don’t have either.

4. Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

We might hang out, I guess. I don’t really have a lot of friends because I tend to wind up getting people hurt, but if we did hang out we would go horse riding, I love to ride, and Jane does too, so that could be fun.

5. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

The ability to see the future, because then I could see what bad things are going to happen to people and stop them before they happen.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

When they think they know better than me about what’s best for me.

7. What would I love the most about you?

I am very loyal to the people I love and would do anything for them, including risk my life.

8. What would I hate the most about you?

I’m stubborn, I actually don’t think this is a bad thing, but apparently everyone else does. I can be bossy. I’m a bit of a control freak. I value my privacy so sometimes I keep secrets. I like people to think I’m strong so I’m constant telling people that I’m fine even when we both know it’s a lie, I’ve been told that’s annoying. I don’t like to let people know what is going on inside my head which I know can be annoying but I’ve been hurt and let down a lot so its hard for me to trust people, so I prefer to do things myself. I don’t know why I told you that, so lets just keep it between us, okay?

9. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Well she kind of portrayed my stubbornness as a bad thing, and really I don’t think I’m as crazy stubborn as she made me out to be, I just like to do things my way because my way is usually best.

10. What is your idea of a perfect day?

Being able to relax and not worry about anything at all. Parker and I would go horse riding up on my estate and then maybe have a picnic, and just enjoy hanging out and being together.

11. What is your greatest fear?

Being alone.

12. Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Before Parker I didn’t date. Ever. So that kind of freaks me out.

13. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Happy. Wait that’s kind of a depressing answer, well when I was really young I wanted to do a million things, ride horses, be a doctor, a sculptor, an artist, an inventor, an astronaut, and a hot air balloon pilot.

14. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I’ve faced death before and the one thing I wished I had done was tell the people I love just how much I love them and how important they are to me.

15. What is the one food you can’t live without?

Lasagne, its not my favorite food but it is Parker’s and he loves it when I make it for him.

16. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

Uh . . . umm . . . hmm . . . is it wrong if I said I hoped no one ever turned my book into a movie? Because that would be way embarrassing.

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