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Hey hey, romance junkies,

Welcome to What A Character, a weekly chat with a new and diverse romance character.  This week’s victim comes to us courtesy of the fabulous and fun, Denise Moncrief. She’s loaned us Tess Copeland from her new release, Crisis of Identity. I have to say, I’m stoked to have Tess here today.  Why, you ask? Because Tess sounds like the kind of character I’d like to share a few drinks with. So, help me welcome Tess, and Denise of course. 

Hiya ladies! So, Tess. In twitter fashion, tell us about your story in 140 characters or less.

Tess: Necessity is the mother of a good con, right? But Shelby’s was the wrong identity to steal. Crisis of Identity #romantic #suspense

Mac: LOL I love a sharp tag line. What do you consider your biggest strength? Biggest weakness?

Tess: My biggest strength? I can handle just about anything. I am NO damsel in distress. I don’t need a hero. I am perfectly capable of handling myself, thank you very much.

My biggest weakness? That I think I can handle just about anything. That I don’t recognize when I’m a damsel in distress until it’s too late. That I won’t admit that I wouldn’t mind some hunky guy stepping up and being my hero. And that sometimes I handle things all wrong, thank you very much.

Mac: I like how you roll, Tess. Don’t we all have those weaknesses? I know I do. So, the romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict, but what makes you laugh?

Tess: When Trevor tells me stories about his wild and crazy adventures as a private detective/bounty hunter, it makes me laugh my butt off. He tells this story about this guy he trailed all the way to Alaska, and the way he caught him… The guy tripped and sat down in some water and his butt froze to the seat so fast he couldn’t get up before Trevor slapped the cuffs on him. The way Trevor tells the story, I crack up every time he says the word Alaska.

Mac: See, that’s exactly the reason you’ll never find me in Alaska. I can’t abide a frozen butt. 🙂 What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and Denise to work through?

Tess: Oh yeah. That was when I went to see my drugged out sister and found out she had a baby. I didn’t know she had a baby. Apparently, that surprised Denise, too, because she wasn’t sure how to write that scene for days. I wanted to turn around and walk away (but you know, I was kinda stuck in mid-scene with a knife in my hand). How was the rug rat my problem? But I couldn’t leave the kid behind and Denise wouldn’t have let me anyway. Kidnapping my own niece was the best thing that happened to me because it made me want to fix all the things in my life that I had broken so I could be free to take care of my sister’s kid.

Mac: Yeah, I can see where being stuck mid scene with a knife in your hand would be a problem. I’m glad Denise made you stick it out. Now, give us a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story? And tell us why it’s your favorite.

Tess: I love this scene because it shows the reader my creative skills in problem solving. After all, necessity is the mother of a good con. The authorities had asked everyone who intended to ride out Hurricane Irving to write their social security number on their arm in permanent marker. I survived the storm—without writing my number on my arm—and was “volunteered” by a local cop to help with the makeshift morgue. That’s when I spotted Shelby whose social security number was written on her arm… and she didn’t survive the storm.

Her Social Security number was so nearly like mine. I scanned the gym. Jake, the one man who might care if she became me or I became her, was absent. With a few strokes of the pen, I could die and live again.
My heart pounded with the possibility I might get a chance to start over without the baggage of my past dragging me down. I changed her identity with a few swipes of a permanent marker. The number went onto my log with an unshaken hand, and I was free to escape the woman I used to be…the woman I didn’t want to be any longer.

Mac: Holy shit! LOL Okay, you’ve snagged me good. Before we get to the visitors, do you have a question you’d like to ask them?

Tess: Have you ever wanted to be someone else, even for just a little while? And if you could be anyone else for even a little while, who would you be?

Mac: Great question, Tess. I’ll give my answer later. I’m interested to hear other people’s answers first. Where can we find Crisis of Identity, Tess. And Denise, where can we find you?
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21 Responses
  1. I can’t wait to get started on this book. It sounds like fun.
    As for your question, I’ve never wanted to be anyone else. Maybe it’s because I’m an identical twin. Everyone always thinks I am someone else.

    • Tess says hi Sandra! Thanks for stopping by.

      I was the oldest of two children, and I usually wanted to be someone else for a while! I love writing about twins. Maybe I could get some insight into being a twin sometime? Thanks, Denise

    • maccrowne says:

      And that’s a great answer to Tess’s question, Sandy. 🙂 I have identical twin nieces. They’d say the same. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Sarah Grimm says:

    Great interview, ladies! Love the excerpt! This one is going on my TBR list.

  3. Vonnie Davis says:

    Have I ever wanted to be someone else? When I was nearing the end of labor with a 12 pound baby turned the wrong way, I certainly had those thoughts. LOL Loved the interview and your cover. Sounds like a great read.

  4. growlove247 says:

    Sounds like a great story! I think we’ve all had moments that being soneobe else sounds like a good idea…but for me…i think sometimes the grass only looks greener on the side.

    • maccrowne says:

      So true, sweetie. Still, there are a few people out there whose shoes I’d like try on for a little while. I can see me belting out a song in front of ten thousand people while wearing Celine’s shoes. But then I’d freak out over having her nose and want my life back. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

    • I think you’re right about the grass only looking greener.

  5. Calisa Rhose says:

    Hilarious! What a fun interview. It did nothing for my headache but make it worse! That’s a compliment, btw. Congrats and it’s on my tbr now. 🙂

  6. AJ Nuest says:

    Hey gang! I looooved this interview. Great job ladies and so nice to finally meet you, Tess. You know, I have to admit, I actually DO become someone else — every time I write a story. Whether or not I WANT to become them really isn’t up to me. Just sorta happens. I’m adding your story to my TBR list!! Oh and pass along my congrats and XOXO to Linden on her release!!

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

  8. Great interview! Mac sure knows how to get to the heart of a character. Going on my very loooong TBR list. Have to agree with AJ Nuest, writers do become another person when they write, but apart from that just lil’ ole me does me just fine. have a great day ladies! 🙂

  9. Dixie Lee Brown says:

    Loved the interview! Wouldn’t mind having a drink or two with Tess myself! Becoming someone else? I can barely keep track of one identity these days! Can’t wait to read the book though. Good luck with it Denise and Tess. Stellar interview, Mac!

  10. Denise, sounds like a fascinating story. I’m an Army brat so all of my young life, every two years, I started out in a new place where I was someone else…to try to fit in. About 10 moves, 3 overseas, before I started college. Tess will find it both daunting and exciting that no one will know who she is. Good luck with your book, Denise! Rolynn

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