Interview & Contest: Tess Hardwick

Jen: Today our guest is Tess Hardwick, the author of Riversong.  Tess, will you tell us about Riversong?

Tess: When Lee Tucker’s husband commits suicide, he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of options, she escapes to her deceased mother’s dilapidated house located in a small Oregon town that, like her, is financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start. Lee’s resilience leads to a plan for a destination restaurant named Riversong, to new chances for passion and love, and to danger from her dead husband’s debt as her business blooms.

Author Tess Hardwick assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life – even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief. Lee Tucker is the kind of woman you find yourself rooting for long after the last page is read.

A surprising mix of romance, humor, friendship, intrigue and gourmet food – Riversong entertains while reminding you of life’s greatest gifts.

Jen: What sort of research did you do for this book?

Tess: Because it is contemporary and set in a loosely based version of my own hometown in southern Oregon, there wasn’t much research necessary. The exceptions were the sections about food, as I’m not a gourmet cook- although I do consider myself a gourmet eater!

Jen: What three words would you use to describe your writing?

Tess: Lyrical, emotional, honest.

Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?

Tess: This is a hard question. I would say a combination of every piece of fiction I’ve ever read, along with everything ever written on the craft of writing. I don’t think there’s a book out there on writing fiction I don’t own and haven’t read at least five times.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

Tess: Read, watch movies and television, play with my kids, snuggle my dog, exercise, and sleep. I love to sleep.

Jen:Where can you be found online?

Tess: I write a blog called “Inspiration For Ordinary Life” on my site at Also, I’m on twitter – @tesshardwick and have a Facebook Page – Tess Hardwick – Writer.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Tess: I’m currently polishing my second novel. And, along with Tracey Hansen and eleven other talented writers, I’m participating in a series of essays called “Write For the Fight” that explore the seasons of life – all the proceeds will be given to cancer research. It launches next month and we’re enormously excited.

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Tess Hardwick is a novelist, reader, mommy, wife, daughter, sister and friend, the order of which depends on the day. She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. Five years ago she made the courageous decision to leave her corporate job and follow her dreams to become a writer. Her first novel, Riversong, was published by Booktrope in April 2011 and reached #1 on the Barnes and Noble Nook best sellers list in October.

Tess’ most recent project has been to co-lead the creation of an anthology to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. Write for the Fight: A Collection of Seasonal Essays is a humorous and emotional collection of personal essays from over a dozen writers exploring the seasons of life. All writer profits will the donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Like her main character in Riversong, Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She currently lives in western Washington with her husband, two daughters, and their puppy.

Visit Tess at

Contest details:

  • We have 5 ebook copies of Riversong to giveaway.
  • The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Wednesday, February 29.

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