1.) You started laying the groundwork for TESSA EVER AFTER during CAGED IN WINTER (book 1). Did you know you wanted Tessa and Jase to have their own story from the beginning? Or did they surprise you like they did me?
They totally surprised me! It wasn’t until the scene in CiW where Tessa is asking Cade if he can watch Haley while Tessa goes on a date and Jase gets all butthurt and territorial about it that I thought…wait a minute. What’s this all about?
2.) Tessa isn't your normal New Adult heroine - most are tackling college, not motherhood and working and trying to work in romance. What do you love most about Tessa?
I love her strength. I can’t even fathom the struggles she’s been through in her life, but she’s come out on the other side, and she’s still standing. And not only that, but she has a great outlook on life and is a wonderful role model to Haley (hallway hump notwithstanding).
3.) I gotta know - what happened to Haley's dad?!
Nothing terribly exciting. He’s a douchebag. He was eighteen and his girlfriend just told him she was pregnant. He did what douchebags do—bailed. I didn’t bring it into the story because it’s really not part of their story. Tessa isn’t missing anything by him not being in her life, and Haley isn’t either—between her uncle and his friends, she’s had plenty of male role models in her life. Tessa’s never gone after him for child support…she hasn’t wanted him in Haley’s life, so I didn’t bring him back. Plus, I sort of thought bringing him into the story would be drama for the sake of drama, and I don’t like that much.
4.) Will we ever see Tessa and Jase again ... in another book?
I see what you’re trying to do here. ;) I would love the chance to hang out with all these characters again!
5.) The fate of the world depends on this answer, so you must decide one way or another: You're stranded on an island for 3 months - who do you have with you for, uh, company? Jase or Cade?
Man, that’s a toughie. Initial thought was Jase because, well, Jase. But then I thought, I bet Cade could find something for us to eat on the island, and he’d totally cook for me every day. Plus, Jason’s more high maintenance. LOL Plus, plus, Cade has, like, gobs of muscles. Final answer: Cade.
About TESSA EVER AFTER:
In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…
Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.
Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.
A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for.
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with writing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.