Journeys of the Heart

An author's journey

Meet Tess Quinn


Tess Quinn’s debut novel, The Bewitched Cowboy was released this week.  Welcome, Tess and thanks for visiting today.  The plot of your story revolves around an arranged marriage, a concept that may be unfamiliar to some readers.  Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you incorporated the idea into your book. 

Thank you so much for having me Kathleen! When I first started plotting ‘The Bewitched Cowboy,’ I had no idea the basic premise would be arranged marriages. My critique partners knew I needed a break from a project I was revising, and they decided to challenge me with a little writing prompt: I had to write a novella with a story line that was different from anything else I had read. I did a little Googling and came up with the wacky combination of cowboys and witches.

 But what would really screw things up for my characters? Well, I’m a 24 year old Hindu girl. My parents are pretty traditional and the phrase ‘arranged marriage’ got thrown around a lot in conversations. People didn’t really understand the concept of an ‘arranged marriage’ and thought it was the most archaic concept ever. I figured that my cowboys and witches would be the perfect place to show that ‘arranged marriages’ aren’t all that foreign.

 Arranged marriages occur in the poor villages of Thailand, India & China….or they can occur in the wealthy socialite societies of Manhattan and L.A. Both socio-economic groups may have different reasons for encouraging a marriage: a poor family may want a woman in the house to birth children to help with the family farm. The socialite families in Manhattan may want a more elite business merger tied in a traditional method.

 In ‘The Bewitched Cowboy,’ Destiny and Matt are forced to get married and ‘bond their powers’ within two weeks otherwise Destiny dies and Matt loses his control of the weather forever. They both had something to lose, but neither Destiny nor Matt were marriage-ready adults, either. They approached their union the same way other individuals might have approached arranged marriages: with caution, an attempt at cordiality, and an attempt to survive. The Manhattan socialite could understand how important a marriage would be for her family so she copes, and tries to make friends with her new husband. She tries to learn about him as quickly as possible, and her feelings towards him may change from roommate to lover. Meanwhile, a family in a Chinese village could have married their son to an appropriate bride from two villages over. The son takes care of the bride as if she was a guest at first because he doesn’t know the woman at all, and then, slowly she becomes an integrated part of the family out of necessity and familiarity.

 Arranged marriages may have their faults. After all, the word ‘marriage’ is culturally viewed upon as an emotional bond, a religious union of two people who mean the world to each other. Arranging a marriage takes that emotional and pure intention for a religious union out of the equation. However, we see examples of failed love-marriages all the time. People believe that all the other factors that go into a good marriage don’t matter if love exists. Yes, I firmly believe that some people are lucky enough to have relationships filled with so much love that everything else is trivial. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. Arranged marriages are like a scientific approach to the union: two individuals have to measure and weigh all the important factors that go into a good marriage. If all these other factors match up, then love with come with time.

 Not too bad, huh? Destiny and Matt, my characters in ‘The Bewitched Cowboy’, learned how love could come with time. They didn’t expect love in a relationship that was more of a partnership than a romance. But then again, isn’t that the best way to fall in love? In situations where you least expect it?

 I hope you’ll think so to if you decided to read ‘The Bewitched Cowboy.’ Happy reading, everyone!

 

Book release date: February 24, 2010

The Wild Rose Press: Faery Rose Line

Novella. You can purchase the book at: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/the-bewitched-cowboy-p-3889.html?zenid=8305df24b5b6991feffd8aedd1f5ca2b

Book Blurb:

The last thing Matt expected his twin to tell him was that he had to marry the woman of his parents’ choice or suffer the loss of his powers.

Destiny, a PhD and successful parapsychology writer, certainly did not expect her mother to tell her that she would die if she didn’t get married to a man chosen for her in infancy.

The collision of two hardheaded, anti-marriage witches makes Destiny and Matt’s first encounter explosive. Now they have to figure out a way to get along for the two weeks they can’t be separated without doing the one thing that could change their fate forever…falling in love.

Author Bio

Award-winning author Tess Quinn was raised in the countryside of northeast, Pennsylvania. With very little to do in a town where the local high school gym was a barn and the cow-human ratio was 2.5 to 1, Tess filled her spare time with eighties music and a lot of reading. Unfortunately there was only one bookstore and two libraries in the Valley while Tess was growing up, so she started writing sequels to her favorite novels. When she ran out of favorites to write about, she started creating her own stories, and she has been writing ever since. Tess graduated from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in English. She continues her obsession with writing while she currently attends law school in New York.

Visit Tess at http://www.tessquinn.com

Check out Tess’s website for her book birthday give away and comment to get the chance to win a prize!

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February 25, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

5 Comments »

  1. You know I’m a fan. I love the premise. Wishing you mega sales.

    AJ

    Comment by Autumn Jordon | February 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks Autumn! 😀 Thanks Kathleen for having me!!! I’m so happy that I get to visit! 😀

    Comment by Tess Quinn | February 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. Wonderful idea. I have my copy and can’t wait to read it.
    Congratulations!
    Mitzi

    Comment by Mitzi Flyte | February 25, 2010 | Reply

  4. I enjoyed reading your perspective on arranged marriages, Tess. Very interesting. Best wishes with your release!

    Janice C.

    Comment by Janice | February 26, 2010 | Reply

  5. Thanks Janice!! 😀

    Comment by Tess Quinn | February 26, 2010 | Reply


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