Aspiring Author Spotlight- Tessa Trokey (January 2016) (AAS #23)

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I met Tessa at my first convention being a guest on my own at Max-Con, 2015. During our Guest Q & A panel, At the panel, a mother and her two daughters (one in high school), asked some amazing, engaging questions. The high school young lady was Tessa. Later, she declared to me at my book table that she was my new best friend and that she loved me and I was amazing, adorable, and the best writer ever (I did two goofy voices up there). Tabby was with me at my table at the time (in her Alichard outfit from Hellsing), but she got to see this exchange and Tabby’s eyes got huge. In private, Tabby told me, “Wow! You made a stocker.” HA! Tessa is so sweet and energetic, hanging out with us, showing off her costumes, her mom (who was so cool) got her a copy of my book that she was pumped over, and she even drew a kawaii picture of Maren that you can find on my Fan Art page here. I later got to hang out with Tessa a bit at Anime Getaway. Tessa is a lady of character, kindness overflowing in her heart, and a quiet, chipper passion that reminds me deeply of myself. I wish her all the luck in the world on her fashion and writing and I hope she will include me in steps of the journey.

Let’s now meet the terrific, kawaii, and dazzling as a beam of starlight, Ms. Tessa Trokey!


Aspiring Authors Spotlight Questions:

  • When you wake up in the morning, how do you see life?

When I wake up, I see life as it is.

  • How did writing find its way into your life?

It started with my grandmother reading me bedtime stories. Then I learned to read and write and begun to love it.

  • What does writing do for you?

Writing melts away the stress. I can sum up my feelings using short stories.

  • What sort of genre or type of writing do you do?

I try to mix many genres together. Horror, romance, and adventure.

  • Do events in your life or people you know affect your writing?

Yes. People and events often do that. With close friends, I often want to include them in my stories in some way. I’ll take my own life events and twist them into something better or worse for stories.

  • What are you currently working on or what was the last thing you wrote?

I haven’t really been writing lately because of school, but the last thing I wrote does not have a title. I’m so bad at titles.

  • Can you tell us a little about it and its inspiration?

I had watched a horror movie the night before and then in school the next day we were watching a movie in American History. I’m not entirely sure how I got inspiration while sitting in my classroom and thinking about both movies. I then just started writing the typical story about a wife who’s having paranormal experiences and her husband that doesn’t believe her.

  • What are your goals for the future?

In the future, I hope to be traveling a lot. I plan to go to college for linguistics and then go around translating for people. When I write, I’d like to be able to translate my own work into other languages. I would also like to make some money off of my photography and possibly artwork.

  • What are your interests or hobbies?Hobbies: Photography, art (drawing, sketching, painting), Facebook scrolling, writing

Interests: Japanese fashion, anime, the internet, languages, reading, music, and lazy days all day.

  • If you could be a superhero, what are your powers and how would you use them to help the world?

I would have the superpower to grow food without strain. If I could do that, there would be no hungry people.

  • What advice would you give people who want to write?

If you want to write, write! If you can’t think of anything to write about, then try making something simple more dramatic than it actually is. Like dropping a pen in class or eating some toast. Don’t ever feel like you aren’t good enough to write. Even if you aren’t that great now, you’ll get better, but you have to work at it and try. Practice. Write about that crazy dream with the Stormtroopers and talking pig! Write about that kawaii piece of toast! Write about your pet! Write! Write! Then write even more! If you want to write, do it. That’s where it starts. Wanting to do it, then actually doing it.

  • If you could be remembered for one thing or thought, what would it be?

Honestly, I don’t know. If all I was remembered for was being a decent human being, that would be fine with me.


Example of work:

It hurts.

He looks around and it hurts.

He breathes and it hurts.

He smiles and it hurts.

Everything, all of it hurts.

But he pretends that it doesn’t.

He pretends he’s okay.

He pretends he’s happy.

And that hurts.

Reality hurts.

So he sleeps.

And sleeps.

Drowning out reality.

Drowning in dreams.


It hurts.

I love him.

But I can’t save him.

And that hurts.


About Tessa:


My name is Tessa and I am 15. I’m learning Chinese, French, and Japanese. I love video games, movies, music, reading, writing, drawing and lazy days. I also love cute things, cats, sweets and Japanese fashion. I always encourage people to talk to me if they want to, ask whatever questions. I hope to eventually have a YouTube channel going.

URLS: (This is a new, so there isn’t much there yet.) (Old. But I plan to start tweeting again… At some point..)

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