from author’s website
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Line Between, The House of Bathory Duology (The Progeny, Firstborn), Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker.
A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing video games with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. You can find Tosca hanging around the snack table or wherever bacon is served.
A Single Light, Tosca’s highly-anticipated sequel to The Line Between, releases September 17 from Simon & Schuster
Q: What is your favorite and least favorite part of being a writer?
A: I love getting to pour it onto the page. To look back, re-read, and say, “Yes. That’s it!” And I love hearing from readers. I seriously have the best readers in the world.
Q: What is your writing day like?
A: When I’m working on a project, I’ll spend three to six months researching and another three to six writing, depending on the topic. When I’m on deadline, I write up to 20 hours a day, between 2,000 and 10,000 words a day. Between projects, I may go days without writing a thing. Weeks. Let’s just say routine is not one of my virtues.
Q: What is life like when you’re not writing?
A: I sleep. And wash my hair (well, sometimes.) I hang out with my kids and obsessively catch up with all the friends, cleaning, projects, e-mail, TV shows and errands I neglected while I was writing. But even then writing has a way of creeping in-–especially when I travel.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve received on writing/publication?
A: Do your part, do the work and then surrender the results. Of course, your part goes far beyond the actual writing.
Q: What is the worst piece of writing advice you’ve heard?
A: Write what you know. If I did that, I’d be writing about how to watch Hulu on your phone and catch your dog drinking out of the toilet.
Q: Can you read my writing if I send it to you?
A: Unfortunately, no. Please don’t send it as it will be deleted. I can, however, refer you to several professional mentors and editors.
Q: What was your road to publication like?
A: What? There was a road?
Q: About that pageant thing…
A: You know, that was one of those things where someone saying, “You should do that” opened a possibility to me that I never would have considered. It was a fascinating experience. And by doing it, I had the privilege to represent numerous local charities and women’s causes, including breast cancer.
Q: You seem to travel a lot. Where is your favorite place you’ve been?
A: The place I haven’t been yet. Though I admit a special love for Bora Bora, New Mexico, and my mom’s kitchen.
Q: Do you still model?
A: I do–when I have time.
Q: Did you always want to be a writer?
A: I was a ballet dancer until height and injuries conspired against me. Despite the fact that I won writing contests in school and published my first piece in third grade, it wasn’t until I went to college that I began to seriously consider writing a “thing.”
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I sleep. Eat. Shop. I have three boys at home, so I play a lot of football and Call of Duty.
- A Single Light
- The Line Between
- The Progeny
- The Lost Stories – Volume I
- The Legend of Sheba
PRAISE AND RECOGNITION FOR A SINGLE LIGHT:
“Fans of the first novel will be anxious for this one, and Lee’s vivid style will also thrill readers of survival fiction like Erica Ferencik’s The River at Night.” —Booklist
“Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely-held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us.” —Book Reporter
“Absolutely riveting! Tosca Lee is a born storyteller.” —J.D. Barker, internationally bestselling author of The Fourth Monkey