Tess Rider writes romances at the crossroads of science and fantasy. She lives with her wonderfully eccentric husband in an equally eccentric Victorian in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid cat lover in search of her next cat, Tess is a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Who. She gets her book titles from song lyrics. She’s an accountant by day, a novelist by night and an artist at heart 24/7.
What Inspires Me (the short list, in no particular order)
- El Dia de los Muertos -the Mexican national holiday celebrated throughout Latin America and the rest of the world on November 1st and 2nd.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley -prescient, gothic, and deeply philosophical with arguably one of the most famous anti-heroes of all time.
- The Darkest London Series by Kristen Callahan -paranormal Victorian London meets great love stories. In Shadowdance, the way her hero describe a kiss as a conversation to the heroine is one of my favorite scenes in the Romance genre.
- The art of Remedios Varo -a Spanish ex-pat living in Mexico post WWII, described on the day she died as Mexico’s National Treasure.
- Joss Whedon -Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, the Avengers 1 & 2, enough said!
- The city of New Orleans -this city enraptured me from the moment I set foot in the gas lit streets of the French Quarter on a warm spring evening in 1996. After eating some of the best food I’ve ever tasted, I decided I had to live there and did, from 1997-1998.
- The countries and religions of Haiti and Cuba -I studied them while living and working in New Orleans and found them fascinating and inspirational.
- Just about anything by Duke Ellington -especially The Far East Suite and Money Jungle. The Duke may not have invented jazz, but he was its ambassador to the world.
- Paul Farmer and Partners In Health -pioneering a whole different kind of health care for developing nations. Paul Farmer is the kind of real-life hero we need more of. I highly recommend his biography, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.
- Dr. Who -this BBC television series is AWESOME! Who's with me?
- All of Gil Evans and Miles Davis’s collaborations -love these two as individual musicians, and together the horns are epic, most especially on Sketches of Spain.
- The album Brothers by the Black Keys -modern fusion of blues and alternative that gets it right. Fun fact: many of Dan Auerbach’s lyrics inspired the titles for my novels and novellas.
- My husband’s awesome micro-photography of bees -you have never seen a bee like this before!
- My kick-ass critique partners, Alice Gaines and Theresa Rogers -you ladies rock!