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.
What is the first book you ever read from cover to cover?
Ever-ever? Green Eggs and Ham. I also colored the pictures in because I was disturbed that they weren’t in full color. 😀
What does a typical writing session look like for you?
A lot of procrastination, and then finally sitting down to write and procrastinating some more, and then some mild self-hatred for the procrastination and then cuticle-picking and window-gazing… finally, I lock it into gear and resign myself to the fact that I feel tired, stupid, and fat, and that I still need to write. About twenty minutes of forcing myself to do it, I’m fully in and the hours whirr by. When I’m on deadline, this can be eight or ten or more hours in a day.
Do you find a time of year/season to be particularly inspirational when writing? If so, when and why?
Any, depending on the weather, though I love, love writing in the winter when it’s snowing and I’ve got a pot of soup on the stove.
Why do you write?
To entertain and transport my readers. And for money.
What does your writing space look like? Coffee house? Posters? Toys? What
It’s currently a mess—stacks of papers and receipts and things I need to attend to all over. I wrote my last two back-to-back and so a lot of stuff stacked up!
What has been your best experience as a writer?
Getting out and being with readers and connecting with then at events is awesome. Having shows in development for TV is pretty dope, too.
Self-doubt and turbulence/major shifts at my publisher. Those things are tough and impact the entire team working behind a book.
If people only have the time to read a single work of yours, what should it be?
For historical fiction lovers: The Legend of Sheba or Iscariot. For thriller lovers, The Line Between.
Here’s an obligatory question for you: Favorite writer/work?
This is so hard to answer! I have a lot of author friends and always feel like if I don’t answer carefully enough, someone will kill me (and I know for a fact my thriller/mystery-writing friends all have a perfect murder in them.) I’m defaulting back to my childhood and Dr. Seuess in the name of staying alive.
Ever written a screenplay?
Which work would you love to have produced as a feature film or TV series?
All of them, and Scott Derrickson.
Favorite word? Why?
Say it out loud—it’ll be your favorite, too.
Bacon. Or buttered popcorn.
What does success mean to you? How do you define “success”?
Making a difference. And being able to travel every now and then.
What are you reading? Do you read when you write?
Recursion by Blake Crouch. And yes, definitely.
Is there anyone you’ve been jonesing to work with?
I suppose if Stephen King wanted to do something I’d quit screaming long enough to make room in my calendar.
(on a personal note, I’d find the time too, Tosca)
And finally, what’s next for you? Anything top secret that you can’t talk about?
(You can trust us not to tell)
Yes, lots of top secret things that I am super excited about, including a WWII book we’re looking for a home for and a medieval thriller.
Tosca’s latest novel, A Single Light, is available now.