Leah Orr – Messy Tessy

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Messy Tessy is an edgy adventurous 5 year old like most 5 year olds. When Aunt Fran falls asleep, she gets into quite a bit of mischief.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am from Boston, Ma. My mom is an art teacher, and she is the illustrator, I write the books with the help of my 3 kids. We are 3 generations of women working toward one goal.

What inspired you to write this book?

When I was told my youngest daughter of three girls was born with cystic fibrosis, we went on a mission to find a way to raise a million dollars to help find a cure. So far we have raised $500.00 with the help of Messy Tessy.

How did you choose the title?

Through the many messes my 3 girls have made over the years

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

We chose to self publish, because most all of the money the books sells for goes directly to find a cure for my daughters disease. I will look into selling my character soon once I have reached the million dollar mark

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Great question. I used to own a greeting card company with my mom many years ago, we were bought out by a larger company, and this opportunity was created by all of us to work together once again.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I like to find a quiet place like laying in the sun, or running outside where I can escape into my own head without any distractions.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

My kids usually decide.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

It is really hard work. Like anything you do, you get out exactly what you put in.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I like murder mystery and thrillers, Steven King, James Patterson, Dan Brown to name a few. You will never find me without a book in my hand.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, it is about a little messy boy. The name of the book will be It Wasn’t Me!

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Keep at it. Read it, reread it, don’t give up. Nothing work having comes easy, you have to work hard for every book sale.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

My books are mostly enjoyed by K and First Graders, boys and girls.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Visit www.messytessy.com.