60 Second Tête-à-tête

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In celebration of my first publication of short stories, I thought I would interview my other self in a 60 second interview. Okay, it took 70 seconds but it was a lot of fun. Enjoy!

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Why have you decided to write under a pseudonym?
There are two main reasons. Firstly, my married name Burggraf is quite difficult to pronounce properly. I’ve been called Bergraf, Buggeroff and Bug-raf - by family members alone. When I was teaching in schools, the children in my class simply called me Mrs B. And we won’t mention the publications where my name has been misspelt. Secondly, for my short stories, I wanted a name that people could remember with ease. Tessa Castello is an Italian take on Burggraf – Burg=castle and Graf=count/ess, and reflects my short story writing persona well.

Your stories don’t fall into one particular genre. Was this intentional?
Generally, life doesn’t stick to one particular ‘genre’ – it is unpredicatable. That’s what I love about writing short stories – I can explore a multitude of situations.

Do your stories reflect aspects of your own life?
I don’t set out to base a story on my own experiences, but there are elements of me in each story. For instance, I do have a blue rose tattoo, I did work at a bedding company selling mattresses and I have stepped out of my comfort zone in order to achieve something worthwhile.

Do you have a favourite story?
For me, there is something special in all of the stories. I don’t have one particular favourite.

What are your hopes and aspirations for this collection?
Naturally, as a writer, my main objective is to entertain the reader.  Readers are so important, and without them, writing would be futile – you can’t have one with the other.

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Comments

  1. Big congratulations! Sorry your real name gets slaughtered so much.

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  2. I think it must be really hard to stay within a certain genre for a short story collection - I've never even tried to do that!

    I've added it to my TBR list - looking forward to reading it :-)

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    1. There are a lot of writers who write short story collections in one genre - be it romance, crime or horror. I'm just not in that place yet. But my mind has started working on different ghost stories, so who knows :) Thanks for popping over, Annalisa.

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  3. I bought a copy. I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Aaww thank you, Medeia. Hope you enjoy it. Have a super week.

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  4. I agree about venturing into different genres. No one wants to wear the same color clothes every day, so the same applies with branching out into fun new genres. Congrats on the release!

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  5. Mispronounced and misspelled - I know the feeling. That's why I don't go by my first name.

    Congrats on your book. I like the whimsical cover.

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  6. Congratulations!!!! I love your pen name. It does have a nice ring to it. :)

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  7. Excellent interview. Now, care to tell us the premise of one the stories?

    And Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you!

      The Viewing: As soon as Marcie enters the house, she’s alerted to an unhappy presence and is aware that she is unwelcome. But Marcie isn’t deterred and investigates the property further to discover the horror that had taken place.

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  8. No problems about the extra ten seconds the interview took. After all, you had to spend some time typing it all into the computer.

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  9. Congratulations on your book, Tessa! I love short stories and can't wait to read your book. What made you decide to write short stories instead of a novel?

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    1. Thank you, Valerie. I enjoy the concept of short stories and exploring moments. However, I have written a crime novel, which will hopefully be out later this year, early next year - depending on how long it takes me to get the rewrites back to my editor :)

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  10. Woo Hoo! Many congrats. I love your pen name. Your stories sound great. Excellent interview.

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  11. I think a unique name is a good thing:) For me "Noce" is pronounced No-chay, and most people eventually get it. My question would be: If you could go back in time and have a drink with any author, who would it be?

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    1. I will be using my name N. J. Burggraf for my crime novels :)If I could go back in time, I would love to have a drink with the superb crime writer, Agatha Christie.

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  12. Congrats on your new book. I think it must be always exciting when someone writes a book and it goes out into the world to be explored by people who love to read. What was your "moment" in time when you realized you wanted to write? As for names-heck my name is different and I have been called Bridget, Brigitte (as in Bardot), Bitgit, Butgut, Britnit, Beergut, Beernut and the classics like Bagel, Baguette and, my favourite, Bruscetta. I have also been called Dierdre, Margueritte, Ingrid and Gretal (sounds German).

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    1. :) pronounciation of names can be funny :)I can't pinpoint an actual 'moment' in time when I realised I wanted to be a writer. Writing in some form has always been in my life. My mother is an exquisite writer, even though she just dabbles - my younger brother is a superb horror writer, even though he just dabbles. And then there is me. I decided to stop dabbling, changed career paths and now I'm free (sort of) to concentrate on my fiction writing.

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  13. Congrats on your new release of short stories! How exciting. I love that cover and I enjoy reading and writing short stories too. Best wishes!

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  14. Congrats on the book. I also know something of a massacred last name. Mine gets mangled all the time.

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  15. Great idea to interview your other self. You are very interesting. Congratulations on your new book. Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly. Lovely of you to pop by. Have a super week.

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  16. Congrats my dear Nicola/Tessa. Yes it's sad when your name gets butchered. Glad you found an alternative to help.

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  17. Congratulations! Your answers are enough to make me want to read more!

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  18. Hi Nicola - can quite understand the misnomers ... with my name I can be 'buggeroff', or even 'bitcher' - and the Hilary or Hillary ... one gets used to it. But your Count Castle - is fun .. and Castello is a great choice ...

    Good luck with the book and those stories - sound a fascinating read ... I've added to my TBB list - I'll settle to reading shortly and will get then ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you so much, Hilary. I'm glad you like the name. Enjoy the stories :)

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  19. Your pen name has a nice ring to it. Wishing you well with your collection.

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  20. Many congratulations, Nicola - will check it out when I'm home later. Love the name!

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  21. I like how you decided on your new pen name - very clever and sounds good too. Wishing you all the best with your new short story collection and hope you have a good trip to UK - enjoy the Pimms!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I've been longing for a Pimms ever since I saw it in copious amounts being drunk by the spectators at Wimbledon :)

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  22. Delightful! I read your lovely comment on my blog in which you mention sipping tea and enjoying the garden from your back porch. So my question is silly but I wonder what type of garden(s) you enjoy. Be well!

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    1. Thank you, Darla. I enjoy all types of garden, especially English brick walled gardens - they are delightful :) But my favourite has to be my mother-in-laws garden. She spends hours each day tending to it and its beautiful. There are also hidden parts, which I love to explore.

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  23. Huge congratulations on your book, Nicola! It looks stunning and I love your new name!The way you chose it is fascinating and ingenious. Looking forward to reading! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Joanna. I hope you are well and life is being kind :)

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  24. I recently used the first name Tessa for a character in one of my short stories! I like your pseudonym. It is quite lyrical.

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  25. Congratulations on your new story collection. Good luck!

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  26. I love how you came up with your writer name. My students always called me Mrs. G. It always gave me a warm feeling. A few called me Momma G at times, probably when I was lecturing them on behavior.

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    1. I've been called 'mom' once or twice too. It does give you a warm, fuzzy feeling, more because it means the kids trust you. Lovely memories.

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  27. Congratulations on the new book, it looks wonderful and I love the cover design. One for my TBR list I think :-) My sister used to call me Tessa when I was a child (among other things!) :-) xx

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy reading your work. I strive to be as creative as you :)

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  28. Congratulations and good luck with your collection of stories, Nicola! :-)

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  29. You did a great interview! And I can see why a pseudonym was a good choice. I like that you've mixed the genres. Life is a mix and genres are only a marketing convenience. Congratulations. What's your next adventure?

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    1. Thanks, Lee. My next adventure is the rewrites of my crime novel. Eeek!! Lots of hard work - that's my September sorted :)

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  30. Congratulations on your new story collection. All the best!

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  31. I love eclectic writers. You just never know what you're going to get, but the voice behind the story is familiar. Bring on the diversity!

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    1. Thank you for the words of encouragement, Crystal!

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  32. Congratulations! I love that pen name. And from now on, I shall think "Bugger-off" whenever I see your name, heehee.

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    1. LOL!! My mother still calls me that - in as posh a voice as she can muster :)

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  33. Such a great idea to interview oneself! Thanks for the peep into your writer's mindset... I guess writers do part of themselves into whatever they pen..

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  34. I really like the cover - very stylish, and intrigued to know what's inside. Will add to my 'must read' list.

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