Author Interview – Tosca Lee – “ISCARIOT”, “THE LEGEND OF SHEBA”, “DEMON: A MEMOIR”, “HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE”, The “Books of Mortals series” with Ted Dekker (“FORBIDDEN”, “MORTAL” & “SOVEREIGN”), “PROGENY” & “FIRSTBORN” (Historical Fiction/Young Adult Supernatural Thrillers)

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I’m still sourcing amazing Author Interviews for you all even while in my poetry madness mode and I’ve had the pleasure and privelidge of interviewing another fantastic author who has a lot of great material to share with us.

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OK, let’s get cracking and have a little fun in the bargain too, as we chat with New York Times Best Selling Author Tosca Lee about all of her literary endeavours and what fires up her own creative engines.

Happy reading folks and have a relaxing one 🙂


Hi there Tosca, a sincere pleasure having you over here today to talk all about all of your books, passions and writing experiences.

Thank you so much for having me!

Let’s start first with your latest novels themselves, your award-winning, New York Times best-selling publications in the House of Bathory duology series “PROGENY” and “FIRSTBORN”, which are both Young Adult Thrillers. Please tell us more about their plots and themes, their endearing protagonists and how the books link with each other in the series.

The Progeny is the story of Emily Porter, who is living a quiet existence in the North Woods of Maine after having the last two years of her memory erased…only to realize she’s being hunted as one of the descendants of the “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory—and that everything she erased to protect is what she now needs to survive.

Firstborn takes up in the exact moment that The Progeny leaves off, with her lover in peril and Emily—who now knows her real name is Audra—racing to save him and everyone else she holds dear.


You have also published other books including “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 (“FORBIDDEN”, “MORTAL”, “SOVEREIGN”). Can you give us a bit more information about them, in relation to their plots, themes, genres and protagonists.

Thank you for asking! Iscariot is the story of Judas Iscariot, the infamous betrayer of Jesus, told in first-person. This was a book I was extremely afraid to write, but that surprised me in so many ways—including when it won the Gold Medallion the year after it released.

Havah is the story of Eve, as told by Eve herself. The Legend of Sheba is the story of the mysterious Queen of Sheba, who travelled with a caravan of 600 camels to Israel to go toe-to-toe with King Solomon himself.

Demon: A Memoir (which is a novel 🙂 ) is a modern, paranormal suspense story of a fallen angel and a book editor named Clay set in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Book of Mortals trilogy is a post-apocalyptic fantasy series set 500 years in a future without war, where the only emotion that exists any more is fear.

If any of your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?

The Progeny and Firstborn are actually in development for TV and this is an item of discussion right now! So if it’s all right, I’ll stay mum for the moment. 🙂

What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?

LOL A monkey. I’m very curious when it comes to research. But when it comes to writing, I feel more like wind or water—something that flows and eddies, and then cascades, thundering to the ground.

The Progeny

What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?

I’m known for my research and also, in the case of my historical novels, for the lyricism of my prose. What I think readers can rely on in my thrillers most might be the thing that makes them so fun for me: the twists and surprises.

What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?

It’s hard for me to let a book go out into the world. I’m a picker. I love editing and rewriting. I’d gladly pick at a novel forever. But there comes a time when it’s grown up enough to wander out on its own…and it’s time to begin a new one.

Who are some of the authors, poets and/or historical figures that inspire you?

I’ve always been inspired by the work of Anne Rice—her dedication to historical detail and the sheer gorgeousness of her prose. But I’m also inspired by anyone who pursues what they love, and those who are excellent at what they do—whether it’s singing or cooking or gardening or making others feel important and seen. I find inspiration in so many people around me, and the artistry of others.

The Mortals

What sort of research do you do to write your books?

Unless it’s absolutely impossible (which was the case with Yemen for The Legend of Sheba), I travel to the location. So I’ve been all over Israel, the U.S., and Europe for my books. I read a lot of primary information sources, and books and academic articles about my subjects, interview experts and historians, and keep a few on hand to answer questions as they arise.

Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve actually always written since a young age. It was just something I did, though I never thought of it as a “thing.” It wasn’t until my freshman year in college while I was talking about one of my favourite books of all time, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and about how a great book is like an emotional roller coaster that it occurred to me that I might like to try to create such an adventure for someone else to enjoy. This all happened during a conversation with my father, who made me a deal right then and there: he’d pay me what I would have made working as a bank teller during summer break, if I would spend those months writing a novel full-time. That summer, I wrote my first novel (about the Stonehenge people of Salisbury plain). It wasn’t a very good novel—it’s still in my basement—but it was an important learning process for me.

Havah The Story of Eve

What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?

That’s a good question. A big part of the answer is that this is what I do for a living. Creative slumps do happen, but they’re something that need to be remedied and worked through quickly, because frankly I don’t have the leisure for them. I have a family to support and readers to consider.

I find that writer’s block is generally just a matter of not knowing what comes next. That’s when I get up and go do something mundane like fold laundry and let my mind wander. If I’m really in a corner, I’ll go brainstorm with my husband or a trusted writer friend.

You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?

First, be nicer to your little sister. She’s going to grow up to be a very cool human being.

Second, don’t kiss that cute boy you got mono from in 12th grade—he’s the reason you miss the senior prom.

Demon A Memoir

How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

Two years ago I married a single father of four, so I have four kids—three still at home—now! So when I’m not working, I’m spending time with my family, playing football or cooking, and getting away with my husband when we can.

Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?

I have a brand new thriller releasing this coming January called The Line Between.

Here’s the official teaser:

In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

To learn more and add it to your Goodreads shelf: The Line Between (Goodreads Bookshelf)

It’s also available for pre-order on Amazon for hardcover only via this link! (Other versions to follow)

Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?

My #1 rule of writing is to write like no one will ever read it. Why? Because it takes away the fear and lets us be audacious, bold storytellers. Time enough to worry about everyone who might read it later 🙂

And that’s a wrap! Thank you for Tosca for sharing your writing adventures with us, we can’t wait to put those adventures into practice and get stuck into all of your wonderful books 🙂

Thank you so much!


Tosca Lee Bio Pic

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the House of Bathory duology (THE PROGENY and FIRSTBORN, currently in development for TV), 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 (FORBIDDEN, MORTAL, SOVEREIGN). A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, eating bacon, playing Call of Duty and football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca on social media, or hanging around the snack table.

Also, don’t forget to check out ISMENI, the free e-short prequel to THE LEGEND OF SHEBA!

You can connect with Tosca via the following Social Media channels:-

Facebook:- Tosca Lee – Author (FB)
Goodreads:- Tosca Lee (Goodreads Author)
Instagram:- @toscalee (Instagram)
Pinterest:- @toscalee (Pinterest)
Twitter:- @ToscaLee (Twitter)
Website:- The Website of Author Tosca Lee

You can buy her books here:-

Buy Tosca Lee’s books in the UK/Europe

Buy Tosca Lee’s books in the US/Rest of the World

If you too would like to be interviewed on my blog at TooFullToWrite and you have a book or a series of books that you would like us to chat about then fill out the Contact Me form here with your details and we can arrange a future interview slot.

Still want more? Well, Tosca’s work is extremely well revered, along with being very entertaining and essential reads in anyone’s libraries. For more articles relating to the theme of ‘Notable’ then check out the links from my blogging colleagues below:-

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