Q&A: Tessa Bailey of WOUND TIGHT

Wound Tight Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is here, and she’s brought exactly what we needed to veg out to after a long day of work: Movies. So many great movies. Tune in for an awesome chat with a fantastic author (and phenomenal lady) and don’t miss her latest M/M Romance, Wound Tight, out today!

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Oooh! This is going to be fun. Here they are in no particular order!

Silver Linings Playbook: The romance between Pat and Tiffany hits me really hard every time. The progression of it, the arguing, the blowups, the moments of connection culminating in the dance contest. All of it was perfect to me.

Safety Not Guaranteed: Man puts out an ad asking for someone to help accompany him to the past in his time machine. Journalist (Aubrey Plaza) answers the ad. I won’t ruin the ending, but I dare you not to cheer when it happens. It’s amazing.

Love and Basketball: I played varsity basketball for four years in high school and whenever we rode the bus to away games, we huddled together and watched this. It’s a gorgeous movie. The couple has a lot of bumps along the way but their love wins. Young Omar Epps, you guys. Get in on this.

Bridesmaids: To me, there are two romances in this film. And my favorite is between Annie and Lillian (her best friend). It’s such a realistic portrayal of friendship between women (like, apart from the pooping in the street). The romance between Annie and Rhodes, the Irish cop, does not hurt, either.

Sleepless in Seattle: This movie will never not make my list. It’s a sentimental favorite. There’s something so comforting about Tom Hanks calling into a radio program on Christmas Eve, his voice drifting over the radio. Ah! Time for a re-watch.


Describe your favorite scene from some of them:

Funny enough, my favorite scene in Silver Linings Playbook is between father and son (Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper). It’s post dance contest and Bradley has just messed things up pretty badly with Jennifer Lawrence. Here’s the speech DeNiro gives him—it’s my favorite part because it’s so passionate and helps repair their father-son relationship:

Let me tell you, I know you don’t wanna listen to your father, I didn’t listen to mine and I’m telling you, you gotta pay attention to the signs. When life reaches out with a moment like this, it’s a sin if you don’t reach back. I’m telling you, it’s a sin if you don’t reach back, and it’ll haunt you for the rest of your days like a curse. You’re facing a big challenge in your life right now, at this very moment, right here. That girl loves you, she really really loves you. And I don’t know if Nikki ever did, but she sure as hell doesn’t love you right now. And I’m telling you, don’t fuck this up.




Sleepless in Seattle: The ending! There’s no dramatic kiss or a long, rambling speech recapping what we already know. Tom Hanks just says, “Shall we?” And they walk out of the Empire State Building together. We know they’re going to live happily ever after, but I love that it’s implied instead of hammered home.



Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

I don’t think so! Maybe I take little bits and pieces from everything I see and watch, throw them into the factory of my brain, making it so all these moving images are constantly flashing and talking, but I didn’t have any of them in mind in particular when writing Wound Tight. This was fun! Thanks for having me!

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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