Date Published: September 21st, 2017
Publisher: Asset Creative House
The Hunger Games meets Romeo and Juliet in a stunning debut about a forbidden romance between a young activist and a government employee for a corrupt bureau that controls the population by deciding who lives and who dies.
Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he’s accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity… until he meets April McIntyre.
April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. But he’s also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they’re thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau’s process of random selection may not be so random after all…
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
For me, the hardest part of writing is not letting life get in the way of your dreams. I’ve dreamt since I was a kid of writing a book, but writing is a practice that requires a lot of discipline. It sounds easy in theory, but try doing that when you’re trying to balance school or work – or when your friends are hitting you up to go to the bar, and you know there’s a cute guy that’s going to be there! I’ve said ‘no’ to a lot of things I regretted in the moment in the name of writing “The Divinity Bureau,” but it’s also opened a lot more opportunities than I would’ve gotten otherwise.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
So, my music tastes have two sides: on one side, there’s the music that I use for writing. That one mostly consists of instrumental music (think, James Newton Howard, John Murphy, and David Arkenstone). And then, there’s the music I listen to for fun. I honestly saw a Ranker list for “Basic B*tch” songs, and I was embarrassed to say that it looked like a compilation of my playlist (you can find it here).
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I’m part of a few writing groups and I’ve gotten beta readers through that over the years that I was writing “The Divinity Bureau.” Honestly, I just let anyone and everyone read my work whenever I’m in the process of writing it. Most of my most in-depth feedback has come from other writers, though.
What book are you reading now?
Candace Robinson’s new book, “The Bride of Glass!” I was fortunate to get an ARC, and I’m really enjoying it so far!
How did you start your writing career?
I guess you can say my “writing career” started when I was seven (even though it wasn’t until my adulthood that I started to make money off it). During Halloween in 1999 (yes, I’m a youngster), my second-grade class was asked to write a Halloween story. I decided to write a story about an evil witch that decided to become good. It was quite awful, but my second-grade teacher thought it was so cute and submitted it to the local newspaper.
My book, “The Divinity Bureau,” comes out September 21st. It’s a dystopian romance about a forbidden love between a young activist and a government employee, set in a world where a corrupt government bureau decides who lives and who dies by random selection. I’m really excited for you all to read it!
About the Author
Tessa Clare is the author of The Divinity Bureau. When she’s not writing, she’s an entrepreneur, an activist, a speaker, and the Managing Director of Asset Creative House. Throughout her early career, she was a concession stand attendant, a busgirl, a barista, a player’s club representative for a casino, and an administrative assistant. She also spent years working as a manager for Vacasa, whose business model and revolutionary marketing strategies would later inspire the groundwork for Asset Creative House. The Divinity Bureau is Tessa’s debut novel about a forbidden love between a young activist and a government employee working for a corrupt bureau, set in a dystopian world.