Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - So­phie Moore

TESS Woods never dreamed of be­com­ing an au­thor, let alone a best-sell­ing one.

But in­spi­ra­tion struck af­ter she saw the first Twi­light film and a love story ap­peared fully formed in her mind.

“I went home and sat down and wrote the whole thing out by hand over three days,” she says.

That story would go on to be­come her first novel, Love at First Flight.

Ms Woods laughed when she said the book had noth­ing to do with teenagers and vam­pires.

“But I’ve al­ways been at­tracted to that kind of love story, like in Bridges of Madi­son County, about women in love who can’t do any­thing about it,” she said.

The book was pub­lished by Harper­Collins in Au­gust and has been well­re­ceived by crit­ics and read­ers alike.

A sec­ond book, Beau­ti­ful Messy Love, has just been fin­ished and is sched­uled to be pub­lished in July 2017.

Al­though she aims to even­tu­ally pub­lish one book a year, Ms Woods said she was not yet at the stage where she could give up her day job as a phys­io­ther­a­pist.

“I only know five other Aus­tralian au­thors who still work full-time and write. I’m sort of in no-man’s land at the mo­ment,” she says.

She said her hus­band had been very sup­port­ive of her new ca­reer.

“For a while he was walk­ing around all smug, say­ing peo­ple would think I’d based the sex scenes on him,” she said.

“Then when the first copy came out and he read the blurb he sud­denly re­alised it was about an affair. It only took him seven years!”

Ms Woods will be at Dy­mocks in Bel­mont for a book sign­ing event at 1pm on Satur­day, November 19. “This is my first ever pub­lic book sign­ing, so I’m a bit ner­vous,” Ms Woods said. Store man­ager of Dy­mocks at Bel­mont Fo­rum Belle Juhas-Gao said she was very ex­cited to host a book sign­ing with a local Perth au­thor.

“We feel it’s im­por­tant to sup­port home­grown au­thors and Tess Woods is a favourite of the staff. Love at First Flight has been sell­ing ex­tremely well and it’s one we highly rec­om­mend to all our read­ers,” she said.

Call Dy­mocks Bel­mont for more in­for­ma­tion on 9277 9088 or visit the store at Shop G125 Bel­mont Fo­rum Shop­ping Centre.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d461971

Au­thor Tess Woods with her novel Love at First Flight.

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