5 Facts about “Purple Moon”

PrintWelcome to the Purple Moon Blog Tour. Purple Moon is the debut YA novel from Tessa Emily Hall (who just happens to be a young adult herself).

Author Headshot_Tessa HallTHE FACTS:

Tessa Emily Hall is a 19-year-old author of Purple Moon, her YA Christian fiction novel to be published September 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is also the editor over the faith department for Temperance Magazine, a column writer for Whole Magazine, a contributing writer for More To Be, as well as the PR for God of Moses Entertainment. Other than writing, Tessa enjoys acting, music, Starbucks, and her Teacup Shih Tzu—who is named Brewer after a character in her book, as well as her love for coffee. You can find her at www.tessaemilyhall.com or follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/tessaemily.


Selena’s life isn’t turning out to be the fairy tale she imagined as a kid.

That hope seemed to vanish long ago when her dad kicked her and her mom out of the house. This summer might finally hold the chance of a new beginning for Selena … but having to live with her snobby cousin in Lake Lure, NC while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab wasn’t how Selena was planning on spending her summer. She soon begins to wonder why she committed to give up her “bad habits” for this.

Things don’t seem too bad, though. Especially when Selena gains the attention of the cute neighbor next door. But when her best friend back home in Brooklyn desperately needs her, a secret that’s been hidden from Selena for years is revealed, and when she becomes a target for one of her cousin’s nasty pranks, she finds herself having to face the scars from her past and the memories that come along with them. Will she follow her mom’s example in running away, or trust that God still has a fairy tale life written just for her?


The previous fact or fiction was TRUE.

1)      I chose the color purple for the moon because the notebook that I was brainstorming the story in was purple. At the time, I had no idea that it was actually possible for the moon to turn a shade of purple.

2)      I named my Teacup Shih Tzu “Brewer”, after a character’s last name in my book.

3)      When I began brainstorming “Purple Moon” in the summer of 2009, I decided to name the main character Selena because one of the little girls that my family was vacationing with at the beach was named Celeena. However, I chose to spell it with an S, since “Celeena” reminded me of blond hair. Weird, I know.

4)      My main character and her best friend’s relationship was inspired by my best friend in middle and high school.

5)      The setting of “Purple Moon” is in Lake Lure, NC—however, I chose for Selena to live in Brooklyn, NY since I was visiting my sister who lives there when I began writing the first draft.


If you could have a superpower, what would it be?


Hmm…this might be a little cliche, but I’d have to say invisibility. I’ve always been more of the “quiet observer”, so I think it’d be so cool to have the ability to go wherever I’d like, without anyone knowing that I’m there. Plus, if I were ever in danger, I could just become invisible so that nothing/no one could harm me. I could also use my power for good by preventing something bad from happening (for example, if there was a shooting, I could go to the location and take the gun from the person’s hand. He/she would have no idea what happened and wouldn’t even have a way to defend himself.)

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“Purple Moon” Blog Tour Stops:

Wednesday, September 18th: Purple Moon Blog Tour Launch: The Story Behind the Story: Christ is Write

Thursday, September 19th: 5 Facts about Purple Moon: Kim Vandel

Friday, September 20th: Character Sketches + Character Cast Contest: Who YA Reading?

Monday, September 23rd: Behind the Scenes: Why I Chose Lake Lure: Words to Dreams

Tuesday, September 24th: Release Day! Selena’s Diary Entry + Creative Photo Contest: Writing for Young Adults

Wednesday, September 25th: Austin’s Diary Entry: Amy’s Book Blog

Thursday, September 26th: Q & A: Notebook Sisters

 Friday, September 27th: Purple Moon Playlist: Ashley Carr  

Monday, September 30th: Purple Moon Excerpt: Wooden Swings: Heather Brice   

Tuesday, October 1st: Dealing With Anxiety—The Spiritual IV: The Destiny of One

Wednesday, October 2nd: Q & A: Saved by Grace

Thursday, October 3rd: Behind the Scenes: Name Meanings: Labor Not In Vain

Friday, October 4th: Is It Okay To Be An Introvert?: Alex Inks It

Monday, October 7th: Story Behind the Cover Art: Candy Apple Books

Tuesday, October 8th: Purple Moon Excerpt: Cherishing the Sunrise: Author Casey Bond

Wednesday, October 9th: Q & A: Writing While the Rice Boils

Thursday, October 10th: Behind the Scenes: Christian Human Videos: Writing in Wonderland  

Friday, October 11th: Teenage Substance Abuse: Emily Rachelle  

Monday, October 14th: Behind the Scenes: Lake Lure Academy of the Arts: Worthy 2 Read

Tuesday, October 15th: My Middle & High School Experience: Hello Highlights

Wednesday, October 16th: Purple Moon Excerpt: Meatless Turkey Sandwich: Diane Estrella  

Thursday, October 17th: Body Image Laurel’s Leaves

Friday, October 18th: Behind the Scenes: Brewer’s Coffee: A Splash of Ink

Monday, October 21st: Purple Moon Excerpt: Farkle at the Park: Sierra’s Book List

Tuesday, October 22nd: Teenage Dating: Tell The World

Wednesday, October 23rd: Q & A: The YA Book Stack

 Thursday, October 24th: How Much of My Personal Life Did I Put Into “Purple Moon”?: Read For Your Future

Friday, October 25th: Fairy tales & Happy Endings + Contest Winners!: Inspiring Daring

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