Today we are pleased to welcome Tosca Lee back to the blog! She’s going to be talking with us about her writing life, as well as her new release, The Progeny.

Welcome, Tosca!

If you could spend the day with one fictional character, who would it be? 

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Worf. Because I’ve always had a crush on him and his big bat’leth.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I really want to go to Mongolia and stay in a yurt. But one of those cushy ones with a butler.

You have a free weekend. What do you do? 

I sleep in, play Call of Duty, with my boys, do a double-header movie (with double-header popcorn) and read a book. Or…I just run away somewhere tropical with my husband and get sunburned.

Would you rather live in Middle Earth, Tatooine, or the Star Ship Enterprise? 

The Starship Enterprise. Because Worf. And nicer bathrooms.

What is your #1 Writer’s Resource that you can’t live without? 

Donald Maas’ Writing the Breakout Novel

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What was your first novel about? 

The Neolithic Stonehenge people of Salisbury Plain, England.

Why do you write? 

Because I can do it in my pajamas.

Is there a step in the writing process that you dread/loathe/wish you could throw out the window with a millstone around its neck? 

First Drafts.

Are you a Panster or a Plotter?

I’m a hybrid.

So we are all super excited about your new release, The Progeny coming out this month. In once sentence, tell us why we need to read it the moment it hits the shelves. 

Action, chase scenes, cool European locations, cryptology, masquerade raves, awesome costumes, parkour, underground societies, plot twists, and a giant secret. (That may be a list, but technically, it is a sentence.)

What was the inspiration behind The Progeny

A fan asked me to write about Elizabeth Bathory. I wanted to write a contemporary thriller. We both win!

What was your favorite part of the writing process for this book? 

Traveling to all the locations with my mom for research, and brainstorming the twists with my then-fiance (and now-husband).

Thanks so much for stopping by, Tosca!  For those readers who are interested, here’s a blurb for Tosca’s exciting new release: 

When you wake up, you remember nothing. Not your name, or where you were born, or the faces of the people you knew. Just a single warning written to yourself before you forgot it all:

Emily, it’s me. You. progeny

Don’t ask about the last two years… Don’t try to remember and don’t go digging. Your life depends on it. Other lives depend on it.

By the way, Emily isn’t your real name. You died in an accident. You paid extra for that.

You start over in a remote place with a new name, a fresh life. Until the day a stranger tells you you’re being hunted for the sins of a royal ancestor who died centuries before you were born.

You don’t believe him, until they come for you. Now you’re on the run.

Every answer you need lies in a past you chose to erase. The only thing you know for sure is that others are about to die and you need those memories back.

But first, you have to stay alive.


tosca“Superior storytelling.”
–Publishers Weekly

“One of the most gifted novelists writing today.”
–Steven James, best-selling author

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 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 video games with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca at, on social media, or hanging around the snack table. THE PROGENY releases May 24, 2016!