Friday, July 16, 2010

Tina Pinson Interview & Book Giveaway

Author Bio:
I was an Air Force brat and a navy widow. Meaning of course, my father was in the Air Force and my husband served in the Navy. I lived in Germany and Turkey and moved to several different states. Now I reside in Western Colorado--God's Country-- with my high school sweetheart, Danny. We've been together for 34+ years, married to for over 30 years. I am mother to three grown sons. I have two lovely daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren, with another one due by the end of the year.

[Anne] When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

[Tina] I started writing in elementary school. I actually wrote my first novel then. I continued to write, working on short stories, poetry, songs and some longer stories. I started another novel in Junior High called, Just In Time for the Rain. It took place in Turkey where we lived at the time. I got involved in journalism, enjoyed it but found fiction was still my favorite. When my children were born, I decided to cut back and not push as hard getting the stories done. I wondered if that was the right decision and decided with my husband in the Navy and gone a lot and three boys, I couldn't wrap my head around a story and give it the necessary attention. Once the boys were in school, I picked it up with a bit more fervency. I sat down and wrote a 900 page novel in a few months time, which promptly got when my computer fried on me. Thank heaven I made a hard copy and was able to plug it all in again.

[Anne] Tell us about your latest book.

[Tina] In the Manor of the Ghost has romance, a love story and a ghost. I'd like to think it's a pretty good read. But it's important to know that some of the houses we reside in aren't always made of lumber or stones. They are fashioned from our fears and are as thick around us as a wall might be. Some of the Ghosts we face are those fears, real or perceived they haunt us.

While the main scene for In the Manor of the Ghost does take place in a manor, the story is inspirational fiction written with the spiritual aspect in mind. It is my belief that as God is the author and creator of love and romance, some of the most beautiful love stories come out of two people growing together through good times and trials, facing their fears and turning them over to the Lord.

[Anne] What inspired you to write this story?

[Tina] We had just traveled to Minnesota and I wanted to work it into a story, but more so, I wrote the story because of where I was at in life. Like Kaitlin, I wondered how I fit, and had lost a loved one, (my father had passed away not long before), but I identified more with Devlin in some aspects of the story and his journey to find himself. To believe he had the worth. He invested in everyone else, but didn't think he was worth redemption.

[Anne] How did you go about researching your book?

[Tina] I like to use the computer, of course, it's convenient, but I love to delve into old books. The information there can't be matched. If I can travel somewhere to get a feel for the place I will, a lot of times I'll write from a place I've been, because it left a mark on my thoughts.

[Anne] Do you have anything new in the works?

[Tina] I am currently working on a Sci-fi time-travel series, with clones, gene mutation, and sinister people trying to get rid of Christ. Counting Tessa is the first installment. Then I plan to get back to two Civil War Era stories I've been working on, Finding Middle C, as story about finding the music of Life and From Hell to Eternity, a story about Andersonville Prison.

[Anne] Are you a plotter or a pantster?

[Tina] I am a pantster. I get a thought, usually a dream and set down to write. I like to be surprised by my characters. I make a light outline (because it can change) of my thoughts, do research and type away.

[Anne] If you could be anyone of your characters, which one would you chose to be and why?

[Tina] I would like to be Rebekah, from my Oregon Trail/ Civil War Series, When Shadows Fall, just so I could be married to the Hero, Matthew. LOL.

[Anne] Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? (Okay so maybe this isn’t very likely to happen but since I’m asking the questions…)

[Tina] Just one??? I'll narrow it down to these: Australia, Scotland, or Alaska.

[Anne] You’ve just been informed that your latest release was a NY Times bestseller and Hollywood wants to turn it into a movie. What actors would you choose to play your main characters?

[Tina] Someone who looks like Adrian Paul, during his Highlander days, would be Devlin, and Zoey Deschanel would be Kaitlin

[Anne] What type of books do you like to read when you’re not writing?

[Tina] I read several types of books, I just read Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay. Doctor in Petticoats, by Mary Connealy, and I like to read Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ted Dekker, among others.

[Anne] What advice would you give to any aspiring writers out there?

[Tina] You will be tested, you will learn to persevere, you will be disheartened, and want to give up several times a day. But hang in there, study, learn your craft, research, and read, all those things are important, but first and foremost, write from the heart and imagination that God gave you.

[Anne] Where can we find you on the web?

[Anne] Where can we purchase your books?

[Tina] Desert Breeze Publishing & Amazon.  Please note… if buying at Amazon, there is an old copy/print book there as well. It was written years ago, and has little editing. I've been trying to get it removed but the site is being stubborn. Thanks.

[Anne] Is there anything else you’d like to add?

[Tina] I have another book Touched By Mercy coming out in Dec. 2010 you can read an excerpt of it on my website

Leave a comment with your email in the post to be entered in a contest for a free download of In the Manor of the Ghost.

[Anne] How generous! Thank you, Tina. And thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to pay us a visit. Okay folks, start commenting!


Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Tina,
I enjoyed reading about your interesting life and all the places you've been. Your book sounds really good. I also wrote short pieces, mostly articles, until my daughter was grown.
pallotta at gailpallotta dot com

Anne Patrick said...

Thanks for dropping by, Gail. I just love Tina's cover. Makes me want to go explore Clayborne Manor and search out a Ghost or two.

Al said...

A great interview.
Thanks Anne and Tina.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for coming by. Sometimes we have to sit the brunt of writing aside simply be cause of Gail. I'm glad you managed to continue, even with the shorter things.

Al thanks for dropping in too.

I would have come by sooner myself but we were loading tires 148 tires ... oh what fun

Tina P.


Good interview. I ready to enjoy this book.


Diane Craver said...

That's incredible - 900 pages in a few months time. I'm a slow writer so can't imagine writing that much.

Pretty neat you also use old books plus the internet for your research.

Your book sounds fascinating - hope you sell lots of copies!

MarthaE said...

Hi Tina and Anne. Nice to learn a little more about Tina. The book sounds good. Surprising how people allow fears to control them when they could be free with God's peace instead.
Best wishes on your writing success.

Tina Pinson said...

Made it back over the mountains with our load of tires. I believe people thought we were the Clampett's

it lovely to have more guests stop in. I really appreciate it.

Loretta, thanks so much for saying hey. I hope you get to read my book.

Diane, I wrote and wrote while my boys were in school and finished several books. Then we started our business and my writing time dropped considerably maybe the day will come again that I can get lost for hours on end. I sure hope so. I would also like to get more if the books out there we'll see.

And I ve found that older books tend to have a bitore detail in somethings

Martha, it is sad how we allow fear to bind us. I think the thing that amazes me most is how we try to deny our fears.
It's an ongoing battle, won only by letting go and allowing God to take care of things. I write those truths as much for myself ad others.
Thanks for coming by