Thursday, August 23, 2012

Greet Author Tina Pinson

Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of thirty plus years, Danny. They are blessed to have three sons, and five grandchildren. Tina started her writing in elementary school. Her love of writing has caused her to seek creative outlets be it writing poetry, songs, or stories. Her WWII story Trail of the Sandpiper won third place in the Genesis in 2003.  In the Manor of the Ghost and Touched By Mercy and When Shadows Fall Book 1 in the Shadows Series are available through Desert Breeze Publishers. Shadowed Dreams, and To Catch a Shadow the next two installments of the Shadow Series about the civil war and the Oregon Trail, will be available, November 2012 and June 2013. To Carry Her Cross will be available January 2013 and Then There was Grace a Sept 9/11-type story will be available Sept. 2013.

Hello, Tina! Thanks for stopping by.
I'm curious, is there a story behind When Shadows Fall?

I started writing When Shadows Fall nearly thirty years ago. It's my Gone With the Wind/Oregon Trail saga. I wanted to show the struggle of war and the loss that came from it and the struggle of crossing the overland trail to Oregon. The book ended up being 900 pages. Which as a new writer, no one wanted. Might not have been different once I was established either. So it's been turned into a series, The Shadow Series. I love it.

Wow, 900 pages is a lot of writing. How did your writing journey start? 

I've always had a healthy imagination. When I was younger my mother would say too healthy. So instead of fashioning lies, I started writing stories. Much better fix then having to juggle tall tales.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Right now it would have to be grandchildren, reading, and probably the Wii.

What do you like to read?

I'm pretty eclectic in my reading choices. I just finished Searching for Eternity by Elizabeth Musser and this last month have read some from Sandi Rog, Mary Connealy, Julie Lessman, Susan May Warren. I've read so many others and will continue to read. I like to reread my stories too.

I share that eclectic bookshelf. Tell me more about When Shadows Fall. Which character most interested you while you wrote? 

I like Rebekah, she has spunk and grit and a tender heart. But Matthew is one of my favorite characters. I've had many women tell me that his relationship with Rebekah makes them envious and reminds them what love is.

Let's have some fun. If you were a style of music, what style would you be?

Hmm. I suppose the style of music might depend on my day. Or what I'm in the midst of writing. Sometimes I like brooding songs, with heavy bass. And sometimes I like the lively. And others I like ballads or orchestrations. I suppose I'm more middle of the road rock or classic rock perhaps.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

I've interviewed for research and a couple of times I have talked to morticians. One told me that he liked his job because he enjoyed meeting new people.

Yikes! I've done a lot of interviews but never a mortician. What is your favorite season of the year?

I love Fall into Winter, the crisp breezes, the colors, the rosy cheeks, the smell. Things may be going to sleep, but it feels so alive.

Do you have a favorite memory from your childhood?

Two Christmases, one in 1968 Colorado… my parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles made reindeer and sleigh tracks in the snow. My cousins, sisters and I were so awed that Santa had stopped and his reindeer too, we didn’t even take the time to see all the footprints in the snow. Christmas in Germany 1969… we had an apartment with a long hallway and we pulled out a blanket and pulled each other up and down the hall singing carols and ringing bells until the neighbor downstairs complained.

I'm sure writing isn't one but are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

The dishes. Oh wait you probably want something more substantial. I do not like confrontation. I'm certain I'm not alone in that. I would rather give blood than have to talk to someone about too hard a subject.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

I like holidays and Sunday dinners and all, but meeting for a nice breakfast is rather cozy. You share a lot over slapjacks and bacon. It's like the conversations are more vibrant. Maybe because you've just gotten up and are ready to face the day. Plus you haven't been hit by the day yet.

Breakfast is my favorite meal time but we have pancakes in our area of the country. Getting back to writing, are there spiritual themes you like to write about?

Redemption, Grace. Mercy. Those things remind me that God died for me even when I wasn't so lovely. And He continues to pour His Grace and Mercy on me when I fail. He is a God of love and second chances. I want people to have that hope. Having said that… I would rather convey that through the lives of my characters and let the reader take the journey than get all preachy.

Could you share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you?     
My favorite Scripture can be found in my signature… Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
When I find myself wondering where He is in my life and start doubting, which I do, the verse reminds me that God is control of my life even when I don't think so. Even when I think my world is falling apart. And He loves me so much he has a plan for me, the best plan.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book, Shadowed Dreams, comes out in November 2012, it is the continuing story of Matthew and Rebekah and their lives on the Oregon Trail. Now that they have found each other again, and now that they have joined in a marriage of convenience so that Matthew can help Rebekah get to Oregon, Matthew hopes that Rebekah will come to love him as he does her. But she is fighting shadows from her past, and is afraid to open up her heart to him, for fear he'll leave her.

When Shadows Fall is available for purchase at:

Tina Pinson is giving away a copy of When Shadows Fall. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each Spotlight post for Tina. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

Remember to read wherever you wander, 
The Wandering Writer,


cjajsmommy said...

Historical novels generally don't attract my attention, but I enjoyed this author interview so much that I find myself willing to get out of my rut and delve into this book. Please enter my name to win a copy.

cjajsmommy said...

Oops, forgot to leave my info. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Nancee said...

Tina is an excellent writer and I'd love to win a copy of this book. Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

Anonymous said...

WOW! This sounds like something I could really get into. Please enter me to win. Maxie ( )

Patsy said...

This book sounds really good. Would love to read it.


Patsy said...

This book sounds really good. Would love to read it.


Anonymous said...

This sounds sooo good. I am in awe of a 900 page book, I am struggling with 2 books I want to write that are mostly still in my head :/

lgm52 said...

I love historical novels...really want to read this.

Lane Hill House said...

Historical Fiction is my very favorite. Please add me in for the drawing opportunity for When Shadows Fall.
OOOOOOooooooo... I would have liked the 900 pages in one book! Guess it would be a little thick to open! Hoping I get to read all three.

Teela said...

Karen, I was going to be a mortician when I met and married my hubby. It's really interesting work. Hope to win your book!

HomePlace Gatherings said...

We have something in common, I hate doing dishes too!

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