Thursday, September 5, 2013

Welcome Back Tina Pinson

Is there a story behind Then There Was Grace? 

I wrote Then There was Grace just after the Sept 11th attack on the World Trade Center. I think I was trying to make some sense out of the whole senseless act and the aftermath. And how we turned to God when we were broken then went right back to life as though nothing ever happened.
And this story just came into my thoughts and dreams in living color. I believe that was because God really wanted me to get this story down and over the next month after the attack I worked on it. Funny thing was when I finished the story, no one wanted it. My main character was too mean and there just wasn't a market for my story because so many other well known authors were writing other tragedy type stories.  Then There Was Grace is a look at a man who loses his wife, Grace, and then has to deal with his anger and guilt after she dies. It's kind of a parable with in a story given the fact that the main character, Adam, is mankind, Grace, is the gift that man believed he'd lost and was unworthy of, and all the people who come into his life play a part in how God tries to reach us. The character names are important to that detail as well. 

What’s the last thing you wrote?

I wrote a short Novella about a family and the hardships they face in the coal fields of Kentucky during the US Civil War called Kentucky Rain.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?

I have several of my poems and a story I started all in my long hand. I went back to put the poetry in order and was amazed at the girl I used to be. Was tempted to fix her writing, but refrained.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

I enjoy writing Historicals. Love the idea of living in the west during expansion. I always try to put a Christian thread in my stories, but I don't want to preach. I've been trying more contemporary and speculative lately and find those fun as well. What I write can depend on my mood, too.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

I have book I'm writing that gives you a look at Christians and spiritual warfare through the eyes of a demon.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it? I certainly do believe in Writer's block. Of late, given things going on in my family and my health, I've gotten more than I ever wanted. When I get it, I try to at least write a few paragraphs of something, and read.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?

I write mostly by hand, on college ruled paper with a #3 pencil because that lead weight doesn't smudge so much. Then I type my story in tweaking it as I go.

Do you archive everything you write?

I suppose I do, I have some files of my handwritten work, and I try to print out my stories before they are even published and keep them.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?

Yes, I've finished books I've started years ago. If I get the urge to drag them back up again, and modify or finish them, I will.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

I suppose I will never write Erotic Fiction.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I have about five or so stories whose characters would love for me to finish their stories.

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?

Rebekah in the Shadow Series (When Shadows Fall, Shadowed Dreams, To Catch a Shadow, This Shadowed Land) is fashioned after me, or the me that I often thought I might be living in the 1860's. And Tessa in my time travel trilogy, Counting Tessa, is a lot like me in my contemporary life.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?

I write from my dreams a lot. Most of my stories come to me in dreams. My characters arrive in vivid color and I begin to write it all down as I dream.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

My editors would probably say I don't pay one iota to errors. (SMILE) but I do. Sometimes, especially if I'm writing on the computer and not the paper, I wait until I get through some chapters and go back to check. Other times, my inner editor wants me to do it as I go. That can be rather tedious, and few words get put down on the page. I suppose that's why I write long hand, then I don't feel the need to correct, I just write. Then when I go to type it in I can catch some errors.

How do people react when they find out you write?

Some people are surprised and want to know how to get my stories. Others let me know they have a story to write as well. Some have actually told me I would serve the Lord far better if I used my writing talents to help someone who serves the Lord like a missionary, or evangelist or such to get their story on paper.

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

I told about Christmas in Shades of Gray, my offbeat Dickens' tale, in our last interview, but also the last chapter (for the time being) in the Shadow Series, This Shadowed Land, releases in February 2014. It is the continuing story of Matthew and Rebekah Cavanaugh as they go through the Civil War and on the Oregon Trail. Other books in the series include; When Shadows Fall, Shadowed Dreams, and To Catch a Shadow.

Back Cover Blurb

 Bored, Adam is prepared to divorce Grace, his wife of seven years. Then Grace is killed leaving him to raise Faith and Hope. The twins have no idea why the world's gone crazy. They just want their mommy home and Adam isn't sure what to tell them. How can he tell them the truth, when he's not sure what the truth is? When he doesn't want to believe it himself? Grace's family and Adam's brother come to help, but Adam is apprehensive to open up to them. Their grace toward him only magnifies his loss. His guilt. If Grace would come home. Just come home. He'd be a better husband. Father. Anything to stop the guilt ravaging his soul. But the more he uncovers about Grace, the more guilt rages. Adam is a man with no heart. A man with no faith. A man with no God. Then there was grace.

To buy Tina's book, go here:
Desert Breeze Publishing

About Tina

Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of thirty plus years, Danny. They are blessed to have three sons, and seven grandchildren.
Tina started her first novel in elementary school. Her love of writing has caused her to seek creative outlets be it writing poetry, songs, or stories. She also loves to doodle and enjoys gardening.
It is her prayer that her stories, though fiction, will transport you to worlds beyond and touch your spirit and give you a closer insight to yourself and God.
In the Manor of the Ghost, Touched By Mercy, To Carry her Cross, and the first three installments of the Shadow Series When Shadows Fall, Shadowed Dreams and To Catch a Shadow are available through Desert Breeze Publishing and major retailers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Christianbooks.
In the Manor of the Ghost is now available in print.

To connect with Tina:

Tina Pinson is giving away a copy of Then There Was Grace. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Boos Mum said...

Wow. This sounds very convicting but a much needed story. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Would love to win, this sounds soooo good! Keep them to read list has just gotten LONGER!

cjajsmommy said...

I want to read this book. djragno [at] hotmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Hello BoosMum,

Consider yourself entered.

The story can be convicting, but it is more a journey of Adam and his children through loss to joy.

I hope you have the opportunity to read it.

Tina P.

Anonymous said...

Hello Anonymous,

Hey we have the same name today. ;-)

Thank you so much for coming by and entering.


Tina P

Anonymous said...


Welcome. You have been entered. Thank you so much for stopping by.


Tina P.

Amy C said...

It's so nice to see Tina here. I look forward to reading Then There Was Grace.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. I look forward to reading it.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Welcome Amy,

Wonderful to see you too. Thank you for stopping in.


Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,

I think it is a pretty good story, even if I am a bit partial. I appreciate yiur coming by.



bonton said...

Hi, Tina!

Enjoyed your interview, love the storyline, & would love to read the book!

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book!


Tina Pinson said...

Hello Bonnie,

I glad you enjoyed the interview. thank you so much for stopping in to say hello and leaving a comment.



squiresj said...

Would love to read and review this book. Count me in.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading this and about Tina. I haven't read any of her books yet. Please put me in for a chance to win this one. It sounds good. Thanks to you both. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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