Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Tina Pinson

Is there a story behind Then There Was Grace?

I wrote the story just after the attacks on the Towers. The character deals with a future event of the same magnitude in which his wife is killed. The story is a parable of sorts because after what happened on 9/11, after watching people pray and come together before God and then letting it slip away, my story was a way to say that Grace was still there. So the names of the Characters (Adam, Grace, Faith, Hope, Desiree, etc) and the parts they play are integral to the story underneath.

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

I have poetry and some short stories. I've actually started to compile my poetry, but have to keep the woman I am now from going and changing the words of the girl who wrote them way back when.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?

Most of my stories are set in the mid to late 1800's. They deal with Westward Expansion and life during and after the Civil War. But I have found I enjoy writing contemporaries and sci-fi as well.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?

Cerylon is a character is a futuristic/ sci-fi story. He comes across nice and ready to work with you, but it's pretty much all for show, as he always has an underlying motive.

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

The Sci-fi Trilogy I've been writing, which is Counting Tessa. Regarding Rhiannon and Avenging Amaryllis deal with characters who have to travel in time to stop the powers that be from changing the past to remake the future. The biggest thing they want to accomplish is removing the truth.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?

I do believe in it and I've had it. Stress helps bring it on, but I've found when I spend too much time marketing I can lose my train of thought. For a fix… I try to make myself write something. But if I find that trying to force myself to write is a work in frustration, I'll give myself the right to lay down the pencil and take a break. Usually I can come back with a fresher imagination

Have you ever written fan fiction?


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

I write a lot my story with a number 3 pencil on notebook paper and then enter it into the computer.

Do you archive everything you write?

I do keep a lot of stuff. I don’t know that I've archived everything though.

What’s your favorite thing that you’ve written?

My first book, When Shadows Fall stays pretty close to the top of my favorites. It was nine hundred page labor of love that took several years to accomplish.

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

I'm certain I'll never write erotic… of course. I don't think I'll write short romances either.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I believe I have four stories in my cache to work on right now.

What are your five favorite words?

Only five, that's tough. Unfortunately I probably love all those words you're supposed to cut from your story. LOL Maybe Dream, Imagination, Grace, Nefarious and pretty much any word I find interesting and terribly hard to spell.

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?

Tessa from Counting Tessa probably is the closest, but Rebekah from When Shadows Fall was fashioned some after me, and my dream of living in the old west.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?

I write based on my dreams more times than not.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Not in the onset, but I tend to go back and edit a lot. Doesn't mean I always catch everything though.

Where do you most like to write?

Here lately, I've been writing sitting on my couch.

Does music help you write?

I don't usually listen to it, but many times the TV is running in the background.

How do you find the time to write?

I don't always. I should be more diligent in getting myself to sit down and get the words out. I have days when I can write forever and days when I eke out sentences.

How do people react when they find out you write?

I get the "oh, that's nice" and the "Wow, that's awesome." I've also been told I should do something more beneficial with my gift than write Christian fiction. Like perhaps work with a strong servant of God and write their life story.

What or who is the biggest influence on your writing?

My biggest influence would have to be my imagination. I used to get in trouble telling stories with it, but realized that God didn't give it to me just to use it for telling tales. You might say "Well, isn't fiction kind of telling tales?" Perhaps, but now it's not lies to get someone else in trouble or get myself out. Now the stories will hopefully touch other lives for Christ.

Do you have a mentor?


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

Christmas in Shades of Gray releases in December. It's what I call my offbeat Christmas Carol. A dying man gets a visit from a being and given a look at his life, his legacy and the lives of his children.

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 mother 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 and Adam is apprehensive to open up to them. Their grace toward him only magnifies his loss. His guilt. If Grace would 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.

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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.
Look for Christmas in Shades of Gray an offbeat contemporary Dickens type Christmas tale in December. This Shadowed Land (Shadow Series Book 4) the continuing story of Matthew and Rebekah on the Oregon Trail releases early 2014.
To connect with Tina:
Tina 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


Kim Amundsen said...

Nice interview.kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Anonymous said...

great interview! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tina Pinson said...

Hello Kim, glad you stopped in. Have a great day.


Tina Pinson said...

Hi Anonymous. ;-) blessings on your day, Sheila.


Tina Pinson said...

Good Morning and thank you for letting me visit the Loft.


Linda Kish said...

I'd love to read this book. Just that little bit made me sad for Adam.

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Tina Pinson said...

Hello Linda, this is one character I cried with, (there are others) too. I hope you have a chance to read his story.


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Gail Kittleson said...

I really enjoy the word nefarious, too, Tina. lol I also like that contrary to recent "instructions", you write in several genres. Thanks for this post.

Connie said...

The back cover blurb is very intriguing. I wonder if some of the survivors of 9-11were faced with this issue?
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Tina Pinson said...
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Tina Pinson said...

Hi Connie.

One does wonder what stirs guilt in people, especially in a 9/11 type event. You hear of those who feel guilty for being alive. Those who have regrets for not doing more to help. But it would interesting to know the answer to your question. At least Adam begins to feel the remorse and it leads him to grace.

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Tina Pinson said...

Hi Gail,:sometimes I think I break the genre rules hoping I will hit the one that reaches the masses. Really I just figure if I get story that touches me that strongly, I should write it. Most of my stories are historical.

Tina Pinson said...

Have to admit that all those lovely comment deleted signs are from me. I have to quit using the back button on my phone or the comment gets posted over and over again.


cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for this interview. I love getting to know a bit about the authors and what motivates them to write a book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Deb R.

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed getting to know Tina. Will be looking for her books. Then There Was Grace sounds so interesting!

Jackie McNutt said...

Tina, I really enjoyed the interview and learning of your book. It looks like a fantastic book and can't wait to read it soon.
Thank you

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