Monday, April 30, 2012
Interview with Tina Pinson and giveaway!
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
First let me say, thank you so much for letting me visit your blog, Laura. I write Christian Fiction, because I believe God gave me the talent to write. Writing takes me places I'll probably never go. Words carry so much weight and I want to touch people with the truth.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
hat would probably be my wedding day. Or the births of my children
How has being published changed your life?
Not too much, I have more editing to accomplish and maybe a greater push to get more out there. But I didn't hit the bestsellers list or win any Nobel Prizes in literature, so my life is pretty much still the same. Where I've changed is my outlook on approaching marketing and editing. I've learned to promote myself more, and not be so scared. Yep, all that putting yourself out there can be somewhat scary, but I'm learning. Maybe I should be glad I haven't hit the big time yet, I might not have been able to handle it, at first.
What are you reading right now?
The Hunger Games (Trilogy) and Divergent
What is your current work in progress?
I have a few. Am still working on some I should have finished by now. But most of my time of late has gone to Changed/Tamed (haven't decided) by Mercy a sequel to Touched By Mercy, kind of a taming of the Shrew story.
What would be your dream vacation?
I have a few places I'd like to go. Would love to go to Australia, or Alaska
How do you choose your settings for each book?
My setting might be places I'd like to go, a lot of times they're places I've been and want to use them in a story.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Gosh, that's a hard question. I'm not really sure. Maybe a dignitary or something.
What three things about you would surprise readers?
I'm a klutz. I have five grandchildren. I love dogs.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I like to draw, sing and speak. I like to grow a garden and do some canning. Would like to do more camping.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle, beyond editing was probably believing in myself. I had to realize that I wasn't meant to be another writer, I met to write with the imagination and heart God gave me. It's unique to the person I am. Others might have ideas on how I should write, but I still have to be true to who I am.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
I would tell them to write what touches them. Write their heart. You have your imagination and style for a reason. Don't let someone take that away from you. Don't comprimise yourself to please everyone. Please the audience of One. God.
Tell us about the book.
When Shadows Fall is what I call my OreGone with the Wind series. It follows Rebekah through the horrors of war and loss. And then follows her on her Journey to New Eden, or Oregon. There are battles and pain. And of course a handsome hero. Matthew.
What do you want readers to take away from the book?
Maybe that even when life is hard there is a New Eden waiting. It might be across the world, or just a change in our mind and heart, The journey to get there might be harder than we hoped it would be, but it's one we must take and realize that God is always there with us, even when it doesn't seem that way. We have to take the first step.
What one question would you like us to ask your readers?
You're traveling on the Oregon Trail. Beyond God, your family and your supplies, what three things would you take with you on your journey.
Tell us about the giveaway you’re offering.
One commenter will win an ebook copy of When Shadows Fall.
Two commenters will win PDF copies of story outtakes.
When Shadows Fall
Matthew's voice was soft, and appealing. Too appealing. His closeness, and the warmth radiating from his body, caused her heart to thrum. Rebekah decided to go in.
Robert had been gone and thought dead for over a year. How easy it would be to fall into Matthew's arms. Let him comfort her like he'd done when she was a girl. They seemed like such strong arms. But she wasn't a child anymore. She was a married woman with a child and a sick husband who needed her.
Her first love could be nothing more than a precious memory. Her heart grew heavy. She turned and was about to take her leave when Matthew asked about Robert. "If you'd rather not talk about it, I'll understand. I only wanted you to know if you need anything, I'm here for you. I'll help in any way I can."
"That's very kind. Things are okay for now. Besides, I couldn't expect you to help the enemy." She stood still, afraid to face him. Afraid of the concern he'd show.
"Rebekah, if you love him, and he cares for you, he's no enemy of mine." His reply was tender. He caught her shoulders, turned her to face him. "I mean that with all my heart."
Rebekah nodded. He meant it. Her eyes misted. Her tears were building. If she fell into his arms, it was wrong to even think it, but... would he hold her close? Or had time changed everything? Still, she wasn't his to hold anymore. In reality she never had been, though she wanted to be. Did he wish it were different? She wished they could go back, but they couldn't. She had to accept that she would never be his, and be grateful for the chance to see him again.
As the Civil War rages, Rebekah fights to keep her world intact. But loss and sorrow has seeped into her heart and mind. She sets her sights on Oregon, praying this new Eden will allow her a place of peace and a place to put her life, and that of her son's, back together again. She travels to Independence, Missouri ready to take the train west, but is denied the opportunity to join the train because she is woman alone. Matthew battles his way through one fight after another, all the while thinking of Rebekah. The woman who holds his heart. He longs to help her west, but fears his biggest battle lies ahead of him. Will Rebekah open up her heart to him and allow him to be the one to hold her When the Shadows Fall?
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