Saturday, June 29, 2013

Interview With Debut Novelist Tina Frisco

Interview With Author Tina Frisco 

1.      What type of books do you write?  My debut novel - Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012 - is fiction, mystery and adventure with a spiritual twist.  I'm also beginning a series of children's books.

2.      What is your newest book about?  The first in the children's book series is about a two-year-old girl and her newborn quadruplet siblings.  The book addresses how her parents inform her of the quadruplets' arrival, how she accepts them into their home, how she interacts with them, and what she learns.

3.      What inspired you to write it?  My niece had quadruplets last November, and I realized this would be a wonderful opportunity to write a series of children's books that were not only traditionally educational, but ethically educational as well.

4.      What is the writing process like for you?  Contrary to what most writing authorities advise, I don't develop a plot outline.  I've discovered that I write best when I allow my thoughts to flow and lead me to where the story wants to go.  I write at my computer, because my thoughts stream rapidly and I type faster than I write.

5.      What did you do before you became an author?    I worked as an R.N. with the California State Department of Health Services, as a Health Facilities Evaluator Nurse.  We're the dreaded folks who visit health facilities to evaluate whether they're up to code with state and federal regulations.

6.      How does it feel to be a published author? Extremely satisfying and exciting!  I've been a writer all of my life.  I composed little poems and songs as a child, then received my first guitar at age fourteen, which launched my passion for music and song-writing.  I've written many songs and performed in many local venues over the years.

7.      Any advice for struggling writers? Don't give up!  Don't ever get discouraged by writer's block.  Sometimes we have to walk away from our writing for a day or so, and when we return to it refreshed, we find that our thoughts are free-flowing once again.  And don't get discouraged by publisher rejections.  There's a plethora of reputable self-publishing options available nowadays, as well as myriad online support groups, websites, etc.  Follow your passion and allow it to lead you to your goal!

8.      Where do you see book publishing heading?  More and more people are self-publishing, not willing to wait the enormous amount of time it takes to hear back from traditional publishers.  There's also a trend toward the digital, which serves the needs and preferences of many.  I suspect, however, that the printed book will hold its own.  There are still a vast number of us who like the feel of a book in our hands, enjoy turning the pages, and appreciate seeing the book sitting on our desk in anticipation of being picked up once again...

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