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Tina is a mom of three with a
full-time 'day' job who also helps run Fiction Factor
part-time as our Managing Editor. She's co-written
several award winning books and is always working on new
fantasy worlds. She's also the web-master of Fractured
Publisher (http://www.fracturedpublisher.com) a quirky,
humorous site especially for writers and readers alike.
Tina's personal homepage is here: http://www.stygianmagic.com
Tina's writing credits include
collaborating chapters in the 2008 EPPIE winner, The Complete Guide to
Writing Science Fiction, The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy and The
Fantasy Writers' Companion. She co-edited and contributed to The Stygian
Soul and has a new short story coming out in the Firestorm of Dragons
first inspired you to write or who inspired you?
You mean besides teenage angst? (The poems were pitiful
and have been destroyed. I wouldn't want ANYONE to see
them!) What really started me writing was the 1980 album
titled "Paradise Theatre" by Styx. The songs
inspired me to write a very sappy novelette. Despite a
very rocky start, music continues to inspire me. I
usually have a CD in the player whenever I'm writing.
what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I guess I started trying to really write a cohesive story
take notes when reading or watching a good movie?
I'm usually too wrapped up in a movie to take notes. But
then, movies really don't inspire me. Which is rather odd
because I see all of my fiction writing as a movie in my
head. If I can't see it, I can't write it.
writing always been a passion for you or did you discover
it years later?
Writing has been a pleasant hobby for years. It only
became an obsession about two years ago when I decided it
was time to either actually try to get published or
are you currently working on?
I have numerous projects going at this time. Non-fiction
articles for various submissions. Fiction: rewriting an epic
fantasy novel called "Soulspell", the
sequel "Betrayal", the prequel
"Visionfate", several short stories and an unnamed fantasy
novel about a girl who's mistaken for a half-breed and whose unique
features mark her for death.
three writing tips to pass on to other writers.
The three best tips I can give any writer are fairly
1) Learn all you can about the language you are writing
in: grammar, punctuation, styling, pacing etc....
2) Learn all you can about the business end of the
publishing world if you intend to try to publish your
work. There are lots of SHARKS out there.
3) Last and possibly most important of all, don't let
self-doubt stop you from enjoying what you're doing. Have
fun with your writing. .
hours do you write best?
I find I write the best between 6 pm and 10 pm. I'm an
often do you write?
Almost every day. If I'm not writing, I'm thinking and
visualizing the next story or article.
you an avid reader?
Yes, although the past few years have been spent reading
about special education, autism and epilepsy. Now that
things are under control with my children, I'm starting
to read more for pleasure again.
are you reading now?
I just finished "Warlord" by Elizabeth Vaughn, and "The
Writer's Little Helper" by
James V. Smith Jr. I'll let you know when I get back from
the library again. ;o)
your family or friends supportive of your writing?
My co-author is my best friend of more than 20 years. I
couldn't do without Ciara's support in all aspects of my
life. She's my adopted twin. The rest of my family thinks
I'm a little crazy but as they see the progress I'm
making, they're coming around a little more.