[Author Interview] Tina Ruiz | Under the Nail Polish
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ATAI: How long have you been writing?
Tina: I began writing sentences in Grade 1. I had my first article printed in the newspaper in Grade 10. I sold my first children’s story when my kids were little, and I now write romance novels. I guess we can safely say that I’ve been writing for 45 years.
ATAI: What was your most recent release?
Tina: Under the Nail Polish
ATAI: What do you love most about writing?
Tina: Creating a scene, a love story, and making people fall in love with my characters, and the book.
ATAI: What do you find most challenging?
Tina: Coming up with a title, and names for the characters.
ATAI: Where do your ideas come from?
Tina: Everyday life. My grandbabies, seeing people in the malls, or watching older people holding hands and smiling at each other. I take what I see and create a story around it.
ATAI: What is your writing process?
Tina: I don’t actually have a process for writing. I write when I can, when I can, and keep away from my computer when I can’t. I sometimes write a book from page one to the end, and at other times, I write ‘scenes’ and graph them together when I think I have all the pieces.
ATAI: Do your characters (or message) ever seem to have a life of their own or an agenda of their own?
Tina: Oh my gosh, yes. I’ve experienced it twice in my life, where it’s my fingers on the keyboard, but I am not typing out the words. In ‘A Second Later…’, my fingers typed out 13 pages, but it wasn’t me who wrote that part of the book. It was fascinating, like an out of body experience.
ATAI: What’s your favorite part of your book (or one of your books)?
Tina: My biggest thrill is when I write ‘The End’ after the first draft. Why? Because then I get to read the story from beginning to end for the very first time.
ATAI: What are you working on next?
Tina: I’ve got 101 pages done, on the greatest romance story ever written. It’s going to be bigger than ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. I want to give you goose bumps, and make you cry from sadness and joy. I want you to love these characters and wish for them to end up together at the end, and I want you to remember this book as the best romance book you’ve ever read in your life.
ATAI: Where can people find you online?
Tina: I have a facebook account for myself, and for my books – ‘tinagriffithromancenovelist’.
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