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Tina Griffith

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

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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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Under The Nail Polish – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Tina Griffith

Under The Nail Polish is certainly a unique novel and has quite a different angle than one might expect. Tina Griffith moves readers through the life of Nicholas Kostas and a  few other characters at a fast clip even though the novel is quite long. The story began in the courtroom because the male protagonist had committed heinous crimes with no remorse. Earning exorbitant amounts of money from female love interests through falsehoods, downright lies and acts of violence is at the core of story early on. Griffith shows the reader time and time again how callous and shallow some people truly are. With so many deep, dark secrets will justice ever be served?

Tina Griffith’s writing style in Under The Nail Polish gives readers a bigger picture, while at the same time, offers a view into characters’ current experiences. There are drawbacks to moving the pace at such an exceptional speed though. This style left out a lot of other details that could have brought the overall story together more fluidly. However, the storyline was still pretty easy to follow. Spanning decades of time in one book is not, usually, easily done nor done well. Griffith did it well. There was never any question as to who had committed the crimes, but instead how they happened. Of course, there was a level of implying that women could easily and repeatedly be fooled and that made the story somewhat unbelievable. Yet, for the sake of pure entertainment, a reader can overlook this and just relax into the interesting story inside Under The Nail Polish that Tina Griffith brought to life just as her inital character, Kostas, snuffed the life out of others one after the other.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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