Today, I’d like to welcome Tina K. Burton back to my blog.
Tina writes short stories, articles, novels, and even the occasional haiku. She’s also a quilling artist. Both her novels, Chapters of Life, and The Love Shack, are signed with Crooked Cat Publishing. Her articles are on the OapsChat website and many of her short stories can be found at Alfie Dog Fiction. Tina is currently working on her third novel, in between doing her quilling projects, and when she’s not writing, Tina spends her time relaxing with friends, and taking her rescued greyhound for walks across the beautiful moorland in Devon, where she lives with her husband.
Welcome, Tina. How would you describe yourself as a colour? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious colour?
Light and airy pastels because they are softer and more gentle. But, my favourite colour is blue and I do like that rich royal blue colour, so maybe a mix of both.
I love blue too. Tell me, if you could morph into any creature what would it be?
If you don’t mind me asking, why a bird?
I’d love to be able to fly – I have lots of flying dreams and it’s such a wonderful feeling. I envy them the freedom to just be able to fly wherever they like, and the feeling of being in the open air is wonderful. The closest I’ve ever got was when I went parasailing. Hanging 400ft up in the air from a parachute was just amazing. It was so quiet and still and the view was wonderful.
Rather you than me, Tina. Laughs. At bedtime, do you like relaxing-so-you-can-sleep sounds? Or is your preference white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
I don’t really like any sounds at bedtime. All I have is the ticking of my bedside clock, which reminds me of when I used to stay with my maternal grandmother when I was a little girl.
Absolutely! What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all-time favourite song?
I don’t like modern music, but I do have quite a mixed range of music that I like, from rock – stuff like Queen and American rock bands such as Foreigner, Reo Speedwagon, Aerosmith – to folk music, seventies, and country. My favourite band ever though is Fleetwood Mac.
Yeah, they sure rock. If your life were a movie, Tina, would it be considered an action film, comedy, drama, romance, fantasy or a combination?
Probably fantasy because I’m often daydreaming and off in my own little world, or ‘away with the fairies’ as my husband puts it!
How do you handle a writer’s block?
I’m a quilling artist – which, for anyone who doesn’t know, is rolling up narrow strips of coloured paper into coils, which you then shape and use to make pictures and decorate items. It’s a very old artform – so I sit and do a quilling project when I can’t write. That helps clear my mind and I can get back to the writing.
Do you write long hand first, or does it go straight into the computer?
Straight onto a Word doc. I couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of writing it out by hand then transferring it onto the computer. Why make more work for yourself?
I agree. Do you always know how a story will end when you begin writing it?
Yes I do. I could never write a story – short or novel length – without knowing the ending. I have the whole thing planned out in my head before I start to write it down. I may add or change bits in the middle as I’m going along, but the ending always stays as it is.
The same with me. Do you like to read the genre that you write?
Yes, definitely. I read mostly women’s fiction, romance – not slushy Mills & Boon type stuff, but books by authors such as Erica James – and stories that are character driven rather than plot driven. I think it’s good to write about what you know. I don’t read a lot of crime, so couldn’t write a crime novel.
What are you working on now, Tina? Would you like to share anything about it?
My third novel is a story about a girl who suffers with Sudden Death Transisition. She’s killed while crossing the road and texting on her mobile, and finds herself back in 1932, where she’s looked after by her great aunt Clarissa. It’s a fun read, but with an underlying sadness. It’s great fun to research that era.
Do you have a new book coming out soon or recently released? Do tell us about it!
The Love Shack was released three weeks ago. It’s a fun read, set around a dating agency, and stars the hapless Daisy Dorson who stomps in to complain and ends up with an unexpected offer. There’s plenty of laughs, quirky characters and romance.
I’m reading The Love Shack now – a light, fun read – and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Please let my readers know how they can find you, Tina. Do you have a web page, Facebook page or any buy links?
You can buy The Love Shack on Amazon for Kindle and it’s being released in paperback soon too.
My author page viewAuthor.at/Amazonlookmeup
My Facebook quilling page – in case people want to learn more –
It’s been a joy interviewing you, Tina. And I’m sure my readers will love reading about you and admiring Cherry, your gorgeous greyhound. All the best with your writing, my lovely. As I said, I’m loving Daisy and her exploits in The Love Shack and your next book sounds intriguing.