Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
My name is Tina, and I’m a bestselling romantic comedy author. I’m also a born and bred Jersey girl who watches too many movies. If you’ve ever read any of my books, you’ll see I’m a bit stuck in the 80s and 90s. Then again, I was an 80s teen (with the big-hair pictures to prove it), and it was one helluva fun decade. My favorite food is sandwiches.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
I would say the last in a series is toughest to write. When starting a series, I can just let the ideas flow and see where the story takes me. Subsequent books take way more planning to make sure every loophole has been closed by the final page. When it all comes together, it’s the most satisfying feeling in the world.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
By setting each book in a different location or time period… centering each story on a different couple with cameo appearances from characters from earlier books… There are lots of ways to change things up while still keeping each series of books within a centralized theme.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Just fucking do it. Seriously. I have readers telling me all the time that they wish they could write a book. My advice is to always be writing, even if it’s just a paragraph a night. Sure it may take ten years before it’s finished, but time is going to pass regardless. When it does, you’ll either be holding your finished book in your hands… or not.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
Oh don’t go by me. I’m a mess. I’ll write 20 words one day then 5000 the next. You can’t force creativity, but it’s important to at least open that doc every day. You never know when a spurt will strike!
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
I gotta go with Trip. He’s hot, sweet, funny, cocky, and cool. Oh, and he’s also a god between the sheets. How could he not be my favorite??
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
The dream is for the Remember When trilogy to be turned into a 3-season series on Netflix. Since it’s set in the 80s, I’m obsessed with the idea of casting Zoey Deutch as Layla, and Lea Thompson as her mother (mother/daughter IRL). I still haven’t found the perfect Trip yet, but then again that’s a tall order.
What is your definition of success?
Raising empathetic kids. Being married to a true partner. Finding your passion and following it. Loving your friends and family. Being the kind of person who will be missed when they’re gone. Being able to give back.
What are your social links?
Facebook Author Page
Goodreads Author Profile
Amazon Author Central Page
What are your buy links?
REMEMBER WHEN (80s coming-of-age rom-com between a Hollywood actor and his high school sweetheart): ❤️FREE❤️
REMEMBER WHEN 2 (Second chance new adult romantic comedy):
REMEMBER WHEN 3 (Humorous contemporary romance):
REMEMBER WHEN TRILOGY (80s second-chance romantic comedy between a Hollywood actor and his high school sweetheart): ❤️KINDLE UNLIMITED❤️
TRIP (Remember When told in the male’s POV):
BREAKING THE ICE (Second chance romance between an ex-NHL Star and the cold-shouldered event planner who comes barging back into his life):
DOWN THE SHORE (A rock star falls for an infuriating groupie down at the Jersey shore during the summer of 1995):
A WAY TO GET BY (Angsty romance inspired by Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”):
CON MAN (Former geek turned hottie runs an image consulting business in NYC):
BANANAS & DONUTS (Raunchy eroticomedy. Pure smut. Hilarious.):
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