Tina Wainscott
April 2013

Everywhere and nowhere.  From songs, commercials, snippets of conversation, a news story, literally anything can trigger a story.  Sometimes the story grows and ends up not being anything like the original seed.  Sometimes it just gets filed in my idea document and molders there.  There is a great T-shirt I’ve seen being sold by writing chapters:
BEWARE OF WHAT YOU SAY.  IT MIGHT BE USED IN MY BOOK.
That about …

April 2013

Sometimes.  It’s a neat way to honor my friends and family.  There have been times where a friend has just “popped” into a story.  I see a character as that person.  I love when that happens.  Other times, I fit them in.  They’re almost always minor characters, since I have to get so intimate with my main characters.  It would feel a bit weird to “see” that character as a …

April 2013

Very, very carefully.…

April 2013

I have had some interest on my books over the years, but so far nothing has come of it.  It amuses me that some folks seem to think I have control over these things, like I could just get it done but haven’t thought of it yet.  I have control over nothing buy my books themselves.  And even then, it can become doubtful.  Getting a book made into a movie …

April 2013

I get asked for advice from time to time.  Being a writer is great fun.  Being a published writer is hard, hard work.  There are books and books written on the subject, and I suggest reading every one of those books and find the advice therein that rings true to you.  Find a writer’s group in your area.  If you write romance, join Romance Writers of America (www.rwanational.com).  …

April 2013

I get this question a lot at booksignings.  One man actually brought notes and pictures to discuss with me.  One couple wanted me to ply them with drinks and dinner and then they’d share their story.  Everyone has a story inside him or her.  I have fourteen thousand, two hundred and fifty-three story ideas inside me, all waiting to get out.  I won’t get to write all of them, so …

April 2013

Probably not.  I enjoyed writing them immensely  (ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN, SHADES OF HEAVEN, and SECOND TIME AROUND), but I feel I’ve written them the three ways they could be written.  I’ve taken the plain-jain girl and given her a model’s body, a husband who can’t stand her, and a rich lifestyle.  I gave the model her comeuppance by putting her into a pregnant, small town waitress married to …

April 2013

Absolutely.  You have to be disciplined if you hope to write for a living.  Treating your writing like a regular day job is a good way to approach it, even if you already have a day job and write at night.  I worked full time at a computer software company and wrote during the evenings and on the weekends.  Then I worked part time for a while.  It took about …

April 2013

Most of my St. Martin’s Press titles are available via order from your local bookseller.  Occasionally one may become unavailable, most recently, SHADES OF HEAVEN.  If you can’t locate it, email  christineritter@comcast.net and we’ll get one for you.

As for my Harlequins, try to order them from your bookseller or on-line.  For the most part, they’re out of print and available only used.  If you’d like a crisp, new copy, …

April 2013

Sometimes I keep the setting, such as Naples, Florida in A TRICK OF THE LIGHT.  Most of the time I change the name so I can take some literary license as far as landmarks and geographical aspects go.  That means I can run a river right through the center of town if I want or change the way the town lays out.

I also do it to protect the law.  …

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