I’ve known Tina for a few years and have shared a glass of wine or two at events. She’s energetic and always laughing, plus she’s been at this writing game for a long time so she’s a wealth of knowledge.
Thanks for your donations to Authors4Veterans and for agreeing to this interview. Do you have personal connection to the military?
Going as far back as my great-grandfather, my family has been involved in the military. My grandfather served in WWI. My father and four of my uncles served during WWII – in all branches. Another uncle was in the Army during the Korean Conflict, a brother-in-law served in the Air Force during peace-time, and several cousins were in Viet Nam. A different brother-in-law also served in Viet Nam and committed suicide. My sister was in the Army and her husband retired as a Colonel in the Army. My brother served in the first Gulf War and has suffered PTSD and many health issues from being over there. His son served later was sent to Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD. I believe there is never enough we can do to support our military.
Wow, thank you to your family for their service. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with my husband of forty-four years. We moved here a year ago and am lucky enough to live just three doors down from my daughter and her family. I love being able to see three of my grands often. I’m ‘retired,’ if anyone can ever retire from writing. I volunteer at my grands’ school – I used to be a teacher. In my spare time I camp, hike, bike, swim, read, and spend time with my grands. My twentieth book will be released on November 23rd of this year.
My latest release was Photograph of Love which came out in May of this year. What readers may not realize in this book is how many of the scenes were taken from real life.
Do you have a secret talent readers would be surprised by?
I love photography and have sold many of my photos.
I’ve seen some of your photographs and they’re amazing. Tell me what charities you like to support.
Besides Authors4Veterans, I also support Disabled American Veterans.
Thank you for your donations. Do you write military characters in your books?
Besides children, history, and romances, I’ve written three non-fiction, military books, two about gentlemen from WWII and a veterans’ book from the town I used to live in. I interviewed hundreds of veterans and researched wars and conflicts from the war of 1812 to present. My November release, Missing My Heart, is set in 1975 and has a Viet Nam Veteran in it. He suffers from PTSD. There is a scene where he’s having a nightmare. This scene is based on an interview I had with a Viet Nam Vet. Since my brother suffers from PTSD, I have first-hand knowledge of the disorder, besides researching and reading books on it.
Do you have anything you want to say to our members of the military and their families?
Thank you just doesn’t seem to suffice, but I don’t what else to say. Without your sacrifices and commitment to our country, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we do. I’m proud of what you do. To the families – I understand how hard it is to be apart from your loved one and the worries that go with having them in harm’s way. Raising children alone and handling the day-to-day events of life is difficult. Again, thank you doesn’t seem to cover it, but thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you Tina. You can find out more about Tina and her books on her website.
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