Today we meet Tina Newcomb.
RWF: Would you say you write women’s fiction or romantic women’s fiction?
TN: I write sweet contemporary romance/mainstream with romantic elements (I know that’s a mouthful, but it’s the closest description I can come up with). I am working on a women’s fiction novel that I hope to pitch at RWA in 2018.
RWF: Want to tell us what you’re working on?
TN: I’m working on a series set in a fictional town of Eden Falls, Washington. I’ve finished five books and hope to complete at least one more by the end of 2018. I plan to self-publish this series (one book a month) starting in July of this year.
RWF: What are your favorite books to read?
TN: When I have time to I read, I turn to women’s fiction. Just a few of my favorite authors are Karen White, Barbara Delinsky, Sarah Addison Allen, Barbara Claypole White, and Barbara O’Neal.
RWF: Do you have a running theme for your books?
TN: Each book in my Eden Falls series is loosely based on different occupations. Book one is about a flower shop owner who uses the Victorian language of flowers to build her bouquets. This art is mentioned in each book.
Eden Falls has small town charm where smiles are frequent and a helping hand is always near.
RWF: Which do you feel you learn more from – an online class, local workshop, or writer’s craft book?
TN: I think I learn more from local classes or those I attend at the RWA Conference. I don’t have enough discipline to follow through with the online classes—I would rather be writing. I have a whole library of craft books that have never been opened.
RWF: Where do you find inspiration?
TN: I find my inspiration while traveling. I usually start with a setting and add characters. My husband and I take a two-week driving vacation every year and I always come home with a rough outline for a book. The series I’m working on came after a trip through Washington State. My women’s fiction will be based on an island we visited while in Maine.
RWF: How do you fit writing into your life?
TN: I write six days a week. Even if I can only edit a page or two, I make time to sit at my computer and write.
RWF: Are you a plotter, pantser, or combination of both?
TN: I’m a pantser. I know the beginning of my book, I usually have an idea for my black moment, and I know how it will end, but the middle is a total mystery until I get there. I’ve tried to outline and plot several times, and I’ve tried several different methods, but I end up frustrated.
RWF: Do you plan your writing time? Or do you go with the flow of family to-do’s and work out your writing in between?
TN: I watch my grandson during the day, so I have to work around visits to the library, or the museum, bike rides and trips to the park. I wake up early and try to write an hour before he comes. I also try to get in an hour or so after his mom picks him up in the afternoons.
RWF: Are the stories you write based more on the woman’s journey or more on the romance?
TN: I believe my stories are based on my character’s journey whether male or female. I sprinkle romance in and I always have an HEA.
RWF: Do you prefer to write at home or go somewhere to write?
TN: I write in my office, on my bed, or in the family room.
RWF: Do you participate in NaNoWriMo?
TN: I love NaNoWriMo! I’ve participated twice and completed both projects I started. Having only thirty days, really pushes me and keeps me focused. I do have to plan a rough outline (eyelid twitches) for NaNo.
RWF: Do you first come up with a setting or character for your story idea?
TN: Setting always comes first.
Thank you, Tina for sharing your writing time with us.
I was born and raised in Utah on the foothills of the spectacular Wasatch Front, where life as a kid was magical. Summers were spent hiking or swimming in the neighborhood pool, winters were for sledding down mountain hills. I acquired my love of reading from my parents. My mother was a librarian and stacks of books were always close at hand. I wrote my first (more than three page) story in fourth grade. Tobie, my heroine, bravely solved The Mystery Behind the Iron Door. I took writing classes in college and stories began to develop.
I moved to Memphis, Tennessee as a young mother and lived there long enough to learn “Bless your heart” is almost always followed by an insult, fried chicken is a staple, and any measurable snow will, most likely, close the schools for days. I do miss the dogwoods in spring and the smell of barbecue permeating the air at Memphis in May.
My pen and paper were put away as adult life and motherhood took precedence. Three kids later, I wrote my first novel, but had no idea what to do with it. It ended up in a box on a shelf. Numerous years later I came across the manuscript in a closet. I pulled it out, dusted it off and started all over again.
I now live in beautiful Colorado with my (amateur) chef husband. Six of our eight kids and one of three grandkids live nearby.
- I have the most loving, generous, PATIENT husband in the world.
- I’m grateful for my kids.
- I adore my grandchildren.
- My mother introduced me to The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart.
- My father introduced me to non-fiction.
- My favorite author is LaVyrle Spencer.
- Crazy as it sounds, I love to clean.
- My favorite ice cream is pralines and cream.
- I don’t have a favorite color or a favorite flower.
- My least favorite flower is a sunflower. (I know, I’m damaged).
- I love Bear Lake, Utah, raspberry shakes and Miami, Florida strawberry shakes.
- Country is my music of choice.
- My favorite season is spring (closely followed by fall).
- Chinese or Mexican food? Don’t make me choose.