Tina Folsom

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: September 27, 2011

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A Scent of Greek (Out of Olympus #2) | Light Paranormal Romance / Romantic Comedy | August 20, 2011

When the god of wine and ecstasy, Dionysus, callously dumps his latest conquest, the mortal Ariadne, the goddess Hera has had enough. She robs Dionysus of his memory to teach him a lesson in humility.

Ariadne is deeply hurt after Dionysus dismisses their night of passion as "just sex" and doesn't want to see her anymore. When she finds him bloodied and beaten and suffering from amnesia, she quickly forms a plan to get back at him. As she pretends to be his fianc‚e, Ariadne makes Dionysus believe he loves her. But the longer the charade continues, the more difficult it becomes to really see who teaches whom a lesson.

And what if Dionysus gains his memory back? Will there be hell to pay for her deception, or can a mortal woman truly win a god's love?

What main genre do you write in?

Paranormal / Urban Fantasy Romance

Please tell us your latest news!

I just released my second Greek God romance, A Scent of Greek. It's much lighter and funnier than my Vampire romances without loosing the sexiness. It was actually a lot of fun to write, particularly because Dionysus is such a bad boy, much more so than his friend Triton, who was the hero in the first book, A Touch of Greek.

There are still relatively few books in this little niche genre, and it a way it has made it a little bit more difficult to find readers to try this series. Everybody seems to be either in the vampire or the werewolf camp. However, those readers who've tried Greek mythology (not taking itself too seriously!) mixed with romance, haven't been disappointed.

While I try to keep in line with what's commonly known about the Greek Gods, I don't let that constrain my writing. I take the things that fit for my story, and discard others. In any case, Greek mythology is a great inspiration for my writing.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love Kerrelyn Sparks. She's created this great world of vampires in her Love at Stakes series that really pulls me in. There are so many interesting characters and so many facets to her stories. And she doesn't take herself too seriously. Her vampires have humor, and who can resist a vampire with a Scottish accent?

I read mostly on my Kindle, but at the last RWA meetings I got two of her paperbacks autographed. Those are keepers for me.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was 13 and loved reading Agatha Christie. I saw myself as the next big mystery writer, but it never happened. Let's face it, I could never come up with a mystery plot that hadn't already been done to death (excuse the pun!).

So, only when I rediscovered romance a few years ago did I find the right genre that got me back to writing.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I'm probably going to sound repetitive if I'm saying that the most important thing to do is to write and share your work with other writers. Without my critique partners I would have never grown as a writer. I joined the Romance Writers of America at the very beginning of my writing career and made some great contact there. There's lots of support and so many opportunities to improve your craft.

Some people are natural storytellers - I'm one of them - but they need help with other aspects of writing. Certain things can be learned. I constantly try to learn new things, add new words to my vocabulary, and try to infuse my suspense into my scenes. With every book I've written, I've learned something new.

Never stop learning.

Please describe your writing environment.

Wow, lots of changes in that department since we're moving in a week. Currently I have a 7 x 5 nook between kitchen and front door in our 800 sq ft condo, no door, no privacy. I work on a standing desk to try and keep off those extra pounds. When I need a break, I write on my couch instead. But it's difficult since my husband just took early retirement and is home practically all day.

Once we've moved, I'll have an entire room to myself, about 10 x 12, with two windows, a few out to the deck, and a door to close! That's vitally important! I'll still have my standing desk, but I'm thinking of getting a little chaise lounge too.

I love to write when it's completely quiet, no music, no TV, no talking in the background.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

The little details and the fight scenes. I love plotting out the next book and working on the big picture of it. I also love writing the sex scenes - frankly, they practically write themselves, but then there are the difficult things for me: little details like descriptions. No, I'm not so fond of those, particularly since I always skip over them when I read other authors' books. I need action, dialogue, sex, however, the fight scenes are hard to choreograph too. I mean, how often can you write "kick", "hit", and "slam" without sounding repetitive?

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

I have several:

- my critique partner Grace who's also my best friend. She's always there to listen and helps me work through problems with my characters. She's a great writer herself.

- my fellow writer Bella. She's such a great help when it comes to promotions, and all business related stuff (and there's lots when you're self-published)

- and of course my husband. When I was unhappy with my previous job and wanted to quit in order to write full time, he said okay and gave me a year to prove myself. I did. And now he's reaping the rewards: he retired early and now helps me with some of the business aspects of writing.

Do you like to mix genres?

Actually yes. My two favorite genres are paranormal and historical. In my Venice Vampyr series, which is set in the 1800s in Venice, Italy, I mix vampires with a historical background. The series is only novella length at this point, but I have plans to make the 4th one in the series into a full length book. I hope to release it in the spring of 2012.

Venice Vampyr is probably my sexiest series. These novellas are definitely not for the faint of heart.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

Currently I'm reading Dark Awakening by Kendra Leigh Castle. I'm about half-way through, and I really like the world building. It's very imaginative.

Who's your agent? Please tell us about them.

I don't have an agent. And believe me, I tried. But nobody wanted to take me on. In hindsight I'm glad about that now. I only have to satisfy my readers and don't have to please an agent or a publishing house. Sure, it's more work. I'm the one who has to find pictures for the covers and instruct my cover artist what kind of cover I want. I have to find the right copy-editor and proofreaders. And all the marketing is on my shoulders too, but in the end I reap all the rewards. It's very satisfying.

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