Tina Donahue

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I’m an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work. Yay!! I’ve finaled in the EPIC competition, had a Book of the Year at a French review site, had an award named for one of my books, received two Awards of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion Competition and won second place in the NEC RWA contest on different years. I’m featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. I was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

As you can see from my bio, I seldom sleep (my bad). I’m also an admitted chocoholic (nope, not going for treatment – I’m in too deep), and I have flown a single engine plane (Cessna). Scary stuff, but exhilarating too. :) I adore cats no matter how snotty they are or how much they shed. Puppies make me weep, I adore them that much. If I can’t have Mexican or Italian for dinner, I’m lost. Can’t cook, but I did rewire a house once using an electricity-for-dummies book.

Visit my website: http://www.tinadonahue.com/

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Q: When did you start writing?

A: I’ve always written. I can’t remember when I didn’t. When I was nine, I wrote my first book and illustrated it. We didn’t have a copier in the house, so I made extra copies by hand and went around the neighborhood selling them to my friends’ parents. It was my first book tour.

Q: What is the most surprising thing readers could find out about you?

A: I’m basically a very shy person. You wouldn’t know it by what I write. I’ve often heard actors say they act because they can be someone different than who they really are. That’s the way it is when I’m writing. I’m bold and sexy.

Q: What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

A: Outside of don’t ever give up, don’t think it’s easy. It’s not. Getting emotions down on paper is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Digging deep into a character’s soul, having emotional build, getting readers to laugh, cry, shout in frustration or anger and sigh in relief with your characters is freaking hard.

Q: What films or TV shows do you enjoy?

A: I just got into Hulu and have been watching movies from my computer (cable is too expensive). I’ve watched the Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) in Swedish. I’m not usually into movies with subtitles but I loved these tales.

For TV, I’m into Suits, The Walking Dead, Gray’s Anatomy, Nashville, The Blacklist, The Following, Dance Moms, Modern Family, and The Big Bang Theory, to name a few. My tastes are all over the place.

Q: Where do you get your story ideas?

A: Short answer: Everywhere.

I can be driving, listening to music, having dinner with friends or just watching TV and something that was said or that I’ve seen will stick with me. I start to think, “What if…?” After that pictures start rolling in my mind – sort of like scenes in a movie – I see characters interacting. That’s usually the beginning of an idea for me and my imagination takes off from there.

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