Beyond the Blurb with Author Tina Susedik
Tina Susedik is a multi-award-winning, multi-published author who has been researching and writing books since 1997. She is published in non-fiction with military and local history books. She is also has published children’s books and romantic mysteries. She loves to add humor in her books, putting her characters in situations and finding a humorous way to get them out of them.
When she’s on the air on Cover to Cover With Tina, she interviews authors of all genres. She lives in northwestern Wisconsin with her husband and adores her five grandchildren. In the spare time she has, Tina loves to camp, hike, bike, scrapbook and, of course, read, read, read.
PoisedPenPro: When did you become a writer?
Tina: That’s a tough one for me to answer. I always had stories bopping around in my head. I didn’t start writing them down until 1990. They were children’s stories that were never published.
PoisedPenPro: How long did you work on your writing skills before you became published?
Tina: A long, long time and I’m still working on them. I think a writer always has something new to learn.
PoisedPenPro: Did any other authors or stories influence your writing style?
Tina: I’m not sure. I read so my different authors, it’s hard to tell.
PoisedPenPro: What do you enjoy most about writing?
Tina: I love creating new characters, bringing them to life, putting them in interesting situations, creating a mystery, and then solving it. (Which is sometimes hard to do for me as I’m a total panster.)
PoisedPenPro: What do you like least about writing?
Tina: Promotion, which is part of the whole publishing process.
PoisedPenPro: If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
Tina: I’d tell myself to start much sooner and not to hide what I do. I didn’t start writing fiction until I was in my fifties and didn’t get my first romance published until I was 60. I did have several non-fiction books published in my 40s.
PoisedPenPro: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Tina: I’m a total pantser. I have an idea about what I want my story to be about, but I tend to let my characters tell me what to do. This can become a problem when all of a sudden a character puts him/herself into a situation and I have to figure out how to rescue them
PoisedPenPro: Tell us about a book you’re sharing with us today?
Tina: The book I’m sharing is “The Balcony Girl,” the first book in my Darlings of Deadwood series. It takes place in 1879 in Deadwood, SD. It took first runner up in the RONE Awards and received five stars from Reader’s Favorite. I had so much fun writing this book.
When Julia Lindstrom and her sister, Suzanna, made the decision to move to Deadwood in 1879, Julia never suspected that she would meet her future husband, secretly befriend the madam of a brothel, or jump in to assist when disaster strikes the turbulent mining town. Can she survive all three?
Daniel Iverson followed the gold rush to Deadwood back when it was in its heyday, only to discover gold prospecting wasn’t the life for him. Now working as a lawyer, a case falls into his lap regarding a rash of recent illnesses affecting the men visiting the town’s saloons and brothels. Is it a disease or something more sinister?
Will a secret tear them apart or bring them together?
Before she knew it, she was alone, on a balcony normally used by prostitutes. Here goes nothing. She rang the bell and then crooked her finger over the railing, making sure to keep her head turned.
“Hell, Joe,” someone called out. “Will ya look at that. Hattie must’ve gotten a new gal.”
“Hey, baby, come closer so’s we can get a good look at ya.” Not a chance. She rang the bell and crooked her finger again.
A whistle filled the air. “I’m tellin’ Hattie I get first dibs on that one.”
“Lower your top.”
“Raise your skirt.”
Is this what Hattie’s girls had to put up with all the time? Those poor girls. “All she’s doing is ringing a bell and wiggling a finger at us.”
“Yeah but get a gander at her leg. Whoo-whee. That’s the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen.” The balcony wobbled.
Ring. Crook. Ring. Crook. At this rate she wouldn’t be able to move her finger tomorrow.
“Hell, I’m not waiting for Hattie. I want a sample of those breasts. I’m going up there now.”
“Men. Get away from that post. No one is going to climb the balcony.” Thankfully, Frank was watching. “Go on in and talk with Hattie about the new balcony girl.”
Grumbles floated up to her. Never in a million years would she believe a man could get excited over a woman crooking a finger at him. Maybe it was the way Hattie had arranged her nightgown. Men enjoyed women’s legs and breasts? Who knew? She sure didn’t. But it wasn’t going to happen at Hattie’s, nor with men she didn’t know. Only one man piqued her interest. One who should never, ever find out what she was doing.
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Tina, thank you for stopping by and chatting with us today. I’m looking forward to reading ‘The Proprietress’ the next book in your Darlings of Deadwood series.
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