Welcome to our new monthly author spotlight blog series! Each month, we will be shining a light on a different author, showcasing their work, and providing insights into their writing process. Whether you are an avid reader, aspiring writer, or simply curious about the creative minds behind the books you love, this series is for you. Join us as we delve into the worlds of a diverse range of authors, exploring their inspirations, challenges, and successes. We hope you enjoy this series and discover new authors to add to your reading list!
First up for May we have the lovely award-winning author, Tina Susedik. Let’s take a moment to read her bio, then jump right into our interview.
Tina Susedik is a multi-award-winning, multi-published, Amazon best-selling author who has been researching and writing books since 1997. She is published in non-fiction with military and local history books. She has also 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. With forty-one books under her belt, she loves to use her knowledge of the writing craft to help other authors.
She lives in northwestern Wisconsin with her husband of fifty years and adores her five grandchildren. In the spare time she has, Tina loves to camp, hike, bike, garden, scrapbook, knit hats and scarves to donate, and, of course, read, read, read.
PPP: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Tina: That’s a tough one. I’ve always had stories running through my head – even as a child but my teachers never taught or told us about writing. It wasn’t until I was in my forties when I became serious about it.
PPP: What was the first book that you wrote?
Tina: My first book was a non-fiction book for a township in northern Wisconsin. It was published in 1998. My first romance was “Riding for Love” published by Soul Mate Publishing in 2013.
PPP: How many books have you written?
Tina: Written – 42 Published – 41 This includes children’s books, non-fiction history and military books, romantic mysteries, and short stories for anthologies.
PPP: On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
Tina: It depends on the day. When I write, I try to write by word count – at least 1,000 – 2,000 words. Some days this could take all day. If the words are flowing, only a couple of hours.
PPP: What comes first for you, the plot or the characters?
Tina: Again, a tough one. It can go both ways.
PPP: What was your most difficult book to write? Your easiest?
Tina: I always get to a point when writing a book where I find that particular book is the most difficult one I’ve ever written. When I get past this frustrating part, it turns out to be the easiest. (If that makes sense)
PPP: Do you have a favorite book or character that you have written?
Tina: I love my Darling of Deadwood series. I think Bertha Woods is one of my favorite characters. She was such a nasty person when I first met her, but has turned out to be a sweet, loving woman.
PPP: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Tina: I really love to write outside, which makes it difficult in the winter in Wisconsin. When the weather is nice, I either write on my deck, or drive to a park and sit in my vehicle and write. No distractions. No cat trying to “help.”
PPP: Tell us about your current WIP or your most recent book?
Tina: My current WIP, is The Unconventional Blacksmith, the fifth book in The Darlings of Deadwood series. I’m also working on a couple of short stories for anthologies.
PPP: Where did you find your inspiration for writing it?
Tina: As was writing “The Banker’s Wife,” Serenity, a female blacksmith, appeared to make sconces and other fancy work for King Winson’s new hotel in Deadwood. The hotel burned down in the 1879 fire that had wiped out the town. Bull, the hero, first appeared in “The School Marm.”
PPP: Tell us about your experience working with the team at Poised Pen Productions.
Tina: I love working with Tess at Poised Pen Productions. She creates awesome covers, memes, and ads. She also helps me with those dreaded blurbs. She’s always on hand when I need to talk with her when I’m stumped on a plot.
PPP: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Tina: I’m an award-winning author who also does editing for other authors.
When the iron is hot, two hearts come together to forge a new beginning...
Serenity Edleman and her husband, Stephan, came to the thriving mining town of Deadwood, but life has a way of throwing unexpected curveballs. After her husband passes away, Serenity takes up the mantle of running her husband’s blacksmith shop. It is a challenging journey in the male-dominated profession, but she gains recognition for her unique, designs. When an exciting opportunity comes her way, Serenity realizes she needs extra help. Can she find someone who doesn’t want more than she’s willing to give?
Titus "Bull" Galloway has been serving as a blacksmith in the Army for almost half his life. However, after coming across an advertisement in the newspaper, he feels a yearning for a fresh start. Bull and his apprentice journey to Deadwood to interview for the position with S. Edleman.
Working together presents its own set of obstacles. But, like steel sharpens steel, Bull and Serenity learned before you become unbreakable, you must first be broken down and forged into something solid and unbreakable. Something like a family.
Find your copy here, or read it on Kindle Unlimited: → https://amzn.to/41eYttc
Thank you for joining us, Tina. It’s always a pleasure spending time with you.
Be sure to check back mid-month for our 2nd May Author Spotlight. Joining us will be award-winning author Sherrie Lea Morgan.
Until next time...
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