Today I am honoured to have Tina Frisco answering my pesky questions for writers :-). With no further ado over to Tina:
- How would you describe yourself in one paragraph?
I’m a heart-centered person. Some might see me as a bleeding heart, but I’m actually an empath. It took me many years to accept this and many more years to learn how to manage it. I’m still learning. Writing and music are my passion, and they inform my daily life. I walk in nature every day and have a spiritual practice that sustains me. I’m an optimist by nature and tend to seek the positive in everything – especially in challenges, as I see them as opportunities to grow. I’ll face them head on, because I’ve learned that what we choose not to look at is what controls our lives. I work hard at keeping my heart open to all beings – painful as it is at times – because I don’t want to live my life from a place of fear.
- A fun fact about you?
I’m a walking breathing oxymoron! I’m a pragmatic idealist, a spiritual scientist, a progressive conservative – the latter of which has nothing to do with politics. I tend to search for the most effective way to deal with any situation, and this often manifests as my being at odds with myself.
- What made you write in the first place?
Gosh, I have no idea. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write. A thought moves from my mind to my hand to a piece of paper – a biological imperative; a survival mechanism. I think most writers feel this way.
- Which author has influenced you and why?
Oh, too many to count. The person who influenced me to write my first novel, Plateau, was Lynn Andrews. She’s written many books about her apprenticeship to indigenous female shamans, and she stood strong against accusations of fraud and plagiarism. She’s a personal friend, and I know her heart. Aside from her books being captivating and well-written, she’s a person of courage and integrity.
- What is your favorite book?
Again, too many to count, Lynn’s included. But if I were forced at gunpoint to name one, I’d have to say Woman Chief by Rose Sobol. Circa 1806–1858, Lonesome Star (her birth name is unknown) was a bacheeítche (chief) and warrior of the Crow people. She showed a disposition to assume traditionally male activities and raised her own band of warriors. At the time, she was the only Crow Indian woman known to earn the rank of Chief.
- Your writing ritual?
Nonexistent. I write when and how spirit moves me. Sometimes I write when I’m walking. Sometimes I write when I’m about to fall asleep. Sometimes I even write in the bathroom! I have pens and notepads everywhere. At times I have soft music playing in the background, and at other times I can’t abide a spec of noise. I might have to sit at my desk to write, or I might have to pace and talk aloud to myself. I guess you could say my ritual is organic.
- Your secret “sin” when you write?
Chocolate! I find it inspiring and, oh, so delicious.
- Do you suffer from writer’s block?
I’m blessed in that I’ve never encountered the demon when writing prose or poetry. Perhaps it’s because I don’t force myself to adhere to a writing discipline. On the other hand, I have met up with the culprit on occasion when writing songs, in both lyrics and music. When this happens, I walk away from it for a day or so. When I return to it, the words and music flow.
- Your advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t give up! Follow your passion. Pay attention to critiques but don’t listen to critics. Many famous authors have been told their writing sucks. They became people of note because they persevered. You might never make a name for yourself; but if you follow your heart, that won’t matter. You will realize your dream by manifesting your gift. Any beauty we put into the world benefits the collective unconscious. And that’s a good thing.
Thank you so much, Tina, for sharing your view and experience on writing!
Tina’s latest novel, Vampyrie.
What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.
Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell?
Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor?
Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.