It’s time to changes things up a bit from Romantic Suspense to Romance authors.
Please welcome, romance author, Tina Radcliffe.
I met Tina at the ACFW conference then connected on Facebook with her soon after. Tina has jumped in and helped me with a manuscript and has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. I can’t thank her enough for all she’s done. I hope you enjoy her books as much as I have.
Thank you for joining us, Tina.
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Where did you get your ideas for your books? The best ideas come from observing life. An overheard conversation in the airport. People watching. Once I picked up a piece of notepaper that had someone’s entire wedding planned on it in detail. It was written in childish scrawl. That is a book waiting to be told.
I keep all swatches of ideas, clippings, sticky notes and overheard conversations in an idea box. I date the paper and occasionally, when I need inspiration, I pull them out and look them all over. Unfortunately, at this point in my life, there are more ideas than there is time to write all the stories.
Who’s your all-time favorite character? There are no favorite characters. Each one is loved for a special reason. For example:
Will Sullivan in The Rancher’s Reunion is based on a real person from my past who dealt with the possible diagnosis of Huntington’s disease
Fireman Jake MacLaughlin in Safe in the Fireman’s Arms who at the time, was the oldest hero I’d ever written. Jake gets a second chance at love. Oooohhhh, I loved him!! Sorry, please continue.
Rancher Joe Gallagher in Rocky Mountain Cowboy who is based on a real cowboy who has a myoelectric prosthetic arm.
Tripp Walker in Her Last Chance Cowboy is an enigmatic loner cowboy. This man of few words finally gets his own happily ever after in book four of the Big Heart Ranch series.
Right now, I’m writing about Mitch Rainbolt, a small-town sheriff with a tragic past who doesn’t believe that he deserves the love of a lifetime.
When is your next release? Do tell! Rebel Ranch kicks off in the spring of 2020! Here’s the blurb about this exciting new series.
Four siblings who inherit their grandfather’s ranch, work to overcome the tragedy of their past and in the process, find the forever healing power of love.
Tell us a little bit about your typical day. I wish I had a typical day. Right now, I am letting my circadian clock do its thing and that means after years of working the graveyard shift; I am back at it again. I write during the night. Fewer interruptions.
When did you start writing? Writing evolved from a voracious reading habit and reading from a desire to escape into another world. I wrote my first complete novel at fourteen.
When did you receive your first book contract? January 2010
What is the hardest part about being an author? The most difficult part of being an author is trying to pretend I am normal and that my writing job can be turned off on Friday at five until I go into the office again on Monday. I am always an author. It consumes me. This explains the sticky notes with ideas that are everywhere (see the idea box above) or the dozens of stories that are in various stages on my computer.
Who is your favorite author or favorite book? I have 1,368 books on my Kindle and at least six dozen physical books in my office. Can there be one favorite author or one favorite book? Should there be? There is a book for every mood and every stage of life. This explains why I am a big fan of keepers.
However, in the nonfiction realm, my favorite memoir is by Mary Higgins Clark’s. It’s called Kitchen Privileges. Ms. Clark is 91 years old, and she is still publishing. I want to be her when I grow up.
Anything you want to brag about? Oh, yes. I am a collector of useless trivia. I also have somewhat of a photographic memory in small bites. This makes me a good person to bring along to a party for meaningless chit-chat.
Now for the important questions:
Pepsi or Coke? Sorry, neither. I drink sparkling water. I am, in fact, a sparkling water addict.
Candy, cookies, or cake? Is this really a fair question? All of the above. I didn’t get this round figure by limiting my intake choices.
Coffee or Tea? Interesting question. I used to bring my own carafe of coffee to work for years to ensure I received enough of the good stuff. I never drank tea. Now, I am an equal opportunity caffeinated beverage imbiber. I love coffee, especially Arbuckle brand with a splash of half-and-half. However, I also love dirty chai and a good matcha.
Favorite vacation? I don’t vacation. I go to conferences and visit my kids. The ideal decadence, which I have only experienced a few times in my life, is a hotel room with lots of books and room service.
Favorite TV show? Too many to count. But I don’t like to be held hostage by a weekly show. I prefer binging a season as a writing reward. Currently, I am binging In Plain Sight, which is free for Amazon Prime. It’s about a sarcastic female WITSEC Inspector with a dysfunctional family. I love this show.
Any hobbies? Pets? Hobbies? I collect cookbooks and don’t cook. I am fascinated with chefs. Current obsessions include Flynn McGarry who is a culinary prodigy and Christina Tosi, the owner of Milk Bar.
Ask me about my cat. Or better yet, follow me on Instagram and I will tell you. @tinaradcliffe
Tina Radcliffe: A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina Radcliffe is an RWA and ACFW Honor Roll member, a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, and a three-time ACFW Carol Award nominee. She is a 2018 ACFW Mentor of the Year recipient and a 2014 Carol Award winner. Her 11th book for Harlequin Love Inspired, Her Last Chance Cowboy, released in February 2019. In addition to novel-length fiction, Tina has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. A former library cataloger, Tina is a frequent presenter on writing topics and an online instructor. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Visit her on the web at https://www.tinaradcliffe.com/
The last person cowboy Joe Gallagher thought he’d see on his ranch was high school sweetheart Rebecca Anshaw Simpson. Twelve years after she married another man, she’s back as his physical therapist. But healing his body is nothing compared to guarding his heart from the woman he never forgot. There’s much the single mom would rather forget, but Becca won’t let regret and a surly rancher get in the way of her job and the chance to start over with her little girl. She has only a few weeks to make peace with her past. But Becca never expected she’d fall all over again for her first love.