Interview with Tina Radcliffe

It’s time to changes things up a bit from Romantic Suspense to Romance authors.

Please welcome, romance author, Tina Radcliffe.  Tina Radcliffe April 2019_300dpi Smaller

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






Check out Tina’s latest: A Cowboy’s Second Chance

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.


Tina, thank you so much for joining us and for all the fun giveaways.

Join me next month for a giveaway and interview with Laurel Blount.

Interview with Patricia Bradley

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Where did you get the idea for Justice Delivered? A volunteer from Advocates for Freedom came to our church and spoke about human trafficking. I had no idea it was so prevalent and knew right then and there I had to write about it.

How long does it take you to write a novel? Usually about four to six months.

Who’s your all-time favorite character? That’s like asking me which one of my children I like the best! I usually like the character I’ve just finished writing about best. So that means I like Carly best…oh, wait! I just finished the first book in the Natchez Park Rangers…so maybe I like Brooke best!

I heard you had a new release on April 5th. Do tell!: Ah, yes. Justice Delivered just released!

Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. A victim of sex trafficking, she’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she escaped her captors and is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to police for fear of reliving her captivity is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.

When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has before it’s too late. When that proves to be not enough, she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself.

Tell us a little bit about your typical day. I usually get up between five-thirty and six and grab a cup of coffee on my way to the computer. After I’ve written 500 words, I stop for breakfast and my quiet time, usually around 8:30. Then it’s back to the computer until I have my word count for the day. That varies, depending on where I am in the story. At the beginning, I’m happy if I get a 1000 words. But once I have the beginning, I shoot for 2000 words a day…or 10,000 words a week. I usually break around five to go to Pilates or water aerobics, then come home and make supper. If I’ve reached my word count, then I take it easy until bedtime. If not I go back work. The next day I start all over again.

When did you start writing? When I was thirty-five. These people came to live in my head and wouldn’t go away until I told their stories.

When did you receive your first book contract? October 12, 2012.

What is the hardest part about being an author? How long it takes! Publishing is so slow. From the time I turn my book in, it’s another 12 months before it comes out.

Who is your favorite author? You’re trying to get me in trouble, aren’t you? Any of the great suspense writers.

What is your favorite book? Exodus by Leon Uris

Anything you want to brag about? God has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined. All I wanted was one book published, but He had other ideas!

Now for the important questions:

Pepsi or Coke?   Depends on whether I’m craving something extra sweet. If I am it’s Pepsi, if not it’s Coke.

Candy, cookies, or cake?  Candy

Favorite food? Other than Brussels Sprouts, I haven’t met a food I didn’t like.

Coffee or Tea? Both. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

Favorite vacation?   What’s that?

Favorite TV show?  Right now it would be Broadchurch—the BBC version.

Favorite Movie?.  I Can Only Imagine

Any hobbies or pets? I’m a potter and love to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens. I also like to make jewelry from my porcelain clay. And I have two rescue kitties—Suzy and Tux. And maybe another one if we don’t find a home for her.


Patricia Bradley is a 2018 Carol finalist and winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, she lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitties, Suzy and Tux. Her romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series and the Memphis Cold Case Novels. Justice Delivered, her fourth Cold Case Novel releases April 5, 2019. When she has time she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

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Interview with Rachel Dylan

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I hear you had a new release in February. Do tell!: Yes! Breach of Trust is the third and final book in the Atlanta Justice series. It’s about a corporate litigator who has to fight for justice for her murdered friend. I really loved this story because, like Mia, I was also a corporate litigator so I really identified with her character.
Where do you get ideas for your books? I have a very active imagination! I’m always coming up with scenarios and ideas in everyday life. I assumed that was something everyone did until I got older and realized that I wasn’t normal LOL. I love building out stories in my mind and then making them come alive on the page.
How long does it take you to write a Love Inspired Suspense novel vs. a trade novel? I only write on the weekends, but generally, I can write a category length book in a few months. It takes me about five or six months to write a trade novel.
Who’s your all-time favorite character? That’s a tough one, but I think Olivia Murray from the Windy Ridge series holds a special place in my heart.
Tell us a little bit about your typical day. I still work full time as an attorney so my typical weekday is filled with plenty of lawyer work. On the weekends though, I get up super early to focus on all my writing tasks. It helps that my animals never understand what a weekend is and serve as my wakeup call. I’m a morning person so I get my best writing work done early. I rarely ever write at night.
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When did you start writing? I’ve always loved to write since I was a child. But I wrote my first novel manuscript in 2010. That manuscript was never published, but I kept writing and entered a writing contest and that’s how I sold my first book with Love Inspired Suspense.
When did you receive your first book contract? I received my first contract for a Love Inspired Suspense in 2013. That book, Out of Hiding, was published in 2014. I started working with Bethany House in a few years later in 2016. I’m excited to say that Breach of Trust was my 12th book! And I’ll be starting a new series called Capital Intrigue with Bethany House coming January 2020. The first book will be called END GAME.
What is the hardest part about being an author? For me, it’s finding the time. Since I’m still an attorney, I have to be very disciplined about finding time to write on the weekends. The good thing is that it forces me to not procrastinate.
Who is your favorite author? I discovered Joel Rosenberg recently and I am completely
captivated. I love his stories. When I get done with my current edits, I’m jumping into his new release.
Now for the important questions:
Pepsi or Coke? Neither. I quit drinking “Coke” as we call all soft drinks in south years ago. I do enjoy sparkling water if I want the carbonation:)
Candy, cookies, or cake? All the above lol. But I like cookies a lot–especially chocolate chip.
Favorite food? Cheese! Carbs! That also means I love pizza.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Favorite vacation? Tropical beaches!
Favorite TV show? That’s a tough one. I am really enjoying Victoria and the Rookie right now.
Any hobbies? Pets? Activities? I love to sing and am very into music. I’m also a very amateur photographer. I have 5 pets, and I’m a huge animal person. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats.

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