Tina Pinson, Author of excerpt A, taken from In the Manor of the Ghost, has two novels published by Desert Breeze Publishing, is a finalist in the Genesis Contest, and the bookkeeper for her family's two businesses.
On the lighter side, and in her own words:
I am the third daughter out of five and the only blonde in the family. Several people wondered if I was adopted. I wasn't, but that didn't stop my two older sisters from saying I was. I've told others before that I had dreams of being the next Doris Day. Singing and Dancing and acting, but I never made it to Hollywood. Doris should consider herself lucky. LOL. I like to write songs and poetry. I love to draw.
I like the smell of cinnamon. Vanilla is one of my favorite ice creams. It's a blank slate that you can add so many other flavors too.
I like dandelions. Yes, I know they're considered weeds, but you can make jewelry out of them. I enjoy worm hunts with my grandchildren.
One of my greatest dreams is that the words I write touch peoples' lives long after I'm gone.
Tina, where did you get the idea for this novel?
I dreamed the story, but I believe it arose because of some things I was dealing with. And we'd gone to Minnesota to visit and I heard about the black walnut groves. Such simple little things, and I wanted to put them into a story.
Which character do you most relate to?
In this story, I would say to Devlin. He's gone through hardship and has taken it all on his shoulders, leaving God out of it. He only begins to heal when he led back to Christ.
What is Devlin's greatest strength and greatest weakness?
He has compassion for those less fortunate, but he can't give that same compassion to himself. So he tries to carry his own problems without Christ, without help and that becomes his weakness, but not in a good sense. When he realizes that he doesn't have to carry everything alone, and lives what the Bible says-- When I am weak than I am strong-- he finds true strength.
That is a powerful message, Tina. What is one thing you hope your readers will take away from this story?
That God will carry you, all you have to do is allow him to and put your trust in him.
When do you feel closest to God?
I wish I could say I feel closest to God when I'm in some high spiritual moment, and that happens sometimes. But usually it's during the hard times in life when I'm feeling pretty low that I get close to God. Perhaps that's because I seek him more during the hard times.
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, they are plans for peace and not disaster. Plans to give you a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11... I find it reassuring that even though my life looks like it's falling apart, God knows the plan for my life because he set it in motion.
I love that verse, too! Who has been most influential in your life and why?
I would have to say my husband, Danny. We've been together since high school and he's backed me and prayed for me to see my dreams fulfilled. Plus he wants me to use the talents and gifts God gave to me. He's very encouraging and he allows me the use of his shoulder when I get overly frustrated.
Wow, what an illustration of God's design for marriage--that we would encourage each other to serve God with whatever gifts, talents or opportunities He's provided. Tina, thank you for visiting with us today.
Tina, it was our pleasure! We've enjoyed having you, and your gut-wrenching excerpt definitely got our attention!
Fiind out more about Tina and her writing at TinaPinson.com or tinapinson.blogspot.com
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