ABOUT A CHANCE TO SAY YES
In Search of a Safe Harbor…
Finally, after years of struggle, Heston Demming is at the peak of his acting career—a Hollywood heartthrob, his handsome face on every tabloid. When he comes home to Naples, Florida, his opulent lifestyle is declaration of victory over the poverty and hardship of his youth. But his triumphant return is a sham, a lie he’s told himself to keep from facing the truth.
The truth is, his life is falling apart. It’s as though he is standing on the beach in the edge of the surf, each wave washing more sand from beneath his feet. And, with nothing solid to hang onto, he is going down.
Then one “real” person comes back into his life, Poppy Talbot. The woman left behind in his quest for money and fame. Poppy still has the same sweetness as she did when they were love-struck teenagers. She could save him—if he could get her to forgive the past and win her trust…
In Search of Escape…
All the years Heston was away, Poppy Talbot dreamed of seeing him again. And had vivid nightmares about it. About the consequences. Poppy has a long-kept secret—a soul-deep secret. One, which, if she lets Heston back into her life, is certain to rip them apart…
Set in sophisticated, tropical Naples, Florida. A Chance to Say Yes takes you inside the volatile private life of the exclusive beachfront community’s most celebrated son.
ABOUT TINA MURRAY
Romance readers will recognize Southwest Florida resident Tina Murray from her published work Dead Palm Trees in Jackie Hofer’s anthology Tree Magic and from her essays in the USF literary journal Palm Prints.
A recluse at heart, Tina has ventured her way into the publishing world after years spent in a wide range of pursuits. Insight gained, especially as an actress and artist, subsequently enhanced by degrees in art education, education, art and drama from the the Florida State University and the University of Miami, has fed her imagination for her debut romance novel A Chance to Say Yes. Now she enjoys the sunny shores of paradise as she prepares the sequel in her movie-star dynasty.
You can find Tina at www.tinamurrayauthor.com
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Welcome to Paperback Writer!
Thanks for having me, Rebecca.
Tina, will you share with us some answers to those always favorite questions asked of all writers?
I would be more than happy to.
Q: In writing your novel, did you work from an outline?
Currently, I do use an outline, of sorts. It’s not an A-B-C-type of outline, but rather, a breakdown of the story, scene by scene. It is not an absolute outline, either—that is, not until I am nearing the end of the novel. It is malleable, as need be. Details solidify as the first draft nears completion.
I am a big-picture person. I need to see the whole in order to craft the parts. I like to erect a framework first and then hang each scene on it. A novel is a series of scenes. Each scene is a story unto itself and a component of the overall story.
Some people prefer to build detail by detail, but that approach is antithetical to my nature, not a good fit for me. Each writer must do what works best for him or her. The object is to craft an interesting, coherent story—whatever works. I work best top down.
Q: Do you write on a computer or with pen/pencil and paper?
Right now, I write on a computer. I yearn for the day when I will be able to dawdle and muse over pen and paper. What a luxury it seems, almost idyllic, to ponder, jot, and scratch—and let someone else type your scribbles into the computer. I’m a control freak when it comes to my writing, however, so I’m not certain I could ever give over control to someone else. I tell myself I will someday. We’ll see.
Besides, in its own way, the computer can be a great tool for composing. It allows you to explore, experiment, and make changes quickly. In some ways, it is a great aid, especially when ideas come in a rush and you must capture them or lose them. That works with paper and pen, too, of course, but you must be a speed writer. I don’t like to hear my own voice, so I don’t record myself speaking. Maybe someday I will.
Q: What is your biggest Pet Peeve about the writing life?
I enjoy writing. My pet peeve is not with the writing. Rather, it is with the practical necessities of life that interfere with my writing life. To write fiction, one must enter the zone. I like to stay there. My acting teacher, Harry, used to call it Reality Number Two. It is that place where mind and cosmos meet and interact: the imagination.
Q: What are a few of your favorite genres and why?
Early on, I enjoyed classic mysteries by writers such as Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dorothy Sayers. I enjoyed romantic suspense novels such as Rebecca. I enjoyed standard romance, too, novels such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and, as a girl, I enjoyed gothic novels. I’m pretty well grounded in such genre classics. I love intriguing stories told by good storytellers, that’s why. I prefer stories written by people who have a grasp of the workings of human nature, but who don’t dwell on the grizzly or the grotesque.
Q: Do you have any advice for the audience, first time authors, those choosing the writing life?
Begin now to write and submit. Do not wait for a better time. Learn the craft, learn the business as you go. Begin now to network. Join writers’ groups, attend writers’ conferences, and talk to as many reputable, successful writers and industry professionals as possible. Synchronicity comes into play here. Be there, be open, and step up. Editors, agents, and publishers speak at writers’ events. Nothing beats a positive face-to-face meeting with the person who can make it happen for you.
Of course, each writer’s experience is different. We’ve all heard stories about those who score the first time around. However, I know at least two writers who submitted material for 20 years before finding a publisher. There’s no predicting how your writing will be received. Often writers must knock on many doors before finding the one that opens to them. If you wait too long, you may not have enough time to build a career once you’re inside.
Q: Tina, what’s next for you?
My publisher, ArcheBooks, is releasing a second edition of A Chance to Say Yes. In the meantime, I am working to complete A Wild Dream of Love, the sequel to A Chance to Say Yes and the second book in the Heston Demming trilogy, a.k.a.,the Demming-family saga. (Either works because the stories could go on and on. I’ve had requests from readers for the prequel!) After A Wild Dream of Love, I will begin Book Three.
Please visit my website at tinamurrayauthor.com for updates. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest. I hope you enjoy my books. Good luck to the writers out there! Thanks, also, to Paperback Writer.