Fang Friday is excited to have author Tina Folsom give an interview today! She has many popular book series out including Scanguards Vampires, Out of Olympus and Venice Vampyr. Thank you for taking the time to be with us today, Tina!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Tina Folsom is a self-publishing rock star.
Tina Folsom was born in Germany and has been living in English speaking countries for over 20 years, the last 12 of them in San Francisco, where she’s married to an American.
In 2008 she wrote her first romance and never looked back. She’s always loved vampires and decided that vampire and paranormal romance was her calling. Her most popular series in the Scanguards Vampires series, but she also writes about Greek Gods and other alpha heroes.
She now has 17 novels in English and over two dozens in other languages (Spanish, German, and French) and continues to write, as well as have her existing novels translated. Tina has sold over a million books and has no intention of stopping there.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in late 2008 and have written 17 books since then. I did write a little when I was a teenager, but never complete anything, and while living in Los Angeles in 2001 I tried my hand a screenplays.
Do you have a blueprint you follow when beginning a book?
Absolutely. I’m the queen of plotting! I use the three-act-structure I learned during my screenwriting days and use it for every book, even a novella or short story. I make little scene cards and put them up on a large board in my office, then switch them around with pins to see where they fit in in my book. I plot as if I were making a move. It has to all be visual.
Back in high school, would you put yourself with the nerds, jocks, preppy, goth, or choose another group? Tell us why?
I was firmly in the camp of nerds: I played chess in a club; I excelled in mathematics; and I loved doing homework! Yes, totally a nerd. And I never got any dates either.
How much input do you have in your cover design?
Since I’m an indie author, I get to choose my covers myself. I spend hours on stock photo sites looking for the perfect couple before I send my cover artists (I have two for several different series) a choice of photos and then discuss with them what I want. They both do a great job in executing my visions.
If you could recommend one author our readers may not know about, who would it be and why?
I love my critique partner, Grace Callaway, who writes scorching hot regency romances. So far she has four indie books out, and they are all fabulous. Okay, I’m a little biased, but only because her prose is just so amazing, and her plots so intricate that I’m always blown away. I feel totally satisfied after reading one of her books.
At what point in your writing career did you actually consider yourself an author?
It certainly wasn’t after the first book I wrote or even after the first book I published. I think it took about five or six books before I really considered myself an author. And yes, that feeling coincided with receiving my first major paycheck from self-publishing. Once I actually made money from my writing, enough to live on, was the moment I knew I was an author.
Please tell us about your latest book release or the book you are currently working on.
I just finished writing Thomas’s Choice (Scanguards Vampires #8) which is my first gay romance. It’ll be released on October 7, but is already on pre-order at Apple and Kobo, and a 6-chapter-preview can be downloaded from my website: http://tinawritesromance.com
I’m already in the middle of the next Out of Olympus book, A Taste of Greek, which I’m cowriting with Cynthia Cooke. We’re hoping for an early November release.