Hey, romance addicts. Author Tina Holland joins us to share a little about herself, writing process and her steampunk romance, The Courtesan of Constantinople. Welcome, Tina!
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Tina Holland. I’m a romance author with over ten published books and I live in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. I studied journalism at University and worked for a Fortune 500 company in Logistics before coming back to what I love – writing full time.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?
I used to be a pantser, but now I’m more of a plotser. I like to plot the basic structure of a book before fleshing it out. That’s not to say it’s written in stone. No, I definitely change stuff even after I’ve written the first draft, I’ll go back and layer in new elements.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Not so much writer’s block so much as writer’s procrastination. If I’m fumbling about with a story, I’ll do just about everything but work on it, including working on another story or starting a new one.
What genre is The Courtesan of Constantinople, and what draws you to it?
Broadly, The Courtesan of Constantinople falls into Steampunk Romance, but because of the fantasy elements, it can also fit into the Gaslamp genre.
How did you publish The Courtesan of Constantinople and why?
I searched for a traditional publisher for my book, but Steampunk is a very niche market right now. While readers love the genre and are voracious at reading it, agents and publishers seem warier. After unsuccessfully querying the book for two years I found success with my current publisher, Book Boutiques. They’ve been very supportive of me with my other titles and so this was no exception.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Research, I’ll be writing a sentence and then have to find out something before I can move on with the story.
If I’m in procrastination mode, I find binge-watching TV shows can really pull me away from my story.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Someone wants to read the story you are writing so go ahead and finish it.
Thanks for sharing, Tina!
All right, romance addicts. Click that mouse to find out more about The Courtesan of Constantinople.
Thank you so much for hosting me. ~Tina