Interview with Author Tina Turbin
Tina Turbin is a multi-award-winning children’s author, writer, researcher, humanitarian and mother. Having written her first children’s story at age 16, she has enjoyed many years of working with and helping children and their families. Her Danny the Dragon children’s series fulfills a passion of hers to delight and entertain through her enchanting characters. Her style of writing conveys to the young and young at heart. Tina resides in both her East and West Coast studios, always writing more children’s books to entertain the world.
Interview with Tina Turbin author of Danny The Dragon “Meets Jimmy”
I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog
What is the last book you read?
Since I am working on some eBooks for the gluten free market I have had my nose in a variety of cookbooks, and nutrition books from some of the top chefs and nutritionists in this field, as part of my research.
What were your earliest memories of writing?
When I was in second grade I wrote my first story that I can recall. One of the high school students came in to assist the teacher. She came to my desk proceeded to correct my work, my thoughts and ideas. It was then even at that young age that I realized deep down that we all are unique, have our own ideas and there is not right or wrong as an author.
Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?
I am and Artist in general. I design, I paint. I cook “beautiful” dishes and I write. The urge I have within is ME.
Are you working on a new book?
I just wrapped up three eBooks, one released and have three new children’s books on the line. There is much to go though as far as editing and getting it published. So keep your eyes open!
What inspired you to write Danny the Dragon?
It was a culmination of events, ideas and “Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy” it is only the first of a large set of ideas to be released. Each character has a personal note within my life and then the character developed from there.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?
Yes, and there is no magic potion I can share to getting over it. I sometimes leave my desk, go read other authors books, head to the library, get inspired by reading other authors sites- you name it. Sometime I juts need to sit and look at blank paper and make it happen.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
I would say setting the time, adhereing to a schedule and keeping in my Policy to NOT answer my phones and emails on the days the writing is a bit rougher.
What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?
I write for a number fo other publications and on- line sites, develop recipes for www.glutenfreehelp.info , read and research other authors and I love reading interviews. I am an avid outdoors gal. I love to hike with my husband and friends, exercise and swim. Keeping in shape is fun “work” to me.
How do you react to a bad review?
I have had only two so far. One was a personal opinion so I could not “learn” from it. The other had some valid points. I am willing to look to see if there is something I could imrove. If so, I can use it to my benefit. In the case of the first, it was nonsense. I do not like to read reviews of simply critics or “want-to-be” or failed authors.
Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with- and what would you do or say?
I can name just a few for now as there are far too many for this interview. I’d have to arrange a huge party and call all the amazing authors from the past and present to dine and mingle. Here you go: A. A Milnie and of course some tea with Pooh bear, Richard Back to tell him how I have never looked at birds the same after his fabulous book, Judy Blume to tell her she has set such an example as an author. I just want to thank her profusely for speaking openly about her thoughts, sharing what she believes and supporting authors all over the world to write what they want!
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I have a set schedule per week, no cell phones and do not at all address emails when writing no matter how tempting. As far as Goals, I set a target to completion and set goals on now concepts started.
What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?
I am not sure I feel there are right books. I feel that the more variety the child had access to the better. By all means do not bring home a book that totally violates your family beliefs or a book that could in same way cause more harm than good. Do be liberal in allowing a variety of books to communicate to your child and let him reap the benefits of all the various styles that authors write of the here now and the long past.
Books of all sorts are inspiring, stimulate interests and dreams and are full of imagination and education with very little efforts on the reader. Kids love books and the larger the stack you bring home, the better.
What advice you would give to new writers?
To spend more time reading children’s authors of the genre you choose and writing profusely and less time reading “how to” books. Reading how to is important but don’t get stuck in them. There is nothing better than doing it- write!
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Yes, thank you for asking. I truly love writing for children, their families, the schools and libraries and thank everyone for accepting my styles of writing, my communication and all I write with such acceptance and pleasure. This adds to my pleasure. I am constantly writing with all of you in mind. Thank you so very much! Tina
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