Interview with Tina Brescanu

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Karlskoga, Sweden and grew up in Striberg, a small village in the forest of Bergslagen. The whole village was my playground, I was always outdoors, and always making up stories to complement my own and also with my friends imaginary play.
When did you first start writing?
I've always written in Swedish, but in English only since my children were born. When I came to Ireland people laughed at my way of speaking English for months. When starting to write again, I didn't realise that writing in English was like learning a new language. Reading some of my early stuff brings tears to my eyes, tears of fits of laughter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the second instalment of the trilogy about what's wrong with school, it's a visionary or spiritual fantasy story and despite the rebelliousness it's a story full of heart. Laughter Will Save the World is about my view of a remote village in a very poor country where my life partner grew up, there's so much unseen in places like these. In Love-Power of Guinea Pig a girl makes best friend with this furry little love ball but not all friendships are for life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My way of writing is off the beaten track different. I'm weird too, I've always been told I'm ahead of time, I never fitted in and I stood out because of my laughter, laughter saved my life many times when I tried to get away from myself. Being an indie author supports who I am.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I haven't experience success yet, either I'm invisible or my writing is not to many's taste, I don't know but Smashwords is great because it's easy to publish, it's for everyone whose stories would never be read because we're not mainstream. I like different.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think I have any yet, but of course fans are the most important part of writing, otherwise I'm just writing for myself, I hope I'm not.
What are you working on next?
The third and last instalment of Warriors of Change, it's called Unschool the World and is about giving choice back to children and young people, about why we live and how we learn. I'm also working on other stuff, one is a fictional or even fantastical story about my grandparents who were from Karelia, Finland in their hearts but Russia by history. Their life stories are inspirational and heroic but were kept a secret for fear of Russia, writing their stories is a bit like solving a mystery, it's a mix of research, interviews and making it all up.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't have a favourite author, I don't believe in favourite, best, greatest. I like change, change is freedom. I like a title that grabs me, a blurb that excites me and a first page that intrigues me and then it doesn't matter if it's indie or a traditional author, but an indie author is more likely to say it differently and I'm a definite fan of people who say it differently.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing, I know it's a cliche, but so true
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By the title or category, I love paranormal, spiritual fantasy, visionary and metaphysical stories
What is your writing process?
I take my time, I'm a slow writer that's why I have a lot of stories on the go at once, I can't start and finish one story at a time. I'm better at starting than finishing a story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I remember the now deceased Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren's impact on me, her stories gave power to children and I loved her for that, thanks to her I had somewhere to escape
How do you approach cover design?
My first cover was more of a headache than the story and the story took years and years to write. My son did one cover, I made a photo into a drawing with another and the last one was easy thanks to a great and affordable designer
What are your five favorite books, and why?
As I said before, I don't have favourites, but I have a few books that I can't forget, most are indie
What do you read for pleasure?
Spiritual erotica, to learn to write in this genre
Describe your desk
A mess most times
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is my weak side, I practically don't do any marketing. I know, I have to do something about it
Has writing taught you anything or influenced your thinking in any way?
Writing is an adventure, finding out about not just the characters but myself as my younger self was a co-author in Warriors of Change, not so much channelled as remembered. I found unschooling which I didn't know about. Writing has had more impact on my life than life on my writing. I think it can be hard to live with a writer.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Write. It’s as simply as that, write, just write, and don’t worry about the quality of the plotting or the grammar, or if your story fits the market. Writing is an adventure, and you need to write the story for you first.
What's the best piece of advice you ever had on writing?
Write about what you want to find out about
Do you prefer to write longhand, on a typewriter, or on a computer?
Longhand, for great inspiration, it flows better for me. I edit as I type it out
How much of your writing is based on your own experience as a child or teenager?
A lot, I was a rebellious, misunderstood child with a mind of my own and a spiritual connection I didn’t recognise in any mainstream teaching
What person or person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?
My family, my friends and those nice, "not mainstream enough but great idea" rejection letters
What's your goal as a writer
To keep writing, to write something in a genre outside my comfort zone, a crime or thriller story
Published 2013-08-23.
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Books by This Author

Love-Power of Guinea Pig
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,170. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This is a short story about a girl who makes best friends with a guinea pig, but not all friendships are meant to be for life
Warriors of Change: Breaking Free from School
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Series: Warriors of Change, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,540. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Milla's in Government, her Change is Freedom party is gaining more and more members when schools start disappearing, exploding and falling to the ground, but is it arson or an act of nature?
Laughter Will Save the World
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,280. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family
Promise was born laughing. Instead of crying when she was hungry, needed changing or a cuddle, she laughed. Growing up with her grandmother in a deserted by parents village, she practised her special skill every day by helping others find their laughter. When her parents return to take her back, away from her village, to another country, Promise has to find the origin of laughter
Warriors of Change:Sent(enced) to School
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Series: Warriors of Change, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,240. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Do you dare to follow your heart when school tells you to follow the rules? When Milla is sent(enced) to six years in secondary school her unrecognised school-itis gets worse. “It’s a real disease,” Milla insists who has survived early puberty and two uncompleted suicides due to being forced to become who she isn’t. “No, I’m not bullied, sometimes it’s “just” school.”