Interview with JT Hine

Published 2021-12-04.
When did you first start writing?
I have to say about 1956. My cousin Polly and I have been pen-pals since age seven, and we got past "how are you? I am fine." quickly. I have several boxes of unpublished work from high school and later, which you may yet read one day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rome, Italy. The Eternal City has probably influenced my writing more than any person, place or thing. I wrote the first book of the Lockhart series (published in 2020) before Emily & Hilda. It is set in Rome. The characters in my books have a deep connection with more than one country, as do I.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I remember the book I read the most times when I was young. I read Gulliver's Travels about seven times between age nine and thirty-something. Each time it was a new and different story, because I, the reader, had changed.
What is your writing process?
I write a scene about a character I picture, then I watch the character get into another scene and maybe meet another character. Then I fall in love with the characters and just follow them wherever they go.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching and feeling the characters move through the scenes in the text. When I write, I am living in their skin, and that is very exciting.
What are you working on next?
Publishing the sequels to Lockhart (Enemies) and Emily & Hilda (Rule Number One). I have started Book Three of the E&H series (working title: Desert Crossing). In 2022, I will start podcasts of the short stories in each series, before publishing audiobooks of both series.
How do you approach cover design?
Find a pro, although I did map out a few ideas using canva software. Not my strong suite.
Describe your desk
Any flat surface where I can sit at my laptop. Picnic tables in campgrounds and the dining room of a hostel are frequent locales. In my flat, I have a small, sturdy IKEA table.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook. I don't like back-lit screens, because I prefer paper.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Riding my bicycle to the next place. If not that, then I am spending quality time with friends or family. I like to combine the two by riding to visit people on my Christmas card list.
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Books by This Author

Enemies
Series: Lockhart. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,380. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
While violence continues in Italy and the USA, Sandra and Joe settle into their college lives in different cities. In Italy, a vicious public hate campaign targets Joe's mother. Joe, having grown up in Italy, learns brutal lessons about American race relations. Sandra uncovers an international art forgery scheme. The two friends meet again in Rome and learn that they have a common enemy.
Rule Number One
Series: Emily & Hilda. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,030. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Emily is a teenage phenom on the American bicycle road racing circuit, and a first-year student at the University of Virginia. Emily's mother, Katherine, has become a popular teacher at the University in her first full year on board. They hope that Emily's adventures touring in Canada the summer before are behind them, but there are still enemies out there…
Lockhart
Series: Lockhart. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,150. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » New adult
It's just a translation, right? Maybe not ... Political violence is escalating throughout Italy. Joe Lockhart, growing up in Rome with his mother Nancy, is translating company files for her and a colleague. While they are away on business, Joe uncovers a plot to overthrow the government and finds himself kidnapped as he races to head off the coup.
I Am Worth It!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,760. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business & entrepreneurship, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Budgeting
Starting a new business? Turning a hobby into a living? Looking a big changes in life or work? What to charge for your product or service is one of the first questions you must answer. Using the concept of the "break-even point", this guide can show you how to build a budget for your business and be sure that you will make a profit -- without having to worry about "what others are charging."
Emily & Hilda
Series: Emily & Hilda. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,280. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Teenage bicycle racing phenom Emily Hampstead is training for a major race. Retired Army nurse Hilda Paisley is traveling the USA on her bicycle. They meet by chance on a deserted road in Kansas, not suspecting that they’ll ever cross paths again. When they do, the promise of a pleasant long-distance tour turns into a battle for survival.