T.D. Hassett grew up reading the romance greats, Jackie Collins, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught. She was certain that life should be like a romance novel, lots of passion, some incredible adventures and a guaranteed happily ever after. She attended college in New England earning a B.A. in history and a M.S. degree in clinical psychology before changing her mind again and studying education. Currently Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with 3 crazy cats and a darling Beta fish named Dorothy. Her eccentric relatives and their quest to make her feel like the only normal nut in the family tree inspire her writing. She also writes under the pen name of Tiffany Dawn.
When did you first start writing?
As a little girl I liked to make up elaborate stories starring all of my classmates but set in the future. For a while a had a few friends begging to read the next little chapter featuring them as adults. The storyline with the twins was quite riveting. Later on I had this bizarre dream of becoming a writer for the afternoon soaps. I envisioned sitting around talking crazy alien abduction plot lines. College and early career meant all of my writing was done in the less fun nonfiction genre. Now, I get to write what I want.
Q: What is your preferred method of writing:
A: It’s a little nutty but here goes. I get an idea about a character and then let that person talk to me. Told you it was a bit wonky. Then I start walking around the neighborhood with a digital recorder and just dictate some sort of opening scene. Once that gets transcribed I have to sit down and do a crazy looking outline of major characters and plot points. I keep walking and talking and eventually have enough rough stuff down to start fleshing out the scenes. My neighbors think I am a loon and I occasionally have to shut up when I am getting to a really hot scene — we have a lot of kids in this ‘hood! The whole method works for me but I still haven’t lost those last ten pounds of what I still refer to as baby weight.