Tina Friesen is the published author of a number of short stories and articles. She won first prize in a Christmas Story writing contest for her short story, A Different Kind of Christmas.
When she is not writing she can be found indulging her love of photography, gardening, interior design, art, painting and playing guitar. She particularly treasures time spent with her family and coffee or tea times with friends.
Tina resides in the Pacific Northwest where the coast and the mountains are a source of inspiration for her.
What's the story behind your first published ebook?
101 Marbles is a short, true story about when my husband's parents bought him the bag of marbles he had been longing for and dreaming about as a boy. I wrote the book because of the underlying meaning in what happened to him. (Spoiler alert) As a result of his experience he has tended to figuratively hold onto his marbles as an adult. I think understanding our past can be liberating when it allows us to imagine alternative outcomes. My husband enjoyed the book and it was a great conversation starter.
What motivated you to write your second book?
I have spent several years now investing a fair amount of money in attending writing conferences and pitching my completed novel. Each time I come away with more books on writing, more information crammed in my head, and I begin the revision process on my novel all over again. My second Smashwords book, Skate With Me, is a short story I recently discovered tucked away in a file folder. I didn't remember writing it and I loved seeing my hand-written copy, virtually "untouched" by all the writing research I have done. I probably wrote it twenty years ago. I was surprised how much actual writing skill I had when I just wrote, without all those "edit" voices in my head. I decided to publish the story with minimal edits in order to retain the fresh, original essence. I love the simplicity of 'boy meets girl' and I hope my readers will find the same enjoyment I did when I accidentally re-discovered this short read.
TJ works as a gas bar attendant. She hasn't had a Saturday night off in four months. When Derek pulls up in his 4x4 she likes his truck. Derek hopes she likes more than just his truck. Should he risk asking her out on Saturday night?