Tina Friesen


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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Tina Friesen online


The Making of a Worship Leader - A Worship Leader's Handbook
You set the price! Words: 10,140. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Contemporary Christian, Nonfiction » Music » Religious - Christian
After two decades of worship leading, Tina Friesen takes you behind the scenes and writes candidly about what it takes to be a worship leader.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Wilhelmina enjoys life in Farmer Fred's barn with her friends Maribeth, Gertrude and Adeline.
My Invisible Friend
Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Early Readers
A child finds comfort in having an invisible friend named Jesus.
Skate With Me
Price: Free! Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
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?
101 Marbles
Price: Free! Words: 530. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Money
What happens when a boy takes his new red bag of 101 marbles to school?