Expert of the Week: Tina Traverse

Tina Traverse, author

What is your professional background?

 I’m not a professional. I am a stay at home Mom caring for two special needs sons.

Writing is my passion.

What sparked your interest in writing?

A writing assignment in third grade. I had to write my own twist on the Good Samaritan story from the Bible. I loved doing this assignment. The creative process and letting my imagination go wild and putting it on paper, sparked the writing bug. I haven’t been able to get rid of it since!


How do you, “get in the zone,” when you are writing?

“Getting in the zone,” only happens when I am alone and have no distractions. No children, no husband and the house is quiet. Once I’m there and the words are flowing, I can spend hours writing.


What do you like most about being author?

Taking the images and dialogue that run around in my mind and putting them to paper, making them reality for others to enjoy.


What is the most common mistake you have seen others make when it comes to communicating in the written form?

Not thinking about what they are going to write and instead just writing any old thing that pops into their head. Using complicated sounding words without knowing the meaning, throws me out of the story. I enjoy descriptive prose, but in simpler terms.

What books would you recommend for improving one’s writing skills?

Stephen King’s on Writing. In my opinion, it gives through, solid advice on writing by a world- renowned author who has lived the struggles of being a writer before becoming famous and celebrated.


What else have you found to be useful for your art?

I’m a self-published author and this means that I am responsible for the editing, cover design and marketing of my work. I found that finding a good editor, cover designer and a person or people who can help you with marketing when you are not familiar with it yourself are invaluable tools. As important as your computer!

Also, the most important is support. Writing is a lonely art and having the support of those around you, keeps you going, even if you feel like giving up.

How are you leveraging social media to promote your books?

Truthfully, I have been using Facebook and Twitter to get the word out to potential readers and engaging with them on a personal level rather than just saying, "Buy My Book!" But, I am still learning how to utilize social media. I’m still inexperienced.

What advice would you give to someone looking to become a writer?

Writing isn’t a guarantee path to fame and fortune. Writing is a life-long quest. It requires passion and patience. You have to love to write in order to do it. If you do not feel joy when writing, there is no point in doing it. It is the love that will get you through the hard times of self-doubt and others criticism.


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