What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?

Tina Piney, I write mainly horror, but I tend to do whatever pleases me at the time. I am currently working on a book of fairytales.


Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

 I get asked this a lot. I really can’t tell you where the ideas come from. On occasion I will really have to think but usually something just pops in. Creative mind I guess.


How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?

 I have long adored the horror genre. In times long ago, back when I was in high school, I wrote a couple horror stories. When I came back to it a couple of years ago, there was an open horror call and I thought I would enter it. I did and was published!



What kind of research did you do for this book?  

I love history and incorporate aspects into my writing so there are times when I will look up further information on something I know existed but need to know more about. For example, when I wrote “The Tomb Without a Bell” that appears in the Suburban Secrets- Ghosts and Graveyards Anthology I wanted to know more about the bells that they used to tie to a corpse’s finger to ensure they didn’t bury any live ones. Ask to see any horror writers search history and they will look like a serial killer.


What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

To be honest being a full-time mom of twins, renovating a 160 year old house and working outside the home keeps me pretty busy. I would like to get to a point that I have more time but now, unfortunately, the writing has to be lower on the list. I tried a daily writing goal, but it just upset me when I needed to sleep instead so I enjoy the “write what you can when you can” motto.


Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?  

Yes, a book of Fairytales, picking up where the Grimms left off.




How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?    

I go out of my way to name my characters after my friends and family. I think for the most part that they are flattered but usually the character may have some of their traits but be very different from their actual personality so it’s always good for a laugh.


 Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?

A real ghost story book!


What is the hardest part of writing for you?

No contest, finding time and second, finding inspiration when I actually have the time.




What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer, or do you intend to create one for your own book?

I think that they are pretty neat. A few of the editors of my various anthologies have done them. When my first book that is all my own is finished I would love to do one.


What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Not book related but my twins, Elizabeth and Erik.


What’s the best thing about being an author?

This one is different. When I have left a story, it gets published and I move on. I remember what the story is about, but I lose the details as I get involved with other stories. So, it is really cool when I go back and read it after a year or so. I get to enjoy it. And I do enjoy them, it doesn’t even seem like I wrote them.




Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  

For my writing, I would like to have at least three successful novels published and enough income to do it full time.


Have you always liked to write?

Yes. Even when I stopped writing stories I still wrote poetry.


What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Edit your work as best you can and then, GET SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT. It is not just grammar and spelling but what does and doesn’t make sense to anyone but you.


If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?  

If I could go back to school, it would probably be to become a mortician. It would be interesting and I could help people in their darkest days.



Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

I don’t respond but I see them sometimes. I’m lucky to have not been personally attacked yet. I did really appreciate a couple of times, in large anthologies with more established authors, to have had a story receive praise. It felt nice, for sure. I know people will be mean, oh well, you just move on.


What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?

Ahhhh, the waiting for a response.


Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?  

I would love to, but I don’t think, at this point, that they would make any sense. You can read one of my stories online if you want. It isn’t horror and it’s a quick read…check it out





Where did your love of books come from?

My mom


Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Yes CLIVE BARKER. There are so many books and authors that I love but he is the one. I always get a kick out of Chuck Palahniuk’s work and I absolutely adored N0S 4A2 by Joe Hill. Lord of the Rings was the only book I ever tried to read in the shower because I couldn’t put it down. Animal Farm, Gone with the Wind, Romeo and Juliet, so many favourites that I read again and again.


Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?

Every time I try to answer that I start feeling guilty. I love so many of my characters…. I can’t chose, they are like children.


Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Energize. If I really need to sleep, I don’t write, unless I can’t sleep haha.



What is your writing Kryptonite?

Super heroes, won’t try that again


Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Neither, it comes out how it comes out.


What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Yes I get more author friends all the time. When I see what they struggle with, it makes me feel a little more normal. I have asked advice and opinions, I love my writer friends.


If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

That Wasn’t Supposed to Happen”




What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

That itself is a cool question so I’m picking that. And this is how I would answer it lol.


Where can your fans find you and follow??

plus I go live every other Monday at




Thank you for taking your time to do this interview  Thank you! Cheers!