Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Meet Elizabeth Pina

Meet HCA Member Elizabeth Pina

My name is Elizabeth Pina (no, really!). I am published in Christian romance and also dabble in contemporary romance and romantic mystery. I live on five acres in northern Brazoria county. I have a full-time office job and sneak in writing whenever I can. My four children are all grown up, but I now have more dogs than I usually admit to. I love the rodeo and am a volunteer on the Ticket Services Committee.

How long have you been writing?

I've had stories in my head for as long as I can remember. I wrote short stories and poetry in high school and was encouraged by my playwright English teacher as someone with talent... Then there was a long gap with only bits and pieces (including a short stint covering city hall meetings for a newspaper) while the kids were at home. In 2007, I read some Pride and Prejudice fan fiction and decided I could do that. Various internet searches lead me to Romance Authors of America, contests, and my local chapters. I was extremely productive until 2010, when a variety of life changes curtailed my creativity.

How did you end up with your first publication?

My first publication was the result of a contest win and request for a full. "Learning to Let Go" was definitely a learning experience for me. I will be forever grateful to the people that helped me make it presentable.

How much, and what, do you read?

As a teenager and young adult, I read Biggles, Famous Five, Agatha Christie, Nevil Shute, Daphne du Maurier, Winston Graham, and anything else I could get my hands on. Having children meant reading Dr. Seuss and A. A. Milne, and eagerly awaiting the next release in the "Left Behind" series. Watching the 2005 version of "Pride and Prejudice" (100 times) got me back into reading Jane Austen. I read several 'Love Inspired' and 'Intrigue' as homework, as well as anything published by my new author friends. Fast forward to now, I can't think of anything I've read this year that wasn't work related or a contest entry I was judging. I simply don't have the time.

What is one piece of advise you'd give to someone just starting out?

My advice to a newbie is get over it and hang in there. Get over the criticism your 'baby' will receive. Not everyone will like it. Don't change something because one person disagrees with you, unless you decide it's a good idea. Write for yourself - but make it the best it can be.

What is your favorite book on the writing craft?

I have a LOT of books on craft. I'd have to say my favorite is "Description & Setting: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Believable World of People, Places, and Events" by Ron Rozelle. Why? I loved his newspaper columns and heard him speak at a local event. And, I actually read the whole book rather than skimmed through and picked out bits and pieces.

What is one thing about you that few people know? Or, if you prefer, what is a hobby you enjoy aside from reading/writing?

I've mentioned my dogs already, but few people know (and fewer understand) that I have been involved in showing and breeding dogs for 30+ years. They have been my constant.

Smooth Fox Terrier courtesy of Wikipedia

Miniature American Shepherd courtesy of Wikipedia

1 comment:

  1. Elizabeth, looks like we have read a lot of the same authors over the years. Have you been watching the Poldark series on PBS? I am waiting for it to be all together before I do and am excited about it. Inspired my Cornwall looks. I hope yu keep up your writing now that you're back into it. Well worth it.