This week Tina Glasneck visits the blog. I met Tina online when I joined Nara's Nook in the virtual world of OpenSim, and later when she joined in on #ThursThreads. Tina writes contemporary, paranormal, suspense and myster, and she has a rerelease with a brand new cover, DEADLY SINS, a murder mystery. Her tagline is Murder, Mayhem, Mystery and More. Today I asked Tina one question about how she got into writing the mystery genre.
BBTF: How did you get started writing in the mystery/suspense genre?
Tina: Prior to transitioning to writing full time, I was a senior post-conviction and criminal paralegal at a law firm. On one day in particular, a disgruntled client came to the office. In a law firm, you never quite know who is going to come walking in the door, and on that day, under a barrage of cursing and threats, I had the unmistakable feeling that this individual was going to pull out a gun and pull the trigger. The air sizzled with tension.
The way the office was constructed, we had only one way in and one way out – an older building, the windows were painted shut. We were not situated on the ground floor, and jumping out of the window, if I could get it open, meant I’d be caught by cold hard concrete. The furniture was too heavy to move, and the doors wouldn’t lock. I felt like a sitting duck waiting for the hunter to do in fact what had been implied: to kill us all.
Although the situation was diffused, the thoughts plagued me. I couldn’t quite shake the feeling. Please understand, I’d been working in the law firm for years, and at that time, despite the macabre cases, I’d never come face to face with such a threat. Until then, I’d worked in a bubble of naïveté.
On that day, my world changed, and the only thing I could do to get rid of my angst was pour it out on paper. The story that started out as a paranormal romance set in Scotland was transformed by the experience, and is part of the backstory for the first book in my Spark before Dying series. That day made it all possible.
Good glory, I bet it did, Tina! You can find out more about Tina Glasneck's books on her website. Be sure to buy a book and tell a friend. Happy reading!