1. Introduce yourself. I am Gina Torres.
2. How would you describe the road to publication? A lifetime filled with dreams and no idea how to make them happen. I read several books on publishing and writing. It wasn’t until social media opened the door to networking did being published in a meaningful way happen.
3. What inspired your short story in The Dating Game? I admire people that make tough adult decisions. Many of us are lead by our emotions and desires leaving our intellect behind. No matter what decisions we make we are subject to wonder what if?
4. Your best advice on dating in the 21st century. Long talking and light touching. Don’t allow the over-sexualization of our culture determine what is right for you. Sex can complicate getting to know people. It is OK to take your time.
5. In five words describe your dating experience. Didn’t match the hype. Brief.
6. As an author, do you believe in happily ever after? As an author, a reader, a student of human behavior I would like to. I actually believe in moments of happiness and periods of peace and joy. But life has ebbs and flows.
7. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason for writing your book(s)? I was a reader first. Writing became the natural progression from my love of words.
8. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I am a procrastinator and a bit undisciplined. I have periods of great inspiration.
Sometimes things come to me at that sweet twilight time between awake and sleep. Poems, essays, articles, characters and ideas present themselves in such a clear fully rendered way. Sometimes I keep it. Sometimes it floats away on the gossamer wings leaving me grasping in the brightness of day.
9. Favorite quote that defines who you are as a writer. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.Ernest Hemingway
10. What projects are you currently working on? I am working on a stand alone novel and various freelance pieces.
11. What was the best piece of “writing advice” that you’ve ever been given? “If you want to write for a living write like it is your job.” Victoria Christopher Murray.
12. Favorite writer and book that has mostly influenced your life. Too many to name!
13. Just for fun: Night owl or early bird? Coffee or tea? E-books or paperbacks? Crowded room or peace and quiet to write? Night owl. Coffee most mornings tea anytime of the day. Paperbacks. Alone with music.