Tina Donahue

Meeting Tina Donahue, author of Freeing the Beast

This week’s author, Tina Donahue is also hosting a giveaway of her book, Freeing the Beast. If you’d like to win a copy then just leave a message of welcome to Tina at the end of this post.

Tina DonahueTina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Siren Publishing, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Freeing the Beast is the first of a brand new series by Tina.

The Tina Donahue Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

Hmm. Probably that I piloted a single-engine Cessna. Scary stuff. Did my solo flight when there was ice and snow out – very scary stuff.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

Absolutely. Names have to convey the characters’ appearances and personalities to a reader. For example, I’d never call a hot guy Alfred (sorry to any Alfred’s out there). Nor would I call an independent, take-charge woman Missy. Sounds too young, too soft (again, sorry to the Missy’s who might be reading this). A name is the first thing introducing a character to a reader; therefore, it has to be chosen wisely so it fits who they are in the story.

How did you choose a title for your book?

At times, I go through song titles and try to mix them up to fit the story. At other times, I’ll use a phrase from the novel as the title.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

Wish I had a great voice like LeAnn Rimes and could sing. J

Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?

Absolutely. As a rule, romance is looked down on, which is really strange because it’s incredibly hard to get emotions on the page. A romance is nothing but emotions, digging deeply into your character’s hearts, hopes, dreams. It’s pretty easy to write an action scene – at least for me. But getting deep POV in a romance and making it sound realistic on the page – wow, that’s difficult.

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

I’m really hooked on Suits. One of the characters in it is Louis Litt. He’s a troll of a man – not attractive at all and he can be an utter pain in the ass. However, he does have some good qualities and as the series plays out, you realize Louis is the way he is because he’s been treated as less than the others at the firm (bunch of attorneys), because he isn’t tall and handsome. He’s always wanted to be a partner at the firm, but no one has ever taken him seriously. The plot moved to a point last season where he had something on the other partners and called them on it. They could have gone to jail if he told the authorities. The head of the firm Pearson-Specter (a woman) asked what Louis wanted to keep his mouth shut. OMG, the acting was so good on his part. Louis looked like he wanted to explode. He spoke very staccato and said, “Pearson – Specter – Litt.” Damn. I pumped my fist in the air thinking, good for you, you poor schmuck. He’d wanted the partnership so long and finally, he was going to get it. Classic moment.


Where can I find out more about Tina and her book?

Freeing The BeastYou can find Freeing the Beast in Kindle format here:

and can meet Tina on her website at http://www.tinadonahue.com

She can also be found on Twitter at @tinadonahue and on Facebook at facebook.com/TinaDonahueBooks


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  1. Thanks for hosting me today! Love the vid with Louis Litt – what a rocking good scene! 🙂