Author Interview: Tina Isabel Leung
About the author:
Tina Isabel Leung was born in 1992 in Alabama, USA. She is a full time author. She writes gay romantic erotica and interracial romantic erotica. Her inspirations are Sloan Parker and Roe Horvat.
She likes sunny days, sunflowers and fruits dipped in chocolate. Her favorite music genre is jazz & bossanova. She is a positive and bright person.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I believe that self love is important, but it's not enough, and we all need that other special person. And if we haven't found them yet, we need to have hope that we'll meet them soon. This is what inspires me to write – and also the message that I want to pass to my readers, that we can allow ourselves to dream of love and turn to it the way sunflowers turn to the sun.
Tell us about how you write.
I really care about fulfilling the promise I give to the reader. The story title, the cover and the synopsis are always an accurate representation of what the story is going to be about.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
When I write, it's like I was in a movie. I can see my characters and hear them talk. They have no idea that I am there with them – I am just a silent observer. A movie director. I listen to what they say, and watch what they do, and write it down. If I don't like something, the scene must be replayed. I spend little time with my characters because I write short stories, but I really love them.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
It doesn't matter to our brain whether we eat a lemon or think about a lemon. Same is with love stories. If you are reading a well written love story, it will make you feel like you've just fallen in love. If you are not sure about the quality of your writing, just sit down with it, read, and think about how it makes you feel.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Another writer convinced me. She said, 'I think you have talent! You should at least try.' And so, I've tried! Being a published author motivates you to be more disciplined with your writing process and to finish each story that you start!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that more and more authors will self publish, and the paper format will be replaced by e-books. We all love traditional paper books, but thousands of trees are cut for paper, which isn't very ecological.
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
LGBTQ, Interracial, Erotica
My books are available in the following formats: