Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
My name is Tina Gerow. I write sensual paranormal romance as Tina Gerow and erotic paranormal and erotic contemporary romance as Cassie Ryan. Basically anything hot falls into the Cassie bucket and anything sensual to tame falls into the Tina bucket. I started writing as Tina and an editor approached me to write hot for a line she was starting and Cassie Ryan was born… I’m originally from Dayton, Ohio, but since I’ve lived in Glendale, Arizona for all of my life except a 10 year stint in Pearland, TX after college, I’m pretty much a desert rat :)
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I can’t remember a time when I hadn’t imagined that someday I would have a book published and would see it on the shelf of a library or bookstore someday. I talked about it all the time, and in high school and college wrote quite a bit, but once I hit the “real world” that fell by the wayside. When the stress of Corporate America came to visit and I needed to find a hobby to let off stream my wonderful husband encouraged me to follow my dream and make it a reality. So I called the only published author I knew, Holly Thompson, who worked at the same technology company I did, and asked her how she’d gotten published. She pointed me to the local RWA chapter. I went to their website, and then to their monthly meeting.At the very first meeting I met the ladies who would become my critique group - The Butterscotch Martini Girls (https://tinyurl.com/y8dfqaz9) and we are still a group today! I started writing my first book, Into a Dangerous Mind, and 9 months later, I had sold it to a small press.Granted, that small press ended up going under and taking the rights to that book and a few others with it, but I was already published with a NY publisher and had an agent when that happened, so I was on my way!It’s been a roller coaster and now I’ve published 18 books and counting but I wouldn’t change a thing! Time to keep writing :)
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I just got the rights back to two of my old Penguin releases - Seducing the Succubus and The Demon & The Succubus. My agent is helping me get them refreshed, get new covers and put them back out. Then I can write book 3 & 4 that weren’t picked up by the publisher, but that readers have been asking me about for 8 years :) I’m also working on some various pitches for my agent, but if any of those bear fruit, that information will be in my monthly newsletter! You can sign up here: http://www.tinagerow.com
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I have SO many favorite authors there isn’t enough space to print them all. That’s one of the great things about this business! I still get to be a fangirl and meet all my idols and they are wonderful!!! AND they are all my colleagues! :) I LOVE to read the types of things I love to write - paranormal romances, comedy etc, but my absolute guilty pleasure is historical romance. Why? Because I will NEVER write it. I love it. I enjoy it. It fascinates me. But I’m too lazy to research what type of hook or button goes on a corset or smallclothes in a particular year or country etc etc etc…LOLOL! And readers in that genre are fanatical about that stuff! I just love the time periods. I have no idea if those types of details are correct or not! Although I did read one where the heroine stopped on her way to the carriage to take her birth control pill! I laughed until I nearly peed my pants!!!! No - it wasn’t a 1960’s time travel…SNERK!!!!! Oopsie!!
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
There’s even a night where it’s not frowned upon to walk around openly acting like a kid, even when you’re an adult - not that I’m embarrassed to do that any other day of the year! :) I LOVE Halloween! But then I’m kind of a big kid anyway :)Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?Halloween: It’s such a fun holiday! It’s not built around getting gifts. it’s built around fun. Dressing up, decorating, creepy costumes, music, movies, books, candy. What’s not to love??
What advice can you give to someone who wants to be an author?
My friend and fellow Butterscotch Martini Girl, Jennifer Ashley, once told me two pieces of advice that have served me well. The first one was, “If you write, then you ARE a writer.” I think so many writers, new writers, especially are worried that they are pretenders and they don’t really belong in the “club”, if that makes sense. But now that I’ve been doing this for 15 years, I have to agree with Jennifer. If you write, you ARE a writer. :) End of story. It’s a decision, not an award that’s conferred upon you. The second piece of advice was “Just write.” I would get stuck and she would say, just write. It doesn’t matter what. Just sit down and write. It might start as nonsense, but get the fingers moving, write SOMETHING. Set a time limit and write for that long. Don’t stop, just write. Eventually, your brain will get sick of writing nonsense and you’ll start writing SOMETHING that makes sense. I was doubtful about that approach, but she was right. Whenever I’m stuck or feel blocked, I just write :) Thanks, Jennifer!
City, suburb, or small-town? All three have their different charms and I love to explore them all at different times.
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? Milk chocolate
Alpha, beta, or both? Yes please!! :)
Wine, whiskey or punch? Whiskey with a punch! Crown Royal is my fave!
Boxers, briefs, or commando? I just love the surprise of finding out! It’s like opening a present on Christmas and being happy with whatever you got! :)
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? A few of each
Top, bottom, or against the wall? yes, please! With the guys from #3!!
Cats, dogs, or exotics? Cats