Thursday, October 11, 2018

Reckless Beginnings by Tina Hogan Grant


As an author what scares me the most
Being a new author I’m sure I have more fears than those that have been published for a while. Having said that I’m sure all writers experience some sort of anxiety when their book is about to be published.
I think negative criticism is what I fear the most. We want everyone to love our work. After all we put our heart and soul into it. But the reality is, we can’t please everyone and that’s okay. Now if the feedback is constructive criticism then I would look at the positive aspect of it. An opportunity to learn from it, improve my writing skills and grow.
Writing for me has always be a passion. I watched my father have the same passion and he took it to the next level and became a successful author. I too am trying to reach the same goals by taking my writing to a professional level. My debut novel “Reckless Beginnings” is about to be published. Now I find myself asking, what if i fail as a writer? This scares me. Before it was just me and my stories no one else saw them. Now the whole world is about to read and judge my work. A frightening  thought at times when like most writers - (especially those new to the field) find themselves doubting their work at times. Overtime, when positive feedback is received and our self-confidence has been given a boost do we start to believe our dreams are beginning to become a reality. 
I’m now working on Book 2 “Better Endings.” It’s a sequel to “Reckless Beginnings”) but I find myself struggling with it. The direction it is going is not to my satisfaction and changes need to be made in this early stage before I continue. Being a sequel to the first book I would like it to be out within the next year. (Reckless beginnings mulled around in my head for fourteen years and another seven years to write) I have set myself a deadline and it scares me that I may not make it. I have to find more hours to write and discipline myself to get it done.
Even though I and many others have these fears, we are all capable of overcoming them and facing them. Don’t let them over power you and paralyzed you so much that you are unable to move forward. We have them for a reason. They make us stronger and give us courage to tackle anything that comes our way.

Reckless Beginnings
by Tina Hogan Grant

GENRE: Women’s Fiction  (based on true events)


Tammy Mellows, a fourteen-year-old native of England, was shocked when her father and troubled older sister, Donna, moved to the States.

With her family now separated by divorce and divided by an ocean, Tammy felt helpless when she learned Donna had run away and couldn’t be found.

Thanks to her father insisting she stay behind in England to finish school, Tammy could do nothing for the next three years but pray that Donna would be found safe.

When Tammy’s lifelong dream of moving to the States was finally fulfilled, she had high hopes of looking for Donna. But with no leads and faced with turmoil in her own life, there wasn’t much Tammy could do.

After a forbidden secret love affair and a catastrophic dispute with her father, Tammy eventually meets Steven, settles down and has his child, only to discover he is a heroin addict. Thrown into a life of drugs and violence. Shadowed by his addiction, she becomes the silent and forgotten one. Living in fear of what Steven might be capable of and struggling alone to provide for her young son.

What consequences might she face if she leaves Steven? Is she ever going to find her sister alive? Will she have enough courage to conquer the impossible challenges of her twisted world and still come out on top?


 “What do you mean she’s gone, John?”

Who was gone? Tammy wondered.

Her mother became angry. “She can’t just disappear, John! Someone must know where she is!”

Glued to the railings, Tammy was dying to know who and what they were talking about.

Then her mother began to cry hysterically while she held the phone tight and screamed into it, “She’s still a child, John. She’s just seventeen. You should never have put her in that home! She isn’t an object you can just discard because she’s in your way. She’s your daughter!” 

Tammy remembered how her heart sank to the floor when she suddenly realized they were talking about Donna. Her sister had run away and was now missing. She wanted to race down the stairs and snatch the phone from her mother’s hands and ask her father WHY? Why had he put her in that awful place?

Donna had written a letter to Tammy and Jenny, telling them how much she hated being in the home. How no one wanted her anymore and she was going to run away. Frightened by what she had read, Tammy showed the letter to their mother. As upset as she was by both the letter and the fact that Donna had written to her sisters and not her, Rose never believed Donna would actually run away. “I’m sure she’ll be okay. She just needs time to adjust. It’s all new to her. We have to trust your father’s judgment. He said this would be good for her. I have to believe that. She is a very troubled young girl and needs help,” her mother had told her. But she had run away, and now no one knew where she was.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tina Hogan Grant was born in England and grew up in a small town on the Yorkshire Moors. She is the youngest daughter of science fiction author, James P. Hogan. After moving to California, she became a commercial lobster fisherwoman, fishing off the coast of Southern California for ten years with her husband Gordon.

For fourteen years, she’d had a notion of writing her debut novel “Reckless Beginnings”. But it wasn’t until the sudden death of her father in 2010 and a battle with breast cancer a year later that she made the decision to get it done. Seven years later, she finally completed it. She is now working on a sequel titled,  “Better Endings.”

She currently resides with her husband in the small mountain community of Frazier Park in Southern California. Together they enjoy anything that involves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, kayaking and riding quads.

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