We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Hogan Grant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tina, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always loved to write. I guess you could say it’s in my genes. My father was an author. I had the idea for my debut novel “Reckless Beginnings” over twenty-five years ago. It was finally published in 2018. Why did it take so long? The easy answer would be that life simply got in the way but if I dig deeper it was also because of fear. I was afraid to put my work out there for thousands of people to judge. I was afraid of criticism over something I had put my heart and soul into. Sadly many writers experience the same anxieties and never publish their work. When I finally found the courage to publish my book, it was a life-changing experience. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. the feedback has been fantastic and encouraged me to write more. In fact, in eighteen months I have written four more books and currently writing book six which I hope to have available by the end of the year. It feels great to finally do what I love to do with the support of my readers behind me. I always tell people now – if there is something you want to do in life, don’t listen to your head, just do it. We don’t get a second chance at life so do what makes you happy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career as author began when I wanted to share with other women some of my life experiences. There were times in my life where I struggled, was homeless and had lost my way. It was because I allowed my life to be dictated by a heroin addict because I believed his needs were greater than mine even though we had a son together. I wanted t write about my experiences and reach out to other women who might find themselves in the same situation. I wanted to give them encouragement and make them realize they are not alone and that they had choices and didn’t have to settle. I wanted the book to show the flip side of addiction and how loved one of the addicts are affected. Twenty- fives later “Reckless Beginnings” was published. But I wasn’t finished. I went on to write “Better Endings” which is a continuation of the book and shows other challenges women may face. I became a commercial fisherman (woman) but it wasn’t easy. I entered an industry that is dominated by men. Yes, I was intimidated and scared but I really wanted this and had to push myself to the limit to be accepted by the rest of the fleet. It wasn’t easy and there were a few times I almost quit but through perseverance and a strong desire to succeed I stuck with it and ended up fishing for ten years. My book “Better Endings” takes you on that journey and is another message to women that you can achieve anything in life if you put your mind to it just don’t give up.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My sister and brother-in-law visit often from England and I love showing what Los Angeles has to offer. They love Malibu and their favorite restaurant is Malibu seafood on PCH They don’t have country music in England like we do here so I always try to take them to a concert. Luke Bryan was a hit at Dodgers Stadium. Santa Monica pier is another favorite and we always go to The English restaurant and pub, The King’s Head restaurant. After all, we are English. They love to shop on the grove in Santa Monica and because I live closer to Santa Clarita we always visit the restaurants in the Mall. Catalina Island is another favorite
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh gosh, I’m going to have to pick more than one I’m afraid. My dad, James P.Hogan who is no longer with us and sadly never saw my first book published has always been my inspiration when it comes to my writing. It’s because of his influence that I inherited a love for reading and writing and from a young age watched him fulfill his dream of becoming a successful author. My mother always told me to never be intimidated by anyone and to always follow your dreams.
I have to also give a big shout out to my husband Gordon who is my #1 supporter and reads everything I write. We sacrifice time together so I am able to write and he even picks up the slack when it comes to chores around the house. He is encouraging and I feel very blessed.