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Freda Hansburg is a psychologist and Tell On You is her debut trade thriller.  She self-published the suspense novel Shrink Rapt and co-authored two self-help books, PeopleSmart – a best-seller translated into ten languages – and Working PeopleSmart.  Freda lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry, where she is working on her next novel and her Pickleball game.

Her latest book is the thriller, Tell On You.



Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes and no.  Yes, in that I’ve been writing all my life.  Everything from poetry to journalism, advertising to scholarly articles, fiction and nonfiction.  No, in the sense that people become and remain writers by doing the ongoing work of writing.  There’s no gene that gives you a free pass.

What was your inspiration for Tell on You?

As a psychologist, I’ve listened to many, many stories.  I don’t break patient confidentiality, but will acknowledge that some of the situations people shared inspired me to weave this dark work of fiction.  I also wanted to zoom in on a marriage in crisis and explore how a couple weathers the storm.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to prowl the dark corners of the heart.  I’m drawn to characters who are dangling off a precipice, hanging on by their fingernails, and then are forced to let go.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

Tell on You took about two years and went through five drafts.  A big improvement from my earlier, self-published thriller, Shrink Rapt, which took eight years and heaven knows how many drafts.  Maybe I’m getting the hang of it.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I generally get my exercise and chores out of the way and sit down to my writing in the early afternoon.  I’d say I’m moderately disciplined and when I’m in the zone, I’m a demon.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Creating a deeply flawed protagonist.  Driven by his infatuation for his beautiful 16-year-old student, teacher Jeremy Barrett does some incredibly stupid, irresponsible and even unethical things.  The challenge was to make him human enough for the reader to follow his journey.

What do you love most about being an author?

Two things.  One is becoming so lost in the flow of writing that, when I look up, I have to remind myself what day it is.  The other is having readers tell me:  “I loved your book.  I couldn’t put it down.”  It’s wonderful to bring people pleasure.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

After self-publishing my first thriller, I went with Micro Publishing Media, a small hybrid press, this time around.  It was a much better experience, bringing me access to amazing talent for cover art, book design, promotional trailers, etc.  Now we’ll see how the sales go.

Where can we find you on the web?

My website is www.fredahansburg.com

On Facebook, www.facebook.com/FredaHansburgAuthor


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