Tina DeSalvo grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans, only minutes from the French Quarter. She graduated from Nicholls State University where she was inducted into the Nicholls State Hall of Fame. She took a job as a broadcast journalist right out of college in Cajun country as a TV sports anchor and TV and radio play-by-play announcer for high school football and basketball games, earning the distinction of being the first female to do play-by-play announcing in the state of Louisiana. Like it was in New Orleans, the bayou region offered Tina inspiration for both her non-fiction and fiction writing with its rich culture, unique traditions and interesting people. It was there, while working down the bayou in the early years that she met and married her handsome Cajun husband, and they now have two wonderful sons, Hal and Nicholas. In June 2008, Tina was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. In her journey to fight the deadly disease, she found Elli’s journey. Tina used her fears, emotions, and triumphs as well as those of the people fighting cancer alongside of her, to create Elli’s story. Elli, a Second Chance Novel is the first book in the Second Chance Novel series and all of the author proceeds from the book are donated to help individuals in their fight against breast cancer. Tina hopes that Elli’s Second Chance will inspire others to live for their own.
JEWELL, a Second Chance Novel is the second book in the trilogy and is available as a print and e-book. Like ELLI it is set in the heart of Cajun Country on the Sugar Mill plantation. ABBY, a Second Chance Novel will be released late in 2016.