Ho hum another Monday! But to sweeten the pill here is another interview from a series provided by authors who have contributed their work to the Foolish Encounters anthology, out on Wednesday from Wilde City Press.
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My guest today is Tinnean!
What inspired you to write your story for the anthology?
This might turn out to be longer than you wanted, Elin. Last year, Marc asked for wacky prompts for April Fool’s Day. I was working on the second book in my Mann of My Dreams series, and I drew a total blank. I didn’t want to leave Marc hanging, though, so I asked a friend for help. She came up with the idea of birds spying on terrorists, which seemed amusing. However, when it turned out I’d actually need to write it, I drew a total blank. One day, while I was walking through my complex, a sudden thought came to me: suppose I kept the birds, or at least a winged species, and changed the terrorist to humans who had left Terra millennia ago? Yeah, that was the ticket. And voila, Blue and Green Persuasion was born.
Could you tell me a little about it?
I’d love to! Humans had damaged one planet too many and were once again searching for another world in which to live. At the end of their resources, they find a blue and green planet like nothing mankind has ever colonized before. Hart, the chief scout, was born with a genetic advantage: given a few words in any language, he would be able to speak and understand it. When he’s sent out in his scout pod the Sarah O. to explore, he comes across a sky-dweller, a humanoid creature who’s able to glide through the beautiful blue skies.
Could you please tell me about your other work?
Sure, and thank you for asking! They Come By Night is the latest book I’ve had published by Dreamspinner. It’s a paranormal that takes place on an Earth slightly different from ours in that there are beings living among us, vampyrs, werewolves, and… dragons? The main character, Ty Small, is a sabor, someone whose destiny in life is to feed vampyrs. He’s very well compensated for that, and in addition, he falls in love with Adam Dasani, equerry to the vampyr king. Of course there’s always a fly in the ointment, and in this case, it’s Juan de Vivar, a disgruntled vampyr who’s unhappy not to be able to claim the vampyr throne and feels possessing Ty is all he needs to make the position his own.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m working on Greater Love Hath No Man. Originally this was a short that told the story of a character I’d introduced in another story, and it takes place in Great Britain between 1948 and 1976. James Trevalyan, heir to an old title, knows he won’t be spending his days in idleness. He comes from a long line of men who have lived to serve king and country.
Please could we have an excerpt?
This is from Blue and Green Persuasion:
Hart brought the Sarah O. to a gentle landing. “What’s the gravity?”
This planet’s gravity is 9.80665 meters per second squared.
“That’s good to know.” It meant once he stepped outside the pod, he wouldn’t be crushed or float away. “Thank you, Sarah.”
You’re welcome, Hart.
A glance at her gauges showed him the radiation level was human normal and the UV rays wouldn’t bake him to a crisp. It would be safe for him to leave the pod. Movement drew his attention, and he spotted some small, furry creatures through the view screen. He leaned forward to study them. They were about thirty centimeters in length, with a black stripe down their backs. Hart twisted the knob that activated the exterior audio, which would allow him to hear them.
They made a barking sound as they raced toward what must be their warrens and dove into them. The barks were simply vocalizations warning of danger; there was no other communication. These could be a form of nourishment, and his mouth watered at the thought of roasting one over an open fire.
“Sarah, analyze the atmosphere.”
Yes, Hart. She set to work.
Tinnean has been writing since the 3rd grade, where she was inspired to try her hand at epic poetry. Fortunately, that epic poem didn’t survive the passage of time; however, her love of writing not only survived but thrived, and in high school she became a member of the magazine staff, where she contributed a number of stories.
It was with the advent of the family’s second computer – the first intimidated everyone – that her writing took off, enhanced in part by fanfiction, but mostly by the wonder that is copy and paste.
While involved in fandom, she was nominated for both Rerun and Light My Fire Awards. Now she concentrates on her original characters, and recent novels have received honorable mention in the 2013 and 2014 Rainbow Awards.
A New Yorker at heart, she resides in SW Florida with her husband and two computers.
Ernest Hemingway’s words reflect Tinnean’s devotion to her craft: Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to sample her earlier works, they can be found at http://www.angelfire.com/fl5/tinnssinns/Welcome1.html