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Tinnekke could you please tell us a little about yourself...
Gee, where to start? I’m a Hoosier by birth; I’ve lived all over the country but returned to my home state to be near family about 20 years ago. I’ve lived in the greater Chicago area for the last seven years. I’ve been married nearly 17 years and have a wonderful son who is getting ready to start middle school next year. We are collectively owned by three cats, all of whom we adopted from pet rescues. No-kill shelters and rescue of animals is a passionate cause of mine. I feel there is a special place in the after-life of pain and misery for those who harm or abandon their pets. I’m also an avid gardener, since my day job is pediatric nursing, it relaxes and grounds me as well as being a source of beauty and nourishment.
What or who initially inspired you to become a writer?
That’s hard to say. I can remember creating my own stories as early as third grade. I got into Dungeons and Dragons and created whole worlds with maps and backstories when I was still in elementary school. It’s just something that has always been part of me. Doing it professionally actually didn’t enter my mind until 2007, when I started publishing essays on various philosophical subjects on some email lists to which I belonged. I received a great deal of encouragement from the women with whom I shared my writings. My first book, The Dance of the Mystai, was born from these essays back in 2009.
What kind of research do you do for a novel and how extensive do you get?
I haven’t completed a novel as of yet. I have been doing short stories so far, though ‘Blossoms for the May Queen’, which is in the Ishtar Press anthology Taboo, approaches novella length. That one I could easily have kept on going with and made it into a novel. I read extensively about the locations in which I set my stories, and make sure to add authentic local color. The characters go places that my readers could actually go and see things that are really there. So far, all my stories have been set in the present day, but I am working on a piece set during Bronze Age Greece. That one is taking more time since I am researching not just the area and its customs, but as much as I can about the language, the stories, and the history of Greece as well. I am also familiarizing myself with the geography of the period and the architecture.
Do you have a special place you like to do your writing? Such as an office, a spare room, the dining room table, your couch?
I write everywhere. I keep notebooks with me just about anywhere I go, so I can jot down ideas or write what’s bouncing around in my head. When it comes time to put it all together, I retreat to the den, where my computer is. It is quiet and private, something I need when I’m in my zone.
As a reader, what types of works do you like to read and do you think they influence the genre/genres you write in?
I read almost anything. However, I am partial to science-fiction/fantasy. I also am a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jane Austen. I also adore artistically written erotica and epic poetry. Everything influences my writing to some extent. The inspiration for the novel I am writing came from a book about the historical world of the Trojan War, written as a scholarly piece.
What is your favorite method of writing...as in laptop, desktop, Ipad or the old fashioned pencil and paper?? And do you plot out your story or go with the flow of your muse?
I usually start out writing with pen and paper, since I can carry that anywhere. If I am writing for an anthology that has a set theme, I will plan that into my rough idea, but I tend to go where the characters and my own Muse take me.
When you need a break or some time off from the trials of being a writer, what can you be found doing?
My usual non-writing activities are puttering in my garden, being a cat bed, playing with my son, going out with my husband, and swimming in our deliciously wonderful pool. If I am having a bad case of writer’s block or just need a break from sitting at my desk all day, I can usually be found in my back yard, weather permitting. I can also be found in my kitchen making bread. I also love playing various computer games as a form of relaxation.
Is there anything about yourself nobody knows that you would like to share with our readers??
Nah. I’m a very reserved person by nature. If most people don’t know something about me, it’s because I prefer it that way.
For fun, I have a few personal questions,
Your Favorite 5
1) Favorite color - purple2) Favorite dessert – tossup between strawberry shortcake and brownies
3) Favorite Season - spring
4) Favorite sad song- Moonlight and Vodka by Chris deBurgh
5) Favorite Romantic movie – Benny and Joon
And a bonus, what is your ideal romantic vacation?? A sailboat, a broad swath of blue water, and my husband – with loads of time to be alone.
Where can our readers find you??
Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
Yes, actually. The Ishtar Press anthology Taboo is coming out very soon! It is available for pre-order through http://paganwriterspress.com/catalog/ right now.
“These are stories of lust. Not a timid, discrete lust, but one that reaches to the heavens and feeds the divine within us.
A sacrifice to Pan, a Beltaine celebration in a poly family, a BDSM scene where Tarot leads the way, an exotic dancer offering her performance to Ishtar, and a sensual exploration by the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone, this first Taboo anthology is a testament to naughty and kinky imaginations.
Step in, leave your preconceptions at the door, and enjoy the ride!” – blurb for Taboo
“Marianne rose and smiled, stretching like a cat and letting her auburn hair brush her back silkily. “Let me make you some of what we’re having, or you can have my plate and I’ll cook some more for me.” Offering Angela her place at the table, she went to the stove and relit the burner. Another breakfast was easily made, the coffee warmed with fresh, and then the foursome lingered over warm drink and conversation, which inevitably turned to the subject of Beltane.
“I still cannot believe we’re going to participate in two Beltanes in one weekend,” Rhys smiled, “I feel like a kid knowing he has a free pass to the candy store.”
Marianne tickled his ribs lightly, “Well, we could always skip the community one, if two is too many for you.” She winked at him impishly.
“Oh goodness, no, we can’t skip any of them!” was the quick rejoinder from Rhys. He patted Angela on the shoulder playfully and murmured, “After all, can’t have Angela miss out on anything, since this is her first chance to celebrate Beltane. We simply must show her a good time.”
Angela quickly blushed crimson, which caused raucous amusement as Jim noted the way being embarrassed crinkled her nipples. Marianne decided this was a good opportunity to beat a retreat to the shower and left the men commenting on the ways they could show Angela a good time.” – Blossoms for the May Queen excerpt from Taboo
You can find other anthologies to which I have contributed on my Amazon.com page. http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007YUO6GS
If you want to check out The Dance of the Mystai, I self-published the first edition myself, and it can be found here: http://www.cafepress.com/mystaiofthemoon.375978026
I will be starting work on the second edition this summer, and hope to have it out next year.
I have tons of recipes. One thing I have been doing for myself is creating a cookbook of my recipes. Here’s one of our favorites.
Classic Cheese Fondue
This is a tasty dish that can make any day special. It does take some patience and a careful hand, so don’t make it when you’re stressed out or just plain tired. It doesn’t take long, other than shredding the cheese, but that can be done ahead of time with the cheeses stored, already mixed with corn starch, in a zipper bag in the fridge, so it’s ready when you are. This dish is best made when you have someone in the kitchen that is able and willing to help, since it really does require constant, careful stirring at some points. It’s a fun family project that really is a meal unto itself.
1 cup Chenin Blanc or other dry white wine
Juice of ½ lemon
½ tsp garlic powder
½ pound Emmenthaler cheese, shredded
½ pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
2 tbsp corn starch
Fresh ground pepper
Generous splash of mead
½ tsp dry mustard
Freshly grated nutmeg
After shredding the cheese (if you can find those pre-shredded let me know!), put it in a gallon zipper bag, add cornstarch and then shake to coat the cheese and put to one side.
Over medium heat in a heavy medium sauce pan, add the lemon juice and wine and garlic powder and let it come to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the cheeses in small handfuls, stirring constantly in a zigzag to make sure your spoon gets the center as well as the edges of the pot. Be very patient and stir in each handful and let it begin to melt before you add the next one.
While you are doing this, have someone else start pre-warming the fondue pot. Once all the cheese has been incorporated, have someone else grind in some fresh pepper while you keep stirring. Cook just until the cheese is at that creamy smooth stage but not stringy. Remove from heat and add the mead and stir until incorporated, then add the mustard powder and nutmeg and stir gently. Transfer into the warmed fondue pot carefully and place over heat source. Serve with such munchies as chunks of apple, cubes of fresh baguette, breadsticks, whole fresh mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and other fresh veggies and firm fruits – even ham chunks can be a hearty and tasty dipper for this fondue.
Tinnekke, thank you so much for being with us today. It was great to learn all about you and that recipe sounds delicous. Would love to see that cookbook you are putting together :)
Readers, make sure you keep an eye out for the release of Taboo, you won't want to miss it!!