Monday, June 01, 2009

Kicking Off My Virtual Book Tour ... an Interview with Tristi Pinkston

I’ve participated in many a virtual book tour as a host, and I’ve also taken a virtual tour myself, when “Season of Sacrifice” came out. However, I have never functioned as both host and author at the same time. Given my fun-loving nature and my desire to experience all life has to offer (within reasonable legal limits) I decided to give it a try.

Tristi the Blogger: Tristi Pinkston, thank you so much for joining me today on my blog. I appreciate the time you’ve taken out of your busy schedule to join me here.

Tristi the Author: Well, I do talk to myself quite a bit as it is, so this really wasn’t that much of a stretch.

Tristi the Blogger: I understand you’ve just had a book released.

Tristi the Author: You should know. You were there when I wrote it.

Tristi the Blogger: Just work with me here, okay?

Tristi the Author: (sighing) All right. Yes, I just had a book released. It’s called “Agent in Old Lace” and it was published by Cedar Fort in mid-May.

Tristi the Blogger: So essentially it’s just been out for half a month, then.

Tristi the Author: That would be correct.

Tristi the Blogger: How have sales been so far?

Tristi the Author: Honestly, I think it’s a little gauche to talk about money in such a public forum. And they won’t have the numbers figured out for a little bit yet. It really hasn’t been that long.

Tristi the Blogger: It’s sure seemed like a long time. Didn’t you write that book … forever ago?

Tristi the Author: No, not forever. I wrote the book in 2004.

Tristi the Blogger: But that was five years ago. That’s forever in the book-publishing world.

Tristi the Author: I just had to find the right home for it. That’s all.

Tristi the Blogger: Okay, let’s change subjects. (under her breath) She does get a little testy when her blood sugar is low. Now, let’s see here. You have previously published three novels.

Tristi the Author: Yes, I have. My first two books are set during World War II, and my third novel deals with the colonization of southeastern Utah. The Hole in the Rock, you know.

Tristi the Blogger: Hole in the Wall? You mean, Butch Cassidy and all those guys?

Tristi the Author: (shaking her head) No, of course not. Although, not a half-bad idea. (she thinks for a minute) Maybe later. I’m talking about the Hole in the Rock. You know, blasting a way for the wagons to come down the face of the cliff … the true story of my great-great-grandfather and his two wives … oh, come on. You remember that book.

Tristi the Blogger: Of course I do. But if I didn’t ask questions, and if you didn’t answer them, this would be a really boring interview.

Tristi the Author: Right. I forgot about that.

Tristi the Blogger: It would just be some insane woman sitting here, talking to herself, online.

Tristi the Author: Point taken.

Tristi the Blogger: It would be pathetic, really.

Tristi the Author: (starting to squirm) So, back to the interview?

Tristi the Blogger: Oh, yeah, right. Um, so, tell me about the new book.

Tristi the Author: It’s my first contemporary mystery, about a girl who learns her boyfriend is a criminal, and then he tries to kill her. It’s all very exciting. And there’s some romance, too.

Tristi the Blogger: Now, I have to say, I read this book last night and couldn’t put it down. But I did have the mystery solved before the end of the book.

Tristi the Author: And?

Tristi the Blogger: And … isn’t that a bad thing?

Tristi the Author: No, not at all. You see, with my mysteries, it’s not so much about who did what, but going along with the characters as they find out who did what. If you guess before the last page, it shouldn’t be a letdown. You’re still on the journey with the character.

Tristi the Blogger: I note you said “mysteries,” as in, plural. Are you writing more mysteries, then?

Tristi the Author: Yes, I’m starting a new series this fall. Those books are also character-driven, which is something a little bit new for the mystery genre. Mysteries are usually driven by the plot. Not so much with mine.

Tristi the Blogger: Do you think people are going to get confused between your historical novels and now your contemporary novels? Are they going to think you have a split personality or something?

Tristi the Author: Split personality? Like, maybe I think I’m two different people? Now, where would they get an idea like that?

Stay tuned for updates as bloggers all over the Internet join my virtual blog tour.


Jewel's Gems said...

Trist, and Tristi, both of you are very entertaining:-)

One Cluttered Brain said...

ROFL! This is so funny! An interesting way to promote your book for sure!
Glad you shared. Now you better go get some chocolate for Tristi the author..she seemed like she needed it...

Jaime Theler said...

LOL. I love it! I talk to myself all the time but never thought of interviewing myself. So fun!

Taffy said...

LOL! You are one funny, I mean, two funny people!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Ah Tristi. You make me laugh. I talk to myself too, but my conversations aren't nearly this interesting.

Luisa Perkins said...

You're so funny!

I can't wait until my copy gets here!

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, and PS--I love that your main character's name is Shannon Tanner. Shannon is the first name of the main character in *my* first novel, and Tanner is my maiden name! *Cueing Twilight Zone music*

Jeri said...

you are hilarious! i love it!

Nichole Giles said...

Silliness! You're both so fun. Great interview.

Kimberly said...

You are such a hoot! Can't wait to get my hands on this!

L.T. Elliot said...

I love this whole interview. Especially the squirming part and getting back to the interview. I giggled the whole way through this. I love it!

Holly said...

Awesome interview!! My copy arrived today, I'm so excited to read it...

Julie said...

LOL :)

The Bloodhound said...

Tris, I loved watching you speak to yourself...I about being one with your Inner Voices! Your id must be totally proud!

I am too, good, hilarious job!

P.S.'re twice the woman I would have ever expected (yes, Tristi, you are too!)

Shari said...

That was the best blog post I have read in a very long time. You are the most amazing interviewer and an even better interviewee. You should interview yourself more often and post them.

Anna Maria Junus said...

Great interview!

I have conversations with myself all the time. Just ask Aunt Madge.

And if you have no idea what that means, you need to visit more often.

Brillig said...

Dear Tristi and Tristi,

HAHAHA. You're so stinking awesome. This made me laugh so hard. Congrats on the book. I'm excited to get my hands on it!

Rukia said...

awesome, as always. Congratulations! We on your challenge-blog have been long awaiting this release. YAE!

Framed said...

Great interview, very insightful. I just got my copy of the book. Thank you so much. I don't know what day you wanted me to review it. It's probably my eccentric email address.

Jen said...


Rebecca Talley said...

Very entertaining!

Heather Justesen said...

This makes my interview for you book seem totally boring. You're a hoot. nd you serve tasty treats. Both of you.

Karlene said...

Very funny!

Chas Hathaway said...

What a great idea! An interview with yourself! I just might steal your idea for my blog.


- Chas

Anna said...

I finally got around to reading your interview. Funny. I'm glad I scrolled down to read it.

I can't remember if I told you this or not... so I will say it again. I started reading your book that I bought from you - Nothing to Regret - and after a couple pages realized I had read it before. And I liked it. I'll have to pick up your new book when I have some fun money to spend.

kersten campbell said...

So funny! I love it!

elizabeth mueller said...

you are so cute--good one!

elizabeth mueller said...

Hey, you're so cute! I'm with Chas, I might steal your idea for my blog.


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