Friday, January 21, 2011

Get to Know the Author: Tristi Pinkston

Today’s Get to Know You guest is author Tristi Pinkston.

JDP: Welcome, Tristi! Did your mother read to you as a child?

Tristi: I imagine she did, but I learned to read at such an early age that my first memories are of reading to myself. Those are some good, good memories.

JDP: Do you remember a favorite book from your childhood?

Tristi: My very favorites were Alice in Wonderland and Heidi. I must have read those two books a good eight times each.

JDP: Name a favorite author as an adult.

Tristi: This is a hard question.  Juliet Marillier, Ann Rinaldi, Leif Enger, Elizabeth Peters, Dee Henderson, Dodie Smith,Terri Blackstock … there are so many, I can’t even scratch the surface.  I love the classic children’s writers too – L. M. Montgomery, Gene Stratton-Porter. 

JDP: Share a book you’ve read multiple times.

Tristi: There are only a few books I’ve read over and over again because I like to find new things.  But Christy by Catherine Marshall is one I’ve read repeatedly, along with the Anne of Green Gables series, and of course, Alice in Wonderland and Heidi, which I’ve already mentioned.

JDP: Kindle, Nook, or good old hard copy?

Tristi: Hard copy all the way, baby!

JDP: I'm with ya there, baby! What’s your favorite place to read?

Tristi: Curled up in my bed, with my cozy blankies.

JDP: Oooo, me too! What are your three favorite reading genres.

Tristi: I enjoy cozy mysteries, LDS fiction, and general classics.

JDP: What’s the last book you read?

Tristi: The very last book I read was Lucky Change by Susan Law Corpany.

JDP: What are you reading now?

Tristi: The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards.

JDP: What’s next on your reading list?

Tristi: I do a lot of reviewing, so that pretty much dictates my list. Right now I’ve got a literary mystery on my nightstand, and I’ve agreed to review several more LDS fiction – that seems to be the bulk of my reading these days. It’s fun to see how the genre has expanded over the last ten years.

JDP: What you would like to read more of? (author, genre, etc)

Tristi: I don’t have a particular wish list, but I would like to see more books that are carefully constructed and aren’t just dashed off in a rush.

JDP: Share a favorite book that you’ve read in the last 12 months.

Tristi: One of my favorite reads lately has been The Rogue Shop by Michael Knudsen. I can also mention Trespass by Sandra Grey, Becoming Kate by Dixie Owens, and The Silence of God by Gale Sears. There have been a lot of good ones this year.
JDP: Thank you so much for joining us today, Tristi! 

More about Tristi: Tristi Pinkston is the author of six published books for the LDS market and is a favorite presenter at the annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference. As a media reviewer, she reads constantly. You can learn more about her and read her reviews at

Books by Tristi Pinkston:

Nothing to Regret
Strength to Endure
Season of Sacrifice
Agent in Old Lace
Secret Sisters
Dearly Departed (NEW!)

 Summary of Dearly Departed

Ida Mae Babbitt has done her community service and is a reformed woman - no more law-breaking for her. But when Arlette's granddaughter Eden discovers a mystery in a fancy nursing home, Ida Mae - with the perfect excuse of a broken wrist and a broken ankle - checks herself into the place. After all, it is for the greater good. Soon she's buzzing around in her motorized wheelchair, questioning the residents and swiping files from the office. She's bound and determined to get to the bottom of this case. But can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?


Anonymous said...

Tristi just happens to be one of my favorite people!

-N. Uchytil

Marie Higgins said...

Tristi, your book really sounds interesting. I can't wait to read it. It's great to get to know you better. I love a great mystery, too. Some day...maybe I'll write one. (grins)


Michael Knudsen said...

Great interview, JDP.

Thanks for the shout out about The Rogue Shop, Tristi!

JoAnn Arnold said...

I've read "Agents in Old Lace" and "Secret Sisters". Loved both books. Now I'm looking forward to Dearly Departed.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for your kind words, everyone! Joyce, thanks again for hosting me.