Monday, April 16, 2012

Interview with Cozy Mystery Writer Tristi Pinkston


Tristi Pinkston is the author of nine published books, with more on the way throughout 2012. She is the mother of four adorable homeschooled children, and the wife of one thoughtful, supportive man. She works as a freelance editor and online writing instructor, and she is also a virtual book tour coordinator. She’s a regular presenter at the annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference, and loves seeing people achieve their dreams.

Hello Tristi! Please tell us about your mystery novel.

Targets in Ties is the fourth installment in my series, The Secret Sisters Mysteries. My characters are an elderly Relief Society presidency who turned to espionage to get their visiting teaching done, and in this book, they are travelling down to Mexico to pick up Ren, our main character’s nephew, from his mission. While there, they run afoul of a wanted antiquities thief and end up having to escape using only a missionary name tag and string from a sock. It’s a lighthearted comedy/mystery appropriate for all ages.

Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

I held a contest on my blog to see where Ren should go on his mission. Mexico was the winner, so I then thought about all the possible problems my little ladies could get into while there. I love Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody mysteries about antiquities theft, so I decided to try my hand at it. From there, it just took off, and we ended up racing through the jungle, bartering for goats, trying to shoot spiders, hot-wiring cars … yes, I do have a very active imagination.

I love comedy. Your book sounds fun to read. I, also, have a great interest with antiquities. My new mystery/adventure series is all about artifact theft. So we have something in common. I noticed that you have written cozy mysteries, romantic suspense, historical fiction and a cookbook. Which was the most fun to write?

I enjoyed each of them immensely, but the most fun by far has been cozy mystery. My characters come to life in my head and banter with each other, and I love seeing what they’re going to come up with next.

What does your family think about your writing?

I started writing when my oldest child was three, so my kids don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. They get excited to see me release something new, and they love to read my books, but this is their everyday life, so I’m not sure they see it as unusual in any way. My husband wasn’t completely sure what he thought when I first started, but then he saw how happy it made me, and he got totally on board. He’s now my biggest support. And of course, my mom likes to brag.

Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

I once went on a group date at the library after hours (yes, we had permission) and we played Sardines. I won by hiding in the men’s bathroom. No one thought to look for me there. I am sneaky like that.

Hahaha! That’s so funny. Who would ever think of searching the Men’s Room? Not me! Now I know why it’s so easy for you to come up with comedy in your books. Now we know the real you: The “Sneaky” Author!

53 comments:

Betsy Love said...

What a fun interview! I love the idea of a contest for part of the book. I'll have to try something like that. Tristi has a great sense for getting her readers invested in her books!

Book Loving Mommy said...

I love cozy mysteries! Great interview. I am putting this series on my TBR list :)

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Natasha said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Becky said...

Great interview! The “Sneaky” Author seems to fit Tristi after reading this interview. I love reading mysteries. The Secret Sisters Mysteries sounds like an intriguing series. I have added this series to my list to get.

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Anne said...

Thanks for offering a mystery.

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NGS said...

It's great she has such a supportive family. You hear so many writers who got eyerolls from their family members that it's nice to hear of a supportive family!
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Vesper said...

love mysteries
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Gayle said...

I have heard great things about the Secret Sisters series and just got the first book -- can't wait to read it!
bgh(at)byu(dot)net

misskallie2000 said...

Enjoyed the interview ladies. I love cozies and romantic suspense and can't wait to read the Secret Sisters series. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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Lexie@BookBug said...

I love these books! Thanks for the chance to win it!
lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

Teawench said...

Sounds good. Though I find it amusing no one thought to look for you in the men's bathroom.
teawench at gmail dot com
thanks!

katsrus said...

I love fun books. Enjoyed your interview. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sue B
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aurora M. said...

Great giveaway! Thanks
Aurora M
veltara@yahoo.com

something about me?????????? hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I am a hopeless romantic!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. bridget.howard@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun read!
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thanks!

fastone3104 said...

great interview. fastone3104@yahoo.com

joannie said...

THIS IS THE GREATEST HOP!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!! What game is Sardines is it like hide and seek lol THANKS Joannie jscddmj [at]aol[dot]com

Amanda T said...

I really love that the author actually polled her fans to determine what kind of problems the characters would face in the book!

Thank you for the chance!

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Toystory said...

Wow, that sounds like quite an adventure - and I love comedy in my reads!
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Lolawid said...

Great interview! I love Tristi!! I have great memories of playing Sardines years and years ago at BYU. Only we hid in the girls bathroom...

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momma8385 said...

Great interview. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.
:) Jeanne, jeannebates_t@yahoo.com

Tressa said...

I read Agent in Old Lace by Tristi and it was such a fun plot! She does come up with humorous ideas. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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holls said...

Thanks
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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I love the idea of hiding in the men's room!

Thanks for partcipating in this hop!
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scottsgal said...

sounds like a fun mystery
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Renee G said...

I love humorous books and authors with a quirky sense of humor. This book sounds awesome.
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Minta's Creations said...

Thanks for the chance to win.
Minta

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cheralyn said...

Great interview, I love cozy mysteries and romantic suspense. Thanks for the giveaway! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

SusanB said...

Loved the interview. I like to read cozy mysteries. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Vicki said...

What a fun interview!!
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Becky said...

I love the idea of bringing your fans into your story writing ideas. Fun interview, she seems like a very down to earth person.

Christine Jensen said...

I love Mysteries and Tristi is fabulous! thanks for the great giveaway

kissyjensen at gmail dot com

Christa said...

It's cool that it was asked of the bloggers where it would end up. Thanks for the giveaway!

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brendajean said...

What a fun interview! Tristi is so funny and her books are great:) Thanks for the giveaway!

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Hmmm...I have no idea what Sardines is...but that was an excellent place to hide!!

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Helen said...

great interview I love a good mystery
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Darlene said...

I love a good mystery! Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

samantha35 said...

Just read the first in the series on my kindle- love it and would love to continue the series!
great giveaway

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Denise Z said...

Targets and Ties sounds like a real fun read! It made me immediately nostalgic for the Mrs. Polifax series. I am glad I found a new coziesh type series to follow. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.
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Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

sounds fun to read
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Liz said...

I remember reading about Sardines in Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home.

SiNn said...

I love Tristys books Great interview ty for the change

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Katrina said...

Yay mysteries. I've never heard of this one, which is awesome. :) Thanks! oneagainst at hotmail dot com

Andrea said...

Sounds like a cute book!

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Lisa ~ Bookworm Lisa said...

My next door neighbor has been at a writing conference with Tristi and told me she is quite a bit of fun. :)

lisaisabookworm at gmail dot com

M.A.D. said...

What a fun, interesting book choice!!! I love mysteries, and humor, and I think This sounds terrific!! :)

Thank you for the sweet giveaway
Mary DeBorde
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ann said...

Love cozy mysteries
thanks for the giveaway
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Krysykat said...

Thanks for the interview and for the chance to win :)

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Tamar said...

Thanks for the interview and the opp!
tamarsweeps at gmail-dot.com

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

luving your sense of humour! and hiding in the men's rm is too funny~ your book sounds fab and i TY for your generosity!
faithhopecherrytea@*gmail.*com

bn100 said...

Very nice interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Katrina! You are the winner of this cozy mystery. I know you'll enjoy reading this book.