Monday, May 4, 2009

Tristi Pinkston Interview

Tristi Pinkston is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a writer, editor, and internet guru, but she is a loving Mom who homeschools her children. I've only known Tristi since last December and yet I feel as though I've known her for years. She has a talent for putting people at ease and making them feel right at home. Knowing that her new book will shortly be released I asked her to do an interview for my blog so all of you can get to know her as well.


Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. I wrote my first poem as a small child, my mother raved about it, and it went from there. I grew up knowing exactly what I wanted to be (well, I did go through that “ballerina” stage, but I think all little girls go through that).

Tell us a little about your latest book.
It’s called “Agent in Old Lace” and it’s my first contemporary novel. My main character is Shannon, a financial advisor who learns that her stockbroker boyfriend has been defrauding his clients, her own father included. Her life is in danger with this discovery, and we see her use brains and determination to get out of peril and bring him to justice. Along the way, she works with FBI agent Rick Holden, who is willing to do just about anything to bring this case to closure. And I do mean, just about anything.

What about your other books?
My first novel, “Nothing to Regret,” is the story of the Japanese internment camps during World War II. My character is a young man who is interned with his parents shortly after Pearl Harbor, and then is asked to go on an espionage mission to Japan. Next came “Strength to Endure.” Set during World War II as well, only this time in Germany, it’s the story of Anneliese, a young girl who is torn between her father’s anti-Hitler beliefs and her brother’s pro-Hitler mania. She grows up quickly and has to choose sides, but her choices come with consequences. My third book is called “Season of Sacrifice” and is the true story of the Hole in the Rock pioneers in southern Utah. My great-great-grandfather engineered the passage through the Hole and I had access to family histories which I used to tell his story. This book is the most emotionally rewarding to me, as it ties in with my family history.
What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
The little voices in my head that won’t leave me alone … that’s a comical answer but it’s the truth. I have stories floating through my head all the time, and the only way to satisfy them is to write them down. I’m not myself when I’m not writing.

Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your writing? Do you have a writing mentor?
I can’t say there’s one particular writer I try to emulate, although I must say that Ann Rinaldi is the one who got me started on the path to historical fiction. I enjoy her books so much. I grew up reading Louisa May Alcott, L. M. Montgomery, and Gene Stratton-Porter, so my sentence structure tends to be a little old fashioned. (Hey, it’s my style.) I try to take the best of everything I read and incorporate it into my writing. I’m a voracious reader and I enjoy studying how each author employs the written word in the honing of their craft. I’ve been mentored by all the books I’ve read over the years, culling both good and bad examples for my own use.

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now - City? Suburb? Country? Farm? If you could live anywhere you want to live, where would that be? I grew up all over Utah. My dad was a Xerox technician and got transferred a lot, so we consequently moved a lot. Logan, Hyrum, Provo, Orem, Payson, Pleasant Grove … and a short time spent in Nevada. I currently live in the medium-sized town of Orem. If I could live anywhere, I would stick pretty close to a town – I dislike having to drive long distances to do my shopping – but I would enjoy having a little bit of acreage on the edge of a town, a place where my kids could go outside and run around to their hearts’ content.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?
I work at a desk in the corner of my living room, sitting on a yoga ball chair and using an ergonomic keyboard. I have a desktop computer – laptops hurt my hands too much (I have carpal tunnel tendencies which I control with flax seed, vitamin B12, and the aforementioned ergo keyboard). I used to have my desk in my bedroom, which I loved for the quiet, but my kids would start to get into trouble as soon as my back was turned, so now the desk is right in the flow of traffic and they get away with very little.

Do you watch television or movies?
If so, what are your favorites? Do they inspire your writing? I used to watch television, but we shut off our cable about eight months ago and I haven’t missed it. I do enjoy movies, quite a bit, especially period drama pieces. My Netflix queue is pretty long. I do feel inspired by movies I see, just as I do with books I read, conversations I hear, and all that goes on around me.

How has being published changed your life?
In the first place, it’s been a big boost to my self-esteem. It’s very edifying to know that other people enjoy hearing the voices in my head. It has also encouraged my children to follow their own dreams. I definitely spend more time at the computer than I used to, between writing, the freelance editing I do, and also the media reviews. It has also given me an additional something to look forward to every day.

Do you have any book signings, tours or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending? If so, when and where? Also tell about your blog and website.
I will be having a launch party for “Agent in Old Lace” at Provident Book in Pleasant Grove on June 6:00 at 3:00 pm. Refreshments will be served, and with each purchase of the book, you’ll get a free sample of the perfume I designed to go along with the book. Provident Book is located at 661 W State Rd, Suite A, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
(801) 785-0733. My blog is located at It’s a fun place where I talk about writing and anything else that happens to be on my mind at the moment, so essentially, it’s about a little bit of everything. My website can be found at and it’s recently undergone a complete overhaul. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, so go take a look!

Thanks for the interview Tristi!


  1. Tristi sounds like an exciting writer, thank you for doing such a great interview!

  2. She is an exciting writer. Thanks for reading the interview.

  3. Love this interview too, Kathi. Thanks!



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