Hello Bloglandia!

I’ve been interrogated! Wait, no, that’s not the right word. I’ve been interviewed. That’s better.

That’s right, recently Jonny Pongratz, who writes dark tales and reviews books and movies over on the Jaunts & Haunts blog, asked if I’d like to be interviewed. And since I’m always looking for a bit of easy (and free) publicity, I said, “Hells yes!” Okay, maybe that wasn’t the exact quote, but close enough.

The interview was tons of fun and some of the questions really gave my brain a good workout. I mean, I’d never really contemplated what kind of tree I’d like to be.

Anyway, I’ve posted a few of the questions below, but I’d strongly suggest heading over to the Jaunts & Haunts blog to read the whole thing….and maybe get to know me a bit better than you already do.

But First….A New Look!

Before we jump into the interview teaser, I have just one bit of news to share…

My website has gotten a makeover!

If you’re reading this post in your email or in WordPress Reader you won’t see the changes, so I’m going to encourage you to pop over to the website and give it a gander.

As part of my Summer of Rebranding (more on that next week), the site has been given a fresh new look that’s far less dark and serious than the old one. I’ve also updated a few pages and the menu to better highlight my work.

If you do go exploring, let me know what you think, and don’t be shy about telling me if anything doesn’t quite work.

The Interview….

Okay, on to the interview! Again, I’ve only posted a handful of questions here, to see the full interview, head to “Meet the Author: Tammie Painter” over on the Jaunts & Haunts site.

How do you find inspiration to write?  

Tammie: Well…the first lines for my current project came to me while I was waiting for my grandmother’s funeral to start. Which would be fine if it was a touchy feely novel about female relationships, but it’s about zombies. Sorry, Gran.

Jonny: You make a really good point. Inspiration can come at the most random of times. For me it can literally be anything that inspires me. The gym, the way the sunlight hits a room, a fly on the wall. I’m sure your Gran would be happy she inspired you regardless, and my deepest condolences.

What is your favorite part of writing?

Tammie: Seeing a single sentence in an outline turn into a whole chapter filled with dialogues, characters, settings, and life. Seriously, sometimes I don’t know how it happens and every time it does, I’m astounded.

Jonny: Can’t agree more! I love that feeling when the story is just flowing through your fingertips and you have to type as fast as possible to keep up. It’s been a minute since that happened, but it happens in odd spurts when that inspiration hits like a brick wall.

Are pineapples on pizza blasphemy or no?

Tammie: They are pure blasphemy, but I have to admit I am a wicked blasphemer now and then.

Jonny: I’m adventurous with pizza, but pineapples just don’t do it for me. I once bit into a pineapple pizza unknowingly and ended up spitting it back out. But roasted veggie pizza? Yes, yes, yes!

If you were a tree, what kind would you be and why?

Tammie: Can I be one of the Ents from the Lord of the Rings? If not, I think a palm tree would be a good choice. I’d get to live in tropical lands, I’d be slim and flexible with a stylish mop top, and I could drop coconuts on people I didn’t like.

Jonny: Oh snap, you took it to the next level! LOL, please drop the coconuts! Today I’d pick a cactus (those are technically trees right?) because I’ve been a bit prickly this week. 

Click HERE to keep reading and to find out how I would conquer the world, details about my latest writing project, and my most bizarre experience.

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