Interview with Tammie Painter

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was just after I finished reading The Stand by Stephen King and was a complete knock off...but about 700 pages shorter. Still, it wasn't a horrible story - some parts still surprise me for just how good they actually are - and is still in my "To Be Revised" pile of manuscripts.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking, "I should be writing."

Besides that, I enjoy gardening, travel, reading, playing guitar, cycling and I've just had my second stand-up paddle board experience so I think I'm pretty much hooked.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My upcoming book (release date 18 October 2014), The Trials of Hercules, came about while watching a show that explored the actual history of Greek myths. While watching the Hercules episode, I had a thought of "what if Hercules really did exist?" The original idea was to have a modern man think he is insane because he thinks he is Hercules, but it went off in a completely different tangent and one I'm really excited about. The premise of the story then blossomed into an idea for a full series. I'm currently working on the second book, which is based on the Jason and the Argonauts myths.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
While a big advance sounds wonderful, I like being able to talk about writing a book, sharing the process with fans and then being able to release it in a timely manner. There's something about the instant gratification of self-publishing that I love. This doesn't mean I rush a book's release, after all, I want to deliver a high quality product to my readers. But it does mean that once the book is done, I don't have to wait 12 to 18 months for its release.

This isn't to say I won't one day search for an agent/publisher, but for now I'm enjoying the indie life.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has let me get my book out to more online retailers than I even knew existed! This has meant more sales than when I was trying to upload files to each retailer individually. Above all, I greatly appreciate that Smashwords always seems to stand behind its authors and works to find even more outlets for our books.
Describe your desk
Messy.

Piles of papers, piles of books, cups filled with pens and pencils, pens and pencils scattered about because I didn't bother to put them back in the cup, usually a coffee cup or water glass somewhere, a desk light that is never in the right place or sheds enough light, and plenty of dust thanks to sharing my workspace with a rabbit that is perpetually begging for treats..

At the end of each week, I say hello to the weekend by tidying up and dusting off my desk. Usually, about an hour into my work week, it's a mess again.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have both the Nook and Kindle app on my iPad mini. I use these mainly for reading magazines, books that have color photos or books I just want to flip through.

For actual e-book reading, I love my black and white Nook. I can't imagine trying to read an e-book with a color device because 1) the glare tires my eyes and 2) you can't read the damn thing outside and I love to sit outside and read. With the black and white Nook, it has a matte screen the the e-ink technology so I can read for a long time no matter how bright the light is.

But, above all, I read actual print books. There's just nothing that can replace them in my opinion.
Published 2014-06-16.
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Books by This Author

The Trials of Hercules: Book One of The Osteria Chronicles
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Pre-release—available October 11, 2014. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 137,100. Language: English. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Driven by revenge, loyalty, and duty, The Trials of Hercules takes you into a world where the Greek gods once again toy with the lives of mortals. Within this world, one man must ask himself if he will face his own death to protect the goddess who has done everything to destroy his life.
Going Native: Small Steps to a Healthy Garden
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,180. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
Does a garden that requires little work, saves you money and protects the environment sound good? Would you also like a garden that’s healthy and thriving year round? Then Going Native is for you! For a full description of the book and to see what other gardeners think about it, please visit: TammiePainter.com/going-native/
Easy Preserving - Simple Ways to Save Your Bounty (2nd edition)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,140. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Canning and preserving
Easy Preserving is not your grandma’s canning guide! Using a dose of wry humor, Easy Preserving looks at simple ways to save you time as you save your produce. Regardless of your level of kitchen expertise, Easy Preserving teaches you easy & reliable ways to save your bounty. This 2nd edition has been completely revised and includes several new recipes.
Soup for You - Simple & Healthy Soups You Can Make Into a Meal
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,760. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Soups
Whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or old hand at the stove, Soup for You provides simple & healthy recipes for thirteen mouth-watering soups along suggestions for how to make the soups into a meal. For a full description of the book and a free sample recipe you can try today, please visit: TammiePainter.com/soup-for-you/
Simply Soft Cheese - Cheese Making Made Quick & Easy - 2nd edition
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,680. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Specific ingredients / dairy
For anyone who's been curious, but scared away from cheesemaking by thoughts of how difficult it might be, Simply Soft Cheese will cure your fears. This newest edition includes both metric & English measurements and temperatures. For full details about the book and a sample recipe you can try today, please visit TammiePainter.com/Simply-Soft-Cheese/
13th Hour - Tales from Light to Midnight
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,770. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
From light tales of legends and love to dark stories of ancient beasts and angry wives, the 13th Hour's award-winning stories will delight you, mystify you and perhaps make you cringe. For a full description of the book and to read a free story from the 13th Hour, please visit: TammiePainter.com/13th-hour/