Interview with Tinnean

Describe your desk
It's a mess. I have a notebook on it, which I use to jot down notes and reminders. There are a few flash drives, which came in especially handy during Hurricane Irma, when I had no Internet access. They were the only way to keep track of the stories I was working on as I moved from the desktop to the laptop. Then there are the DVDs I'm using to copy Fear the Walking Dead, as well as commercials that make me laugh. Did I mention pens? I have a ton of them. Finally, I have my desk calendar. I really need to go through everything on here and tidy it up.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Queens, NY, and the teachers in PS 138 encouraged me to write. I watched a lot of movies on Million Dollar Movie on Channel 9. I also frequented the library quite a bit, first when it was a tiny storefront on Francis Lewis Blvd., and then when it moved to more spacious quarters on 243rd St. I read voraciously, and because of that wanted to tell stories of my own.
When did you first start writing?
My bio gives the answer to this. I started in the 3rd grade, when a girl in another class wrote an epic poem, and I said "I can do that." And that's all I remember about it. *cough*
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is the fourth book in the Mann of My Dreams series. I've known all along where I wanted to take these characters, and this is just one more step on their journey. They're settling in to domesticity, but life is never simple for a spook and a spy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Actually, my publisher wanted me to take my characters in a direction I didn't feel comfortable going in, so I decided to self-publish the books in this series.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've been able to easily get an ISBN number. It's also very simple to offer coupons for these books and put them on sale.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can share my stories with other people and hopefully bring them some pleasure.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're supportive and kind, and all around wonderful people. I welcome their questions, suggestions, and comments. They make what I do worthwhile.
What are you working on next?
My next book is the 2nd edition of Friends and Lovers, the first book I had published in 2009.
Who are your favorite authors?
JD Robb in mainstream fiction. Andrea Speed, Avon Gale, NR Walker among others in the m/m genre.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I don't get up, the stories don't get written.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I walk in the morning, read at any time during the day, and wait for the new season of The Walking Dead to start.
Published 2017-10-01.
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Books by This Author

Surviving the Apocalypse: Pandemic
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,100. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2018 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
The world is suffering from a deadly pandemic, due to a virus released by melting ice caps. Laurie Parkinson wakes with a hangover to find his family gone and Laurel Hill, his town, decimated by the disease. Wheat Dupuis regains consciousness from a blow to the head to discover he’s been left behind. Will the two men find safety with each other, or they learn being ill isn’t the greatest danger?
Surviving the Apocalypse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,960. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2018 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Lyncoln Ryland and Adam James are two very different men. When the sirens go off, signaling the possible end of the world, they take shelter in a relic from the Cold War. Will they be able to survive the apocalypse together?
Solo Tu
Price: Free! Words: 10,470. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2018 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
When the man known as Mr. Freeze meets the woman called the Ice Princess, what else could result but sparks flying?
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,140. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Three years after running into John at a local McDonald’s, Mark Vincent finds the boy back in his life and in grave danger. How complicated are things about to get for Mark and Quinn, and how do they plan to deal with this?
The Most Loved of All
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 67,870. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2018 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
It’s 1922, and Roddy is having odd, erotic dreams of an Egyptian prince ensnared by a high priest. Thomas Fortescue-Smythe persuades him to come to his family home in England, and eventually, share his bed and his body. But when Roddy sees an Egyptian man and knows it is the same man who was the high priest in his dreams, can he keep himself and Tommy safe?
Silver Bells
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,170. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2017 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Doctors Max Futé and Avery Schmidt work for the Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security. They’ve settled into a comfortable relationship, and although Max assures him otherwise, Smitty is waiting for Charles Browne, Max’s former lover, to realize what he’s let slip through his fingers and comes to take Max back. But has Charles found someone? And what kind of Christmas will they have?
Friends and Lovers
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,000. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2017 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Tom Weber is gay and Jack Jackson is straight, but they’ve been friends since college. When Tom decides to try bottoming, none of his gay friends will help, so he asks Jack, hoping that even though Jack has been married three times and has two kids, he’ll say yes. To his surprise, Jack does. Afterward, though, can they go back to being just friends, or will they face the future as lovers?
You Were Made for Me
Series: Mann of My Dreams. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,850. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Quinton Mann has resigned from the CIA, but they aren’t happy about that and want him back. To do that, they’ll not only have to convince Quinn that’s a good idea, but Mark Vincent, Portia Mann, and Gregor Novotny as well, and that isn’t going to be easy. Meanwhile, friends and family need help, and neither Quinn nor Mark will turn them down. It’s going to be a long year and a half.
Home Before Sundown
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 99,740. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Western
It’s a few years after the Civil War, and George Pettigrew has learned his family is in danger. He’ll do anything to protect them, including wearing a dress. It’s already duped the bad guys, but how will the man he loves react to seeing him in skirts?
Destiny's End
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 99,150. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
It’s the early part of the 20th Century, and baronet’s son Warrick Synclaire is in love with his best friend, Thomas Smythe. After they part, Warrick is bitten by a werewolf, although he doesn’t turn immediately. Events keep them separated, they find other lovers, but Warrick can’t forget Thomas. He returns home and his life unravels under the full moon. Will any love be able to save him?
The Black Swan
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 43,630. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
While gathering intelligence, Gabe Granger is bitten by a vampyre. He continues working for his country with the aid of Remember Littlebury, his black swan. Years later, Remember dies after a fierce battle, and Gabe is left without a companion. Time and more wars pass. It’s 2016. All Noah Poynter wants is to be Gabe’s black swan, but Noah’s just a normal. Is there any hope for this unlikely pair?
Just the Thought of You
Series: Mann of My Dreams. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,920. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Mann and Vincent – still together and still in love. When a mystery from the Mann family past intersects with the death that led to Quinn inheriting Mann family estate, they’re determined to solve it. But there are always eyes watching two such dangerous men. Will they be able to continue their relationship without people trying to put an end to it?
In His Line of Work
Series: Men at Work. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Deuce Pettigrew has worked for the mysterious Dr. Pandora Gautier since he left the Marines twelve years before. Now things are getting hinky in DC, and he decides to resign and go home to the ranch he was raised on. But ... can he go home again? And will he ever find a man who means as much to him as the one he has to leave behind?
Best Laid Plans
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,520. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The distance between Savannah, GA and Washington, DC is less than six hundred miles, but it might as well be the distance from the Earth to the Moon when it comes to the people living in those cities. In Savannah, an ordinary family is making friends and falling in love, but they’re about to find their lives disrupted by some of the most ruthless and unsavory people DC has to offer.
Ace-High Royal Flush
Series: Love Wins. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,200. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2016 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jefferson Sebring wined and dined, charmed and cajoled, and lured and seduced handsome men into his bed. However, he never wanted to keep one longer than a few dates or a few months. That was, until Ludovic Rivenhall. Years later, they both still wanted each other -- but men didn't marry men. Or did they, in this new world they had survived to see?
Darling James
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,570. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Historical
J Tanner was a valued member of National Security 3 and in love with his superior, James Trevalyan. He hid his love, certain James couldn’t return it. But he found himself helping James unravel the mystery of his sister Pamela's disappearance and went after James when he vanished to the States, spending a night of passion with him. After James vanished again, Tanner wondered: did James even care?
Greater Love Hath No Man
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,040. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2015 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Historical
James Trevalyan served the Crown along with Jeremy Waters, his lover. When Jeremy died in his arms, he resolved to live without love. But then Tanner, a clever, handsome agent came into his life. Will he finally realize he and Tanner are meant for each other? And will Tanner survive the assignment that’s thrown him in with mobsters who want him dead, simply because he knows too much?
Things Happen That Way
Series: Mann of My Dreams. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 96,940. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Quinton Mann and Mark Vincent are settling into a relationship that shouldn’t be possible, but despite family and friends, they seem to be making it work. However, between those family, friends, and Mark himself, how will Quinn make the opportunity to talk to Mark about moving in together and even starting a family?
If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going
Series: Mann of My Dreams. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,920. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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Mark Vincent, spy with the Washington Bureau of Intelligence and Security, has become the lover of Quinton Mann, spook with the CIA. With what's going on in both their organizations, can two such diverse men maintain any kind of relationship?
Where the Heart Chooses
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 105,380. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2013 by JMS Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Born into a family considered intelligence royalty, Portia Sebring Mann once deciphered Russian codes. Referred to as “the ice queen,” only her husband knew of the heat beneath her cool exterior. Fiercely loyal, whoever threatens her loved ones does so at his -- or her -- own peril.