Tammie Painter


Short Version:
I turn wickedly strong tea into historical fantasy fiction in which the gods, heroes, and myths of Ancient Greece come to life as you've never seen them before. When I'm not creating worlds or killing off characters, I wrangle honeybees to add a little adventure into my non-writing life.

Long Version:
Tammie Painter grew up in the creative world of Portland, Oregon, and she continues to call the City of Roses home. Although she spent years working as a chemist in a behavioral neuroscience research lab, she could never quite tame her passion for writing.

Tammie has a knack for delving into and bringing life to history and mythology in her novels. Her fascination for myths, history, and how they interweave inspired the Osteria Chronicles series.

The current titles in the six-book series include
*The Trials of Hercules
*The Voyage
*The Maze
*The Bonds of Osteria (coming soon)

When she isn't (but probably should be) writing, Tammie can be found digging in her garden, planning her next travel adventure, creating art, or persuading her hive of backyard bees to share some of their honey with her.

Find out more about Tammie on her website at TammiePainter.com

Smashwords Interview

How did The Trials of Hercules, the first book in The Osteria Chronicles, come to life?
I’ve always been fascinated with Greek mythology and came across a documentary series about the historical basis of many of the characters in Greek legends. One of the episodes was on Hercules’s Twelve Labors and I thought, “How would that play out if this was set in modern times?”

I played around with the story trying to force it into a modern setting, but couldn’t get it to fit. About fifty pages into that draft, I realized it just wasn’t working, but didn’t want to give up on the idea. After thinking it over, I considered how the story could work if I set it in a post-apocalyptic future society that has adopted Greek – and some Roman – ways of life. And what if the gods were real players in this world?

The idea took hold quickly. The outline for it flowed out in less than a couple hours and I had a rough draft in about six weeks. As I began working on subsequent drafts, I began to see how the concept of Osteria could work into a series that covers many other Greek legends. I sketched out a rough outline and suddenly my single-book idea turned into a six-book series.
Osteria? You know that’s a type of restaurant, right?
I do know all about Italian pizzerias, trattorias, and even osterias. The Osteria Chronicles series has nothing to do with restaurant life, but has to do with my playing around with what I should name my world. Since it’s in the Northwest, it was tempting to call it Westeria, but that’s a bit too close to Games of Thrones’s Westeros to not seem like I’m riding George R.R. Martin’s coattails. I then thought Nowesteria, but that’s just a jumble of letters that I could see people stumbling over as they read. however, drop a couple letters and you have Osteria, which I quite liked the sound of. Also, the word Osteria derives from hospitable or homey and since my characters are going to end up fighting a battle to keep their land hospitable, i thought the name was a good fit.
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Where to find Tammie Painter online

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The Voyage Book Trailer
Book trailer for The Voyage: Book Two of The Osteria Chronicles

The Maze Book Trailer
Book trailer for The Maze: Book Three of The Osteria Chronicles


13th Hour - Tales from Light to Midnight
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,610. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In the tradition of Stephen King's dark humor and even darker monsters, 13th Hour will delight you, mystify you, and make you cringe. "This is a great collection of short stories! So well written, each story totally unique, a really great read!" -Reader Review

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Smashwords book reviews by Tammie Painter

  • An Introduction to Natural Beekeeping on May 04, 2013

    This is a handy little book to have when others ask you why you in the world you would want to keep bees. Chandler provides an excellent overview of why we need to change how we keep bees and why we should keep them. It's not an instruction book for beekeeping, but does provide a few pointers.