Friday, March 12, 2010

I Need Friends Friday: Tristi Pinkston

It's that time of the week:

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's guest is Tristi Pinkston, author, editor, homeschooling mommy, and (according to her blog) headless chicken. Her upcoming novel, Secret Sisters, hits shelves on March 16th. Tristi will be part of Valor Publishing's Book-Launch Lollapalooza on March 16th (notice the doubly important date)!

Time to meet Tristi!

SME: Welcome to INFF!

Tristi Pinkston: Thanks! I'm excited to be here.

SME: As always, I must begin the interview by addressing a topic near and dear to my heart... dessert.

Tristi Pinkston: I understand.

SME: At the Eden house last night, we had a choice between slightly undercooked brownies and slightly overcooked apple pie. Which would you have chosen?

Tristi Pinkston: Brownies, baby!

SME: You are now my 9 year old's new best friend. He made the same choice without a moment's hesitation.

Tristi Pinkston: What's to hesitate? Brownies. It's brownies. It's so simple.

SME: You speak words of truth, my friend.

Tristi Pinkston: That is what I always try to do. In life, love, and chocolate.

SME: What's your favorite continent?

Tristi Pinkston: My favorite continent is by far the North American continent. This is home, and it's the land of the free because of the brave. Rock on, America!!
Or Europe.

SME: I do believe North America is winning in the "Favorite Continent" poll. And Europe is in a close second. Makes me wonder how the numbers would roll out if I interviewed more people from Asia or Australia.

Tristi Pinkston: It would probably lead to more balanced results. But then you run into the whole dilemma, "Does balanced really equal fun?" My feeling is no. Unbalanced is more fun.

SME: "Unbalanced Is More Fun"--a possible title for my autobiography. I am SO writing that down!
I happen to know that you are among the few, the proud, the authors with books being released in March. We are a very select and talented bunch, I must say. First of all a big "Wahoo" to you on that!

Tristi Pinkston: Aw, thanks! You too, by the way. I'm very excited to read your book.

SME: And I am ridiculously excited about yours because the premise is right up my alley--just plausible enough to be hilarious, but ridiculous enough to be... well... hilarious! Give us a quick pitch, eh? (Looks like those Canadian Olympics rubbed off on me, doesn't it?)

Tristi Pinkston: Take the Relief Society and plunk it down in the middle of Columbo. My main characters are a Relief Society presidency who turn to espionage in order to make sure that a family in their care has food. They employ super spy tactics, and listening devices, and hidden cameras. It's all very plausible.

[FYI: "The Relief Society" is the women's organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They serve as a support group for one another and a service organization throughout the world. Each congregation has its own local chapter of the Relief Society, who look out for one another, enjoy the companionship of the other women, work to meet the needs of their congregation and participate in relief efforts the world over.]

SME: Hee hee. Having been a RS president, I can sort of understand. You want to help, but aren't always sure how.

Tristi Pinkston: And when you aren't sure how, go with espionage! It's the quick answer to every problem.

SME: I have gained an autobiography title and a new life mantra all in one day. Score!

Tristi Pinkston: Aren't you glad you invited me to be here?

SME: Excessively glad.
I have invented an entirely new game (Let's face it, it's the same game but with a different theme and a new corny title). You up for it?

Tristi Pinkston: Game? Game? You bet! Bring it on!

SME: Ask any member of the LDS church what dessert is most likely to make an appearance at any given LDS function and you will inevitably receive the same reply. In honor of this aspect of the LDS culture, I have entitled our game today "You Say Goodbye, I Say Jell-O."

Tristi Pinkston: Okay ...

SME: I will ask you three trivia questions related to jello. Get them right and you will be crowned INFF champion!!

Tristi Pinkston: Okay ...

SME: 1.) Liz Hickok will go down in gelatin- dessert history for what remarkable contribution to the world of jiggly, colorful treats?
a.) She invented the jiggler
b.) She first suggested the flavor lime-- yum!
c.) She sculpted a replica of the entire city of San Francisco in jello

Tristi Pinkston: I'm guessing you don't want me to open up another window and Google. So I'm going to say that she suggested the flavor lime. (Holding breath ... wincing ... )

SME: Thank you for your honesty. The actual answer is... C. She sculpted a replica of SF (among other things) in jello. Here's a link. It's incredible!

Tristi Pinkston: Really? That seems like ... such a waste of time. I don't mean to be harsh on this lady, who is probably very nice, but think of all the books she could have read in that amount of time. Oh, well. To each his own.

SME: And Ms. Hickok probably would look at my list of books read and think, "What a waste of time. Think of all the jello sculpture she could have made."

Tristi Pinkston: Hee hee hee ... Sarah, you're such a rebel. Off writing books when you could be sculpting Salt Lake City.

SME: So very true. Salt Lake, of every city on earth, needs to be sculpted out of jello.
Question # 2--How were gelatin desserts prepared before Peter Cooper first invented an easier-to-make boxed version in 1845?
a.) sheets of prepared gelatin were clarified by boiling with egg whites and shells, then dripped through a jelly bag before being placed in a mold
b.) there were no gelatin-based desserts before 1845
c.) They were prepared the way self-respecting dessert preparers always prepare gelatin--with floating vegetables

Tristi Pinkston: I choose A.

SME: A is correct!!!! I'm still cringing at the "clarified by boiling with egg whites and shells" part. And shells? Why were there shells?

Tristi Pinkston: To remind you of the beach.

SME: Beach jello. Got it.

Tristi Pinkston: Of course, just ignore the fact that they are egg shells and not seashells, and you'll be fine.

SME: Okay. Last question. Which of the following was NOT a flavor of Kraft Jell-o at one point?
a.) Celery
b.) Mixed Vegetable
c.) Salsa

Tristi Pinkston: Every one of those is making me cringe. I mean, really. I'm going to say, C, salsa.

SME: Celery and Mixed vegetable (along with "Roasted Tomato" and "Italian Seasoning") were all jello flavors at one time. *bleh* Therefore, C is correct, although not necessarily any more appetizing.
That's 2 out of 3. You are today's champion!!!!!!

Tristi Pinkston: Today's champion? Who am I competing against?

SME: You're competing against yourself. See, that's the beauty of it.

Tristi Pinkston: If I'd gotten them all wrong, would myself have beaten me?

SME: Pretty much. Therefore you would still be the winner. Sort of.

Tristi Pinkston: That's really sad.

SME: I know exactly what would cheer you up!! Seeing your portrait!

Tristi Pinkston: Why, yes! I believe that would suit me very well.

*drawing like the wind, or something like that*

Tristi Pinkston: I'm so skinny! I love you!

SME: I should provide the "after" portraits for weight loss gimmicks. I'd make millions!
I gave you your own one-of-a-kind pair of red Keds (designed by myself). I love Keds and it's finally warm enough to wear them again. *blissful sigh*

Tristi Pinkston: They are adorable. You should design shoes. Like, for a living. But don't stop writing books to do it. That would be sad.

SME: Maybe books about designing shoes--you know cover both at once. hmmm... Well... we've reached that part of the interview: The Final Question. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Tristi Pinkston: 5. I was asked questions about Jell-O. That has never happened to me. Definite high marks for that.
4. No one has ever drawn a picture of me with such incredible likeness. I mean, the glasses are nearly twinners to the ones on my face, and I'm lovin' on my svelte physique.
3. It was held at 11:00, which isn't too early. Most people want to talk to you at unearthly hours like 8 and 9, and I'm just not awake. I do most of my work at night, and so I must sleep in the mornings. 11:00, I can so deal with.
2. It involved the discussion of chocolate. You cannot go wrong discussing chocolate.
1. And the biggest, bestest reason why this was the most favorite blog interview I've ever done: my host! Sarah Eden rocks.

SME: "Sarah Eden Rocks"--another autobiography title. Wow. You are my new go-to gal for book titles!! Thanks, Tristi, for stopping by and joining in the insanity. Best of luck on your book release!

Tristi Pinkston: Thank you!! And you, too!

*cue exit music*
Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

(Tristi gets 2 extra entries in February's giveaway if her interview receives 5 or more comments!!)


Krista said...

I knew this would be fun! Thanks, ladies! Can't wait to read your new books!

Heather Justesen said...

I love your INFF posts, and I knew when I saw you'd interviewed Tristi that it would be hilarious--thanks for not disappointing me! As for the three Jell-O flavors, all I have to say is ick--to all three of them!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Love these interviews. You are both so funny. The jello cities are a little strange, but to each her own I guess.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Sarah, this was funner than fun! Thanks for letting me come hang out with you.

LDS_Publisher said...

Fun! It is just amazing what some artistic people will do with their spare time. Jell-o cities? Really? How does she keep it from melting while she's sculpting it? Or does she make a mold first? And then does she eat it when she's done? So many questions...

L.T. Elliot said...

This was really fun! And of course, the jello really did make the interview. What's a true interview without jello?

Congrats to Tristi on her upcoming release and congrats to you, Sarah! I'll hopefully see you tonight!

Aubrey said...

You girls are both very funny. Sarah, you'd better hurry and write your "Unbalanced is More Fun" biography or I'm totally stealing that title.

But celery flavored jello? CELERY?! Ugh, I'm still gagging. Just think-- you could have celery jello with carrot shreds instead of a salad!

Melanie J said...

These interviews make me laugh every Friday.

Melanie J said...

And wow, LDSP commented on your post? Are you some kind of rock star?

Sophia said...

Wow! You have to be prepared when you come to this spot to hold your aching sides from laughing so hard and wipe the slobber from snorting.

Annette Lyon said...

I'm picturing the SLC Temple in celery-flavored Jell-o.



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