Hi! I’m Thomma Lyn Grindstaff. I’m a fiction author and a musician. My first novel, Mirror Blue, was published in 2009 by Black Lyon Publishing, and in 2011, I published Heart’s Chalice, which is available as an ebook from Amazon’s Kindle Store. As my muse strikes, I post short stories and poetry on Grace Notes. I’m also active on Facebook and Twitter. Of course, I have more fiction and music in the works!
I’m a classically-trained pianist who has played piano nearly all my life. I also play classical guitar by ear. I compose songs and instrumental pieces, and I love to sing. My first album, Womanspirit Rising, is available through iTunes, Bandcamp and CD Baby, and on this album, you’ll find piano-based instrumentals which I offer in two versions: (1) layered with other sounds as appropriate to the piece and (2) piano-only.
My interests are diverse and include cat wrangling (three adorable fuzzballs live with my husband and me) and nature in all its wonderful variety. I love animals. All of ‘em. Even snakes and bugs. I thrive best when I hike regularly — time spent on my Magic Mountain inspires my creativity and rejuvenates my spirit. I get some of my best ideas on the mountain, whether for novels, songs, stories, poems, or articles. And I love gardening — there’s a wonderful satisfaction I get from planting seeds and watching them grow. You can’t beat homegrown food, and it saves a bundle on groceries. I also enjoy cooking, home canning, photography, and riding motorcycles.
Other passions: practicing Zen Buddhism and posting on my Dharma blog (hence the ox-herding reference, and while I’m at it, here’s another good link about the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures), trying to understand relationships of all kinds in their never-ending dynamics and permutations, studying philosophy and various forms of spirituality across cultures and the ages, keeping up with scientific discoveries so as to learn as much as I can about the universe (I especially dig astronomy and mind-blowing theoretical physics), critical thinking and reasoning (crucial in today’s world), feminism, and reading all the good books I can get my hands on.
If you could sum me up in three words, they would be Artist, Seeker, and Adventurer.