Hi! I’m Thomma Lyn Grindstaff. I’m a novelist, a musician, and a freelance writer. My first novel, Mirror Blue, was published in 2009 by Black Lyon Publishing, and in 2011, I published two additional novels (Heart’s Chalice, Patchwork Stained Glass), a novella (Thy Eternal Summer), and various short stories, which are available as ebooks from Amazon’s Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Smashwords. And in 2013, I published another novel called Maestro. 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 novels 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 (four 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 neverending 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.