From the Booking Desk:
I knew of Nadine Nettmann before I knew Nadine Nettmann – let’s face it, she writes a wine-themed mystery series, so that was bound to be on my radar. However, when I met her in person at various conferences, that was when I discovered that she is one of the nicest members of our crime fiction tribe – and she just happens to know a lot about wine (added bonus). She’s joining us for the composite sketch feature this week and I think many of you are going to enjoy these questionnaire answers.
Name: Nadine Nettmann
This person from my personal life is such an inspiration:
I have to say two people for this answer and they are my parents. They both emigrated when they were in their 20s and they’ve been a constant source of inspiration to take risks in life and be adventurous.
One of the people I admire most in the crime fiction community is:
This is a tough question because the whole community is amazing and I admire so many people, but Jenn McKinlay has a special place in my heart. The Long Beach Bouchercon was my very first mystery conference and I didn’t know anyone. In between panels, I would stand in the hallways and look at my phone, hoping that someone would talk to me. But after Jenn’s panel, I was so inspired that I immediately bought her book and took it to the bookroom for her to sign. When I shared that I was an aspiring author, she handed me her card and told me to email her if I had any questions about publishing, even things I was afraid to ask. She’s been a great supporter and friend ever since.
STALKER ALERT! If this fictional character were real, they would likely need to get a restraining order against me:
Kinsey Millhone. She’s felt like a close friend for 25 books now. I want to join her for one of her beach runs in Santa Teresa and get a drink with her at Rosie’s, though I’ll skip the peanut butter and pickle sandwich for allergy reasons.
People are always surprised that I am a fan of this individual (singer, actor, or artist):
Music plays a huge role in my life and I talk about it with anyone who will listen, so I don’t think my musical tastes will be a surprise, especially as I pretty much love all genres. But the surprise might be that I’m a huge fan of Impressionist paintings and I’m like a kid in a candy store at museums. “Look at this Monet! There’s that Degas I’ve always wanted to see! Ooh, Renoir!” I get very excited.
My personal catch phase is (or should be):
“Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.” Because we all are and empathy is important and necessary.
It’s so nice to see Nadine here! Another great composite sketch!
Thank you, Sherry!
Nadine is indeed a wonderful addition to our tribe. Thanks for the great sketch.
Thank you, Mark
Thank you, Mark!
I had the pleasure of meeting Nadine in Toronto. We were on a panel together and I knew she had that something special — so smart and incredibly talented. Fitting that your composite sketch comes out the day she’s nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark award.
I was very pleased with the timing as well, James.
Thank you, James! And I’m so glad we were on that panel together. It was a lot of fun!
Thank you, Kristopher, for inviting me to do the composite sketch and for your lovely intro! You’re also one of the nicest people in the crime fiction community and you do so much for authors. Thank you!
This was just lovely. Thanks, Nadine. I remember that first meeting – I knew even then you were going to be published. And now you’re nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark Award. I am Snoopy dancing for you, girl! So exciting!
Thanks for stopping by Jenn.
Thank you so much, Jenn! And thank you again for everything!