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
Location: California

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.