Tinney Sue Heath has loved music and history all her life. Born near Chicago, she started college in Boston at the New England Conservatory with the intention of becoming a professional flutist, but after a rather abrupt change of direction she wound up with a degree in journalism from Antioch College. She worked as a staff reporter for the Chronicle of Higher Education and later provided editorial assistance to University of Wisconsin-based editors of two professional journals.
Heath never completely outgrew her childhood tendency to immerse herself in make-believe and stories. She spent a decade deeply involved in medieval reenactment with the Society for Creative Anachronism (as Ginevra, a musician and poet of the Italian Renaissance). During that time she discovered the pleasures of playing late medieval and early Renaissance music on a great variety of instruments, ranging from the relatively harmless (recorder) to the downright belligerent (shawm). These days she usually plays a portative organ, a Dutch-made replica of a 15th century instrument, joined by her husband on recorder.
She has published short fiction through Callihoo Publishing and in Fickle Muses and is a member of the Historical Novel Society. Visit Tinney Heath's website for more information on the author and enjoy her indepth blog on historical fiction research.
Heath and her husband Tim love to travel to Italy. Heath's historical interests currently center on Dante's Florence, so they spend a lot of time in Florence and elsewhere in Tuscany. They live in Madison, Wisconsin, where they enjoy playing music and surrounding themselves with native wild plants. Heath's son, an artist and glassblower who inspires some of her liveliest characters, also lives in Madison.
A Thing Done: In 1216 the noble families of Florence hold great power, but they do not share it easily. Tensions simmer just below the surface. When a Jester's prank-for-hire sets off a brawl, those tensions erupt violently, dividing Florence into hostile factions. A marriage is brokered to make peace, but that fragile alliance crumbles under the pressure of a woman's interference, a scorned bride, and an outraged cry for revenge. At the center of the conflict is Corrado, the Jester, whose prank began it and who is now pressed into unwilling service by both sides. It will take all his wit and ingenuity to keep himself alive and to prevent the unbridled ambitions of the nobles from destroying the city in a brutal civil war.
Photographs © by W. Clinton Hotaling