100th INTERVIEW CELEBRATION!!!
Welcome. This interview with author Linda Morris marks my 100th interview on my blog! After reading the below interview, don't forget to leave a comment because one lucky person will win a FREE eBook of Linda's new release, FORGET-ME-NOT.
You do not need an e-reader like Kindle or Nook to enter. The book will be emailed and you can read it right on your PC. This event runs until Saturday morning.
BIO: Linda has taken a somewhat winding road to becoming a professional writer. She's worked in the airline industry, publishing industry, and as a freelance writer/editor in the technology field. Her first full-length novel, a romantic suspense called Forget-Me-Not, was released on Feb. 18, 2011, by the Wild Rose Press, following Montana Belle, a western novella, published by The Wild Rose Press in December 2010. She resides in central Indiana with her husband and young son.
Thanks for being here, Linda. It’s a pleasure.
#1- Tell us a little about yourself outside of your writing career…
I'm a pretty typical working mom. My day job is as a freelance writer/editor of technical books. I'm lucky enough to work from home, which allows me to be there to meet the school bus when it comes and to work in (usually) daily time for writing. I wrote most of Forget-Me-Not before my son started school, however--I did a lot of writing after he'd gone to bed for the night!
#2- Can you tell us a bit about the book in this giveaway and where the inspiration camr from?
I spent time in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on the Minnesota/Canadian border several years ago. I was struck by its beauty and remoteness and really wanted to set a story there. I also was interested the potential in an amnesia story line. What if a hero started off the story with a head injury suffered in a car accident in this remote area, near the heroine's cabin? He wouldn't know why he was there or who he was. From there, Jacob and Lara's story just unfolded naturally.
#3- How do you handle the negative reviews and critiques you receive?
I've been fortunate to not receive too many nasty reviews yet. Being part of a critique group before I was published was helpful though. I got feedback on my writing, which is good, but I also had the experience of giving a story to four people to read and having one love it, one hate it, and the other two think it was so-so. You realize that a review or critique is just one person's opinion.
#4- When did you first know you wanted to be a writer and when did you start taking it seriously?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer from the time I was a child. I started writing in high school and made my first attempt at a (very bad) novel in college. In my late twenties, life got in the way when I married, started a new career, bought a house, had a baby, and all that good stuff. I was away from it for a few years. I got really serious and submitted my first novel, Forget-Me-Not, about 3-4 years ago. It sold to the third publisher I sent it to.
#5- Assuming you get any time to read, what authors do you like to read, and were there any books that stand out from your childhood as favorites?
Oh, yes. As I child, I love Nancy Drew, the Little House on the Prairie books, Little Women, and then Gone with the Wind when I was a teenager. I started reading romance in my teens too. I discovered Jane Austen after college and she's my favorite writer. Now I read romance and non-fiction. Laura Kinsale, Erin McCarthy, Shannon McKenna, and Lisa Hendrix are the romance writers whose releases I get most excited about now.
#6- Are there any upcoming releases we would like to know about, and could you give us your web site so readers can check it out?
I can be found online at http://lindamorriswriter.blogspot.com/. Besides Forget-Me-Not, I have a western romance novella called Montana Belle that's available as an ebook. You can read excerpts of both and find out where to buy them at my web site.
#7- This about concludes it. Thank you again for joining us. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thanks for the chance to talk to you. Happy reading, everybody!
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