What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
I write Contemporary Romance. I don’t think I chose it, it chose me. It’s where my mind goes, where the ideas are. Everyone around me is a story.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
I take notes and get ideas for stories while I’m working on a book. I even do some research on upcoming books but I don’t actually write more than one at a time.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I work with a small publisher and all of the writers are pretty close. We help each other out with ideas and critiques. I’m also a member of a reading group here in the city where we get together and meet other authors. Listen to them helps me with my writing.
Can you remember your first reading book?
No, I was 5 or 6 years old. I remember I was a voracious reader, always getting awards for reading a lot of books. I used to love to read the Wizard of Oz books.
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
Usually not. Makes my keyboard messy.
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
I write on my chase lounger in front of a picture window when it’s chilly or out on my balcony when it’s warm. I also, snuggle up in bed under the covers and write. I never write from a desk. Reminds me of my day job!
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I researched publishing houses and agents when I first started writing. I met some indie writers on Facebook and they told me their stories. I knew the self-publish route wasn’t for me but I wasn’t sure I wanted to get lost in a large publisher as a new writer. I found a small, new publisher – MasterKoda Select – and I get the best of both worlds. I have the control and say of self pub yet the assistance and editing expertise of a publishing house. I love it!
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
The most influential have been authors I have met – Jade Lee, Julie Ann Walker and Candace Havens. Hearing their journeys and being able to ask advice has been a great help. I have so many writing friends on Facebook and they are all so helpful. This community has been so supportive.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
Write, Write, Write. Even if you think it sucks. Keep writing. Ask for feedback – sometimes it’s not as bad as you think. Always strive to be better. Your editor, no matter how tough, is your friend. Listen to their ideas. They may not know your vision but they are there for you.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
In my first novel, Take 2, Derek would definitely be Gerard Butler. Alex could be Sandra Bullock maybe.
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
Ok, this isn’t my story but a guy at work told me this…He met his wife on the ‘Park and Ride’. It’s the bus that employees take so they don’t have to drive their cars in to Dallas. Seems everyone on the bus was having relations with everyone on the bus and that was how he met his wife…Who’d of thought riding a bus could be exciting?
Mm, a new mobile dating service!
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Take 2 is Linda Bolton’s first novel is available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. Her second novel, Incantation, will be available late spring. She is currently working on her third book. When she’s not writing, Linda is a GiGi, playing with her new granddaughter Z, and working full-time.