1. What is your name, and where do you live? My name is Linda Robinson. I live in Ozark, Alabama.
2. Tell us about your current book. My first novel, When Love Abounds, was released nationwide in December 2010. It’s the story of a grandmother who is living a life of luxury, yet she is unfulfilled and searching for answers. She reluctantly sifts through her poignant childhood and ultimately discovers God’s purpose for her future. The setting for the first half (Part One) is the historic 1940’s through the 1950’s. In Part Two she re-lives happier memories that span the globe from many states in the United States, Spain, the Australian “Land Down Under”, and more.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? The family meals around the dinner table and the bantering between the protagonist, Lou Ellen, and the love of her life, her husband, Burt.
4. What genre do you enjoy reading? I love romance, suspense, and “whodunit” courtroom dramas, but if I had to choose only one, it would be Christian/Romance.
5. What book are you reading now? Lisa Wingate’s book, Blue Moon Bay, which I won on The Book Club Network.
6. What fact about your life would you like to share with your readers? I was 67 before I began writing and subsequently discovered how much I love it. I’d only written in a journal a little through the years, and I had written a few poems for special occasions.
7. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be, and why? Alaska, because of the fantastic scenery I’ve seen in pictures.
8. Do you have any hobbies (other than writing)? Yes, I’ve dearly loved to read since first grade, love crosswords, and I’m an avid flower gardener, as well.
9. What is the most exciting thing you have done? I took a bus across the Australian desert to Coober Pedy, the famous opal mining town.
10.Sweet or salty? Combo, as in trail mix that has dried bits of sweet fruits and salty nuts.
11.When do you write, morning, evening, or when the urge strikes? All of the above…anytime I can grab a few minutes, but I accomplish the most when “all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even the spouse!”
12.Are you working on any other books? Tell us about them. Yes, I have a second book, Rails of Freedom, currently in the last stage of production. It is set in the 1955 through 1970 timeframe and explores the life of a runaway teen and the lifestyles of hobos, migrant workers, and common laborers, plus the music of the era. Much of it is set in Mississippi, Alabama, and in Chicago, Illinois, and, of course, there is romance involved. Toward the end of August, I should have my advance copies, which means my publisher will probably release it nationwide around November. I have a third manuscript in process that’s possibly going to be more for young adults, but I’ll have to wait and see how the characters themselves lead. Additionally, I write short stories, both fiction and nonfiction. I have one that was recently accepted for the second round in a short story contest at Family Fiction, titled An Unusual Day. I authored another one that was just published in the August issue of The Wordsmith Journal, titled Matters of the Heart. Also, I have a blog on my website where I post other short stories periodically, including a recent non-fiction that is titled, “Leapin’ Lizards and Sneaky Snakes.”
13.What do you enjoy most about writing? What I enjoy most is letting my characters tell their own story. I often don’t know where the story is going until it’s finished. I’m not a writer who does an outline first. As soon as I start developing the character, he/she takes on a personality that dictates the dialogue, storyline, etc. Even I am surprised sometimes! I love writing so much, it’s all I want to do. What do you dislike? I regret that there aren’t enough hours in the day to allot to writing. I don’t like to stop and cook or do other things, like housework! The hours fly by, and before I know it, time is up! And quite often, part of that time is my “supposed to be sleeping” hours! I retired from my outside job in January so that I can just “write out the rest of my life!” But if I had to choose something I dislike about writing, it would be the anxiety during the final edit, knowing that is my last chance to make sure it’s right, praying all the while that I have not mixed verb tenses, misspelled anything, or left a twist or “loaded gun” unresolved!
14.If you could meet any person living or dead, real or literary, who would it be, and why? Wow! That’s a hard one…there are so many and for such varied reasons: Nicolas Sparks or Colleen Coble, because they are awesome writers; Laura Bush or Mike Huckabee, who are both the epitome of grace and humbleness while trying to make a difference in a world gone awry. Choosing would be tough.
15.Where can we find you online? To name a few, I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Good Reads, The Book Club Network, Family Fiction, Faith Writers, Library Things, and I am on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest. My website is: http://whenloveabounds.tateauthor.com
16. What is your ultimate goal in life? To always be doing God’s will and be able to, hopefully, write life-changing stories and books that will honor and glorify Him.
Author Bio: Linda Robinson is the author of two novels: When Love Abounds, published 18 months ago, and Rails of Freedom, which will be available in late summer, 2012. Her Fiction/Family/Christian novels depict the people, lifestyles, and music of the 1940's, 50's and 60's in the Deep South, with an underlying message of "that little word that makes the world go 'round...love." Linda's hobbies include reading, writing, and flower gardening. She resides in Alabama with her husband and spoiled Maltese baby, Joy. She is a member of her local Writers' Forum, American Christian Fiction Writers, The Wordsmith Journal, Good Reads, and others. She is currently writing her third manuscript, in addition to writing fiction and non-fiction humorous short stories for blogs, magazines, and contests. Find out more about Linda by visiting her website at http://whenloveabounds.tateauthor.com.
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