Words have always been a source of fascination for me as well as the focus of my professional life. I’ve edited college textbooks, marketed a magazine for entrepreneurs, written business books on marketing and corporate policy, and taught English and creative writing. Writing fiction now is a dream come to fruition, and I am eager to tell more stories that I hope will resonate with readers.
Spotlight On Linda:
Where do you get the inspiration for your books from?
My inspiration comes from many sources. For my novel Dancing on Sunday Afternoons, the idea came from love letters written by my grandparents and given to me as a gift one Christmas. For my upcoming novella in The Valentine Gift from Harlequin Everlasting Love TM, I drew upon my experience living among the vintners in the
Those who treat others unjustly or without civility.
My husband is a serious sailor who keeps a journal when he is at sea. He once made an
Eyes that see into a woman’s soul.
If you weren’t a writer what would you be?
I’d open a restaurant.
I sit with a cup of tea every Sunday morning and do The New York Times crossword puzzle, or I grab one of the books stacked on my bedside table and READ.
How do you get out of a writing rut?
I learned a few years ago to free write with a timer. I’m like Pavlov’s dog when I set my trusty electronic timer to twenty minutes and pick up my blue fine point pen and a narrow-ruled pad. No matter how blank my brain feels, those simple physical tasks seem to trigger the words. I’ve trained myself to be disciplined and do nothing but write when the timer starts silently blinking away the seconds.
I used to think it would be in the hills above
So many wonderful writers! Most recently, Sarah Dunant, for The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan; Gregory Maguire for Wicked; and Elizabeth Kostova for The Historian.
I seldom listen to music when writing, but when I do I go through cycles. Recently, I’ve been listening to Jesse Cook and Loreena McKennitt. During the past year the stack of CDs by my computer has included Handel’s Wassermusik, the soundtrack to the movie “The Piano,” and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Tell us a secret nobody knows about you
Secrets are meant to remain hidden.
I am one of those animated talkers who cannot express herself without using hands that appear to be conducting an orchestra. Invariably, those hands make contact with wine glasses, usually filled with Pinot Noir, on elegantly set tables covered in white damask.
A family reunion on my mother’s side, with over 90 aunts, uncles and cousins ranging in age from 3 months to 98 years; my children all home together at Christmas after far-flung travels to Germany, Thailand and Scotland; and my first reviews of Dancing on Sunday Afternoons.
A cup of tea, Italian and English dictionaries, and my notes.
If you could kiss anyone in the world who would it be?
My husband. His kisses are passionate, playful, and a source of joy. We kiss many times every day—in greeting and departure, whether we’re leaving the house for a few hours or a few minutes; in gratitude for any of the many small tasks we do for one another; and in love.
What are you working on now?
Dancing on Sunday Afternoons, Harlequin Everlasting Love TM is available now in North America. You can find out more about Linda and her upcoming books at her website.