Linda Robertson is the mother of four wonderful boys, owns three electric guitars, and is followed around by a big dog named after Bela Lugosi. Once upon a time she was a lead guitarist in a heavy metal cover band and has worked as a graphic artist. She still composes and creates art, when time permits. Linda currently writes and rocks in northeast Ohio. Visit her at AuthorLindaRobertson.com and @authorLinda
JUST YOUR AVERAGE MEGA-WITCH. . . .
It’s tough being a modern woman, but Persephone Alcmedi has it worse than most. Being the prophesied Lustrata has kicked her career as a witch into high gear, and juggling a wærewolf boyfriend who is about to become king of his kind and a seductive vampire who bears her magical Mark isn’t easy either.
Still, Seph’s beloved foster daughter, Beverley, is causing more trouble than these two men put together. The young girl’s been playing with a magical artifact that’s far more dangerous than she realizes. Now Seph must summon help from a mystical being so potent that even vampires fear him . . . and the cost of his aid may be more than she’s willing to pay. Seph, Johnny, and Menessos face threats from all sides—and a few from within. Will the forces of destiny cement their tenuous supernatural union, or shatter it forever?
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Did you always want to be a writer? If not, then what?
Yes, always, though I wanted to find a way to combine musician, artist and author. Since I still play guitar in a rock band, and I occasionally paint or draw, I guess I still do all of those, but not in a combined way.
Do your readers contact you? If so, what do they say?
Yes. They usually say thank you or tell me they enjoyed the book(s). Some ask questions about characters or plot. One contacted me to say she loved the books and had just gotten the 4th or 5th one, then contacted me again the next day to say she hated that X or Y happened in the book and wouldn’t read any more of them. I thought it was kind of funny. She had a real, visceral reaction to fictional characters not doing what she thought they should do, felt the need to scold me for it, and all the while didn’t realize that she was demonstrating in her own actions the variability and inconsistency that real, normal people have which was her issue with that character,
For aspiring writers, what three pieces of good advice would you give them?
- It's more work than you know.
- If your skin isn’t thick, if your ego bruises easily, or if you are trying to get into writing for any reason other than the passion you have for telling a good, compelling story, then might want to look into being a gas pump attendant or cashier. (I've done both of those as well. Neither was hard on the ego or required extra-thick skin.)
- However, if hard work and critical thinking isn't the complete starter-set for a whine-fest to you, if you can take criticism, and if you're going to write those darn storie no matter what anybody says or thinks, then challenge yourself and master those skills.
Do you have a favorite of your own books?
The third one, FATAL CIRCLE is my favorite.
How do you balance writing with your life?
It’s more like how do I balance my life with my writing. (laughs) My family chides me sometimes about sequestering myself in the back room in front of the computer. They tell me all kinds of things happen when I’m nestled away back there, and act like they’ve just seen some elusive creature if I come out. Sometimes the story is so good, the writing is flowing, and I’m just so excited about what I’m doing that it is an effort to tear myself away from the creativity of it all.
Mostly, though, I write mostly while they are at work and at school, and I try to spend the evenings with them watching Ancient Aliens or movies. We always have fun with Mad Libs.
How old were you when you wrote your first book and what was it about?
When I was eight, I wrote a 'Harlequin' romance for my mom because she read so many of them. I illustrated it and even put the little symbol on it if I remember correctly. It was about a princess who hated skirts and dresses, who was getting married to a prince. Someone shot him at the wedding so she and all her friends went off on a spaceship to catch the bad guy, and had some pizza at a space station. There was no mention of the prince dying, nor was an ambulance called. I think he survived, but I cannot prove it.
Where do your ideas come from?
From life, from food, from the characters. I blame a shrimp po-boy at the New Orleans airport for the Persephone Alcmedi series.
Do you have a writing quirk?
Not really. I like music to be playing.
Pantser or Planner?
50/50. I plan the big stuff and let the little stuff be spontaneous.
Do you pick out dream casts for your books? If so, what's your favorite so far?
No. I used to, but it seemed the characters acted like the actors most prominent roles and I lost my character. So I started using models. If I need a picture to reinforce the character to me, I search model sites and magazines for a face and image that conveys the attitude in the character sketch I’ve worked up—NOT vice versa.
Coke vs Pepsi? Coke Cherry Zero.
Chocolate vs Vanilla? Chocolate.
Cake vs Ice Cream? Ice cream. Every day, please.
Do you think we dream in color or that we wake up and remember it in color? Dream it that way!
What's your favorite food? The heath bar banoffee pie my fella makes for me.
What type of food could you never live without?
If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you take with you (limit 4 items)?
Hmmmm… a comfy bed with pillows, a deck of cards, a netbook I could write on with massive memory so it could be stocked with lots of good books, survival/how-to books, lifetime supply of batteries for the netbook.
Favorite show growing up?
From a local Cleveland Station was a show called Super Host. It was a silly man who wore a superman-type suit, did skits and showed the best movies. That was where I got introduced to the Godzilla franchise, the old horror flicks like the Blob, Frankenstein and Dracula, also Abbot and Costello, and spaghetti westerns. It was a great show. I’d watch it now if it was still on.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I think it would be awesome to fly. Put on my goggles, strap on a back pack with some clothes and zoom, I’m off to visit Machu Picchu, Venice, the Pyramids, Italy, and tropical islands in general.
What do you think the future will hold?
Opportunities. I hope I am brave enough and skilled enough to see them and seize them.
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My books can be purchased many, many ways! Available both as mass market paperbacks and as ebooks, you can find them via your local bookstore both the big ones and the indie ones, via my publisher’s website: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Linda-Robertson/63492742 or the various on-line booksellers.