Ester: Hello and welcome to AuthorBlogSpot. Today I’m speaking with Linda Wisdom. Tell me Linda, what made you decide to become a writer?Linda: I always wanted to be a writer. I like to say it’s been since I could pick up a crayon. I made up stories as a kid and it continued from there.
Ester: How long have you been writing professionally?
Linda: If you break it down, I’ve been writing for 31 years, sold 30 years ago and writing full time for 30 years.
Ester: So you got published soon after you started writing, then?
Linda: I was lucky and sold my first two books right off the bat to Silhouette Books in 1979 that was brand new at the time and the line didn’t even launch until the following year. I’d written the two books, Silhouette was looking for new authors and I went on from there. I was fired from my job a month after I sold and perhaps a sign, because I started writing full time then.
Ester: What would you do differently the next time?
Linda: For the beginning? Nothing. Although it would have been nice to know other authors. I didn’t meet another one for over a year. It would have been great to know someone who’d understand me. And I wouldn’t have been so cocky. I sold three books within six months and it took me a little over a year to sell my next book.
Ester: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Linda: Know your market, read all you can in the genre you want to read and join writing groups. Make sure you have the basics in hand.
Ester: Who or what influences or inspires your writing, Linda?
Linda: My surroundings, things I see on TV, it’s a bit of everything and sometimes it’s a ‘what if’ moment popping into my head.
Ester: After you got your first contract, were you asked to do revisions? How did that go?
Linda: LOL! Oh boy, did I. I was asked to take the middle of the book, put it in the beginning and move the beginning to the middle. And this was back when I used an IBM Executive typewriter!
Ester: Yikes, that must have hurt.
Linda: I felt I needed absolute silence to work, so I holed up in a motel room on weekends since I still had my day job then. It was a big job for a brand new author, but I managed.
Ester: What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
Linda: I love getting together with my friends and we meet for breakfast or lunch at least once a month, so I’m getting out several times a month. I also love going for drives. Or perhaps I should say my muse enjoys going for drives.
Ester: Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell me about?
Linda: I’m working on my next two Hex books. Maggie, who was introduced in Hex in High Heels, is the star of The Best Hex Ever and Thea, the diva romance novelist will be after that. I’m also working on some YA paranormal books.
Ester: What are your latest releases?
Linda: Hex in High Heels is out now along with the first three books in my series. They’re online at Amazon, BN, Books A Million and in the bookstores. Here’s a back page blurb for my book:
In this sexy, funny paranormal romance by bestselling author Linda Wisdom, it’s all beautiful witch Blair Fitzpatrick can do to keep a lid on her talent for revenge spells, but things are about to get a lot more complicated…
Blair loves running her vintage shop and hanging out with witchy friends Stasi and Jazz. She’s forever had a crush on hunky carpenter Jake Harrison, whose Were nature (he’s a Border Collie) makes him loyal, lovable, and fierce when need be. Just as sparks are beginning to fly, Blair is served with a big surprise when Jake’s mother shows up along with his pack leader, who threatens to make Jake heel! When the alpha does the unthinkable, Blair is pushed over the edge. No one messes with her boyfriend-to-be, even if he does shed on the furniture!
Ester: Now that sounds like a cute story. Do you have any appearances coming up?
Linda: All my promo for Hex in High Heels is over, although I’m now working on some local appearances for next February. I probably should call it My Hexy Valentine.
Ester: Thanks Linda, for being my guest today. You can check out Linda’s website at: www.lindawisdom.com or her blog at: http://linda-wisdom.blogspot.com.
Linda lives in California where she is so happy her readers have enjoyed the witches. A writer enjoys knowing people are reading her work.