Interview & Contest : Linda Andrews

Jen: Today we welcome Linda Andrews to Romancing the Book.  Linda, please share a short bio with us.

Linda: Linda Andrews lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, three children and a menagerie of domesticated animals. While she started writing a decade ago, she always used her stories to escape the redundancy of her day job as a scientist and never thought to actually combine her love of fiction and science. DOH! After that Homer Simpson moment, she allowed the two halves of her brain to talk to each other. The journeys she’s embarked on since then are dark, twisted and occasionally violent, but never predictable.

Jen: Where can you be found online?

Linda: My website is: http://www.lindaandrews.net/
I’m also on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/LindaAndrews
And facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LindaAndrews
And have a blog: http://lindaandrews.wordpress.com/

Jen: Please tell us about Blue Maneuver.
Linda: The extraterrestrials have landed and they’re human.

Rae Hemplewhite didn’t believe in aliens until a close encounter with out-of-this-world technology drags her into the extraterrestrial security program. Helping alien refugees adjust to life on Earth is difficult enough, but her first clients have a price on their heads. Plus, her new partner seems torn between the urge to kiss her or kill her. And that’s the good news.

The bad news: Alliances are forming in deep space. If Rae doesn’t keep her witnesses alive long enough to transfer their top secret information to the right faction of humanity, Earth will become a battlefield.

Jen: What three words would you use to describe your writing?

Linda: odd, realistic and skewed

Jen: How do you come up with your character’s names?

Linda: Usually I use a baby book of names which I scan through until I find one with a meaning similar to my character’s personality. On rare occasion have I consulted my family tree and picked out a name from among the gnarly branches. A name can be a powerful thing in a story and it’s important to get one that feels right for the character.

Jen: What the most difficult part of writing? Easiest? Rewarding?

Linda: The most difficult part of writing is getting the words onto the page. I’m afraid of the blinking cursor and white space as it seems to taunt me, telling me that I can’t fill it up or write anything worthy of the energy it takes to display my words. Rubbish I know, but I guess it’s stage fright for writers:-). The easiest part for me is the editing/revising as the words are already there I just need to get them to make sense. The most rewarding part is having someone find you and tell you that they loved your story.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?

Linda: My favorite authors are HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, MM Kaye, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Jodi Thomas and Barbara Michaels.

Unfortunately, I can’t read any of them now as I tend to mimic another writer when if I read them. It’s not good to sound like a romance in a horror novel:-)

Jen: What’s next for you?

Linda: Next, I’m returning to the apocalyptic world I created in Redaction. As it is a series, I already have the characters so it will be following them along on their quest for survival or not as the case may be. Then I have 2 more paranormal romance novels under contract.

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Linda: Absolutely. I read for pure escapism–to travel to exotic locations, watch the bad guys get caught, or to fall in love-so my genre of choice will vary depending on my mood. Why do you read the genres you do?

Contest details:

  • The prize is an ebook copy of Blue Maneuver.
  • The contest is open to everyone over the age of 13.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Sunday, April 1.

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