Meet Linda Rosen
Linda Rosen and I have been cyber friends for several years having met on The Next Big Writer website. I was thrilled when she invited me to take part in the Write On! Blog Hop.
Linda is in the query phase of trying to get her unique novel, FLOURISH, published. I say unique, because it’s based on a true story about a winery run completely by women! Yep, that’s pretty dang unique! She also has a blog, http://lindarosen.blogspot.com/, where she offers information from the fitness classes she teaches. Check it out and you’ll find excellent exercises for stretching out those muscles after sitting a computer all day!
Well, enough about Linda. Let‘s talk about me, let’s talk about I, let’s talk about number one oh-my-me-my!
I’m a native Texan with big hair. I’ve been married to the same man since dirt. I love shopping a thrift stores. A really sharp pencil makes me happy. I hate talking on the phone and I’m thankful wrinkles aren’t painful. I’d love for you to follow me on twitter @Talkin’Twang and all those other social sites…Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Goodreads, etc.
WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
A better question might be what am I not working on? I have so many irons in the fire I have a hard time keeping them all going. My first young adult romance, TELL ME A SECRET, will be released in the next two months. I’m editing the third novel in my Tizzy/Ridge Trilogy, TIED WITH A BOW AND NO PLACE TO GO, which should be out by the end of summer. In the trilogy, one popular meeting place is Sweet Thangs Bakery and owners, Pattiecake McAlister and Sugarpie Monroe, have just finished a cookbook with all…you got it….Sweet Thangs! It will have about 100 delicious recipes of cookies, cakes, pies, cobblers, and more!!
I have another non-fiction book about verbs which will also be out soon. In addition, I have started a romantic comedy and a middle grade book for girls!
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
There really aren’t many authors who write humorous mysteries, so that alone sets me a part somewhat. Then of course, I’m a native Texan, so anything I write will have plenty of Texas Twang and Southern Sass!
WHY DO I WRITE?
Easy question. Two reasons. Control and Boredom. My stories are the one place where I have total control over my characters. I can make them be anything or do anything I choose. I can’t do that anywhere else. Plus, their lives are so much more interesting than mine!! I lead a very plain, ordinary life, so by writing, I can add all the crazy zany stuff that makes life fun!!
HOW DOES YOUR WRITING PROCESS WORK?
I’ve used every possible routine a writer can use. I’ve written by the seat of my pants where I just sit down and start typing with no idea where the story will go. I’ve outlined and followed a formula for each chapter. I’ve written in the wee hours of the morning and I’ve written late at night. I’ve gotten up in the middle of the night to write. I’ve written every day and I’ve gone weeks without writing. The thing that works best for me is to outline and write every day when I’m working on a story. Once it’s done, I try to take a break from it for a few days before I start editing. Once I do first round edits, then I get a couple of readers to give it whirl. After I get their suggestions, I edit again and run it through a couple of programs…Pro Writing Aid, Editminion, and sometimes Ginger. After I do all that, I feel like it’s ready to go. I do prefer total silence when I write. The words in my head can’t compete with anything else going on.
Now, I’d like to introduce you to another author who happens to have out several new books…but I’ll let her tell you about them next week on her blog. http://cyndilord.wordpress.com/
Cyndi Lord lives with her husband Gene, two dogs, and two cats on a ranch in Northeast Texas. She retired a few years ago after nearly three decades of owning her own investigation and paralegal business. Launching her career in full time writing in 2013, book one of The Sandra Derringer Chronicles, They Call Me Murdered, released in January of 2014. The paranormal murder mystery hit Best Seller on Amazon in the first weeks. As a versatile author, she proved herself two months later when her children’s picture book, Nick The Owlet’s Adventure hit Amazon’s Best Seller list within the first weeks. In April, her third book, A Plain Wish, for young adults and older, book one in The Plain Series, hit top twenty-five sellers the first day it released. This Amish theme book is sure to be a huge success as readers await the next book. “It’s a dream come true, and I am truly blessed,” Cyndi said. This summer, her five state book tour will end in Michigan where she and her husband will spend a few weeks with their nine adult children and sixteen grandchildren.