Linda North

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I met Linda North through Facebook. I enjoyed talking with her so much that I asked her if she'd be willing to do an interview for me. She graciously agreed. I asked her a few questions about her work. She writes in a genre I know little about. I hope you will find her responses as interesting as I did.

AJ: What genre(s) do you write in and what drew you to this genre?

Currently, I’m writing historical. I think I was influenced by the reading I enjoyed in my teen and young adult years. I think I read every historical novel written by Thomas B. Costain. I also read Mary Renault’s early books, such as Last of the Wine, Bull from the Sea and the King Must Die. Also read Mary Stewart, and novels by Phyllis Whitney, Regency novels by Georgette Heyer, and books by Victoria Holt. H.G. Wells was read, and in my late teens and early twenties I was really into science fiction. The Dune series by Frank Herbert is still one of my favorites.

I’m not ruling out other genres, such as mystery, contemporary romance, etc. My Muse hasn’t taken me in those directions.

AJ: That's interesting...I briefly considered writing a mystery/romance, in reality, only for a few minutes. Once I realized I wasn't smart enough to write a mystery that couldn't be figured out on the first page, I gave up on the idea! Tell me more about the stories you like to write.

I write stories I want to read. These are stories with exotic settings of place and/or time, plenty of romance, friction between main characters, adventure, and of course, happy endings.

Wind and Dreams is a historical romance set in 1901. It tells the story of an American woman, Rose McLeod, who goes to Egypt with her father and is kidnapped by a slaver. She’s rescued only to find that she’s now held captive by a woman claiming to be the pharaoh of a hidden kingdom deep in the Sahara founded by ancient Egyptians. There is also a fantasy element in the story. ‘Visions’ are experienced by Rose and Meryt (Pharaoh) where they come in contact with ancient Egyptian deities. Destiny and reincarnation also play a part.

I have a science fiction written, Deep Merge, that is currently with one of my beta readers.  I hope to release it mid-year. The story is set in this time period. It’s about alien abduction of a human woman who has specific innate qualities needed to assist an alien scientist in reaching her home planet with vital information that could impact the survival of her planet, and Earth.

I’ve also started a historical based on events around 512 bce in ancient Persia and what was known as Scythia.

AJ: I'm not familiar with the term 'bce." What does that mean?

It stands for 'before common era.' It's an alternative term to BC which carries a more religeous connotation.

AJ: So when can we expect to see your next novel?

I hope to have the first draft done by April 2014. i haven't decided on a title yet.

AJ: I wouldn't even know where to begin a story like that. How much research do you have to do?

Months of research. I started seriously researching my next historical around four months ago.

AJ: Do you write full-time or part-time?

Part-time and only when my Muse tells me it’s time.

AJ: Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate, or write longhand?

Computer. Some notes and scene ideas are in longhand.

AJ: Where do you get your ideas for your book(s)?

Most are from dreams. I've woken up in the wee hours of the morning to write down a vivid dream I've had that I think would make a good story. I believe my subconscious correlates articles, documentaries, movies, and events, I find interesting and sends them to me in dream form. I like the old adventure movies from the 30s, 40s, and 50s that were set in exotic places and times. I particular like the ‘Sand and Sandals’ stories. They’re not very historically accurate, but romance and adventure abound. And they all have ‘happy endings’.

AJ: Really? I think I'm dreams are boring in comparison to yours. Your dreams sound like a great adventure movie. Are dreams your only source?

No. Sometimes, Archaeological finds and archaeological articles in magazines, such as ‘Smithsonian,'  also spur my imagination.

AJ: Thank you, Linda, for taking time from your busy schedule to answer my questions. I appreciate the interview.

Thank you, A.J., for inviting me to participate.

Biography for Linda North

Linda is a fifth generation Floridian who lives in North Florida with her partner and adopted furry friends. She is an unabashed romantic who believes in happy endings. 

 For more information about Linda and her books, visit her websiteLinda North

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