SPEAKER: Linda is a member of AWSA, and is available to speak to your organization, at your conference, or as part of a workshop.
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AGENT: Linda is a an agent with Hartline Literary Agency. She would love to represent that next great American novel! She will look at nonfiction, but she LOVES FICTION--historic, suspense, romance or all of the above.

AUTHOR: Linda writes romance in all categories, but what is her fave? Suspense, and not only suspense, but SUSPENSE SEALED WITH A KISS

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Next Big Thing--a Day Late!

Today I’m participating in a fun Blog Hop! Unfortunately because of a CRASH, I’m a day late and dollar short. More than that actually! But I digress!

The blog is really about what I’m working on at the moment. And heeerrreee we go!

My post follows after Cheryl Martin’s blog post from last Wed the 7th at, a fabulous site about author Cheryl Martin and her middle reader stories. Check it out!

Okay, I’m taking a break from working on a prequel to my two WWII novels, With Eyes of Love, and Always, Abby which Heartsong releases next spring, April and May, and which follow the story or two families who meet in a flood, and continue their friendship through the romantic relationships of the four of the children. But I didn’t want to stop there. I thought it would be interesting to tell the romances of the girls’ parents when they met during WWI.

We’ll see how that works.

Title? No title yet, but I’m swimming with ideas.

Where did the idea come from? Well, since the stories themselves were based on the friendship (the story pure fiction, but the friendship as real as the individuals) of my mother and my aunt. They understood the true meaning of what friends and family should be. So I thought, perhaps, some of the stories of my grandmother and grandfather, again, all loosely bases on some of their stories from when they were young.

Genre? Historic romance.

What actors would play your characters in a movie version? Oh, my. I’ve always been able to think of this with my other novels, but this one is so new, I don’t have the characters in my head yet. And since I’m a seat of the pantser, I can’t rush that.

Short Synopsis? WWI returning soldier, Thomas Richardson, meets shy college student, Mary, and the two discover that the world isn’t such a bad place after all. Thomas studies engineering, and Mary studies Thomas. Both with adventurous spirits, they find their similarities far outweigh the differences that their families see as negatives.

Agency Representation? Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency. Hey, I know that place! I work there, too! Go figure…

How long did it take to write that first draft? I’m still at it since it’s only just started.

What other books in this genre compare? I’m afraid I haven’t read many from WWI. WWII is very popular, but I’ve found WWI lacking. One of the reasons I wanted to do their story.

Any others in this genre? Well, not WWII, but I have just finished Derailed, a historic romance about a trail derailment which leaves a mail order bride not knowing who she is. My cousins and I tossed idea around for this book for a couple years before it became strong enough in my mind to be able to write. I finished it this fall and the proposal is out as I write this.

Who or what inspired the WIP? That would be my petite grandmother and tall grandfather and their story. Mutt and Jeff. His little China Doll. Their story started the idea, but the story itself is pure fiction.

Anything to add? You bet. I’m not sure how I ended up writing historic romance. My favorite has always been romantic suspense which I’ve sweat blood to write, but the historic romance came so easily. Hmmm.

Please stop by visit the following ladies’ blogs on Wed. Nov. 21st:

Tamera Kraft

Lisa Lickel

Davalynn Spencer

Karen Wingate

Karen Prough

Hope you enjoy these ladies’ blogs/websites, and hope you’ll stop back and visit again!


  1. Ah, prequels, cool. Get to fill in those blank spots.

  2. I'm learning a lot here, and very surprised by some of it. Got my own historic going that I would have bet money a year ago I'd never attempt. Maybe there's something in the air.

  3. Linda, reading about my Mom and your Mom, and grandpa and gramma brought tears to my eyes...I am so excited for you.
    Your northern cousin