In the interview seat today we have the lovely Linda Bloodworth. Linda loves chips, like really, ketchup to be exact. Ketchup chips are only found in Canada. Lucky for Linda she lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. In between writing, debating for hours about the Oxford comma, and the misunderstood semi colon; Linda enjoys camping and getting away from the city on day trips.
Hang out with Linda here:
Hello Linda and welcome to Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
Was there anything particular that inspired you to start your journey of being an author?
I’ve always wanted to write. Ever since I was a little girl stories came naturally to me and it’s something I assumed everyone did. Later on I realized this was not the case, but it’s something that I feel is in my blood.
What would you say is the hardest part of writing/publishing a book for you?
Mainly listening to feedback and not being stubborn. It’s difficult to ‘kill your darlings’, but necessary in writing. There were many parts that I wanted to keep but they just didn’t make the cut. Additionally, the editing process is enough to cause mental anguish. Looking at 100,000+ words six times over is enough to cause ‘brain melt’ for anyone.
If you could only read four books for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Stephen King - The Stand
Stephen King & Peter Straub - The Talisman
A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
John Wyndham - The Chrysalids
Lewis Caroll - Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
Do you and your main character share any personality traits?
Justice St. Michaels and I are both fiercely loyal to our friends and will protect them with all our fibre. She also has great taste in music (Radiohead), and clothes (Vanshoes).
If you could live in any book what book would it be?
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I love Narnia.
Where do your ideas for your books come from? Dreams? Music?
A Raven’s Touch came from a dream. Other ideas really come from random items that I string together and create a mini world from their proximity. Music also plays a really big part. It’s impossible to just pick one influence, the world is always moving and providing inspiration.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. You can do this. Take your time. You’re not crap.