Interview with Linda Arditto

Hi I'm Samantha Kirk and I'd like to thank you for letting me conduct this interview.
It's my pleasure. I was surprised when you contacted me about this.
Describe your desk
LOL. It's a mess but there's always a coffee cup sitting there.
When did you first start writing?
About 40 years ago when I started to map out the Torans of Andor. There must have been a hundred pages of notes which were packed away when I moved and stayed packet, I kept moving.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything to me. Without them enjoying my work there would be no point in writing.
Authors of fiction write to give pleasure to others and I suppose there's a bit of self satisfaction there somewhere.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Talking to my parrots, playing with my grandson, laughing and joking with my daughter,answering my fan mail. I can't believe I get fan mail.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I admit that I mainly read the classics but I check for interesting stories at Smashwords.
Who are your favorite authors?
Well that's a tricky one to ask me.
Charlotte Bronte would definitely get a mention as would George Eliot and Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Then of course if we're also including living authors I would say Mars Q, Chris Mauns, Mary Jane Seeiso, and C.C.Champagne. Also Vito Veii and a new author, Caroline Wood.
I can't think of others at the moment but I've been impressed by their work, their talent and their approach to different subjects. They are found here at Smashwords.
I read A Vampire in the Vatican and found it facinating. Can you tell us more about the main character Inspector Martinelli?
Yes, he's an average guy. 52 years old, single and overweight. An Inspector in the Vatican City police he's had a cushy job until he discovers vampires. Unfortunately he failed to save the life of a young priest and his guilt has sent him to seek out as many vampires as he can. Book 2 'Nun with a Gun' has just been released, I hope the readers see the Inspector changing as he experiences more difficulties. Book 2 isn't just about vampires, but Nazi gold. Book 3 'The Aesinas Codex' will be released soon and the Inspector finds himself up against odds that are against him.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm lucky to be associated with Clover Digital Media. I give them a brief description and let them read the story, they come up with the rest.
The Pulchritudinous series seems to be popular?
Yes, I'm very surprised. I don't normally write for children. I write mainly for those who would rather go to the movies than read a book. Easy reading I think it's called.
Pulchritudinous turned out to be different and I see adults are enjoying it too.
It started when I woke early one morning. Everything was quiet, no noise in the house and none outside. I felt an incredible calmness. Instead of getting up and going to the bathroom, then a large mug of coffee which was my morning ritual; I went straight to the computer and wrote the first in the series. Then I did everything I do, bathroom, coffee the usual stuff. When I returned to the computer and read what I had written, I found one error which was auto correct, not me. From getting out of bed to finishing my first coffee turned out to be two hours.
The rest of Pucks' story seemed to be laid out in front of me. It seems like it's being put in my head and I'm just writing it down; I have no idea where it's coming from. Strange but true. I feel a little guilty about the high reviews as I don't think the credit is mine, but I don't know who it belongs to.
Have you considered releasing Pulchritudinous in print?
I see a few reviewers would like that but that's not up to me. I think price will come into it as there will be a lot of coloured prints; that may steer the publishers away from it. On the other hand they may just go for it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Anything under $80.
Probably not the answer you were looking for but there are good cheap e-readers out there.
Sally Virtue has just appeared on the scene. How did you come up with her?
I admit that I was suffering from writers block, it's a terrible thing really. Anyway, my daughter set me a few tasks, flash stories, all requiring the word 'moon' in the title and to be mentioned at least once within the story. She also set a maximum amount of words for each story and a subject. Werewolf, vampire, zombie & ghost.
Sally came about while trying to comply to the zombie story. I guess I had trouble letting her go after that.
Published 2015-05-19.
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Books by This Author

The Weekends of Sally Virtue. May & June
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,850. Language: American English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
Sally Virtue is 10 years old and an only child living in a small town in Texas. She finds life boring, but looks forward to visiting her gran in Austin to break the monotony of her mundane life. Fear of spiders is nothing compared to living next door to a murderer.
That Damn Moon
Series: The Power of the Moon. Flash fiction.. Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2015 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
When a dozen roses and dinner with your beautiful wife is beckoning…..
A Reckless Moon
Series: The Power of the Moon. Flash fiction.. Price: Free! Words: 1,080. Language: British English. Published: April 20, 2015 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
1880 Paris: A stranger lurks in the shadows. Young, handsome and alone.. He's travelled the world for two hundred years......searching.
Beware.....The Moon is Full
Series: The Power of the Moon. Flash fiction.. Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A flash fiction for the 'not so faint hearted'. After dark when the moon is full......stay home!!
Nun with a Gun
Series: The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli, Book 2 · The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,090. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Inspector Martinelli decides to take a vacation after his encounters with the vampires in the Vatican. He leaves Rome and flies to Munich in Bavaria, always hoping to meet a ‘Knight of Christ’ and maybe a few ‘Royal’ vampires. His hatred of vampires has sent him on a quest to kill as many as he can but things don’t turn out the way he planned.
Pulchritudinous Book 2
Series: Born to be King, Complete book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,210. Language: British English. Published: July 10, 2014 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General
Puck tries to hurry things along and finds himself in more trouble than he's ever known. He travels on a journey of necessity to right a wrong that he is responsible for. PLEASE NOTE: Pulchritudinous Book 2 is the CONTINUATION from Book 1. This is not a standalone story.
A Crack in Time/The Beast Within
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,270. Language: British English. Published: May 8, 2014 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Literature » Biographical
England 1851, Queen Victoria is on the throne, the year of the ‘Great Exhibition’ and the building of the Kings Cross Railway Station. ‘Big Ben’ hadn’t been constructed and London is filled with poor and destitute souls living in the filth of the slums. Can John Pitt survive these harsh conditions.
Pulchritudinous Book 1
Series: Born to be King, Complete book 1. Price: Free! Words: 13,090. Language: British English. Published: January 8, 2014 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A young boys journey of learning. How appearances mean nothing. How you must consider others when decision making and how everything can change as you move through your life. PLEASE NOTE: This is the combined story which were published here in 10 parts.. All covers are also left in as requested by some readers. Part 1 of Book 2 is 'tagged on' at the end.
The Torans of Andor 'Out of Time' GRAPHIC NOVEL
Series: The Torans of Andor, Book1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,150. Language: Australian English. Published: November 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
Was it an accident or fate which drew Peter to discover the magical Toran jewel? Did whoever or whatever that left this jewel behind intend for him to find it on a particular day with a particular intent? Passing through the portal via the jewel, our unlikely and rather cowardly hero soon finds himself thrown into a world of Volitos, Maytols and dwarf-like forest people.
A Vampire in the Vatican 'Brotherhood of the Sword'
Series: The Unusual Cases of Inspector Martinelli, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,080. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Luciano Martinelli is fifty-two years old and an Inspector in the Vatican City Police. It’s been an easy life for him until one day he investigates five murders, all taking place inside the Vatican. This starts his journey into a world of evil and deceit, of pagan rituals and murder.
The Torans of Andor 'Out of Time'
Series: The Torans of Andor, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 112,230. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013 by Clover Digital Media. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Was it an accident or fate which drew Peter to discover the magical Toran jewel? Did whoever or whatever that left this jewel behind intend for him to find it on a particular day with a particular intent? Passing through the portal via the jewel, our unlikely and rather cowardly hero soon finds himself thrown into a world of Volitos, Maytols and dwarf-like forest people.