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's the lastest book you're working on?
The current book I'm working on is called "A Crack in Time' including "The Beast Within'. As I explained on my webpage 'A Crack in Time' is the prelude and stands alone. "The Beast Within' concludes the story. It is totally different from my other books as it is set in England in 1851.
Of course while this is happening I'm also working on The Torans of Andor 'The Mountain King' and the continuation of the 'Pulchritudinous' series.
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.
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.
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 writing process?
I write as the mood takes me. This is why I have a few going at the same time. Let me explain; if I feel depressed I continue to write A Crack in Time or The Beast Within, this story is about a tormented young man. If I'm feeling adventurous, then I continue to write Book 2 The Torans of Andor.
If I'm feeling happy (which I feel quite often) I continue with Pulchritudinous.
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.
Published 2014-01-07.
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