Linda Talbot

Biography

Linda Talbot has written fantasy for children and adults and for many years reviewed art, theatre and books in London. She now lives in Crete. She published "Fantasy Book of Food"; rhymes, stories and recipes for children and "Five Rides by a River" - about Suffolk, seen from a bicycle! She contributed a chapter to a book about Conroy Maddox, the British surrealist and features on art to "Topos" the German landscape magazine. She published short stories with the British Fantasy Society as well as stories and poetry in other magazines. And she launched "Wordweavers", an online supplement of poetry and fiction, published in conjunction with The Cretan International Community.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I may be prompted by a place, some incident or a strong idea. I will have a vague plot - never too stringent because the story usually takes over at some point. I write fast, leave the story, then re-read a few days later and make adjustments. I've never completely revised a book - I think spontaneity is essential and too much revision depletes this.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first was called "Clary Coot" - about a coot that gets trapped and then escapes from a fire in a mill. I don't know who wrote it but it was the wonderful illustrations that had an impact.
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Where to find Linda Talbot online


Books

The Bamboozling of Bazalob and The Flying Shoes
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Price: Free! Words: 6,930. Language: British English. Published: April 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
In "The Bamboozling of Bazalob", Derry and Jude are carried in a giant travelling pot to rescue their cousin Katie, from Bazalob, a gross mix of beast, bird and fish. In "The Flying Shoes" Sissy and Sam find two giant shoes in a field, in which they fly to the horrible home of Slobsky, a child-eating giant. Will they be able to rescue Milly and Moll, the giant's daughters and prisoner, Wendy?
Clumsilla's Flight Through Time and Taming of the Tokhashi
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Price: Free! Words: 8,500. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
"Clumsilla's Flight Through Time" and "Taming of the Tokhashi" are two stories whisking children from their everyday lives to lands of unlikely dangers and delights. Clumsilla time travels with the help of Zigana, a celestial gipsy. In "Taming of the Tokhashi", Topsy and Turvy see the demise of a monster after adventures with exotic creatures and terrifying gods.
Gods and Green Fingers
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Price: Free! Words: 31,230. Language: British English. Published: January 22, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
The magic and mythology of plants and how to grow them is explored in Gods and Green Fingers - this anthology for plant lovers. There are insights into familiar flowers, climbers, trees and temperamental oddities. And a selection of perturbing short stories - from the fate of someone lost in a maze, to a fairy figure in a flower border.
A Walk on the Weird Side
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Price: Free! Words: 26,350. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Take a step away from the everyday. In A Walk on the Weird Side get steeped in the mysterious, the quirky, the outrageous. This collection of stories veers from a bizarre being related to an orchid and the reforming of a harpy, to a barbaric ritual burning.
Heidi's House and Other Rhymes
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Price: Free! Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse
A little girl is bewitched by the Fairy Queen - but in "Heidi's House and Other Rhymes", her house is worried enough to grow feet and set out to find her! Strange events surface throughout this collection for children - from a Fish called Fred who turns into a rainbow, to Solomon Tucket, who lives in a bucket. But other poems are simple observations, as in "The Camel" and "The Spider".
The Trial of Green Toby
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Price: Free! Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
(4.00 from 1 review)
Toby is getting ready for school when he notices his feet have turned GREEN! Alarmed and thoroughly mystified, he pulls on his socks and sets off. But he is waylaid by a little man who is green from head to toe! As Toby turns even greener he is whirled away by other little green men, is finally arrested and charged in court with being green in a public place. What will become of him?
Granny Pegg's Great Chase&Granny Grinalot's Day in the Desert
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Price: Free! Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When a crocodile at the zoo snaps off one of Granny Pegg's legs she is not daunted. She simply gets a wooden one in "Granny Pegg's Great Chase."It proves invaluable in her pluckily offbeat capture of a thief... In "Granny Grinalot's Day in the Desert", a game granny - a keen keeper of pets, favours a camel and, while riding one at the zoo, has a disturbing dream about crossing the desert...
The Starflash Opal
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Price: Free! Words: 8,410. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Swot and Gemma - two unsuspecting schoolchildren - are chosen by enchantress Zophenas, to help her escape from the Underearth. They have to bring her three items that might do the trick; the soul of Waldo the warlock, the magic ointment that enables a witch to fly and a woman who has turned into a two-tailed cat. In return they will receive a starflash opal and six wishes.
In the Eye of the Storm
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Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
"In the Eye of the Storm" is a collection of verse in three sections, from "Demeter's Dance", where aspects of nature are sometimes threatened by neglect or interference and "Breakages" - emotional responses to love and life, to poems prompted by Greece in "Moonbirds and Wild Water." They are hopefully impressions and thoughts of more than merely personal relevance.
Time Trance of the Gods (Book Two)
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Price: Free! Words: 55,420. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In Book Two of Time Trance of the Gods, the past, with its mythical characters and events, is freed to influence the present and future.These stories re-iterate the power of myth created by man and explore its potential for disquieting parallels through the movement of time.
The Soul Shadow and Other Tales of Tomorrow
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Price: Free! Words: 17,850. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Soul Shadow and Other Tales of Tomorrow are stories that fancifully defy the everyday. People are plunged into unpredictable events that amuse, amaze, terrify. They are sometimes the retaliation of man's ingenuity and sometimes the result of baffling outer influences. So don't take your reassuring routines for granted!
Time Trance of the Gods (Book One)
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Price: Free! Words: 66,000. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Book One of Time Trance of the Gods is a collection of stories, where ancient Greek gods and mortals mingle as they move through time. The people appearing in plots that often parallel the improbable myths, live in lands and circumstances that are worlds away from those where man was immersed in magic. Yet the past has not perished.
Gift of Green Fire and Other Strange Encounters
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Price: Free! Words: 31,230. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Earth has been ravaged by some catastrophe. But strange happenings and communities are emerging in these three tales - Gift of Green Fire, The Water Watchers and The Sun Steps of Shunai. People have fled, been overwhelmed or are reappearing bizarrely transformed. What future will unfold? These are ventures into fantasy, but also food for thought.

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