Interview with Linda Kay

What do you read for pleasure?
I love a good mystery that keeps me intrigued and I can't lay the book down.... that would be James Patterson, David Baldacci, Dean Koontz, but also enjoy a quick romance read.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Ebooks is a new adventure for me. My first experience at writing was to help my mother write her memoirs, mixed in with some family and friend recipes in "Flavors From the Past, Memoirs and Recipes of Wilma Weiland Diekhoff". I had to complete the entire document for G & R Publishing, since it has a story mixed into the recipes. My first project was to convert this to an ebook for publishing here on the site. I am now the author, as my mother is deceased. My greatest joy was to see my mother at a book signing at B & N at 82!
Describe your desk
I have a small room off my bedroom, about 8 X 12. It has lots of shelving, where I have everything from hidden gifts, fabric for quilting, yarn for crocheting, pictures of family, my sewing machine on a table, my computer and printer on a slide out shelf, and finally an array of games and puzzles. It is also where I store my "Father Christmas" who is about 5 feet tall and created by a dear friend in Illinois. He's a treasure and only comes out after Thanksgiving until sometime in January.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in central Illinois on a farm. My responsibility for chores and 4-H were the chickens (did I say how much I hate chickens?) We would get up early in the morning to do chores, then had to dress for school to catch the bus at 7:35! My mother, as related in her book, always told us of family heritage and the adventuresome Germans who came to the US to farm or ply their various trades. She was an avid reader, so that's probably where my interest in the printed word started. My three brothers and me were always told there wasn't anything we couldn't do if we set our mind to it. That has pretty much been my driver for my life. There have been times when I had to pull myself up to move ahead, and I thank my parents for that positive influence. We'll see how I do with this new adventure into ebook publishing! ;-)
When did you first start writing?
My first real story was in my junior year of high school. For my speech class, I wrote a play entitled "Fire and Brimstone" about the end of the world as it is falling toward the sun. I got an "A" and praises from my teacher, and I still have it. I've written lots of poetry, but didn't have the time to devote to a novel until I retired. Then I first started writing in 2005, but haven't had the impetus to move ahead with publishing. I've had some rejections from agents, and that's very discouraging. So I'm looking forward to just getting my "people" into print. They have been living in my head for a long time!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm actually working on a series of books from a print of five pictures relating to the stages of love. My first book relates to a mother's love, the second is on puppy love. The first book is entitled "Annie's Love", and I should have it ready for publication in a few weeks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was teaching online several years ago, DeVry was moving to ebooks for the textbooks in my class. I started reading more of the texts online, and found it to be a pretty convenient way (and less expensive) to find what you are looking for and reading. Then I recently saw an article about epublishing in USA Today that got me going on how I might get my own work published in a now growing delivery system.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is to develop characters you get to know intimately. As you develop their personalities and their emotions, it is very easy to get totally rapt in their lives. They become like a friend with whom you communicate with by phone or text.... you know them personally and they are often on your mind. There are many times I write with tears in my eyes as they face various dilemmas.
What do your fans mean to you?
Oh, I do so look forward to sharing with others what I have written. So I will also look forward to feedback, both positive and "constructive" to help me be a better writer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have two small dogs, Izzy and Polly, who need to go outside in the morning. They stay in a kennel during the night, since Jerry and I don't have them sleep with us. Izzy is almost 12, and Polly just turned a year old. I have my coffee usually outside on the porch to our back yard, where I have lots of beautiful flowers and bird feeders to enjoy. Texas is usually warm enough to sit out there under the porch roof, and it's very peaceful. We review what's up for the day, have a little breakfast, shared with my begger dogs, and carry on with our day. I also work with the local Needs Council to volunteer at least one day a week, and that is a super motivator for me!
What are you working on next?
My series will continue as I find a character from one story to carry on over to another. My readers won't know which character I will pick for the next stage of love, as I don't really know yet for sure!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an older Nook, but hope to upgrade. I haven't downloaded an ebook onto my Iphone yet.... too small!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, it's too early to tell much on this one! I have only just begun my relationship with Smashwords. I have worked with some incredible people, and feel that Smashwords provides excellent support to their authors.
Published 2014-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Flavors From The Past: Memoirs and Recipes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,800. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General
Wilma Weiland Diekhoff recounts her first 18 years, raised through the depression. She tells of her childhood, her schooling, and her courtship with her husband. Interspersed among her story are some 200 recipes from those times, and from the more recent period from family and friends. This is a culmination of a plan to preserve the family heritage.