Interview with Linda Maye Adams

What is your writing process?
I write, really, like I read. I get an idea and start writing. Setting and character, and then I follow the story to see where it goes. No outline, no planning of any kind. It's a messy process for me because the ideas don't come in order, so I'm constantly moving around in my story, making adjustments here at there. Kind of like shaking out the wrinkles.
How do you approach cover design?
The first thing I think about is walking into Border's Bookstore. They had this table out front with a pile of new releases in paperwork, all genres. So I'd sift through, looking for a cover that caught my eye. It's got to say something about the genre and the book, and look like it would belong on that table. So I have all of that in mind when I search for an image. But I also look for ones that will represent me and who I am, and ones that won't take a lot of work to turn into a cover.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was eight years old. My best friend was writing a school play, and I wanted to write a story like she was doing. I also had an uncle and aunt who published children's books. I remember going to their house down in San Diego and seeing the digest style covers of The Writer sitting on their coffee table. Such interesting magazines to poke through!
What are you working on next?
I'm participating in "Writing in Public," which is going to be a short story each work, live for everyone.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
My writing area consists of an Elfa desk with a zebra print desktop, brown and black waves. I have a desktop printer, and I've always preferred that over laptops. Laptops are a pain to type on, and the screens can't be set a comfortable height like a regular monitor can. I also have a pen mouse, which is an ergonomic mouse that turns my hand like I'm holding a pen. The mouse pad was from my grandmother's 90th birthday party and shows a picture of the Adams ancestors. I'm not neat, but I try to keep the area clean.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read science fiction, fantasy, and mystery, and pretty much anything that catches my interest.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called Cursed Planet, third in the GALCOM Universe series. The series deals with a woman who can see ghosts. She's called on by Galactic Command to solve alien ghost problems. This story mashes together haunted meteors and 'man hunts man,' or in this case, alien hunts woman.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was a late bloomer, because I still thought that going traditional was better. But there were a lot of trends I start seeing that I didn't like, trends that favored the publishers and acted like the people who were providing the product to them were unimportant. Plus, I know from past history that if I submitted a book to agents, it would probably take a year to find one, if I did, and at least another year or two before it got published. I can put up a book in an afternoon.
Published 2017-06-17.
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Books by This Author

Stain of Ghost
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Stone mage Margaret Day thought the faces of the automatons gave her nightmares. But what the Know-Nothings did to the construction of the Washington Monument makes the nightmares seem tame. A haunted stone, deep within the monument, tainted with evil. Can she fight the evil? A page-turning story of dark secrets.
Ghost Ship
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,750. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A spaceship appears out of nowhere…then disappears. Like it never existed. Hope Delgado, GALCOM’s only ghost expert, confronts the impossible. Can a spaceship be a ghost? Cryptic clues lead to the planet below. And a deadly secret in space threatens the lives of everyone on the S.C. Kangjun. Hope must solve the mystery before time runs out. A page-turning story in the GALCOM Universe series.
Ambush Cargo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Ariah’s touch tells her stories. About objects, about people, about death. A tall ship arrives in port, carrying a story that no one wants to hear. Legacy of war? Or worse? Ariah must confront dark secrets to investigate. The answers may be deadly. A twisted fantasy short story of growing evil that keeps you turning pages.
Action Tales I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Three tales of action and adventure: River Flight, an exciting story of a princess being chased that will keep you turning pages until the end. In Booby-Trap at Beaver River, a woman faces insurmountable obstacles to save the regiment in this chilling tale of adventure. In A Quartet of Clowns, Ilya must embrace her mother’s legacy before death takes her. A page turning fantasy story.
Digital Minimalism: Reduce Clutter on Your Computer Now
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,170. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Time management, Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks & Manuals
If you feel constantly overwhelmed by the amount of files…if you waste time looking for files you know you saved somewhere… You’re not alone. I’ve been there. There had to be a better way! I’m not a productivity expert. But in this book, I’m going to share with you what I did to get my files in order and stop being overwhelmed.
Granny Logic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,930. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Nothing like having Granny on stakeout. Sidelined by a broken foot, private investigator Erin King must go on surveillance. Her body-building granny plays chauffeur. Add a thorny case of fraud and an impatient insurance company. And the bill collectors. With time running out, Erin needs answers, fast. But sometimes granny knows best.
Nothing Town
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A dying town trapped because of a time bubble. They blame Michelle Graham, descendant of the man who broke the town. She wants to leave. The family house refuses to let her go. Then past and present bleed together…horse-drawn wagons ride alongside cars. A timeline rupture? A twisted science fiction short story that keeps you turning the pages
The August Ghost
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sometimes ghosts can be too helpful. But Private Investigator Tibby Clarke just wants respect from her grandfather ghost. A routine case takes Tibby into the Washington DC suburbs…a strange place for a ghost partner with nineteenth century sensibilities. . But when the case turns deadly, her ghostly grandfather may be the only person standing between her and life and death.
Monkey River
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Pap thinks the worst of his problems is getting stuck with a green officer from the King's Militia. They're out in the middle of nowhere, and officers hate nowhere. Then Pap's partner Ariana, a cartographer mage, discovers an entire fleet waiting on the river. To attack? Nowhere is suddenly becoming very dangerous.
Blink of a Moment
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The world stops for Trey Howard, like a camera rewinding and then starting up again. All he wants to is hide in his job as a janitor and pretend like he doesn't exist, like can't make the world blink. Then the government finds him, men who are not affected when the world blinks, and they want to talk to him...
Lady Pearl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Mage Najie has her hands full. She's never worked with her sword mate before, and he doesn't trust her or her map magic. But they have to learn to work together, and fast. They are running out of time to stop a killer before it kills and disappears again.
Watcher Ghost
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
Hope Delgado specializes in alien ghosts in space. But her latest mission to a space station is a challenge even for the woman who can talk to ghosts. Because this ghost isn't able to talk to her, and he's escalating his efforts into frightening attacks. Hope thinks he has a warning, but she is running out of time.
Sand Dollar Wishes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 520. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Every day, Diana Ralston makes her daily visit to Morro Rock, and to the beach there, hoping to find the past for her future. But time is running out, and all that she finds makes her feel like her world is going to stay broken.
Strands of Blackmail
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Sometimes returning home brings back good memories, or bad ones. For Shari Kendell, it's finding answers to the questions her grandmother's death left. Actors always live in their own world, but Shari is surprised and what she didn't know. Who was blackmailing her grandmother, and why?
10 Fantasy Stories I
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 24,120. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This a collection of ten fantasy stories from Linda Maye Adams. The collection includes Writers of the Future honorable mentions "Words of Rain and Shadows, “A Quartet of Clowns” and "Monkey River," the action story “Lady Pearl,” the flash fiction “Light in the Widow,” and the war story “Devil Winds."
Women at War: Stories & Poems
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
Desert Storm war veteran Linda Maye Adams shows the diversity of what war is like for the women who deploy in this collection of short stories and poetry. The stories run from "First Night," and "Between Black and White," because war seldom ends when the war does. The poems include "A Woman Goes to War" and "The Lonely Sounds of War."
First Night
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » General
Fear is something Private Carolyn Mendez can't admit to. Yet, as she arrives in Saudi Arabia, for Desert Storm, deploying to war, it's all she can think about. All she has is herself, and even that is scary.
5 Futuristic Women
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Five stories of futuristic women, from an artist who makes a first contact in "Sky Hair," to the private who finds herself in hot water after aliens eat her officer in "Rejected by Aliens." In "New Robot Smell," a female soldier has to choose between the military and her life. In "Theater Ship," actors defend a planet from an alien invasion.
New Robot Smell
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,080. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Technology is taking over the military. To help money, robots now perform many of the duties like cooking. Private First Class Rachel Drake wonders what the next steps will be. She doesn't like the answers she is getting. She thinks they will be replacing soldiers with robots soon. But that's far from what the truth will be, and far more dangerous.
Alien Traps
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
On the journey to adulthood, Lily Chun left herself behind. Does the child who set out boxes to trap aliens exist anymore? A dream of aliens draws Lily Chu to the California desert. Hoping to see a UFO. Plain silliness, her family says. So she must take a leap of faith. Then another woman arrives. Like her. Looking for aliens. A heartwarming science fiction short story.
Crying Planet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,660. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Recruited for her ability to see ghosts, Hope Delgado’s first mission into space may be her last. Alien ghosts infest a planet, threatening to destroy it. But can Hope communicate with alien ghosts? She faces distrust from the S.C. Kangjun’s skipper and his crew. Her only friend: The ghost of the dead first skipper. With the odds stacked against Hope, if she fails, a planet dies.
Men From the Horizon
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Men visit Rewa's island with monstrous automatons and promises--and the ability to help her walk normally again. They just want to farm the sugar cane fields for Rewa and her people. If one farmer agrees, everyone will agree. The decision hangs on what Rewa does. And no matter what her decision Rewa makes, it will cost her.
Baby Dolls & Aliens
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
It's the summer of 1976, when California is hot and dry, and Jenny is watching her mother wither away with the heat. Jenny tries to retreat to her backyard on a imaginary safari or a journey on the prairie. But even dolls on adventures aren't enough when the world is unraveling around her.
Theater Ship
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Actress Catherine Mason is old enough that Hollywood no longer wants her, so she performs theater in space for the soldiers. But it's dangerous duty for the actors. As they land on a military post, Catherine discovers the aliens are watching. She's about to give the performance of her life, if not her life.
Rejected by Aliens
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,470. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
First contact missions with new alien races are always dangerous. But Private Gaynelle never thought that the aliens would eat her officer, and she'd be the one in charge. Now she has to figure out how to communicate with the aliens. But why they rejected her as a meal will terrify her.
The Scientist's Widow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Ana Santiago has one of those murder cases that she can’t let go. A neuroscientist with promising research. Did his wife do it? Why does she tow around a cooler every day? Is his remains in the cooler? Ana wants answers, but learning the truth may be more than she wants.
Five Fantasy Heroines
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,440. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Five of Linda Maye Adams’ fantasy stories. The collection includes Writers of the Future honorable mention “A Quartet of Clowns,” the action story “River Flight,” the flash fiction “Healer’s Tent,” the action story “Booby-Trap at Beaver River,” and reader favorite “Words of Rain and Shadows.”
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Vampire hunter Abby feels like she’s all washed up. Approaching fifty, she’s been derided by her fellow hunters. The gym is the last place she should be. But she has a mission, and it might be the last things she does.
The Healer's Tent
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Magic and muzzle loaders blaze on the battlefield. Healer Nalani gets the aftermath—the injuries, the complaints, and the people needing help. But even though she’s in the rear, she’s finding she’s not immune to war either. Who helps the healer?
Words of Rain and Shadows
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Shadow Folk attacks when it rains. Only Irinia can hear their voices. But the village seer refuses to listen to her. Women can’t be seers. She must earn the trust of the village, and fast. Because the rain brings death. A twisted tale of jealousy to keep you turning pages.
Between Black and White
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 900. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Returning home from Desert Storm, Mary doesn’t recognize the place she grew up. Or her father. But it’s her that’s changed, too much. Can she find herself in the past, or is who she was gone forever?
Sky Hair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Her confidence shattered by death, Pitarra escapes to an artist’s retreat on the planet Demory II. She hopes to rekindle her creativity and paint again. But her fellow artists jeer at Pitarra’s failures. Facing the possibility her creativity may never return, she makes a daily trek to her secret spot. Hoping for a miracle. A heartwarming science fiction story about loss and hope.
A Quartet of Clowns
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
With the fog comes death Ilya smells it coming. The last time? Her mother, a clown, died. Now the circus arrives, hunting what lurks in the fog. Ilya must embrace her mother’s legacy before death takes her. A chilling fantasy short story that keeps you turning pages. Honorable mention recipient in the Writers of the Future contest.
Dance of the Wind Chimes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,100. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Every spring in Washington DC when the flowers bloom, the water sprites come to Gamma’s swimming pool, drawn by the family’s ancestral bloodlines. But this year, Gamma is retiring, and Lynn is taking her place. There’s Just one problem. Lynn was adopted. Will the sprites still come? Will they accept Lynn?
Cartographer of Fortunes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Superheroing is not easy, not for women and especially not for Map Girl's peculiar skills of making maps of lives that relegates her to telling fortunes in a carnival. But then Blue Flare shows, and he needs a favor ... a big one. It'll test Map Girl's skills, and maybe, it'll help her change direction, too.
Rogue God
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,800. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Beneath the island beauty lurks deadly magic. Magic booby-traps waiting years to kill, and worse. Like making monsters Anton Keymas, member of the Vai, a magical Special Forces, launches on his most perilous mission. Two soldiers missing. Probably dead. Keymas may not be able to stop the killing spree. A twisted fantasy of magic and monsters that takes you on a roller-coaster ride.
Foggy Paws
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Inspirational
Dogs always know. Deep in grief over her grandfather’s death, Jennifer Day finds a friend in a black Labrador named Candy Cane. Candy Cane gives her courage when she needs it and it transforms her life. A heartwarming story of grief and loss.
Devil Winds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Abandoned by war, abandoned by death. Neyan is a soldier hanging on with only the goal of completing her mission: kill the enemy. Now the enemy are mounting an attack on the kingdom, and she is the only one who stands between them and her people. Then she meets the enemy and she isn’t so sure of her mission any more.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Private Penelope Prescott wants respect. One of the women recruited to fill war losses, she gets no respect from her fellow soldiers. But now her regiment is fleeing enemy forces and a booby-trap lays in their path. The regiment’s survival rests on her. She faces insurmountable obstacles to save the regiment in this chilling tale of adventure.
Soldier, Storyteller: A Woman Soldier Goes to War
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,480. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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On August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Within twenty-four hours, he controlled the entire country. Five days later, the United States was deploying soldiers and had named the military operation Desert Shield. This would be the largest deployment of women at the time. Soldier, Storyteller is a rare inside look at war from a woman’s perspective and answers "What was it like?"
Pantser’s Guide to Writing
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
For writers who don’t outline—called pantsers—it’s hard finding anything on how to write that doesn’t involve outlining. Author Linda Maye Adams, a pantser writer, cuts through some of the myths and may save you wasted time looking for solutions. In this guide, Linda Maye Adams addresses the issues that derail pantsers and also provides tips to make the writing process easier.
Layers: A Desert Storm Veteran and September 11
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » Essays
On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever when four planes crashed, including one that struck the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Linda Maye Adams describes the events of the day in Washington DC from a Desert Storm veteran’s perspective. This story moves chronologically through what happened and how it impacted the people who lived in that area, capturing the emotion of an unforgettable day.
Curse of the Cat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
The nightmares never stop. Not since Edward Wight purchased the painting haunted by the artist. It watches. It intrudes on his dreams. It tells him to die. His only chance? Maz, a sculpturer with crazy inventions. Can she help him before time runs out? A twisted tale of dark secrets and growing evil.
Writer’s Guide to Military Culture
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
Former soldier and Desert Storm veteran Linda Maye Adams walks step-by-step to help the civilian fiction writer understand how military culture works. From enlistment to war, this book takes you on a tour of what it’s like to be a soldier without having to go through basic training yourself.
River Flight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A princess turned soldier, Boatman Juliette faces her greatest challenge. Her father, dead. Her uncle, plotting against her. She must make a treacherous race up a river to reach the palace. The enemy waits, ready for an ambush. An exciting story that will keep you turning pages until the end.
The Sea Listens
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Voices in the fog call to war veteran Meredith Talmadge. Those voices drew her grandfather into the sea to his death. What did he hear in the voices? Meredith needs to solve the mystery, and to do that, she has to face the fog. But now those voices want her, and what they seek will change her forever … This story was a winner of the Enchanted Spark Photo Flare Contest.