Interview with Linda L Barton

What is your writing process?
Dang, that's a difficult question. I know that authors all have their special rituals for writing. Some listen to their favorite head-banger music, while others need something soft and soothing playing in the back ground. Some have boards hanging on the wall, with plot notes attached all over the place, and others need a complete plot layout to work from. Now, I'm not that organized. While I do have a word document with simple notes and characters names, for the most part, I write by the seat of my pants. I tried doing the plot outlines, but the voices NEVER behave. If you ever want to think that you have gone completely insane, try having an argument with a character in your mind if you are trying to take it in a direction that it doesn't want to go...been there, done that.

Therefore, I have surrendered to the characters as they tell me THEIR story. I write what they tell me, and I never try to force them to a place where they do not want to go. I have often wondered if people who have multiple personalities are just authors who never knew it. LOL

I have to laugh when people learn that I'm an author, and then act as though I have some mystical power with the written word. I tell them that everyone has a writer inside of them, they just have to listen to the voices. Therefore, if you want to know my writing process, it's as simple as sitting in my chair, wearing my comfortable slippers, and typing on my worn-out laptop. Nothing fancy or complex; just a woman who loves to share the stories swirling around in her mind.
How do you approach cover design?
Aside from choosing a title, deciding on a cover design is one of the most difficult parts of writing a book. Since most people are visual beings, the quality of a book cover can determine whether a potential reader, while searching through the thousands of books available today will pause long enough to give your book a second look. I always try to have a cover that is not only eye-catching, but captures the spirit of the story. There is no reason to spend months writing a book, pouring your heart and soul into it, only to wrap it in a boring and unimaginative cover. I used to have my covers designed, but I have been making my own lately. I enjoy creating the perfect image to represent my book to the reading public.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My father served in the United States Air Force, so I never stayed in one place for long. Moving around such as we did, taught me how to adjust to the ever-changing situations, and how to enjoy being by myself. This of course has worked out well as a writer. Being an only child could be lonely at times, especially when we would move and I had to start all over again making friends. I learned to enjoy getting lost in a my favorite books where I never found a stranger.

Since writing is something normally done in solitude, my time as a child prepared me for my chosen career.
When did you first start writing?
I have always written in one form or another, but my debut novel was published March 2011. The idea for the book came from my husband, Bob when we were still owner-operator truck drivers. We were on a run to Ft. Irwin, CA when Bob turned to me and said, "I have an idea for a book." So, after 5 hours of driving through the desert of southern California, on a sunny fall day, Next Move, You're Dead - Book 1 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy was conceived. I wrote the majority of the book while sitting in the sleeper of our truck during my off time, and after 3 1/2 years it was finally published. I have since completed the trilogy with A New Game - Book 2, and Erebus - The Final Installment. I have also put the three books together into a Trilogy Bundle, which was 1 of 100 pre-loaded kindle fire ebooks given away in the VIP Swag Bags at the 2013 Emmy Awards.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm not going to say that while I was writing my first book I didn't have dreams of being picked up by a large publishing company, but once I learned how a writer could publish their own books, I knew that was my path. I enjoy being an indie author. The freedom of the indie author is something that fits my personality. I can write at my pace, without having to meet a deadline set by someone else. I also enjoy the freedom to write stories that are outside of the normal mold set by the publishing industry. I can write the stories that I enjoy to write, and hopefully, the readers enjoy to read.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having a reader tell me that they enjoyed reading my book. While writing a book, I will find myself lost in the world of my characters. Therefore, to learn that a reader experienced the same thing is a wonderful feeling. Nothing is more satisfying than to have a reader tell you how angry a character made them, or be sad when one of their favorite characters dies. I even received a review once where the reader mentioned how much they hated Erebus in my Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy. They didn't like what he did, and how he manipulated the other characters. Of course, as a writer this let me know that I achieved my goal.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean EVERYTHING to me. They are the reason that I take extra care to write the best stories that I can.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was in the 4th grade and we had to write a short story for a local writing contest. I won 1st prize for my age group. It was the story of two friends who went on an adventure to find the magical tea cup that an evil troll stole from the princess.
Describe your desk
My desk is nothing fancy. I have my computer, the headset I use for creating audio recordings, and of course, my beverage of choice depending on the time of day or need at the moment.
What are you working on next?
My next book is going to be my first attempt at the horror genre, titled 4 - A Cursed Bloodline will forever live in fear. With the murder of his family, 4 is the story of a 200 year old spirit (Emerson Wilkins) who is consumed with the desire for revenge against the bloodline of the man who murdered his wife and three children.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. I love my life, and each day is a new adventure.
Published 2014-07-04.
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Books by This Author

Heart Ties: Love Never Dies Novella
Price: Free! Words: 19,110. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Death. Is it the end or merely a new beginning? From a child, Shane felt as though at one time he had been someone else. His dreams haunted him with the memories of a different life and his death. Is there more than this life? Do our souls move on, or does our life-force cease to exist? Sometimes our souls touch and we find ourselves drawn to each other. This is a special gift. This is Heart Ties.
Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift
Price: Free! Words: 28,240. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Sometimes life doesn't go in the direction we've planned for ourselves. Away in Medical School, Molly believed her life was on track. That was until she returned home for Christmas and learned her life was nothing she had always believed. As this surprising journey unfolds, Molly not only learns how to put aside the pain of her past but she finally learns how to say goodbye.
Flight 437: The Nightmare Begins
Price: Free! Words: 19,660. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Every day, thousands of people board an airplane without a second thought. However, sometimes, life has different plans. Flight 437 is such a story. On a flight from Paris, France to New York City, the crew and passengers find themselves trapped on a flight none of them expected. As events unfold, they soon realize they are no longer headed to their intended destination, but somewhere unknown.
Boding Evil
Price: Free! Words: 29,340. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Evil lurks in the small town of Greer Springs, lying in wait for its next victim. Excited to fulfill a lifelong dream, nothing could have prepared Gene Mason for the horrors his family faced when they moved into a house with a dark and deadly past. Many of the situations portrayed in this story were inspired by actual events told to the author. Includes bonus story - Sacrificing Souls
Liberty Betrayed
Price: Free! Words: 65,170. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Pulled from the nightly news, Liberty Betrayed follows the residents of a small fictional Texas town as it faces the Federal Government’s desire to appease those who want to surrender to the influx of Illegal Immigrants surging over our southern border.
Erebus - The Final Installment of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,530. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Erebus is back and ready to play another game in the final installment of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy. However, this time he added a new twist. Erebus has kidnapped John, and it's up to Mac and Tom to rescue him before time is up. Each move takes them closer to solving the mystery of Erebus, but will they succeed before they are all destroyed.
A New Game - Book 2 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,270. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Erebus is back to play another game in the dark, psychological thriller, A New Game - Book 2 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy. This time he has chosen Detective Lucinda Mackey. Mac has always lived by a certain code, but she never anticipated the mysterious caller who would force her to play in his game of life and death. Will Mac survive, or will she become another victim of The Game?
Next Move, You're Dead - Book 1 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,330. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Homicide Detective John Cooper begins to receive telephone calls from a mysterious caller claiming to know facts of the current cases he is working on. With each call, .John find himself pulled deeper into a game of death, where he begins to question everything that he has ever believed about his life. If you enjoy a villain that you will LOVE to HATE then Next Move, You’re Dead is for you.