Interview with Linda Roy Cross

What are you working on next?
"Smack in the Middle" is historical fiction, a multi-generational family saga contrasting values among haves and have-nots, taking place from the 1880s to 1990s, with the bulk of the story set in Kansas during the 1920s
Who are your favorite authors?
Barbara Kingsolver, M.L. Stedman, Anthony Doerr.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. After one cup of hot tea, I'm at the computer.
What is your writing process?
Going with the flow, letting the characters define themselves and expand the storyline, although I pay for it in the end when I need structure and an outline.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
On the patio sipping wine with friends or my husband of 33 years.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
First complete story was "Prairie Rose." It has been sitting untouched for 20 years. It just might be time to brush off the cobwebs.
How do you approach cover design?
The principle storyline evokes clear visual images.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything: fiction, non-fiction, biography, travel. I'm in two book discussion groups and I'm exposed to titles I wouldn't ordinarily read.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, but I know where (most) everything is.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I walked the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain five years after I first heard of it. Initially, I thought "Good grief. Why would anybody want to do something so tiring." The journey was an assortment of highs and lows, along with personal insight. So many people wanted to hear me talk about it, I decided it was worth the telling in story form to reach a wider audience. After 30,000 website hits, and much encouragement, I decided it was time to write a book. The oral or written word about my personal walk, Alone on the Camino, never fails to enchant and inspire.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The tide has turned in favor of the indie author, and self-publishing is no longer looked down upon. Everyone has a story within, and many stories would never be told, otherwise.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my experiences with those who otherwise would never know of some of our common ground and personal desires.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the name of the book, but the main character was a walrus. I grew up in rural Kansas and the character took me outside my small world. I was in first grade, and my life was forever changed.
Published 2017-04-25.
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Books by This Author

Alone on the Camino
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 56,230. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
At age 66, the author walks the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, facing real and imagined death from high winds on the Pyrenees heading toward Santiago de Compostela, hoping for an introspective 31- day silent retreat. Walking alone, she encounters a rollercoaster of emotions from physical pain and loneliness, fear, sorrow and humility, to friendship, good will and the universal self.