Interview with Linda Govik

What is your writing process?
I'm definitely not into planning and plotting. I love to write and see where the story takes me - the twists and turns are part of the journey (so in a way, when I write, I'm just as much the reader, who wants to be surprised by the story). The process is rather nonlinear as well. For the sequel to Legacy - Secrecy - I'm finding that it's been easier to write the major, pivotal scenes first, and in these, the dialogues. I will then go back and fill out what's needed.

I don't think I can work in any other way, but admittedly, it probably creates more work than a stricter approach would.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I can remember is The Witches by Roald Dahl. It made a huge impact on me - due to this book, I decided to learn how to read, and how to read fast. And yes, it probably sparked my interest in writing good stories too. I love the characters in Dahl's books, and the awesome stories!
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything and everything I can get my hands on! Currently, I'm finding great pleasure in Kate Atkinson's God in Ruins. I love cyberpunk, though (if it has zombies!), and anything by Diana Gabaldon goes. I'm also very fond of the dark, hard-boiled and innovative stories by Daryl Gregory. Not so much into hardcore romance, though - that must be the only genre I don't really read. That, and chic-lit.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Since my kids lost the Samsung tablet, I'm sticking to my phone, which works just great. During a trip in London a mere week ago, however, I saw a Kindle e-reader for the first time... I'm in love. I will definitely get one of those!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook call-outs. Though I have to admit, I'm not really good at this. It doesn't come natural to me: I want my book to sort of just... sell. Because it's a good book. Because people see it and want to read it. But that doesn't happen by itself, does it? <grin>
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Very cluttered. But I know exactly where everything is.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was in contact with an agent for Legacy. We worked together, and she was very enthusiastic at first - admittedly, she had some great ideas, and I think my book went from mediocre to great because of her. But then, after a few months or so, she came back with some bad news: she wasn't sure about the market for historical novels, and didn't dare to take me on. By then, however, I'd already started to look into this indie publishing thing (call it intuition), and found that this way of working actually appealed more to me. I loved the idea of being able to decide for myself what to do, and to set my own pace and create my own path. It still drives me, but I have to say, it's quite hard work, too!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating characters that stick. I love making up worlds and stories. Nothing is boring with writing: each stage has its own merit (though I have to admit, the editing phase is what I love the most). To have readers expressing their opinions regarding your work is also great fun, and a lot of pleasure!
What are you working on next?
At the moment, I'm working on a contemporary mystery novel, a whodunnit. if you will. It's set in England, and the working title is "Moving in with Murder".
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Apart from working (one's gotta earn one's living, eh), I read a lot, and I also enjoy running and kayaking, and gardening. We own quite a huge garden, so the latter comes rather handy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've always been writing, so it's a bit difficult to remember the very first story I ever wrote... But I remember a story about a horse named "Pilgrim" that I wrote when I was very young. It was quite a grim story if I'm not mistaken. Illustrated, of course.
Published 2016-07-12.
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Heart Full of Stars
Pre-release—available November 17, 2018. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 72,030. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
When her name gets smeared by a scandal, Darcy Clarke trades her luxury life in Beverly Hills for a country life in Scotland and her luxury apartment for a run-down castle. When she meets its handsome owner Aidan McAllister, question is if she's willing to trade a hurting heart for one that believes in love - and if Aidan is willing to do the same, when he finds out who she is.
Legacy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 125,810. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Emily Bradley's past is linked to the wealthy and cruel Lord Charles Stanford. When he forces her into marriage for the sake of his legacy, she must deny all that she is and face a life in misery. When the. chance to break free finally appears, however, it involves an alliance with the enemy. Love and freedom lingers, but the price for following her dreams may be very high...