Interview with Linda Verji

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing short stories to entertain myself and friends for as long as I know. However, I become more interested in the writing craft in 2013 and got serious about my writing then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Lucky and Zain are one of my favorite characters. Both of them are hot-headed, quick to react and often mistrustful of each other because of the influence of other people around them. However, they love each other and this shows even in their worst arguments. I wrote the book after watching a few married couples and realizing that it's never all roses.

Daddy's Home is about a normal couple struggling to deal with adultery, its aftermath and a meddlesome mother-in-law - just to stir the pot.

It was fun writing. Hopefully you'll have as much fun reading it
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When you're spending more than three hours of your day writing - it's time to go Pro.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to create characters; to picture them in my head, give them histories, things that make others love them, things that make other hate them. Writing their stories after that seems almost like eavesdropping into your best friend's life.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. I don't think I'd be able to write if I didn't have anyone to share it with and my fans have been AMAZING!! Even when I'm not too sure about the book I'm writing, they are always there pushing me to write just one more chapter.

Honestly it's because of them that I've finished most of my books.

If you do decide to be a fan! Thank you in advance. Don't be shy - email me or private message me on my Wattpad Profile. I always reply
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on the rough draft for an Interracial Romance Mystery 'BAD COP'. I'm also editing the second book in the Fireback series 'NOT BROKEN'.

NOT BROKEN follows the life of Tasha, a supporting character in DADDY'S HOME and her struggles to deal with an abusive husband.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are many amazing writers out there. I grew up with Historical Romance writers like Stephanie Lauren, Julia Quinn; Thriller writers like Jeffrey Archer, Dean Koontz, Sidney Sheldon; and Multicultural Romance Writers like Bette Ford and Brenda Jackson - but I appreciate the new writers blazing into the scene like Tamika Newhouse, Lilianna Hart and the rest.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, my friends and the urge to leave my footprint on the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to travel to new places and try their activities. I'd love to visit every city/country in the world. There's so much to experience if you're just willing to walk out your door. New foods to eat, mountains to climb, cultures to learn about, oceans to swim.

I do as much of it as I can within my means.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a list of my favorite writers who I follow and get automatic updates to but many times I'll just go to my favorite seller site and check out what's new in my favorite genres.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hahaha! I think it was called Banana Country. Miss Linda was very political back then and the story was about a little village whose politicians were corrupt but also very daft. I think they ended up hanging themselves or something. It was very morbid.
Published 2014-05-27.
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Books by This Author

Wicked Temptation
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,420. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective
Billionaire, Daniel Landa-Hollis has always loved his best friend, Misha, but his one attempt at seducing her ended in disaster. However, with one passion-filled kiss, his feelings are rekindled and this time he's determined not to give up as easily. Misha is determined to resist him, but can she? Temptation, seduction, heat........ the game is on.
His Secret Desire
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,800. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Olivia Armstead is all wrong for Marcel Isaac. She’s too crazy, too unpredictable and worse still, in love with his best friend. So why is he so drawn to her? Why can’t he keep his eyes – and hands – away from her? Why has he just registered at the gym she works at? Hell if he knows!
Don't Say No
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,980. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective
The last thing Melanie needs is her old flame and first love, Nicolás ‘Nic’ Gavilan, barging into her life and offering help she hasn’t asked for. But as difficult as it is to admit it, she needs him. She can’t afford to say no. Nic is determined to keep their relationship strictly platonic, help her and be on his way. But the heart wants what it wants and even the best laid plans can go wrong.
Love Me Deadly
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,950. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Erica Young is devastated, heartbroken and scarred. Falling in love again isn’t on her agenda, especially not with Reggie Coleman, her best friend’s brother. Determined to win her over, Reggie sets out to tear down her defenses and prove that he is not just any man – he is her man. But loving Erica is dangerous business. As the sparks fly between them, an obsessive evil lurks behind them...
Wicked Intentions
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,980. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
When Shakira is found innocent of killing her no-good ex-boyfriend, she realizes that being a good girl isn't all it's cracked out to be. One night of sin couldn't possibly hurt, could it? Bad-boy, Nathan Hollis is perfect for her plans. One night! Strictly sex! No follow-up! However he has a hidden agenda of his own that includes sticking around.
Lose Control (Firebacks #3)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,490. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Dr. Eli Stone has a reputation for being demanding, picky and extremely proper. Chryssa Williams is everything he’s not: vivacious, straightforward and very, very sexual. Which makes her just perfect for the job he’s offering. Someone to help him lose control!
Not Broken (Firebacks #2)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,870. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Every strong woman has a devil behind her. Though Tasha presents the world with the picture of a happy, dedicated and submissive wife, on the inside she is a woman slowly dying. To billionaire, Kian Harper, she's everything he wants in a woman; warm, loving and loyal. But she’s married. Raw! Powerful! Deeply Emotional!
Daddy's Home (Firebacks #1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,020. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
A woman pushed to the edge. A man desperate to bring her back! As star wide-receiver Halake ‘Lucky’ Ford’s wife, Zain seems to be living a charmed life. However, beneath this façade of marital bliss is a woman tired of her role as her husband’s convenient sidekick and her mother-in-law’s verbal punching bag. Lucky’s betrayal of their marriage finally forces Zain to make some changes.