Interview with Linda Weaver Clarke

Published 2014-07-31.
What inspired you to start writing fiction?
It all started with my family history. I teach people how to write their ancestors’ stories or their autobiography. I travel throughout the U.S., teaching “A Family Legacy Workshop” at libraries. I have been to 17 states and taught over 450 workshops. I believe it’s very important to teach our children their heritage. After writing my ancestors’ stories, I couldn’t stop writing. So I turned to fiction. I have written historical sweet romances, mystery/adventure stories, cozy mysteries, and a children’s book.
What is it like to switch from historical romance to mystery?
The writing process between romance and mystery is quite a change with a completely different mind set. With romance, you plan out the plot around the meeting of a couple. As you write, you develop some sort of charisma between the characters, making the reader feel excited that one day they're going to fall in love. You, as the reader, know the outcome. But with a mystery, the reader is in the dark. The author has to come up with a plot that no one can figure out. In a mystery, you may or may not allow your reader to know who the bad guys are, according to whether it’s a cozy mystery or mystery suspense. In a cozy mystery, the reader doesn’t know who the bad guys are until the end of the book. With mystery suspense, the reader knows who they are and it makes for a more suspenseful outcome.
Is it difficult to write in different genres?
Not really. I am enjoying writing in the mystery genre. There are many types of mysteries to choose from such as a cozy mystery, hard-boiled, and soft-boiled. What is the difference? A cozy is a G-rated story and focuses on the characters. The sleuth is always an intelligent and likeable woman. It can be slow paced but not boring by any means.

The hard-boiled mystery has violence, swearing, plenty of action, and is R-rated. The soft-boiled mystery falls in the middle of the cozy and hard-boiled and usually has light humor. My favorite are the cozies.
All the books you have written are suitable for young adults and adults alike. Why is it important to keep your books clean?
I have heard many women complain that there aren’t enough G-rated books for adults, so I feel it’s nice to present a breath of fresh air for all those who are searching for an uplifting story.
Your books have the perfect mixture of mystery and romance. What is the hardest part of writing this kind of story? What is the easiest?
I think the hardest part of writing a mystery is to choose a plot and make sure I give my readers just the right amount of information to peek their interest, but not enough to spoil the plot.

The easiest part of writing this kind of story is making the hero and heroine fall in love. There has to be just the right amount of romance, so it doesn’t overshadow the mystery, but yet make the reader smile or give a little sigh.
Do you ever put real experiences in your novels?
Yes. Quite often. I always tell my readers what is true in the Author’s Notes at the back of the book. Once I added one of my father’s experiences as a boy. When he was thirteen, he was asked to bury the skunks that his father had shot. But before he buried them, he drained the scent glands of each skunk until he had a jar full of “skunk oil.” He then took it to school with him to show his classmates. But in all the excitement, the bottle slipped from his hands and landed on the schoolroom floor and splattered everywhere. The stench was so terrible that everyone held their noses and ran outside as fast as their legs could go. The teacher excused school for the rest of the day and my dad’s classmates considered him a “hero” because he had closed down the school.
Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.
I have six daughters and no sons. After my youngest was in fifth grade, I went back to college with the support of my husband and kids. In 2002, I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Music. It was a wonderful experience and I’m so glad that I did it.
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