Interview with Linda Weaver Clarke

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.
Published 2014-07-31.
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Books by This Author

Searching For True Happiness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,940. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
Everyone is seeking for true happiness in their lives. It’s the most sought-after subject on earth. To be truly happy is a great mystery to many, as they search for joy in everyday life. In this book, you will learn specific things that will bring you true happiness.
The Fox of Cordovia
Series: The Rebel Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,570. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » General
In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust?
The Highwayman of Cordovia
Series: The Rebel Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,110. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Historical » General
With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman.
The Lighthouse Secret: Amelia Moore Detective Series
Series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 7. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,320. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Rick Bonito’s uncle supposedly drowned five years ago and his body was never found, but something did not seem right about the report. Uncle Antonio was an excellent swimmer. His disappearance seems quite suspicious to Rick’s father. He never felt the complete truth had come out about his brother. It is now up to Amelia and Rick to find out the truth about his uncle.
Mystery on the Bayou: Amelia Moore Detective Series
Series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,490. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
While at the beach, Amelia is approached by a woman who is concerned about the son she gave up for adoption sixteen years ago. Millie has been having nightmares that make her fear he is in danger. She petitioned the court to view the sealed records but was refused. Will Amelia and Rick be able to convince the courts to help them? If her son is in danger, will they get there in time?
Her Lost Love: Amelia Moore Detective Series
Series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,350. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Julie Anderson feels a need to find the man she fell deeply in love with during her youth. When Julie went off to college to become a lawyer, she lost contact with her high school sweetheart. She now wants to know what became of Joey and why he stopped writing to her? This is an assignment that intrigues Amelia. The thought of finding a long-lost love seems quite romantic.
The Mysterious Doll: Amelia Moore Detective Series
Series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,480. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?
The Missing Heir: Amelia Moore Detective Series
Series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,430. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Dell Murphy has passed on and left a fortune to his nephew. He wants his nephew to continue his work at the orphanage in Mexico, but there is one problem. Neal Woods is missing! If Amelia and Rick can’t find him soon, the fortune will be turned over to Dell’s brother and sister who intend to close down “Uncle Dell’s Orphanage.” If that happens, where will the children go?
The Shamrock Case: Amelia Moore Detective Series
Series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,870. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
When Amelia is hired to search for her client’s grandparents, the case takes them to Ireland. Kate must learn about her heritage. Who are her grandparents and could they still be alive after all these years? Why did her parents leave Ireland suddenly and move to America? Is there more to this case than meets the eye?
The Bali Mystery: Amelia Moore Detective Series
Series: Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,760. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia Moore and Rick Bonito to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.
The Rebels of Cordovia
Series: The Rebel Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,220. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
There was a time when brave men and women engaged in daring and romantic adventures. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels.
Sarah’s Special Gift
Series: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,740. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Sarah is a beautiful and successful dance teacher. She is deaf, but this does not stop her from living life to its fullest. While visiting the Roberts family, David finds himself entranced with this very special lady and ends up defending her honor several times. He finds that Sarah has gone through many trials as she teaches him the importance of not dwelling on the past and how to love life.
Jenny's Dream
Series: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,240. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Jenny Roberts has a dream to escape her small hometown to become a writer. She develops a friendship with a young farmer who is new to the area and has secretly fallen in love with her. After she realizes that her friend means more to her than she thought, she must now choose between a career and romance.
Edith and the Mysterious Stranger
Series: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,590. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
In this Inspirational Historical Romance, Edith is a nurse and has gone home to assist her cousin who is “with child.” Edith has wonderful qualities but never gives a man a second chance because her expectations are so high. However, all that changes when a mysterious stranger starts writing to her. For the first time, she gets to know a man's inner soul before making any harsh judgments.
Melinda and the Wild West
Series: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,050. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Melinda Gamble wants to make a difference in the world. Without hesitation, she accepts a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho. She has many challenges but it’s a rugged rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared—love.
Elena, Woman of Courage
Series: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,750. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Elena Yeates settles into a small western town as the newest doctor, a few problems arise. The town is not ready for a female doctor, let alone one so strong and independent. She must struggle against the prejudice to establish her new practice. As she fights to prove herself, the town’s most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart.
Montezuma Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia
Series: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,750. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
When a leather parchment of Montezuma’s map is found in great-grandfather Evans’ old chest, April and the twins know this summer is going to be a memorable one. The girls want to search for it but their father is against it for some mysterious reason. With Julia’s help, she and the girls convince John to go on a treasure hunt. Is Montezuma’s treasure a legend or reality?
Mayan Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia
Series: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,590. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
While on assignment for the newspaper, John and Julia Evans try to enjoy a romantic vacation among the Mayan ruins. When Julia sees a couple suspicious men exchanging an item, she quickly turns and leaves but it is too late. The men have seen her. As a reporter, Julia does not easily give up and her curiosity gets them in a mess of trouble.
Anasazi Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia
Series: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,050. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
When a devastating flood takes out several homes in a small town, they are shocked by the news of also a possible poison spill that kills many of the fish and neighbor's pets. Julia, the town's newest reporter, begins her investigation but realizes the story is much bigger and more dangerous than she thought!
Desert Intrigue: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans
Series: The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,430. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
When Julia’s brother announces that his dude ranch is haunted, she believes that someone is trying to sabotage his place and force him to sell. The mysterious happenings have to do with Superstition Mountain, the lost Dutchman’s goldmine, and the great Thunder God. Is it possible that the legend of the Thunder God is actually true? After a terrible thunderstorm, everyone begins to wonder.
Reflections of the Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,160. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
(5.00 from 1 review)
Reflections of the Heart has 13 chapters of inspirational writings such as: The secret of Happiness, Laughter is the Best Medicine, Friendship - The Footprints In Your Heart, Equal Partners in Marriage, Parenthood - A Great Responsibility, and Music Soothes the Soul.