Interview with Linda Pendleton

When did you first start writing?
As a teenager. I always enjoyed doing school term papers. It was not until my early twenties that I sent a couple of ideas off to NY publishers. One editor liked my nonfiction proposal and suggested I send the completed manuscript. I'm afraid that scared me and I did not complete it. About that time I wrote articles for our local newspaper but it was not until I met my late husband, author Don Pendleton that I took my writing more seriously. His encouragement,and inspiration moved me forward into a published author. My first published book was To Dance With Angels, which we cowrote. Many have followed, both fiction and nonfictiion.
What is your writing process?
I like writing at night.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, because I was a young reader and read all the time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer to read on my PC monitor. I so used to reading my own manuscripts on my monitor, so it is only natural to read an ebook that way. . I also have the Kindle apps on my phone and Kindle Fire.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Having control over my works.
What are you working on next?
I've always had two books going at once. Currently in January of 2018, I have two novels in the works, one my second Richard McCord mystery novel and a Western novel.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The joy of living.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often word of mouth via FaceBook and friends.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an idea in mind, and often pick out photos and then let my cover design, Judy Bullard, know what I have in mind and she takes over and delivers my vision. I've worked with her for nearly two decades now. She's very talented. She's listed at Smashwords.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There is a River, the Edgar Casey Story by Thomas Sugrue. Life Changing.
Shellseekers by Rosemond Pelcher Loved her writing style.
The New Centurions by Joseph Wambaugh Good story about cops by a cop.
War Against the Mafia by Don Pendleton The beginning of a genre and series that was an international bestselling series of action adventure.
Don Pendleton's Joe Copp P.I. Series good examples of well-written, hard-boiled, fast-moving mysteries- and an inspiration for me personally in writing my own Catherine Winter Private Investigator Series.
Print or Ebooks?
I have published ebooks since 2009 or shortly before. But I continue to publish paper books in most cases. I believe I have about 60 books published now, everything from fiction--mystery, historical;--to nonfiction, including 19th century books that I have written new Introductions for. Most of those are history- such as the CA Gold Rush-or books on Spiritualism.

And I buy both ebooks and paper. Most of my nonfiction to buy, is in paper, especially if it is the type of book that I would use for research.
Published 2018-01-26.
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Books by This Author

Purge the Craziness of Daily Life: Short and Easy Ways to Overcome Stress
Price: $3.19 USD. Words: 4,040. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Stress Management, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration
LIFE CAN BE CHAOTIC. AN EASY WAY TO RID YOUR LIFE OF UNWANTED STRESS. A short meditation guide to improve your life, your health, your relationships. Reduce stress and anxiety; Increase happiness and contentment; Awaken spiritual connections; Purge the negative with easy mindful meditations.
You are the Paintbrush, Life is the Canvas: A Short and Easy Way to Create the Happier You
Price: $3.19 USD. Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
HAPPINESS CAN BE YOURS! GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF EMPOWERMENT. Contentment and happiness begins within. Empowerment and freedom come with self-love! Create the happy life you want by incorporating THREE simple and easy principles into your daily life. One, Two, Three!
20 Ways To Avoid Sedona's Red Rock Fever: Stay Home, But if You Insist!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,270. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
20 Ways to Avoid Sedona's Red Rock Fever is a humorous travel guide to Sedona, Arizona's Red Rock country. Come along with Linda Pendleton and her Red Rock "critters" and laugh a little as you learn about Sedona. A visit to Sedona will be one that most people will never forget, but if you follow the instructions within these humorous vignettes, you may avoid catching the Fever!
UFO Odyssey: Off-Earth Beings To The Rescue?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,760. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Aliens & UFOs, Nonfiction » New Age » The Paranormal
Are we alone in the universe? Could the Earth’s much needed healing be part of another planet’s mission? Are off-earth beings here to help, or to hinder the human race? Can we unlock the long held secrets and mysteries about extraterrestrial life? Are crop circles—messages from beyond? What has history, science, technology, and professional investigations and research revealed?
Crop Circles in the Fields, Objects in the Skies, and Creatures in the Bedroom
Price: Free! Words: 28,710. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Aliens & UFOs, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Physics / Electromagnetism
A collection of articles related to the idea that extraterrestrials do exist and periodically have made visits to earth, and continue to do so. It includes articles by John E. Mack, M.D., Abduction researcher; nuclear physicist, UFO researcher Stanton Friedman; crop circle researchers and authorities, Nancy Talbot, and Lucy Pringle, and others.
The Ethics of the Greek Philosophers:Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle; and Psychic Phenomena in Greco-Roman Times
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,410. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ancient philosophy, Nonfiction » History » Ancient
In 1896, Columbia Professor of logic and ethics, Dr. James H. Hyslop’s stated his lectures “on the Greek ethics attributed to Plato, Socrates and Aristotle is an attempt to reduce the conceptions of Greek ethics to the same terms as those in which modern problems in this field express themselves. Too many philosophers merely transliterate the language of antiquity instead of translating it."
In The Shadow of the Alamo: Short Story Collection
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,770. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Historical » General
This interesting Short Story Collection was written by Clara Driscoll in 1906. All of her stories in this collection take place in the vicinity of the Alamo, a place Clara Driscoll was very passionate about. The daughter of a wealthy Texas rancher and businessman, she became known as the "Savior of the Alamo," in her efforts to save the Alamo.
Legends of Southern California and San Francisco
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,570. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Native American, Nonfiction » History » American
In 1919, George W. Caldwell, M.D. published his collections of Native American legend. His two collections, Legends of Southern California and Legends of San Francisco, have been combined for this edition. Dr. Caldwell had an appreciation for the beauty of the Golden State and for Native American legends. New Introduction by Linda Pendleton.
The Forty-niners: The California Gold Rush
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,570. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
A fascinating chronicle of the California gold rush written in 1918, popular fiction and nonfiction American writer, Steward Edward White gives us an historical view of those early days of the mid-19th century, and the many challenges of the formation of a new frontier: incoming population, law and order issues, greed and power, political differences, successes and failures of pioneers.
Gold Rush: Three Years in California
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 98,000. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
“One of the classic first-person accounts of the California Gold Rush period.” Gold was discovered in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1848. By 1850, thousands of men and women had arrived in California from all corners of the world in hopes of finding their riches. Ownership of precious gold could mean power and prosperity, but with it came challenges and struggles.
Missions of California, William Henry Hudson, 1901
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,650. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
In 1901, Stanford Professor of English Literature , William Henry Hudson published his book on the history of the founding of the twenty-one missions in California by Father Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar. Linda Pendleton has written a new Introduction to the book, and her photograph is on the bookd cover.
Our Unseen Guest: The Finley’s Conversations with Stephen, 1920 , New Introduction by Linda Pendleton
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,500. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » The Paranormal, Nonfiction » New Age » Spiritualism
The Finley’s, known as “Darby and Joan,” in 1916 began communication with a young American soldier who had died in France, 1915. Through the mediumship of Joan, the couple had fascinating communication about the other side with this soldier who they called, Stephen. The book became a classic in spirit communication literature. Linda Pendleton has written a new Introduction.
The Anti-Slavery Crusade of the Gathering Storm of the 1800s, Jesse Macy, 1919
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,230. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » History » American
In 1919, historian, teacher, and author, Jesse Macy gives an interesting and unique look at the political climate at a very difficult and historic time in America prior to the Civil War. Linda Pendleton writes a new Introduction, annotated, to the book giving biographical information on Dr. Macy.
Emma Hardinge Britten: Famous Spiritual Medium, 19th Century
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,710. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Spiritualism, Nonfiction » New Age » Reincarnation
Emma Hardinge Britten, medium, author, was a leading International figure in 19th century Spiritualism. Born in 1823 in London, England, as a child, Emma could predict coming events and often saw the spirits of dead relatives and family friends. She became a well-known medium. Linda Pendleton has written a new Introduction to this collection of Britten’s channeled materials from 1866.
Whispers From the Soul: The Divine Dance of Consciousness
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,630. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » New age philosophy, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Don and Linda Pendleton, authors of the popular book, 'To Dance With Angels,' probe the wisdom of the sages, miracles and angelic influences, aliens and UFOs, death and near-death experiences, spirit communication and spiritual encounters, in this definitive examination of mankind's search for the wellsprings and moving forces of the human experience. A thoughtful study of "Who are we?"
The Masquerading Cowboy, A Novella
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,260. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This novella is a story of love, life, and choices. Edward Michael White always lives on the edge, welcoming and confronting dangers, and all the while unaware of the deep impact he has on four women who loved him. The Masquerading Cowboy, an award winning story, is by Linda Pendleton, author of fiction and nonfiction books and comic book adaptations.