Interview with Linda Fleete

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Read, read, read. I also am a needle artist, so lots of crocheting, designing and sewing clothes, embroidery, and some knitting. Gardening, walking the dogs, watching TV and lots and lots of movies.
What is your writing process?
The stories run like movies, so I hand write them and transcribe them into the computer. Love the whole process of having a pen in my hand and watching the words appear on the paper.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. She is a master story teller. Just don't want to leave her characters when the story ends.
Everything Georgette Heyer ever wrote. She knew how to weave a tale that caught you from the beginning and never let you go.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction of all sorts.
Describe your desk
Organized chaos.
When did you first start writing?
1998. I was 51.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was binge watching various mystery series on Acorn and Netflix when this germ of an idea reared its little head. Even though I was enjoying the peace and quiet of retirement, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could actually write a whole story. Murder at Tulip House is the result.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Independence and instant gratification. While I was writing Murder at Tulip House, I did a lot of research on how I might publish my story. The more I read about epublishing the more I knew this was the route for me. Because of epublishing everyone can publish their stories. How wonderful is this? So, everyone, write until your fingers can no longer hold a pen or type on a keyboard, because someone will read your story and enjoy every word you have written.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The moment Smashwords accepted my manuscript, my success as an author was a given. Whether I sell anything or not, this entire process has been about successfully completing this story and putting it out there for the world to see.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the words spread across a page as I put pen to paper.
What are you working on next?
My next story is set in 1895 Philadelphia. It is about a 53 year old woman (Katherine), who after three decades of being in an untenable marriage, decides to make her grand escape. Since this is a time when women were still considered to be no more than chattel and any money they bring to the marriage becomes the property of their husbands, Katherine's best friend, Timmy, and Katherine's oldest brother David, come up with the perfect plan for her to leave home and disappear forever. Of course she has no idea that her husband has plans of his own, and they do not include her surviving to celebrate her 54th birthday. There are twists and turns, good guys and bad, plus guns and horses, and a great deal more. It is 3/4's written with a completion date of the end of 2017. Wish me luck.
Who are your favorite authors?
Georgette Heyer, Janet Evanovich, Agatha Christie, Rosamunde Pilcher, Nancy Atherton, Plum Sykes, Sara Paretsky, Ace Atkins, Charles Finch, Jasper Fforde, Mary Higgins Clark, Sophie Kinsella, Michael Connelly, Stephen Cannell, Anne River Siddons, Zane Grey and hundreds more.
Published 2017-03-04.
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Books by This Author

Murder at Tulip House
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,090. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
England 1932 In this absorbing tail of jealousy, revenge and murder, Drucilla (Cilly) Carlisle, discovers that her uncle not only died under suspicious circumstances, and his business defrauded of hundreds of thousands of pounds sterling, but a determined assassin is waiting, hidden in the dark, ready to kill again. For fans of Agatha Christie, Charles Finch and B. L. Farjeon.