Linda Collison's first published novel, Star-Crossed (Knopf), was chosen by the New York Public Library to be among the Books for the Teen Age - 2007. Her latest novel, Looking for Redfeather (Fiction House, Ltd.), is about three runaway teens on the road - but it ain't Jack Kerouac's road trip! Looking for Redfeather was written during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2007.
Linda is also the author of the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series, based on Star-Crossed. She has worked as a freelance magazine writer, a registered nurse in critical care and emergency medicine, a skydiving instructor, a volunteer firefighter, and a mother. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction has won awards from Honolulu Magazine, Southwest Writers Magazine, Maui Writers, and the National Student Nurses Society. Linda writes because she can't sing.
Is Looking for Redfeather a YA novel? Who did you write it for?
I wrote Looking for Redfeather, not so much for young adults per se, but for the teenager who lives inside me; always on the cusp of growing up, but never quite making it. If you like road trips, if your family is not quite like other peoples' families, and if you remember the awkward, terrifying, beautiful awakening that was your own coming of age, I think you will like this book, no matter how old you are.
The teens use some foul language in the book, and there is a little experimentation with alcohol, marijuana and psychodelic mushrooms. I don't really recommend the book for middle schoolers. In my opinion, middle schoolers are not young adults, though reading Looking for Redfeather won't scar them for life.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire a graphic artist with experience in cover design.
Albert Roberts designed Looking for Redfeather's cover, as well as Friday Night Knife and Gun Club's catchy cover. I told him the concept I had in mind, and let him run with it. I'm so pleased with his covers, I've made them into posters to hang on my wall!
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"Looking for Redfeather" is a twenty-first century, coming-of-age story featuring Ramie, Chas and LaRoux --three runaway teens from various parts of the United States who meet up by chance and go on the road looking for an Apache named Redfeather, a musician who Ramie believes to be his father. Life is a highway, but this ain't Jack Kerouac's road trip!
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