Linda L Barton


Best Selling Author Linda L Barton has published several books in the thriller/Suspense genre, beginning with her debut novel, Next Move, You're Dead published March of 2011. She had such a good time with the villain, Erebus that she decided to continue and turn the dark, psychological thriller into a trilogy. In 2013, the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy Bundle was 1 of 100 Pre-Loaded Kindle Fire ebooks given in the Emmy Awards VIP Swag Bags.

Writing dark and twisted stories are Linda's passion, so nothing pleases her more than when she learns that one of her books has touched you, the reader on an emotional level. If you didn't scream at the villain, cry, cringe, laugh, or cheer for the hero then she believes she has failed as a writer. A book should touch the reader's soul, pull them into the story, and refuse to release them until the end. Therefore, Linda's primary goal when writing is to immerse you, the reader in the story and hold you there until the very last page.

However, writing dark stories can be quite draining, so Linda decided to branch out and add the genre of Children's Books to her portfolio with the release of Sheriff Bunny and the Lucky Horseshoe under the pen name Nana Barton. This is the first installment of The Happy Farm Series where you will meet Farmer Bob and the barnyard animals, who will take you on a fun adventure of friendship and helping each other. Having 5 beautiful grandchildren herself, Linda is thrilled to finally have a book her grandchildren can read. She was also pleasantly surprised when one of her granddaughters informed her that when she grows up, she wants to write books like her Nana. Now that was a proud moment for Linda.

Linda has recently branched out with the release of her first YA Fantasy titled The Dragon's Blood Key. It's an exciting story that not only young readers will enjoy, but adults as well.

Linda's latest endevour is as Founder and Host of Journey into the Night - Deadly Reads Radio on BlogTalkRadio, Thursday's @ 10 pm CST. She will be chatting with guests in both the Publishing and Entertainment industries.

Linda lives in southeast Texas with her husband, Bob, her writing muse, 2 silly dogs, and 2 goldfish. Life is good and Linda feels blessed with the opportunity to do what she loves: writing books for readers to enjoy.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Dang, that's a difficult question. I know that authors all have their special rituals for writing. Some listen to their favorite head-banger music, while others need something soft and soothing playing in the back ground. Some have boards hanging on the wall, with plot notes attached all over the place, and others need a complete plot layout to work from. Now, I'm not that organized. While I do have a word document with simple notes and characters names, for the most part, I write by the seat of my pants. I tried doing the plot outlines, but the voices NEVER behave. If you ever want to think that you have gone completely insane, try having an argument with a character in your mind if you are trying to take it in a direction that it doesn't want to go...been there, done that.

Therefore, I have surrendered to the characters as they tell me THEIR story. I write what they tell me, and I never try to force them to a place where they do not want to go. I have often wondered if people who have multiple personalities are just authors who never knew it. LOL

I have to laugh when people learn that I'm an author, and then act as though I have some mystical power with the written word. I tell them that everyone has a writer inside of them, they just have to listen to the voices. Therefore, if you want to know my writing process, it's as simple as sitting in my chair, wearing my comfortable slippers, and typing on my worn-out laptop. Nothing fancy or complex; just a woman who loves to share the stories swirling around in her mind.
How do you approach cover design?
Aside from choosing a title, deciding on a cover design is one of the most difficult parts of writing a book. Since most people are visual beings, the quality of a book cover can determine whether a potential reader, while searching through the thousands of books available today will pause long enough to give your book a second look. I always try to have a cover that is not only eye-catching, but captures the spirit of the story. There is no reason to spend months writing a book, pouring your heart and soul into it, only to wrap it in a boring and unimaginative cover. I used to have my covers designed, but I have been making my own lately. I enjoy creating the perfect image to represent my book to the reading public.
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Where to find Linda L Barton online


Flight 437: The Nightmare Begins
Price: Free! Words: 19,660. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Every day, thousands of people board an airplane without a second thought. However, sometimes, life has different plans. Flight 437 is such a story. On a flight from Paris, France to New York City, the crew and passengers find themselves trapped on a flight none of them expected. As events unfold, they soon realize they are no longer headed to their intended destination, but somewhere unknown.
Boding Evil
Price: Free! Words: 29,340. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Evil lurks in the small town of Greer Springs, lying in wait for its next victim. Excited to fulfill a lifelong dream, nothing could have prepared Gene Mason for the horrors his family faced when they moved into a house with a dark and deadly past. Many of the situations portrayed in this story were inspired by actual events told to the author. Includes bonus story - Sacrificing Souls
Liberty Betrayed
Price: Free! Words: 65,490. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Pulled from the nightly news, Liberty Betrayed follows the residents of a small fictional Texas town as it faces the Federal Government’s desire to appease those who want to surrender to the influx of Illegal Immigrants surging over our southern border.
Erebus - The Final Installment of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,530. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Erebus is back and ready to play another game in the final installment of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy. However, this time he added a new twist. Erebus has kidnapped John, and it's up to Mac and Tom to rescue him before time is up. Each move takes them closer to solving the mystery of Erebus, but will they succeed before they are all destroyed.
A New Game - Book 2 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,270. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Erebus is back to play another game in the dark, psychological thriller, A New Game - Book 2 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy. This time he has chosen Detective Lucinda Mackey. Mac has always lived by a certain code, but she never anticipated the mysterious caller who would force her to play in his game of life and death. Will Mac survive, or will she become another victim of The Game?
Next Move, You're Dead - Book 1 of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy
Series: Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,470. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Homicide Detective John Cooper begins to receive telephone calls from a mysterious caller claiming to know facts of the current cases he is working on. With each call, .John find himself pulled deeper into a game of death, where he begins to question everything that he has ever believed about his life. If you enjoy a villain that you will LOVE to HATE then Next Move, You’re Dead is for you.

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