Linda L Barton


Linda was born in Dortmund, Germany, and was adopted while her father was serving in the US Air Force. She grew up constantly on the move, which developed her love of travel. Linda now lives in southeast Texas with her husband, Bob who is her writing muse.

Linda published her debut novel, Next Move, You're Dead in March of 2011. She had such a good time with the villain, Erebus that she decided to continue on and turn the dark psychological thriller into a trilogy. Linda is very proud of the Next Move, You're Dead Trilogy, as it was 1 of 100 Pre-loaded kindle fire ebooks in the VIP Swag Bags at the 2013 Emmy Awards. She loves to write dark thrillers, and has several exciting ones coming in the future.

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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I'm Linda L Barton, and I write books!
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Hellfire's Judgment
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,260. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Hellfire’s Judgment is now an exciting full-length novel taken from the 2012 short story. A simple trip to the supermarket starts a chain of events that begins with the violent rape of an innocent thirteen-year old girl. This act of violence forces Clay Jefferies to make a difficult decision. If you kill the man who brutally raped your granddaughter, is it murder or justice?
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: 53,610. 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: 60,660. 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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  • Twin Mischief: The Good Curse on Nov. 17, 2014

    Twin Mischief is the debut book by Carrie Vaught, and is a pure delight. It's a fun story of two little princesses who find themselves swept away on an adventure, and it also has several beautifully done illustrations throughout the book. I highly recommend this book for reading time with your little ones, or the child who loves to read for themselves.