Linda is a student at Franklin Pierce University, majoring in Business, Accounting, and minor in Social Services, where she will then seek an MBA in Accounting. She began her writing career in 2010 with a Contemporary Young Adult series called Wings From Ashes. A year later she began her Fantasy series, Orgarlan Saga. In 2012, a close colleague introduced her to Romance Writers of America, building an interest in romance stories which brought about the third book in her contemporary series, Along Came Neil.
In what little spare time she has these days, she writes on the weekends and when school is out of session, during the holidays. The rest of her time is spent working her full-time day job and playing with her writing mascot pup, Keelaa. Visit Linda at lindajnelson.com
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first began writing in 2008 I wasn't really sure what I wanted from a writing career. At the time it was my way of dealing with the fustrations I felt when my then teen children began having social issues as in drug addiction and such. Writing was my therapy, that's all it was. The first book I wrote, Friends of Choice, was originally written as a short story. I had an editor read this and she told me I should finish the story. That is how it became a novel that I self-published. I never really intended on this book being read by many.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh yes, that would be the Black Stallion series. Back then, when I was in seventh grade, I wasn't much of a reader. I guess it was because I hadn't truly found books that grabbed me right into the story as this one did. I had to go out and read every book in that series. After that, I looked for book series. Then I was introduced to the Lord of the Ring series which sparked my true love for fantasy literature. That series made me hungry for more and more fantasy, a good way to find escapism.
Call of the Herald - Young Adult Epic Fantasy
on Oct. 03, 2011
If you like fantasy, you will most likely like this book. Brian has a pretty good tale going, although the beginning is a little bit dry. I did struggle past the first chapter and found myself a little bit lost at first by what he was trying to convey with his scene on the comets.
The reader will eventually find out what the comets are all about later on in the book.
It does have a pretty good hook after the second chapter and I was late getting back to work on a few occasions. I just didn’t want to put this book down after I got past the gritty stuff.
The ending is kind of a cliff hanger but I was satisfied enough with the ending to give this book four stars.
I will even be reading the next book in the series. (I did like it that much.)
4 out of 5 ****
The Book of Deacon
on Nov. 06, 2011
The Book of Deacon is a good book indeed.
I really enjoyed this tale. It is quite long but well worth the read. Joseph Lallo has a really unique way of telling a story. Those who love fantasy will really enjoy this story as well.
I could tell you the details about this story but I refuse to give any spoilers. Instead I will only quote the author by telling you the given synopsis describing the book.
Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier's priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life. No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step of the way will take her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world."
You got to read this book is all I can say from here!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. *****
Hollowland (The Hollows #1)
on Nov. 21, 2011
I loved this book. Amanda Hocking has a wonderful imagination. This fast paced story about zombies, lions, and tigers kept me reading almost non-stop. I don’t think there was a moment in the book where I ever found I had lost interest in the story.
The fact that this is the first zombie book I have ever read and I just could not stop reading.
I will be definitely investigating the rest of her books in the near future.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. *****
Bedtime Stories for Cats
on Dec. 09, 2011
I received this book in a Members’ Giveaway on Library Thing.
After reading the first work in this book I lost interest rather quickly. The cat was asleep before I finished the first paragraph. But he sleeps through anything any ways.
The only thing I found I did not like about the book was it lacked the humor I kind of expected I would find in such a book. Why would I expect humor from this book is beyond me. But there was none in the first two stories of this book. It lacked the hook to keep me reading after this point.
I give the author 2 out of 5 ** for effort.
Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller
on Jan. 28, 2012
Who done it and who will confess to doing it?
This legal thriller is suspenseful. The first few chapters were very slow reading, but well worth the buildup of the storyline. I am glad I stayed with it.
Hannah is arrested for arson and possible murder. Her mom and her step dad both have possible motives for killing her Step-Grandfather who happens to be a Supreme Court Justice. I won’t tell you anymore about this story.
The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success
on March 27, 2012
This book is a great marketing resource. If you write and publish eBooks this is a must read for you. It covers all the important things one needs to know about successful eBook publishing.