Linda Nelson

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Linda Nelson published her first YA romance in 2013. She is a self-published author who began her writing career in 2010 as just a Fantasy & YA Writer. Now it is all about the romance, a huge career change that took place in the past couple of years when she discovered RWA. Fantasy is her favorite genre to read and write, and her favorite way to escape the day to day life. When she writes YA contemporary, she loves to infuse them with conflict, the more, the better. Linda works a full-time job by day, does her homework at night, and writes on the weekends.
She is a student at Franklin Pierce University, working on her Associate of Business of Arts, with plans of majoring in English.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Road Salt (Wings from Ashes, 2)
Series: Wings from Ashes. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,840. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
NaNoWriMo 2012 book. Last updated 2012-11-25 08:44:58
There's nothing wrong with getting high, or so Carol and Karla felt in this Teen Contemporary, that is until Rod got high on Bath Salts.
Witch Book (Orgarlan Saga: Book 2)
Series: Orgarlan Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,440. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
NaNoWriMo 2011 book. Last updated 2011-11-23 05:09:10
A couple of lesser demons play a game of Shell with a very special grimoire. Darmin wants the book of Hestate but Monika inherited it. With this book she can destroy Lord Ky'debaul and take his castle and his throne. Fantasy with cunning jealousy vs. innocent determination.
Time Pieces: A Short Story Collection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,100. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
"Quick read, great for bedtime stories..." Flash Fiction Collection of Short Stories for the young and old. Some are humorous and others are spooky.
Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon (Orgarlan Saga: Book 1)
Series: Orgarlan Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,320. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The Elven Sorcerer, Lord Ky'debaul wants to kill a silver dragon to restore his magic powers. This dragon is not just a silver dragon, it is a time dragon. But in order for him to do this, he must send the dragon to another world where it is not against the law to kill a Time Dragon. Here on Orgarlan, killing a Time Dragon is a Death Sentence.
What Karla Wants (Wings from Ashes, #1)
Series: Wings from Ashes. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,820. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
This book was previously titled “Friends of Choice.” Karla's family has no choice but to move after their home is foreclosed. That means leaving childhood friends behind. New friends at the new school offer the possibility of popularity, which is something Karla never experienced in her last school.

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  • 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. "Product Description 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 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

    Just Okay! 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.