Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I am retired and enjoying it.
With my children all grown and most of my grandchildren also grown up starting families of their own, I have a lot of time to write. Most of the family lives in other states, one grandson is stationed in Korea and his sister is headed there for a year in the next few weeks. They’re both Army.
I’ve lived in St. Louis (grew up there), Cincinnati, Seattle, Pacific Grove (CA) and now in Raleigh, NC (last 20 years). I am allowed to exist in the same space as a 17# cat with loads of catitude and a 14# dog that has bark and bite as well as a lot of love to give. He especially loves sharing it with the cat, which is not appreciative of his efforts.
1. How did you get started writing?
I retired four years ago and wrote my first novel while going through the retirement process. There had been a family mystery that I always fantasized about. I told co-worker about it, and she said I should write a book about it. I did. That novel became part 1 of a trilogy that ultimately was published in a single volume as well as stand-alones. It isn’t my best book, but people still do seem to enjoy it.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Romance/mystery sagas; mysteries; a detective series, The Preston Andrews Mysteries. I’ve always loved Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Janet Evanovich, Lisa Jackson, Patricia Cornwell—the list goes on and on. I had a mystery in my own family, so when I wrote my first book, I included that in my novel. It just grew and grew and grew…now the characters just take me where they want to go. I’m just along for the ride.
“Elusive” is a light-hearted Scottish love story filled with sweet tragedy and romance. You’ll have to read it to find out which wins in the end.
“100 Years of Brotherly Love” is perhaps my all time favorite. It’s a trilogy about three wonderful men who made a blood oath as young boys. Their friendship and lives are tested but theirs is a story of strength and appreciation for those with whom you share your life. It’s really a beautiful book. I’m so proud of it.
“Richard: It’s In The Blood” is also part 3 of “Intersections: Love, Betrayal, Murder”. Richard’s story touched me deeply. I still cannot read the last chapter without crying.
My mystery series is a lot of fun to write. Preston, Press to his friends, seems to be appreciated by a wide variety of people. Its main background is Virginia Beach, VA. With a very wealthy and stunningly handsome homicide detective, I was afraid that the series would get stuck into the Chick Lit niche, which would limit its audience, but men and women are both enjoying it. That means a lot. 27,000 downs of the first book (“Hard Press’d”) in the series were given away this winter alone. I’m so pleased to see people coming back for the entire series. I hope I can keep giving them what they love so much about these characters.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
You’ll laugh…seeing the first proof copy with the finished cover surrounding “my words”. I just all becomes real again each time. I really AM a writer! My artistic side just loves creating the covers.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
(Hysterical laughter going on here!) Editing editing editing editing editing.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
For my mystery series, I start with a title and then write the murder. From then on, the characters are given free rein.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
I’ve done a lot of traveling and love to share those travels in my novels—painting scenery I love, sounds of the surf pounding in the distance, a desert scene, a mountain lake.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Mysteries, of course! And romances with mystery. Of course, I also spend a lot of time reading the writings of my author-friends around the world.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Well, I just released #8 (“A Pressing Issue of Murder”) in The Preston Andrews Mysteries series on March 1st. I’ve just barely begun #9 and have come up with the basis of a new series about a female private investigator. My granddaughter has always wanted to be on the cover, so I think she’ll be the star of the new series. I’m also toying with a new stand-alone, but I’m not ready to talk about that yet—it’s still a whisper in my ear, not a full-fledged voice in my head.
Please provide links to your website, blog, books, etc.
The Preston Andrews Mysteries https://www.facebook.com/ThePrestonAndrewsMysteries
Romances & Sagas https://www.facebook.com/LindaRaeBlairAuthor
Stand-alone Mysteries https://www.facebook.com/MysteriesByBlair
BE SURE TO COME BACK ON WEDNESDAY to read an excerpt from Linda’s novel, A PRESSING ISSUE OF MURDER, on Karen’s Killer Book Bench!