Linda Christensen has been a member of the Writers’ League since November and is attending the 2015 Agents & Editors Conference. She lives in Fredericksburg, TX.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
Linda Christensen: Currently, I write romance and fiction. Future books may be in young adult or new adult, but I need to study this to be sure.
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee or a beer with and which beverage?
LC: I’d love to have coffee with several authors, actually, for different reasons: E.L. James to ask her how in the world she had the nerve to put together the 50 Shades of Gray series and get them published; Mitch Albom to discover how he creates his characters and query his imagination in his stories; and Dan Brown for his amazing ability to create a story around such rich symbolism. This is a wide variety of people and genres, but fascinating and good reads to me.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
LC: If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would want my Bible, but also want to have along a book by Max Lucado to help restore my faith in believing I would be rescued!
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
LC: Being a new member, I’m excited to find out just how the organization can help me be a better writer. I have already been to one meeting (in Comfort, TX) and have met Becka. Marc Hess, who is on the board, also met with me in Fredericksburg to talk about finding an agent and getting her to read a query letter. The meeting in June should be a good time to meet my fellow writers and learn some new methods of writing, getting an agent, and finding a publisher. I’m really looking forward to it.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
LC: So far I have self-published my first novel and have the second one almost ready to go to AuthorHouse. I have no idea where this is taking me, but do know that there are three more books in my brain, the characters stalking around and waiting to be released into the computer. It will be my joy to get all of these in print.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
LC: For many years as a CPA, I’ve written business documents, accounting guidelines, college courses, and a bit of poetry. When my mother was 80 we wrote and published her memoirs and 200 family recipes into a delightful book that can be found on Amazon: Flavors From the Past: Memoirs and Recipes of Wilma Weiland Diekhoff. I arranged a book signing for her at 82 at Barnes and Noble in Peoria. It is a precious memory, and we sold 700 of those books. The books I am writing, which will be five in total, are based on a set of prints given to my grandmother in 1916 of the five stages of love. The prints have inspired a story that addresses the current world as opposed to those charming paintings of a time gone by. Everyone has a story to tell, some just a little more dramatic than others. Many are stories of survival. Some are based on my own experiences in life. I also write a daily blog at http://senioradventureswithlindakay.blogspot.com.