Linda: It depends. Sometimes when I’m writing a particular scene it requires that I’m angry. If that’s the case I listen to Nine Inch Nails, or Metallica. I do love both of those bands and they help me fuel the fire. If I’m writing something happier I’ll stick to 80’s or 90’s. To write A Raven’s Touch I listened to Toadies “Possum Kingdom” on repeat as I felt it really captured the essence of the story.
Author Interview: Linda Bloodworth
Hello! Today I’m featuring young adult author, Linda Bloodworth! Linda lives in Toronto with her husband and three fur babies. Thanks for being here Linda!
Carrigan: What is it about writing that you love?
Linda: I love the way it makes me feel free. Writing allows me to create a whole new world where the rules don’t apply and anything I want to go is allowed. It’s an incredible place to explore.
Carrigan: Why do you write for young adults?
Linda: I never really set out to write for young adults, but my characters are the age for YA, so this is the category that I have been allotted. I picked the age of my characters because that’s when things started changing for me. When I hit 18 I felt like I was in this in between stage where I had one foot in the door of childhood and adulthood. It seemed things were happening fast and somewhat scary. I’m sure other people can relate and understand that sentiment.
Carrigan: Oh yes. I can relate to that very well. How many books have you published?
Linda: Currently, I have one book published called A Raven’s Touch.
Carrigan: What do you like to read?
Linda: A mix of things. I tend to lean on paranormal, horror, and fantasy. If there’s a story with all those things mixed together I’m sold!
Carrigan: What inspired you to become a writer?
Linda: I can’t say I was ever inspired to be a writer, it was something I always knew was in me. My entire childhood revolved around making up stories and then writing them down. My mother told me that I used to tell her my dreams and that I could remember them at length.
Carrigan: What is your favorite young adult book and why?
Linda: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I absolutely adore Aslan. What a nobel character who is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the group. There’s something beautiful in his sacrifice and I appreciate it on a spiritual level. After I read that part of the story I cried for days.
Carrigan: Such a great book. How did you come up with your ideas?
Linda: They come to me in my dreams, in a song, a word that someone said at the right time, any place and every place. I never know when the first sentence to my next story will come.
Carrigan: Are you self-published? If so, how did you decide to become self-published?
Linda: I am indeed self-published. I decided to do so because I have heard stories about authors who are with publishing houses and they still have to do marketing to create awareness. As a result I figured, why not do it it myself?
Carrigan: Do you have any pets?
Linda: I do! I have two cats and one dog. They’re the light of my life, please don’t tell my husband. 🙂
Carrigan: Haha. Your secret is safe with me! What music do you listen to while writing?
Carrigan: I love The Toadies!! Brings back memories! Do you like cheese? What’s your favorite kind?
Linda: I’m not a dairy cheese lover, but if you read A Raven’s Touch you’ll notice my main character Justice loves Daiya brand Havarti cheese. This is my favorite as well. 😉
Carrigan: What’s one fact about yourself that is unique?
Linda: I write lying down. Throughout middle school, high school, and college I rarely used a desk. Even now, I wrote a Raven’s Touch and this interview completely on my bed. It’s the only way I can get things done. There’s something comforting about being in my safe zone I suppose.
Carrigan: My bed is my safe/comfort zone too. They always say don’t use your bed for anything but sleep, but I write better when I’m comfortable!! Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Which ones make you screech and hide?
Linda: Oh heavens no. Unless it really can’t be helped, but most of the time I try to pick them up and fling them outside. I love lady bugs, so they’re okay, but millipedes, ooooh no.
Carrigan: Ladybugs are cool. Millipedes, not so much! If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Linda: Does immortality count? I have logically thought about death a million times, but yet I’m incredibly terrified of it. Maybe that’s why I like vampires and paranormal creatures so much? As for mainstream powers, I’d have to say to be able to stop and go back into time. I think that would probably cause a lot of problems, but it would be handy.
Carrigan: Have you ever gotten in trouble with the police?
Linda: No, I consider them my friends.
Carrigan: What are you working on now? Any future releases?
Linda: Currently, I’m working on A Raven’s Revenge, to pick up where I left off with Justice, Moira, Tom, and Darien.
Carrigan: Awesome! So exciting! Thank you so much for taking the time out for the interview. If anyone would like to know more about Linda, please check her out below:
Check out A Raven’s Touch! https://www.amazon.com/ebook/dp/B01A7R7GZW/