Soon after Josie Gianni moves to Cadence Beach, Oregon, she’s immediately thrust into a strange and chilling interplay with a demented stalker who believes the soul of the wife he murdered has returned through Josie.
Fueled by jealousy and fear of betrayal, the stalker's intentions grow increasingly dangerous when Josie falls for Gordon Forrester, the aloof, attractive owner of the local bookstore.
Will Josie's wit and Gordon's love save her, or will Josie fall victim to the madman's destructive behavior as he attempts to reclaim his wife's soul?
INTERVIEW WITH LINDA
1. Tell us something about your book that is not part of the book description (blurb)..
Josie Gianni faces the complications of falling in-love with Gordon Forrester, a man whose heart is fiercely guarded, while simultaneously struggling with the deranged fixations of a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he believes belongs to him.
2. Who is your book cover designer and what do YOU think about the cover?
Joleene Naylor (Joleene@Joleenenaylor.com). The night scene was her suggestion, and I couldn’t have been more pleased. I found her to be honest and very easy to work with.
3. What are your current literary works? Any sneak peaks?
I'm currently working on a women’s fiction novel about a couple who finds the loss of their only child unbearable, leading one of them into the arms of another man and the other into despair before they discover the true depth of their love.
4. What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The next Avatar, though I think it might not be out until next year. I don’t typically read science fiction, but I do enjoy sci-fi movies. Go figure.
5. If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
I guess I’ll be realistic enough in this dinner-party fantasy to at least choose among the living. I’ll go with Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Maya Angelou, Dr. Wayne Dyer and Louis Zamperini (the subject in Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction book “Unbroken”).
6. What's the craziest writing idea you've had?
I don’t think I’ve had it yet, but stay tuned….
7. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
To entertain your mind and satisfy your heart.
8. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Stumbling across reviews of my book (good reviews!) by total (wonderful) strangers.
9. What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
If you love to write, never give up, no matter the obstacles (and there will be several).
10. If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
“Pride and Prejudice” for the romance of the time-period and the story.
11. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“The Life and Trials of a Romantic Optimist”.
12. What is your favorite scene in the book and why do you love it?
When Josie runs into Gordon at the pub with Leslie Stark draped around his neck. I love the way the scene exposes the depth of feelings Josie has for Gordon, and he for her.
13. What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
Transformers (the movies). More than once! I have an all-male household, what can I say?
14. What is one book everyone should read (apart from yours)?
“Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s amazing and truly inspirational.
15. What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Baking and watching movies.
The mountains, anywhere.
Best christmas present?
My laptop (for what it symbolized)
No one favorite.
Lauren Willig is one of my favorites.
Bread baking in the oven.
The Josephine Bonaparte series by Sandra Gulland.
Don’t have one.
Favorite writing spot?
My computer desk in my room.
Pride & Prejudice.
“Faith is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.”
A bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
One big expensive one.
Your best trait?
Willingness to forgive.
Your worst trait?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I spent the first 24 years of my life living in a suburb of Portland, Oregon until I was offered a job with United Airlines that took me to San Francisco, CA where I subsequently met my husband and accepted San Francisco as my new home. As strikingly different as Oregon and California (San Francisco, particularly) are from one another, I have a great deal of love for them both.
After the first of my two children was born, I left my job with the airline to become a full-time mother (what an adventure!). When both children were well into school, I began my pursuit of a writing career, following my lifetime love of the craft. I’ve done some children’s stories and several poems, three of which have been entered into a poetry anthology, but found my place as a novelist despite my initial fears and reservations about taking on such a demanding form of writing.
Like most writers (or any artists, really), I’m happiest when I’m engaged with my craft, and for me that means constantly tapping in to the endless supply of story ideas roaming the corridors of my mind.
Every day is a journey with writing (as with life), and with each bit of knowledge I gain, I feel a growing sense of strength and accomplishment. Perusing this as a career is not an easy road, but one of my favorite quotes (from Hebrews 11:1) helps to ease some of the angst. “Faith is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead”.
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