Welcome to HOT SEAT, a new section of my blog where I intend to place authors on a very warm seat, and then interrogate them. Just kidding, it’s all fun and games over here.
The phrase was given to me by author, Lynne Marshall,www.lynnemarshall.com who underwent much scrutiny by my readers several months ago. Then author, Jennifer Crusie did a blog post interview this week at www.arghink.com featuring author Lucy March, www.lucymarch.com and the interview style intrigued me, so I stole copied it and the idea for Hot Seat took off.
I met Linda in 2001, when I joined Romance Writers of America and found an amazing group of authors/writers in Los Angeles. LARA is the Los Angeles chapter of RWA. Over the years I’ve watched Linda’s career blossom. She is one very busy lady, and diverse to the say the least: A mystery, intrigue, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense author, and backed by her years as a lawyer, she brings authenticity to the page. I enjoy the way she plants her clues and weaves her subplots. And she is generous with the writing community, teaching classes, sharing her wealth of knowledge, and always available to answer a question or two for a struggling writer. This month she will be teaching an online course through the Orange County Chapter of RWA: Kiss Me or Kill Me, Writing Cozy Mysteries 101 for Romance Writers.
Linda has published 29 novels. Her most recent is The More the Terrier, the second book in her Pet Rescue Mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, and available through amazon.com and Barnes & Noble:
Shelter manager Lauren Vancouver, “an ardent advocate for homeless pets” has taught herself a new trick: sleuthing. Now she has a chance to hone her skills, as animal hoarding leads to one less human life…
When Lauren finds that her old mentor, Mamie Spelling, is an animal hoarder, no one is more shocked, and she jumps in to help the cramped critters. But Mamie’s troubles don’t end there. She’s accused of murder when the CEO of a pet shelter network is found dead. The aggressive businesswoman was bullying Mamie to join her organization by threatening to expose her hoarding but that was before Lauren took control of the situation. Now Lauren’s dogged determination to clear her former friend of murder may put a killer on her tail… The first in the series was Beaglemania. A great read. I love Beagles! Hounds Abound will be released in April 2012. Two of Linda’s Alpha Force miniseries, from Harlequin’s Nocturne Bites, Hawk’s Challenge, and Cougar’s Conquest, were released in late 2011, and so was full-length Nocturne Guardian Wolf, also part of the Alpha Force miniseries. Linda’s first Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Undercover Soldier, will be released in July 2012.
Now, here is how Hot Seat works: Leave a question in the comments section about Linda’s stories, her process, a craft question, or anything to do with her passion for animals, her love of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, or her volunteer work at Pet Orphans of Southern California. I will send Linda the questions, she will answer them, and I will post them next Tuesday.
To learn more about the author, please visit www.lindaojohnston.com or visit the blog she shares with five other authors, killerhobbies.blogspot.com where she posts every Wednesday. Linda is also on Facebook. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Orange County and Los Angeles chapters of RWA, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the International Thriller Writers. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lexie and Mystie.