Welcoming Linda Andrews, author of Brianna

I would like to welcome Linda Andrews to my blog. Hi, Linda! It’s great to have you here today. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a scientist who writes paranormal romance. Yep, I have a secret personality just like a superhero. Okay, I don’t have superpowers, but my characters do. The heroine of Brianna can learn things by touching objects, that’s called psychometry. She also has a cat that is the incarnation of an Egyptian goddess. I too learn things by picking up objects–like that’s hot, or soft or squishy and my cats (ordinary felines that they are) think I should worship them like they are gods/goddesses. As you can tell, I use my writing to escape my rather mundane everyday life.

I have cats, too. I think they secretly are gods and goddesses! Ha-ha. What genre do you most enjoy writing?

Oddly enough I enjoy writing in all the genres I write–sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and horror. But I will say fantasy and paranormal allow me to stretch my imagination far beyond the boundaries of the box of the science and horror.

I think that’s great. I personally enjoy a story that mixes a bit of both. What is the easiest and most difficult thing about your genres?

The writing is the hardest thing. Writing is work, hard work. I’m always amazed at the images people get from simple words. Pinning down the right words to get the reader to see what you want is a lot like pulling an ace of spade out of a deck of cards. You could do it, but I’m not sure that there isn’t a bit of magic involved. Of course, I love the challenge and so I keep writing.

The easiest thing about paranormal romance is creating the worlds and coming up with unique twists. Anything goes and I love it.

Well put! Who is your favorite character in your book, and what do you like most about him or her?

My favorite character in Brianna is the hero. He’s an alpha kind of guy but Brianna doesn’t play by his rules and is more set on rescuing him than allowing him to rescue her. She also doesn’t know these rules, he keeps trying to foist on her. She’s spunky and daring–matching him in everything and he’s man enough to appreciate it, even though it’s driving him nuts.

Do you get many of your ideas from your own life, or is your work mostly fictional?

A little of both. Brianna is recovered from consumption (aka tuberculosis) and had spent most of her life undergoing medical treatments and trying to ignore the social stigma associated with the disease in the Victorian era. Having spent the first ten years of my life with a medical handicap, I completely understand why her character is so set on living as well as forsaking those social conventions that get in her way.

That’s a fascinating plot line; I can’t wait to read this. I have mentioned consumption in conversation before, and people either knew what I was talking about or had no idea. You’re tackling a very interesting subject. What was the main inspiration behind your current novel?

I love the Victorian era and Egypt, especially mummies. I did want to be an Egyptologist when I was younger, then I realized my claustrophobia made it impossible. But those things don’t apply to writing, so I sent Brianna to Egypt to protect the tomb of the only Egyptian mortal to become a god, Imhotep.

I think I would be too claustrophobic, too, but it’s wonderful that you’re writing about it. How did you get started in publishing, and what did you find most difficult?

I got my first break from Zumaya Publications when they bought the story of Brianna’s parents back in 2001. I’d been writing for 4 years at the time and had my share of rejections. Brianna is my 9th book published with them. The most difficult aspect was not getting discouraged by the rejections. Being stubborn by nature and having writer friends through RWA has helped tremendously.

Do you have a tip for my readers, or something you’d like to share?

If you love a story or an author send them an email and let them know. Writers are modern day hermits. We do so much alone and get lots of feedback about how to fix the things that are wrong in our manuscripts that it’ll make someone’s day to hear how they got it right. Actually, I’d apply that to everything in life. Take the time to appreciate the little things that someone does for you and thank them–even if it’s their job!

Great advice, Linda. Thank you so much for sharing, and for being here today. Good luck with your writing! 

Love, lies, and an ancient Egyptian curse. Brianna Grey holds the key to mankind’s destruction and someone is willing to kill for it. Having spent most of her life dying of consumption, one man’s kiss has resurrected her desire to live. For US Treasury Agent, Duncan Stuart, love means death. He works alone, lives alone and plans to die alone until he meets Brianna again. Under the harsh Egyptian sun, Duncan will break all his rules to save her but will it be enough to overcome the secrets that could get them both killed?

Get acquainted with Linda Andrews’s writing by downloading the FREE Paranormal Romance The Love Lottery today.

Linda Andrews’s Ghost of a Chance is on sale now on Amazon. Check it out! Brianna is not yet available, but it will be soon . . . .

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