I’m pleased to have author Linda Hawley on the blog for an interview. Her dystopian, sci fi novel Dreams Unleashed is available in ebook format and in print within days.
Linda will also be guest blogger on Jess resides here soon. I’ve left the topic up to her so I’m looking forward to what she’ll come up with, it’ll be a surprise for everyone myself included.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Besides writing and reading, here’s a little bit about me. I am a wife and mother, and we are a traveling family. I am married to my soul mate, and with him, we have an extraordinary amount of fun together. I’ve kayaked from one island to another in the Carribean. I’ve backpacked the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia with the Sierra Club. I’ve jumped out of a plane and had my parachute lines tangle, forcing me solve the emergency rather quickly. I’ve attended a Christmas party at the White House and have been on Air Force One. I’ve been to Europe many times (I am in love with Paris). Of course, I’ve sailed the San Juan Islands, which are featured in Dreams Unleashed. We are a pet-loving family and the dog in the story, Lulu, is actually my dog in reality.
What kind of experience did you have getting published?
I was a full-time freelance writer and wrote 100% non-fiction for corporations and individuals. I left my thriving freelance business to finish The Prophecies trilogy. I am still the editor in chief for an organic gardening publication, which I’ll never leave because I love it so much. With The Prophecies trilogy being published, I’m labeled a debut author, which is fine by me.
How did you get started writing?
I started writing poetry when I was five years old; I loved playing with words, and telling stories through poetry. I’ve been a storyteller all my life (written and verbal), but The Prophecies trilogy is the first story that’s been published. My head is filled with stories.
What is your workspace and working routine like?
I home school my children, and my writing desk is right next to the home schooling table. When they are hard at work on a lesson (and I’m not directly teaching), I write my novel. I can easily move from writing a novel to answering their questions, then get right back into my train of thought. So I write during their school day, then start up again when they go to bed at 9pm. I wrote some of the most intense scenes of Dreams Unleashed between 9:00PM – 2:00AM. I find nighttime writing is when my creativity goes crazy—anything is possible at 2:00 AM.
What are your favorite books and who are your favorite authors?
I purposefully make sure I read regularly in most genres of fiction, so that as a writer I am constantly growing. I have a long list of favorite books, and very few favorite authors (although I must confess that I love every book that Nicholas Sparks has ever written; he knows the heart!). Three of my very favorite books are: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (which made me fall in love with dialogue), The Passage, by Justin Cronin (who I think is a plot genius), and The Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon (who is superb at character development).
What are you reading now?
Today I finished The Giver, by Lois Lowry. I’ve been meaning to read it for some time. I am working my way down a list of 20 dystopian books that I got. I am a very fast reader, and will get through the list in a couple of weeks.
What do you like to do when not writing?
I love adventures, in all flavors. Lately, however, I am fully in love with organic gardening. When my hands are tired of hitting the keyboard, I get them in black soil with a sweat on my brow, and I am satisfied. To eat something that I grow is extremely gratifying. Lately I am perfecting my growing of hardneck garlic.
Dystopian is a particularly popular genre at the moment. What is it about it that you yourself enjoy?
I fell in love with the dystopian genre when I read (and re-read) The Road. I found hope in that tragic story. I am an idealist, and believe that we can make the world a better place, but I have witnessed great sorrow in my life. So for me to write dystopian stories is the perfect marriage of drama with hope. I will never write a fiction story that doesn’t have inspiration in it. After The Prophecies trilogy, I have a few other dystopian trilogies in my mind. It’s a genre I love to write, I love to read, and I love to see in movies.
Can you tell us about your new book, future works in the series and anything else you have in store?
The print version of Dreams Unleashed (book one in The Prophecies trilogy) will be released about June 10th. The eBook is already for sale at Smashwords and Amazon. Book two of The Prophecies will be published this summer (2011), and the final book of the trilogy will be published December 2011. So if you start reading Dreams Unleashed now, you won’t have to wait long to read the other two books in the dystopian trilogy.
In addition to The Prophecies trilogy, I am co-writing a biological thriller with another author, and that will be published either at the end of this year, or the beginning of next year.
I also have ten volumes of poetry that will be published early next year.
In 2012, I have another three books in a new dystopian trilogy that will be published.