Hi, Linda! Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.
Before we begin, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
Wow, I could take up all day just on that question. I’ll be sixty this year—OMG, did I really say that? I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my fiancé, my Shitz Tsu, and we are raising his seven year old grandson, Chaz, who has more energy than the energizer bunny. My regular profession (ha, ha, the one that really supports me) is as a court reporter. I’ve worked with and in the judicial system now for about 18 years. I love metaphysics, and taught meditation, dream analysis and self-hypnosis for several years at EKU University in Richmond, Kentucky. I became a paranormal investigator in the early 2000s and love things that go bump in the night. If I’m not reading, writing or dealing with family, I love to visit old cemeteries or really old houses and spend the night with the hair raised on the back of my neck.
Wow! I don’t even know how to respond to that! You certainly lead an interesting life!!
So, what inspired you to start writing?
My imagination. I’ve actually been writing since about the age of 8. I won my first award for an article written in third grade that impressed the teacher so much she sent it off to a magazine and they published it. I truly wish I could find the information on that now and I’d love to have it. When my sons were young instead of reading bedtime stories the three of us would make up our bedtime story and continue it each night.
Brilliant! I wish I could create my own stories!
Who has been your biggest supporter(s)?
My sons, Charles and Steven. My fiancé, Coby W. Fuson, my grandchildren, Chaz Fuson, Caitlynn Prather and Maya Prather, and many, many authors online. I would say that New York Times bestselling author, Mel Comley, and Mum, have kick started me and kept me going when I was down or simply procrastinating on my next project.
It’s so lovely to hear that you have such great support!
What is the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome as an author?
There were actually two. The first was becoming a public speaker as I would throw up before every book signing or program I did. The second, and one I’m still struggling with now that I’ve overcome my fear of being in the public, is online promotion. Selling to people I don’t know, have never met, and have no clue what they would like or wouldn’t like. I will say, though, that I’ve made some wonderful friends online. I’m not a pushy person so I could never be a car salesman, but if I believe in something it isn’t too hard now for me to promote it. I have a much easier time promoting other authors that I love than myself.
I can see how online promotion could be difficult!
Have there been any books or authors that you feel have particularly influenced you?
I’ve always loved mystery. I was a big James Patterson and Dean Koontz fan. When I discovered Kay Hooper it convinced me that I truly needed to write what I knew, which was a combination of my love for mystery and the paranormal. Working in the judicial system was often frustrating when criminals would go free on technicalities. And I hate crime. Thus emerged the Jacody Ives Mysteries and the Catherine Mans Psychic Suspense, and now the Jenna James Legal Thrillers, a combination of my loves and dislikes. There’s not a lot of paranormal about the Jenna James series at the moment, but in the future Loki Redmond will be a main player and the Choctaw customs and beliefs, as well as Loki’s love of New Age things will play a part.
Ooo, interesting! I’ve just read the first Jenna James book and can’t wait for the next! Especially after hearing that!
What advice would you give to other authors?
Keep writing and don’t ever throw anything away. My first Catherine Mans book, Bet you can’t Find Me, was something I worked on many years ago and shelved because I didn’t like my main character. One day I pulled it out, revamped her to someone I did like and wrote the book in a week. Take your bad reviews with a grain of salt. Yes, it’s your baby, but just like in real life not everyone loves your babies or thinks they’re beautiful. That, of course, is easier said than done, but if you can do it you’ll have a much easier time ignoring the ones that aren’t helpful, and paying attention to the ones that really are helpful. Make sure your product is the very best it can be by choosing good editors and cover artists. Keep plugging, keep writing and believe in yourself.
Can I ask, if you don’t mind, what you’re currently working on?
Oh, this one makes me laugh. The second Jenna James Legal Thriller, 6 novellas and one full-length novel in the Catherine Mans series, and a romantic suspense that I promised a publisher I would submit about a year ago.
Wow! You’re certainly busy!
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to your readers or to new readers?
A heartfelt thank you. Most authors need to make a living if they want to continue writing, especially if they want to write full-time. But behind every artist is a need for someone to see their art, read their book, and express their views. It’s like the actors who need applause. Even the ones that don’t go on to become famous will always remember that moment in the spotlight. It feeds your soul and makes the sun shine just a little brighter.
Brilliant. Thanks, Linda!
To learn more about the amazing Linda S. Prather, please visit the following links:
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