Linda Bleser began her writing career publishing short fiction for women's magazines. Since then, she's completed several award-winning novels in multiple genres, from rib-tickling comedy to bone-chilling suspense. Reviewers have hailed her work as unique, original, and impossible to put down.
An active member of Romance Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association, Linda has also served several terms on the Board of Directors of her local RWA chapter, Saratoga Romance Writers of America, in upstate New York.
Despite claiming to be grown up, Linda readily admits that she still believes in fairy tales, Santa Claus and happy endings. To read more of Linda's work, visit her website at http://www.lindableser.com
An exclusive interview with DiskUs Author: Linda Bleser
Where do you live?
Upstate New York
Where can fans write you?
What inspires you?
Like most writers, I find inspiration everywhere. I can't watch a television program or read a book without a notepad handy to jot down ideas and snippets of dialogue. When I accepted the invitation for the HOLIDAY HEARTS anthology, I had just learned about the closing of a charming outdoor shopping outlet in a nearby town. I decided to set HOME FOR CHRISTMAS in a similar setting using a Dickens theme, with shops such as Great Expectations Vintage Clothing, The Old Curiousity Shop, Oliver's Pretzel Twists, and Cratchits and Ratchets Hardware. It was a lot of fun and I'm thrilled to be included with some of my favorite DiskUs authors!
What's your day like?
I'm a night owl, so the midnight hours are my most creative time. I usually crawl out of bed about 10:00 in the morning, insert a caffeine drip into a vein, then tackle my email and correspondence. Afternoons I'm slightly more alert, so I reserve that time for editing, marketing and promotion. I start writing in the evening and continue until about 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. Those late-night hours are a blessing because the phone doesn't ring and I don't have to deal with constant interruptions.
Tell us about your family.
Ooh, now you've hit my favorite subject. I've been married for thirty years, a child-bride of the 70's. I have two of the most incredibly brilliant, talented and gorgeous children you've ever met! My son Michael graduated from college last year and he's working and living in another city two hours from home. I miss him terribly, but the grocery bill has plummeted now that he's on his own. My daughter Lauren just graduated college and is still living home while she continues studying for her graduate degree in elementary education. I'm just about the proudest mother there is, and when the time comes that they give me grandchildren, I'll probably be insufferable.
Do you have any pets?
No, just a cat. Luna considers herself a houseguest rather than a pet. She's made it clear that if things don't go her way, she's outta here!
What are your hobbies?
Anything that doesn't involve sweating! I like crafts, such as needlepoint or cross-stitch, that keep my hands busy while my mind is free to roam. I also dabble in watercolors and charcoal, but I find that most of my creative energies right now are spent making bookmarks and promotional flyers.
What do you do in your leisure time?
Reading is still my favorite pastime and I'm constantly amazed by those natural storytellers who have the ability to carry you away into a fantasy world.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm going to pretend that question isn't singular because I have so many favorite authors. I'll read anything written by Nora Roberts or Dean Koontz. For romantic comedy, Leta Nolan Childers is my idol. When I want a good scare to remind that my life isn't so bad, I turn to Stephen King, Robert McCammon or Doug Clegg. I read to escape, and those are some of the authors guaranteed to whisk me away to another world.
What's your favorite book?
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keyes, simply because I read it at a very young and impressionable age. The theme is one I find myself coming back to in many of my own stories, so apparently it resonates for me on a subconscious level.
What's your favorite movie?
HEARTS AND SOULS with Robert Downey Jr.
What's your favorite place?
Any beach, anywhere. I love the water, whether it's a lake, the ocean, or my desktop water fountain. Someday I'd love to have an office overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, but I'd probably be too mesmerized by the hypnotic rush of waves to get any writing done at all.
What place, that you haven't already visited, would you like to visit?
If I ever get the chance to travel overseas, Italy would be my first stop. Both of my parents were born there, so I'd love to visit the "old country" and discover my roots.
What's your favorite kind of music?
Anything that makes me want to get up and dance!
Anything else you'd like to say?
If you've come this far, you're either a relative or my new best friend! Thanks for letting me share a little of myself with you and I hope to see you again real soon!
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