WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE AS OUR GUEST TODAY…..
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN THRILLER/SUSPENSE AUTHOR…..
LINDA HEAVNER GERALD!
MBA&M: What is your inspiration for writing both suspense,and children’s titles?
LINDA: My inspiration for all of my books is God. Beaufort Betrayal, my first novel, was a vision which I experienced nightly for a few years. It reached the point where I could not go to sleep without thinking about it. In my thoughts, I saw a young woman walking down the street. It was not me. She was troubled but not harmed. I recognized the place as Beaufort, N.C. where I have sailed often. As she walked down the street, she feverishly hunted for signs that she might recognize for she was suffering from amnesia. Then, she saw one of the beautiful old homes across the street. As she searched for familiarity, she saw a young man on the balcony, waving to her. Her heart was singing because she realized that someone recognized her. As he ran to greet her, he ushered her inside the home. What was about to happen to her? So the story began. One night, I finally prayed. Asking God for guidance, I knew that I was suppose to write a book. My first Mystery/Thriller began and I suddenly found myself in a new role as author.
MBA&M: How hard is it to write both genres?
MBA&M: It is not difficult at all. My problem is that the thoughts occur so rapidly that I find it difficult to keep up.
MBA&M: Who do you credit your love of writing to?
LINDA: Again, I must say God. I never even entertained the idea of writing. Without the vision which launched Beaufort Betrayal, I would never have written.
MBA&M: What do you think the most important quality of an author?
LINDA: I think the most important quality of an author is honesty. To desire to tell a story that will actually benefit someone instead of junk is an honest approach to writing. That is my desire. If just one of my books helps someone, then the process was worth any fatigue or discomfort which I may have experienced.
MBA&M: You seem to enjoy a variety of stories,which is by far your favorite to write?Why?
LINDA: Beaufort Betrayal was my favorite because it was my first experience of displaying my soul, so to speak. Writing reminds me of an artist with a painting. So much time goes into creating something that you think is beautiful. Then the criticism begins. It can be daunting.
MBA&M: What is the most exciting part of writing in your opinion?
LINDA: The most exciting part is the final product. So often, when I go back to read it, it is unfamiliar to me; almost as if I never wrote it. It is amazing. Writing produces such happiness for me. Each book: Beaufort Betrayal,Rosemary Beach, Will He?, and Dusty the Island Dog is a great source of pride and disbelief that with God’s help. I was able to create something that I find beautiful. I am indeed blessed.
Thanks, Linda, for visiting with us and our readers today! We wish you the best with your future endeavors!