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IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WE WELCOME TODAY…
“One Woman’s unusual Journey to reinvent herself and answer: “What now?”
Why I Added 41 Illustrations to “Blind Curves”
Have you ever picked up a children’s book, savored its illustrations and felt we adults get shortchanged? As a child I’d furiously read just to get to the next picture to discover how it linked to the story. Often just flipping through a storybook and glancing at its drawings built excitement that made it an immediate must-read book.
A theme of my recently published book—“Blind Curves—One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer What Now?”—is about breaking away from non-working traditional convention to create your own footsteps. This real-life story tells how after eighteen months of overachieving at one-size-fits all advice for a 57-year-old widow, I was still miserable. In a moment of rebellion, I traded my corporate suits for motorcycle leathers and committed myself to a 2,500-mile road trip on a Harley without knowing how to ride.
Since a major component of this book is about discoveries that come when we quit following conventional norms, it was only natural for me to model that behavior by incorporating my love of visuals and scattering 41 elaborate, hand-drawn illustrations throughout this book’s 278 pages.
In my initial meetings with my long-time friend and illustrator, Kevin L. Miller, we decided to have fun with the drawings. We chose to portray Linda when she is not on a motorcycle as a “traditional woman.” But since the “motorcycle Linda” is an attempted escape from reality, she’s drawn as a fantasy, super-sexy image that includes long, curly and flowing hair. And similar to most super-heroine figures, she has a body that looks better in tight leather and knee-high boots than I ever could, even if I spent years faithfully dieting and living at the gym, which I won’t.
Of course, since the 10-day road trip starts at Vancouver, Canada, and winds down along the Pacific Coast of Washington, Oregon and California, there are also scenic drawings of redwoods, Crater Lake, the Oregon Coast and the Mendocino wine country.
One thing most authors understand is that not every book decision is going to be appreciated by all readers. If the illustrations speak to you and add to your enjoyment, I’m pleased. But if they fall into the background as you create your own images, I’m equally happy. After all, it’s the quality of the story and the writing that are most important.
So enjoy this funny, irreverent and extraordinarily honest story of how I broke from tradition, made an out-of-character choice and proved that opening doors labeled “not me” is often more effective than remaining stuck in a safe bubble when needing answers to: “What now?”
If you’d like to see some of these illustrations, visit the book on Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/BlindCurves-Amazon to preview a section for the book or you visit the book’s website at www.BlindCurves.com.
Thank you Linda, for taking a few moments of your time to spend with us and our readers today!
Linda Crill is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and thought leader on mastering the new leadership skills: reinvention, resiliency and chaotic creation. She is the author of Blind Curves—One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer What Now?A story of reinvention whereCrill trades her corporate suits for motorcycle leathers in a moment of rebellion on a quest to answer “What Now?” For more information visit http://www.BlindCurves.com. This book is available in both softback and eBook versions from all major online booksellers as well as orders placed by your favorite bookseller.
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Blind Curves—One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer What Now?:http://www.BlindCurves.com
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Book on Amazon.com at: http://tinyurl.com/BlindCurves-Amazon
- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Opus Intl. (March 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098589850X
- ISBN-13: 978-0985898502
After eighteen months of following one-size-fits-all advice for a 57-year-old widow, Linda Crill was still miserable. In a moment of rebellion, she traded her corporate suits for motorcycle leathers and committed herself to a 2,500-mile road trip on a Harley, without knowing how to ride.
Four short weeks later, Linda joined two men and another woman for a white-knuckled, exhilarating road trip along America’s Pacific Northwest coast from Vancouver, Canada, to the wine country of Mendocino, California. Along the way she encountered washed-out mountain roads, small town hospitality, humming redwoods, and acceptance from gentle souls who happened to have
tattoos and piercings.
Blind Curvesis the extraordinary story of a woman who had tried everything to reinvent herself and recapture excitement for what comes next. Exercising, reading, making endless to-do lists, putting others’ needs first, and pampering herself was not working.
Thank you everyone and please spread the word!