Good morning! Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment. Today we’re welcoming Linn B. Halton!
[AC] Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
[LH]: At the moment, after having four new books launch in seven months, I’m afraid the only reading I do is proof checking! When I do get time to read, then chick lit/women’s contemporary is my favourite genre and as I mix with a lot of exciting new authors, my Kindle is packed with a long to-be-read list!
My all-time favourite ‘truly inspirational’ author would be Sergeanne Golon and the Angelique series – very hard to get hold of copies these days. As a young teen I read and re-read this series, falling in love with the setting, the history and the passionate romance. Very much ‘closed door’, but passionate all the same!
Ian Fleming, Wilkie Collins, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë – all authors who dominated my reading list as an avid young adult reader. Then Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Cathy Kelly, Candace Bushnell – to name just a few.
[AC]: For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
[LH]: I love my Kindle and it’s like a third arm. BUT if I love, love, love a book, then I buy it in paperback too, as I know I’ll read it again and again.
[AC]: What book(s) are you reading at present?
[LH]: I’m just proofing the paperback for my own Quintessentially Yours – if you can call that ‘reading’ ha! Ha! Seriously, my Kindle TBR list is calling, but reading time for me is in the evening and at the moment I’m using my ‘reading time’ to write. Launching a new book means a busy promotional programme and having launched four – well, you can imagine!! So although my day job is writing, most of that is taken up with the other things associated with being an author and I write into the wee hours, then start again between 6am-9am. Then it’s on the computer and the day flies doing guest posts, social media and emails.
[AC]: Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
[LH]: I have books with four different publishers and that means four different editors. I also have two self-pubbed books that I proofed myself. Going forward I doubt I’ll have time to self-publish anything else, but it is fun to be in charge of the whole process, although I now prefer the input of an editor who can see the story from another perspective! It helps me to grow as a writer.
[AC]: Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
[LH]: No and yes. I tend to edit as I go, writing maybe fifty pages and then going over them until I’m really happy and then moving on until the manuscript is complete. Then I have a spreadsheet of things I tend to say repetitively/my common errors, which I go through in detail. I record the number of times I use key words (favourites that can become annoying to the reader) and I do a word count on these. So I know on average how many times in say 85,000 I’m comfortable using a particular word. If I go over that count, then I tend to do a cutting-out exercise. At that point I then send it to my Kindle for a read-through and to correct errors I’ve missed – typos, or repeat words used too closely together eg ‘before’ might appear three times in a paragraph and I’d amend that. I make those corrections and then put it away for at least 3 months before reading it again with a fresh set of eyes. One more check for typos etc and the war with commas, then it’s ready to send to an editor!
Read on to learn about Linn’s books!
For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her—her only constant other than her cat delightfully named No. 4—was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced.
With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself.
She has ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas.
Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new agent is determined to raise his profile in America. So, he has to take on the new, and very talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site.
When Katherine discovers James has been writing the forecasts, rather than Mark, her life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, stress, and frustration, coupled with village gossips and merciless reporters wanting eye-catching headlines leave Katherine feeling vulnerable and in need of guidance.
The stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else! None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store? More info →
Can Maddie Brooks become that ‘fifty-and-fabulous’ woman of her dreams? More info →
Is there any truth to last year’s rumours of an affair between the pair? If not, then why is Katherine visiting Mark in secret?
Will James be able to resist the advances of his seductive colleague? Will the tangled trio be able to avoid scandal in the stars? More info →
Let’s Hear It For The Boys is a tribute to the men of Movember. The HitLitPro authors have created nine short stories to celebrate the men in our lives, the effect they have on our hearts, our minds (and our bodies), and the difference they can make to the world around them. All profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated. More info →
Mya finds it hard to believe that she has just died. She clearly remembers being in a lot of pain and a sense of panic going on around her, then nothing but a bright, comforting light and the pain quickly being replaced by a state of calm and tranquillity. But what now? More info →
Ceri thinks she sees angels… everywhere. Love is a powerful emotion, but can it change the course of someone’s destiny?
This is a romance story that explores the possibility of there being something more than just the ‘here and now’.
Ceri’s journey has begun. Part 1 of three novellas in the Angels Among Us series More info →
Love is a powerful emotion, but can it change the course of someone's destiny? This is a romance story that explores the possibility of there being something more than just the 'here and now'. More info →
“This was a spiritual, emotional and thought-provoking read with a touch of romance, a great start to an intriguing series!” – Me, My Books and I
“Refreshing and Captivating” – Love Reading, Love Books
“I don't want to give too much away in the story but I will say for the Paranormal/Fantasy lovers this is a must read!” – Forget the Housework, I’m Reading
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This is the complete Angels Among Us Series. It contains bonus chapters taking the series beyond 'The End' of the first three novellas (Falling, Forbidden and Forever). More info →
Age, relationships, and careers – we all appear to be so very different. Yet beneath the exterior facade we show to the world at large, is that really the case? The things we bury deep inside; the worries and fears we are unable to verbalise, and the hand fate takes in our lives. Sometimes we fail to recognise in each other that innermost struggle and yet it exists for all of us. More info →
A heart-warming story that deals with many of life's most difficult issues: being a single dad when a relationship falls apart, the impact of life-changing illness, dealing with the loss of a loved one ... and the search for a soul mate. More info →
This is the true story of my personal journey, where I can now say that I believe in life after death. It began with unusual experiences I had in houses I have lived in or visited, some with over 200 years of history. Then the loss of beloved family members triggered new and unexpected psychic connections. It would also make me take a fresh look at what I had so conveniently filed away as unexplained or imagined, and the jigsaw began to take shape. More info →
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