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!
What To Read Next…
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Good morning! Today on our Meet The Author Moment, we’re featuring Bonnie Trachtenberg!
[BT]: I write because I’m a passionate person and it’s so important for me to express myself. Writing seems to be my main God-given gift—or at least the one that comes most naturally.
[AC]: What do you absolutely need at your desk while writing?
[BT]: A cold bottle of my favorite Zero Vitamin Water: acai-blueberry-pomegranate
[AC]: Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured?
[BT]: After a long hiatus due to chronic fatigue and marketing burnout, I’m back to working on my book. However, I do find it so easy to procrastinate (especially if I’m imprudent enough to sign on to Facebook!) Therefore, as of late, I’ve been doing only the chores I absolutely have to do first thing in the morning and then forcing myself to sit down in front of the computer (with my book draft open!) early in the day when my mind is still relatively fresh.
[AC]: What is the hardest thing about writing?
[BT]: For me, the hardest thing is just getting started on it each day. I suppose the thought of how difficult and sometimes overwhelming it can be to write a novel sometimes makes me want to avoid it entirely. Once I get past that and into the flow of the book, I’m usually somewhat productive.
[AC]: What is the easiest thing about writing?
[BT]: The easiest thing is that you can do it anywhere: at home, at Starbucks, at the library, or even at a hotel on vacation. My laptop is pleasantly mobile, but even when I don’t have it with me, I always carry a notebook and pen, or use the “notes” app on my iPhone for brainstorming.
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Good morning! Today we’re featuring our own Bonnie Trachtenberg. Read on to enjoy an excerpt from Bonnie’s novel, Wedlocked.
Bonnie’s Café Order
Bonnie’s favorite café treat? A decaf iced cappuccino. Yum! Here are some instructions on how to make your own cappuccino at home.
What inspired Wedlock? The song, “Almost Like Being in Love” by Natalie Cole. Have a listen!
Hello and welcome to the first post in our brand-new Author’s Café! Today we’re excited to feature two great reads from two of our featured authors, Patricia Sands and Bonnie Trachtenberg. Take a look at the first title in today’s post!
Excerpt From Promises To Keep
Excerpt From Neurotically Yours
Recipe of the Day
Patricia shared that she and her daughter love a good Café Mocha. Well, ask and you shall receive! Check out this great recipe for making your very own delish treat at home.
- Combine 1 tablespoon warm water and 2 tablespoons sweetened cocoa powder.
- Mix until it turns to the consistency of syrup.
- Add 2 tables of the syrup mixture into an 8 ounce coffee cup.
- Add a shot espresso or dark-roast coffee.
- Fill the rest of your cup with steamed milk.
- Add your favorite whipped cream to finish it off.
Music of the Day
Patricia Sands says…
“I discovered this while writing The Promise of Provence and Katherine refers to it in Promises To Keep as she plays it while she drives. I love this song and play it constantly when I am writing so I am thrilled to share it with you.”
Bonnie is inspired by The Beatles. The song In My Life is featured frequently in the book.
Thanks for joining us today! Check back next time for for more books, music, and devine treats to brighten your day.