If you haven’t heard of our new project, the On Fire anthology, this interview series will showcase our authors lives beyond their ignited tales. In Linda G. Hill‘s “The Flame of Lick’s Island,” Marissa and Mike move to an island and solve a dark mystery that threatens to combust their relationship.
How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first “book” when I was about 5 years old. I remember asking my parents to staple some pages together so I could fill them with words. Unfortunately, I couldn’t spell… As much as my parents encouraged me to just draw my story, I was adamant I needed to write it. I attribute the fact that I can’t even draw a believable stick figure to this day to my early writing attempts.
Who are your favorite authors and why?
I adore Stephen King and Anne Rice. King for his ability to seemingly effortlessly draw me into a story, and Rice for her intuitiveness—her way with writing her characters’ emotions never fails to fascinate me.
How do reviews of your stories influence you?
Unless my reviews are patently unfair—I once had a reviewer give me a low rating because my story is about an author, a fact that is stated plainly in the blurb—I do my best to learn from them. Whether positive or negative, there is always something positive for me, as the perpetual student I am, to gain from a review.
How many stories have you written?
Hundreds. I’ve written one a day for a year and published them on my fiction blog, twice. Granted, there was poetry in there, too, but in those two years alone, I wrote at least 600 stories. Were they all good? Probably not. But they were all good practice.
How long does it usually take you to write a story?
It depends on the length, obviously. I can write a short story in the amount of time it takes to type it. For longer works, I’ve finished NaNoWriMo successfully three times (50K words in 30 days).
Do you use beta readers, and if so, roughly how many?
I love my beta readers! I generally have at least a dozen people read my books before and after I have them professionally edited for development.
What are you doing to market yourself?
My blog has so far been my best marketing tool. I’m lucky to have a large following there, and the blogging community and their capacity to share and spread the word is invaluable.
Linda G. Hill is a stay-at-home mom of three boys and the guardian of one beagle
and two kitties. She concocts tales in her head 24/7 and blogs almost daily at lindaghill.com. Linda’s newest release, The Magician’s Curse, is the first in a series of Gothic paranormal romances. Also available on Amazon and Kobo is her romantic comedy novelette, All Good Stories. She lives in Southern Ontario, Canada.